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Chunky ‘n’ funky Knitting Pattern

Chunky ‘n’ funky

Designer: Helen Ardley

Our Luana bag by Helen Ardley involves moss stitch and simple shaping

Luana by Helen Ardley is knitted in chunky cotton yarn and is a great project for beginner knitters to try as it involves only simple shaping and progresses quickly. This yarn comes in 12 shades, from the vibrant pinks and blues shown here to subtle greys and neutrals. As this yarn is thick and strong, Luana is sturdy enough to hold your picnic, daytime essentials or beach items.

Front

Using 9mm needles and yarn A cast on 14 sts
Row 1: * k1, p1, rep from * to end
Row 2: kfb, * k1, p1, rep from * to last st, kfb. 16 sts Change to yarn B
Work two rows in moss st inc one st at each end of each row as set by Row 2. 20 sts Change to yarn A
Work two rows in moss st inc one st each end of first row. 22 sts
Keeping moss st and two-colour stripe correct as set, inc one st at each end on next and every foll alt row until there are 28 sts
Cont without shaping for a further 12 rows
Dec one st at each end of next and every fourth row until 18 sts rem
Cont without shaping for a further three rows **
Cast off

Back

Work as for Front to **

FRONT FLAP

Change to working only in yarn B and st st as folls:
Starting with a k (RS) row work four rows in st st
Next row: inc one st at each end of row. 20 sts
Work nine rows in st st
Dec one st at each end of next and every foll fourth row until 16 sts rem
Dec one st at each end of every alt row until 12 sts rem
Cast off

Strap

Using 9mm needles and yarn B cast on five sts
Work in moss st until Strap meas 120cm
Cast off

To make up

Sew in all loose ends. Place WS tog, sew side seams and bottom of bag using mattress stitch (p90). Sew Strap to top back of bag. Cut three 18cm lengths of yarn B and fold in half. Using a crochet hook pull strand loops through edge of front flap from front to back. Pass strand ends through loops and pull to tighten knot. Make another eight tassels and space evenly around Front flap. Sew three poppers to underside of Front flap and Front of bag.

Gather no moss
Moss stitch is a good choice for the handle of this bag because it produces a strong fabric that looks roughly the same on both sides. It’s worked like 1x1 rib except on the second row you work the opposite stitch to the one in the previous row. This means that instead of the columns of stitches lining up, a more textured fabric is produced. If you lose your place and need to know whether to purl or knit, look at the next stitch. If it has a bump across the bottom of it you need to knit into it. If it is smooth, you should purl into it.

Luana: 29cm tall x 29cm widest point
Strap: 57cm when folded in half

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