Mini Tote Bag: Free Knit Pattern

This Garter Stitch Mini Tote Bag is super fun to make. You can make any size you would like to by increasing the number of stitches. If you are a beginner knitter, this is a great project design for you because it only made up with garter stitch for the whole project and slip stitch purlwise for the edge of every row.

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What is Garter Stitch?

Garter stitch is one of the utmost first stitch when you learn how to knit. It is kind of pattern knitting every stitch in every row. The pattern looks like rows of bumps (both back and front).

Design Inspirations

The design was inspired by my latest trip to Kuching, Sarawak when we made our visit somewhere in November 2021 to Jong’s Crocodile Farm which located 8 Miles (29km) Kuching/Serian Highway. It would take about 20 minutes leisure drive from Kuching Town. You may find more info about the place here. Sarawak is known for its crocodiles. The most familiar story has been told from one generation to generation was the legendary Bujang Senang.

If you are the kind of person who loves nature, then this place is a great place for you to take a step every minute with nature, charming with tall tropical trees with over a thousand crocodiles bred in captivity. Other than that, there are also numerous rare species of birds and animals you can find only in the Borneo Island such as monkeys, leopard-cats, sunburns, Bearcats, pheasants, civets, barking deers, sambar deers, turtles, fruit bats, monitor lizards, pythons and even hornbills. After 2 hours walked, we stop at their local shop and bought a few gifts to bring home. One of them was the mini cloth bag with Jong’s Crocodile Farm name and logo printed on it.

How To Knit A Garter Stitch?

Before you start, all you need to know is how make a slip knot and how to cast on.

I have shared garter stitch project on my previous post that you may love to try: Soft Table-mat. This Mini Tote Bag is my second project made knitting using garter stitch. It’s knitted in two pieces of square, then weaved them together. Good to use in two different colors of yarn, one color for the squares and another color for the stripe.

Are you ready to start knitting this Mini Tote Bag using Garter Stitch? Let’s grab some yarn and needles and cast on 🙂

Yarn

For this project I used Milk Cotton Yarn 8 ply, no. 3 DK/light weight (80% of cotton and 20% of fiber, milk). You may purchase this kind of yarn from Shopee such as from Yarnpaper and Cottonhouse. They sell variations of yarn colors, with different price offer.

You can also use any kind of yarn you prefer to as long as it is suitable for making this project. If you use natural fibers, make sure it is hand washing with a good quality so that all your projects would lasts as long as possible. You can also use any kind of yarn you prefer.

Brave 500 yarn is 100% Premium Acrylic which is more about life’s adventure and works wonders for projects such as hats, scarves or baby blankets using just one ball. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin and easy-care. Lion Brand Yarn such as Mandala Craft Cake Yarn is one of favourite acrylic yarn. It is an incredibly versatile, affordable. Besides they are a great easy-care choice for creating machine-washable projects! Unless you prefer something more wool, then DMC 100% Baby is a great choice. It is pure merino “superwash” wool, perfect to create warm, stretchable and light garments even for babies.

Pattern Measurements

The finished 2 pieces: 7 in (length) x 8 in (width).

The finished 2 stripes: 10.5 in (length) x 1 in (width)

Materials

Yarn Milk Cotton 8 ply, no. 3 DK/light weight (80% of cotton and 20% of fiber, milk).

Yarn Color: Yarn A = Blue and Yarn B = White.

Pair of 5.5 mm needles (US size 9).

Darning Needle

Crochet Hook (you can use it for hooking yarn end while sew the pieces together. This is optional).

Scissors

White Ribbons (optional)

Gauge

14 sts and 28 rows to 4 inches.

Abbreviations

  • k knit
  • rep repeat
  • st stitch
  • ssp slip stitch purlwise
  • RS right side

Pattern

Using Yarn A (Blue): The square – make 2 pieces.

Cast on 30 sts.

Row 1: ssp, k to end.

Rows 2 to 50: rep Row 1.

Bind off.

Using Yarn B (White): The Stripe – make 2 pieces (10-11 inches each, or any length you’d like)

Cast on 6 sts.

Row 1: ssp, k to end.

Rows 2 to 80: rep Row 1.

Bind off.

Assembly

2 pieces:

Sew both sides of the squares facing the RS. Sew them together, two sides and the bottom of the bag with the yarn tails using a darning needle. Once finished, trim off the tails.

2 stripes:

Counting 5 sts from both sides of each piece, attached your first stripe (using stitch marker). Sew the stripe on one side of the panel. Rep for another stripe to attach to another panel.

Sew in all of your ends.

Here you are! You have finished your Mini Tote Bag 😉

I hope you enjoy making this project, and love what you do.

XOXO

Wisz Limbi

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

—Albert Einstein

Wisz Limbi

Wisz Limbi

I am a lifestyle blogger, who loves craftwork, cats, books and travel. I hope my blog would inspire readers, give them a creative idea and find happiness in living well. Let's be creative and inspired!

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