Japanese Knot Bag Knitting Pattern

This simple knot bag fascinated me when I first spotted a beautiful version made from vintage kimono fabric. I just had to see if I could replicate the smooth curves and interesting knotted loop closure. This is a medium size bag carried with your hand through the large loop and the bag hanging down. The large loop passes through the small loop to close the bag and the felt folds gently to give the great curves. This bag is knitted in Filz (felting) wool which will shrink when washed to create a thick felt fabric.

Felted size- 25 cm / 10” wide x 20cm / 8” high Strap length approx. 24cm /9”

Basic skills and abbreviations used in this pattern r = row k = knit p = purl R = Round kfb = make 1 stitch by knitting into front and then back of the same stitch (increase) k2tog= knit the next 2 stitches together (decrease) stst = stocking stitch / k 1 row , p 1 row. Makes 2 rows M1 , M2 = marker 1, Marker sl, k1,psso=slip 1 st, from left onto right needle, knit next stitch ,pass the slipped st over the knitted st. ( decrease 1st)

SUITABLE FOR- Confident beginners or Intermediate knitters.this pattern is knitted in the round


  • 4 page knitting pattern
  • Felting instructions

Materials you need at home:

  • Needle size- US 11 - 8.0 mm , , *Yardage 4 x 50g/50m balls , , *Recommended Yarn- Rico Creative Filz , , *If you wish to use a substitute yarn – , Cascade 220 ( held double), Feltro, Twilleys Freedom wool, Grundl filz wool these all work well. , Hand wash not superwash or man made fibre blends . , *If using a substitute yarn your project may felt to a different size ,
    , *5 x Double pointed Knitting needles 8mm (UK 0 /US 11) , , *60cm/24” circular needle 8mm (UK 0 /US 11) , , *2 x stitch markers
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Claire Fairall

My sketch book is always full of new toy and doll characters waiting to be created in yarn.

I love bringing them to life with my knitting needles!

I spend my days in my sunny studio with my Siamese cat for company.

Surrounded by colourful yarn, my hands are busy clicking the knitting needles or sketching current ideas.

I create dolls and toys to celebrate the seasons and important times in people’s lives, Christmas and Easter- New babies and snuggly tired toddlers.

In between creating new dolls and teddy bears. I’ve created patterns for knitting magazines and worked with retail firms to create knitting kits.

I started out selling my knitted and felted bags at Craft and Design events where I enjoyed meeting other knitting enthusiasts.

It was these knitters who convinced me to publish my patterns for others to enjoy.

I do hope you enjoy your knitting project and if you would like to read more about my work please visit my website www.clairefairalldesigns.co.uk

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