Free Knitting Pattern: Lowlands Bag

Inspired by a recent trip, the Lowlands Bag is the perfect size to hold a magazine, an iPad and /or a small craft project - see more pictures here. Using fairly straightforward techniques, it's not difficult to make, but is a little bit fiddly. If you're new to knitting colour work or in-the-round, or if you haven't lined a bag before, you will be able to do it as long as you take your time and look up any techniques you're not familiar with. Written instructions are provided in full below and you will also need the downloadable chart which is available as a free PDF via Ravelry.

You will need:

  • A copy of the colourwork chart - get it HERE
  • 1 x  Scheepjes Mini Nooodle in Black - col 000 (MC)*
  • 1 x Scheepjes Mini Nooodle in White - col 009 (CC)*
  • 8mm circular knitting needles at least 90cm / 36" long
  • Stitch marker
  • Set of plastic bag handles
  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle for sewing in yarn ends
  • 60 cm x 40 cm medium weight cotton fabric (lining), extra if adding a pocket  
  • Sewing thread and needle 
  • Optional: Sewing machine for seaming the lining and adding a pocket, if required


  • Judy's magic cast on
  • Knitting in the round on circular needles
  • Knit & Purl stitches
  • Basic colourwork, using a chart
  • Binding off
  • Basic sewing skills


  1. Using MC, cast on 60 stitches (30 sts on each side of the needles)
  2. Knit four rounds. For the first round only: work into the back of the stitches on the second needle 
  3. Work rounds 1 to 41 from the colourwork chart, ensuring to twist/carry the yarns into the sides of the bag. Note that the floats carried along the wrong side of the work will be hidden by the lining so they do not need to look perfect from the wrong side and they result in a lovely double thickness fabric which provides padding for 'portable tech'
  4. Using MC, knit four rounds
  5. Bind off 10 stitches
  6. For the handle: (K10, turn the work, p10) twice, bind off these 10 sts, leaving a 30 cm tail
  7. Rejoin yarn and bind off 20 stitches
  8. For the second handle: (K10, turn the work, p10) twice, bind off these 10 sts, leaving a 30 cm tail
  9. Bind off remaining 10 sts
  10. Sew in any yarn tails
  11. Sew the handles firmly in place using the long yarn tails, as pictured below 
(Why oh why did I lay it on the fluffy carpet before taking the pictures?!?)

Making the lining: 

  1. Measure the lining against the knit bag and cut the fabric a little bigger than the bag to allow for seaming
  2. Optional: If you wish to add a pocket (to your own specification), add it before the next step
  3. With right sides together, seam around the open side and bottom of the lining to create an open-topped pouch (make sure your magazine/ipad will fit in the lining before you sew!)
  4.  Trim off any excess fabric in the seams to reduce bulk
  5. Place the lining into the bag (still with the right sides together)
  6. Measure the excess/seam allowance around the top of the lining, and fold into place so that it sits neatly around the inside of the bag and is not visible when the bag is closed - ironing the fold will help to keep it in place
  7. Pin the lining evenly around the bag opening 
  8. Hand stitch around the lining using small even stitches
The bag is now ready to accompany you on your own adventures! 

*Scheepjes sponsored this post but the yarn choice, colours and design are all my own. When I designed the bag, I stated that Mini Nooodle yarn was only available from Dutch stockists, but am pleased to report that UK and other countries will be able to order from Wool Warehouse later this week, (I noted that their Royal Mail delivery charges to the USA are almost the same as domestic postage!!!). This yarn is great for this project - it is uniform in width, feels soft and while flexible, it does not stretch. In other words, it holds it's shape well when the bag is in use. 

Introducing the (Autumn) 'Rock Those Socks' Make-along

About the 'Rock Those Socks' Make-along

Many readers have been asking for an Autumn make-along. As it's 'Socktober', fellow-blogger Maria (from '50 Shades of 4 Ply') and I have come up with some fun little patterns for knit and crochet socks, which we will publish in instalments over the next few weeks. As you'd expect, mine are knitted socks. They are made with a very simple (knits and purls) stitch pattern, or you can knit them plain (stocking stitch) if you prefer. Maria has come up with some cute crochet slipper-socks, which I'm going to try making - I haven't crocheted socks before, so that should be interesting! And just so you know, Scheepjes have kindly sponsored the make-along but the yarn choice, the pattern and all opinions are my own.

How to participate

We'd love to have you making-along with us, and you can do this either via social media, using the tag #rockthosesocksmal or on the Crafts from the Cwtch Community group on Ravelry. If you do, you'll have something lovely to wear as it starts to get chilly. You will need to know how to knit in-the-round, or how to crochet, but previous sock-making experience isn't necessary as we will be providing instructions, and photos for any tricky bits. Here's a peek...

Knitted sock in progress - the design is unisex, uses a simple stitch pattern (optional) and can be easily adjusted

Knitted socks: Preparation

If you fancy knitting along, here's what you can do to prepare for the first instalment next week:

1. YARN: Choose some sock yarn (4 ply) in your favourite colours. I'm using autumnal yarn - Scheepjes Invicta Colour in shade 969. It is a 75% wool / 25% nylon sock yarn with a long self-striping colour change and would work equally well for plain socks, or the optional stitch pattern I've included in the instructions.

2. GAUGE: Select your needles - they need to be suitable for knitting in the round, so long circulars or double pointed needles will work best. I am using 2.5mm needles with a gauge of 15 sts and 17 rows to 5 cm in stocking stitch and fit a circumference of ±19 cm, but I'll talk about altering the size next week. Changing the needles or tension will also make your socks larger or smaller. It's a good idea to make a swatch before casting on.

3. RE-SKEINING: Whether you're knitting one- or two-at-a-time you may like to split the yarn into two smaller centre-pull balls. I find these are easier to work with: read more and see a tutorial here. If you want your socks to match perfectly this is your chance to ensure the colour repeats are the same at the start of each mini ball, but as this wastes some yarn and I am not worried about mine matching - I've simply split mine 50/50ish and wound them into balls using my nostepinne (pictured).

4. CONSTRUCTION: The socks are knit toe-up and have an afterthought heel. If you haven't used this construction method before, check out the short series I wrote last year: 'Demystifying Toe-up Socks' will tell you what you can expect, and also shows the cast on method used.

5. QUANTITY: If you'd like to avoid 'second sock syndrome' you could try knitting your socks two-at-a time - check out this post for step-by-step instructions on how to do that.

Crochet Socks: Preparation

Visit Maria's post (HERE) to find out what you'll need to make her crochet slipper-socks. 

I'll see you back here with the first part of my sock pattern in a week's time, but there are lots of other things coming up before that, including the free pattern for the Lowlands Bag (tomorrow). 


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