Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Precious Moments Gift Bag......

This is a quick and easy knitting pattern.  I have enjoyed writing it and am giving it away to knitters all over the world.

My gift bag measures 11cm x 12cm and used a very small amount of yarnI include easy instructions for making the bag wider, narrower, longer or shorter. 

Gauge is not important and any ply yarn can be used with the appropriate size knitting needles.
Skills needed:
The only skills you will need are:

        Cast on
    Cast off
    Knit stitch
    Purl stitch
  Knit 2 together
   Yarn forward
   Sewing side seams

Supplies needed:
The supplies you will need are:

 4 ply yarn
  size 3.25mm knitting needles
  0.75 metre of 7mm ribbon.  You could use less ribbon if you want a smaller bow. 

You are going to knit one piece, fold it in half and sew the side seams. 

Cast on 29 stitches.  Increase or decrease the number in multiples of 4 stitches to make the bag wider or narrower. (Every 2 stitches makes 1 eyelet.  You need an even number of eyelets on both sides of the bag for the ribbon to thread evenly.  That is why you increase or decrease by 4 stitches.)
Rows 1-4:  [K1, P1] repeat to last stitch. K1.
Row 5:  Knit all stitches.
Row 6:  K1, purl to last stitch, K1.

Row 7:  Knit all stitches.
Row 8:  K1, purl to last stitch, K1.
Row 9:  Knit all stitches.
Row 10:  K1, purl to last stitch, K1.
Row 11:  Knit all stitches.
Row 12:  K1, purl to last stitch, K1.
Row 13:  Knit all stitches.
Row 14:  Knit all stitches.
Row 15 eyelets: [K2tog, yarn forward] repeat to last stitch, K1.  You should have 14 eyelets.  If you have fewer eyelets, you may have omitted a yarn forward.  NB: there is a yarn forward before the last K1 on this row.
Row 16:  Knit all stitches.

Repeat rows 7-16 as many times as you like.  This is where you adjust the length of the gift bag.  For my bag measuring 12cm  I repeated these rows until I had completed 8 eyelets rows ending on row 16.

Repeat rows 5-13.
Repeat rows 1-4.
Cast off.

Fold in half, right sides together.  Sew seams being careful to match the eyelets rows on both sides of the bag.  You should still have 14 eyelets on each side of the bag.  The eyelets on the end of the rows might be small.  But remember not to sew them into the seam.

Thread ribbon through the eyelets and tie in a bow.
This is a close up of the gift bag showing the ribbon before tying it.  :

….and finally.  Why is this pattern called The Precious Moments Gift Bag?  I was inspired to write this pattern to celebrate the life of a special person.  Life is precious.  Many moments in life are precious…..the birth of a baby, the wedding of a happy couple, anniversaries and birthdays.  The list is endless.  These little gift bags add a personal touch and are just right for holding small gifts and keepsakes. 

This pattern is also available free on Ravelry  here.




  1. It's so sweet Una, thank you for the pattern :)

  2. so cute....many thanks for sharing your pattern.

  3. What a sweet little gift bag! Thanks for sharing, Una!

  4. This is a very pretty little bag Una, and would be useful for so many types of gifts. Thanks for sharing the pattern. Wendy x

  5. Super cute, Una. :) Great pattern. x

  6. Looks beautiful and super easy to boot!! Thank you.

  7. It is a lovely little bag.

  8. Great pattern Una, these would look lovely in some festive colours or maybe a little sparkle yarn for Christmas gifts.

    I think I'm following your blog, although I couldn't get blogger to upload a profile pic for some reason.

    1. I'd love to see all colours on my Ravelry project page! Blogger sometimes plays up when I try to follow someone. I can't see you in my list yet, but maybe it worked.

  9. Oh dear, and for some reason it's using a very old blogger profile name of mine from long long ago.........edith valentine.

  10. Oh Una what a beautiful knit bag! Thanks for the pattern to make one!


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