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Easy Basketweave Tote Bag Knitting Pattern

Easy Basketweave Tote Bag

  • Difficulty


  • Yarn Type

    Yarn Type

    DK / 8 ply

  • designer


    Sian Brown

  • Needle Size

    Needle Size

    US 7 / 4.5mm

  • Needle Type

    Needle Type


  • Techniques


    Basketweave, Garter

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What you need to know

Create a chic, textured tote bag by following this easy basketweave knitting pattern.

This step-by-step knitting pattern uses basic stitches to create a chic, textured bag. Once you’ve mastered stocking stitch, you’ll be amazed how many fabulous patterns can be worked with just knit and purl stitches. This design is called basketweave as the little squares look like they’re woven. The main thing to remember is to move the yarn between the needles when changing between knitting and purling, otherwise you’ll end up with extra stitches!

What do I need?

Yarn: King Cole Cottonsoft, shades Cloud, two 100g balls, Buttercup, one 100g ball
Needles: 4.5mm
Fabric: 28cm wide x 60cm deep
Wadding: 28cm wide x 60cm deep
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle and thread


26cm wide x 30cm deep

Top knit tips

If you want to make a one-colour version, you’ll just need two 100g balls of this yarn.

It’s really important to be able to read your work and identify your stitches. Knitted stitches look like ‘v’ shapes and purl stitches look like little bumps. If you’re not sure if you’re on a knit or a purl section of the basketweave pattern, count your ‘v’ shapes or bumps to see if you have the right number of stitches.

Meet the designer

Siân Brown is a designer for magazines, yarn companies and publishers. She completed a fashion and textiles degree before starting a successful career in knitwear, which included her becoming a visiting lecturer at London College of Fashion. If you enjoyed making this pattern, then why not make this diamond stripe cushion? Visit this page to see more designs from Siân.

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Techniques: Basketweave, Garter

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