The Original Plarn Bag: Free Knitting Pattern

The first plarn project I designed was supposed to be a grocery bag.  After completing the project, I quickly realized it was too small for it's designed purpose.  (It could only fit an item or two, and I have a large family and a LOT of groceries.). So, I scrapped the pattern, kept the bag and started over.  

What came out of the original idea was the Reusable Grocery Bag pattern.  It's great.  I love it, and I use it.  However, I have since found that the other bag is equally valuable and share worthy.  

This bag is smaller.  More like a purse.  I have used it for carrying anything from library books to knitting projects, to plarn balls.  If I am honest...this plarn bag actually gets more use than the grocery bag.  (They don't tend to let you use reusables when ordering via app and curbside.  So, mostly, I'm just out here stacking up more plarn potential.) 

Here are the details of the making:

Plarn Bag: Free Knitting Pattern

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  • Pre-Cut Plarn: 2-3 skeins
  • US Size 9 knitting needles

*I try to use 40 grocery bags per one skein to equal approximately 220 yards.  I cut this plarn rather thickly - an inch to an inch and a half wide.  (You could use more skeins and double if you cut yours thinner.)


 14 sts and 6 rows = 4 in.


Front 14 x 14 in; bottom 9 x 14 in; back 14 x 14 in. (Knit consecutively, in a strip.)

Sides 14 x 9 in.  (Knit two.)



  1. CO 45 sts.
  2. K in garter to 14 inches long.
  3. Purl one row.
  4. K in garter to 9 inches.
  5. Purl one row.
  6. Knit in garter to 14 in.
  7. BO.

SIDES (Make 2)

  1. CO 45 sts.
  2. Knit in garter for 9 inches.
  3. BO.
HANDLES (Make 2)
  1. CO 4 sts.
  2. Knit for 14 in. (or desired length).
  3. BO
  1. Sew sides to front, back and bottom.
  2. Sew handles to insides of front and back.
  3. Tuck in lose ends, using a darning needle.
I hope you enjoy your knew plarn bag!!  Happy Knitting.


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