It’s time I made another messenger bag. It’s been almost a month since I made my Finn bag and I’m still carrying it around. It’s the equivalent of leaving your Christmas lights up in January. Anywho, I call this bag Windfall, and it’s main attraction is that it’s made in one piece, and is adorned with a tight cable pattern, reminiscent of weaving or entrelac.
It’s knit in the round for the main body, then halfway bound off and worked back and forth for the front flap.
Here’s the pattern. Finished size is about 14″ x 12″ x 2.5″
400 yards worsted weight yarn
100 yards black worsted or bulky weight yarn
Size 6 32″ circular knitting needles
Size K crochet hook (For crocheted strap, otherwise you can use needles)
ssk – slip, slip, knit
k2tog – knit 2 together
RTC – Right twist cable. Slip 3 to cable needle, hold in back of work, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle.
LTC – Left twist cable. Slip 3 to cable needle, hold in front of work, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle.
M1R – Make one right. Lift strand between stitches from the back, knit in the front loop.
M1L – Make one left. Lift strand between stitches from the front, knit in the back loop.
PM – Place marker
SM – Slip marker
Cast on 106 stitches to circular needles.
Row 1: (p1, pm, k1, pm, p1, k50) twice
Row 2: repeat row 1, slipping markers instead of placing them
Row 3: (p1, sm, m1r, k to before marker, m1l, sm, p1, k50) twice (3 sts between markers)
Rows 4-5: (p1, sm, k to marker, sm, p1, k50) twice
Rows 6-8: repeat 3-5 (5 sts between markers)
Rows 9-11: repeat 3-5 (7 sts between markers)
Rows 12: repeat row 3 (9 sts between markers)
Repeat row 4 until bag measures 12″ from cast on edge.
Bind off 72 (up to and including the last purl stitch), removing markers as you go. Turn your work (50 sts on needle)
You should now be facing the wrong side of the work. You will turn after each row from now on.
Row 1 (WS): Knit
Row 2: (RS): k1, purl to last stitch, k1
Row 3: ssk, knit to last two stitches, k2tog
Row 4: k2, purl to last two, k2
Row 5: knit
Row 6: ssk, k2, purl to last 4, k2, k2tog
Row 7: knit
Row 8: k4, purl to last 4, k4
Rows 9-12, repeat 7-8 twice (44 sts on needle)
Start cable pattern:
Row 1: k5, 6 RTC, k to end
Row 2: k5, purl to last 5, k5
Row 3: knit
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: k8, 5 LTC, k to end
Row 6: Repeat row 2
Row 7: knit
Row 8: Repeat row 2
Repeat rows 1-8 4 times, leaving off one cable repeat on the ends of the row 1 and 5 repeats.
I.e., the next time through row 1 and 5, do 5 RTC and 4 LTC, respectively, then 4 RTC and 3 LTC, etc., until you finish a row 8 with 1 LTC.
Then repeat Row 1 again (just one RTC).
Knit 6 rows for the garter edge, then bind off.
Using your yarn needle, sew up the bottom seam. Sew a lining into the bag if you wish.
For the strap, I did an 8-stitch band of Tunisian simple stitch for 52″, but you can change the length or stitch as you like. Sew the ends of the strap into the sides of the bag.