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27+ Free Knitted Bag Patterns (for all skill levels!)

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Who doesn’t love a good knitted bag? Whether you’re heading off to the grocery store or packing up for a day at the beach, handmade totes are so versatile. And the best part is that they’re so fun to make! 

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Free Knitted Bag Patterns

The thing I love most about knitted bags is how versatile and practical they are. You can make them in pretty much any shape or size to suit your needs – big totes for beach days, market bags for running errands, cute little pouches for everyday essentials…the options are endless! And as long as you choose an appropriately strong yarn, knit bags can be amazingly durable, too. 

This roundup features all sorts of knitted bags, like:

  • Tote bags
  • Purses
  • Drawstring bags
  • Felted bags
  • Market bags
  • Clutches
  • And more!

Are These Bags Beginner-Friendly?

Absolutely! A lot of knitted bags use basic knitting techniques, so they’re ideal for beginners. In the list below, you’ll find patterns that range from easy to moderately challenging. Some of the easiest patterns include the Aspen Mountain Knit Bag (#12), Coastal Clutch (#13), and the Windy City Tote (#26).

27 Free and Easy Knitted Bag Patterns

Take a look at these 27+ free and easy knit bag patterns for your next knitting project. Let me know in the comments if you make one!

Supplies You’ll Need

Before casting on, read through your chosen pattern and make sure you have everything on the supply list. Most bags call for the same basic materials:

  • Yarn. See my tips below for choosing the best yarn for bags.
  • Knitting needles. Check your pattern and/or yarn label to see what size you’ll need.
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Other notions (handles, straps, zipper, snaps or magnetic closures, etc.)

Tips for Yarn Selection

For maximum durability, I like to use cotton yarn for my knitted bags. Cotton is a very popular option that has minimal stretch and will hold up to a lot of weight for many uses. 

Acrylic is another inexpensive and generally durable choice. And don’t forget about wool – it makes beautiful felted bags! Some of the most popular choices include Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, Lion Brand Re-Tweed, and Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool.

Knitting Techniques to Know for Knitted Bag Patterns

Read through your pattern to make sure you understand all of the techniques. Some knitting techniques you may encounter include:

A Couple Tips and Tricks

Pick durable, washable yarns.

For heavy use, cotton and linen are your best bets. Choose a yarn that’s durable and washable, so you can keep using your bag for many years to come! 

And of course, check the yarn’s care label before starting. Wool makes stunning felted bags but requires handwashing only.

Add a fabric lining

If you plan to use your bag as an everyday purse or want to carry small or important items, definitely consider sewing in a fabric lining. It takes a little extra effort but allows you to toss in keys, coins, and other small items without worrying about things falling out.

If you’ve never tried it before, check out these instructions for how to add a fabric lining.

More Knitting Patterns

Once you finish your knitted bag pattern, check out some of our other favorite knitting patterns.

four a knitted yellow bag against white background, a knitted tote held by a person against white background, a square knitted pouch lying on white cloth, and gray knitted bag full of yarn against gray background, with text overlay that reads, "27+ Free Knitted Bag Patterns"

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