How to Knit a Bag for Beginners

This step-by-step guide will show you how to knit a bag for beginners. You’ll learn how to select the right yarn, start knitting, and finish your project.

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1. Introduction


Knitting is a skill that many people enjoy and find therapeutic. It’s a great way to spend some time creating something both practical and beautiful. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to knit a basic bag that’s perfect for beginners. By the end, you’ll have a lovely new accessory that you can use for carrying around your essentials, or give as a thoughtful handmade gift.

What You Will Need

If you are a beginner knitter, you may be wondering what supplies you need to get started. In this article, we will go over some of the basic supplies that you will need to knit a simple bag.

First, you will need some yarn. You can choose any type of yarn that you like, but for a beginner project like a bag, it is best to choose a medium weight yarn. You will also need a pair of knitting needles that are appropriate for the weight of your yarn. For a medium weight yarn, you will usually use size 8 or 9 needles.

You will also need a tapestry needle, which is a large needle with a blunt tip. This needle is used for sewing the pieces of your project together. Finally, you will need a large-eye needle for threading your yarn through the handles of your bag once it is finished.

Now that you know what supplies you need, you are ready to get started on your first knitting project!

Casting On

Casting on is the process of putting stitches onto your needle to start knitting. There are many ways to cast on, but the long-tail method is one of the most popular and is particularly good for beginners.

This method uses a small amount of yarn (the tail) to create your stitches, so it’s important to estimate the length of yarn you will need before you start. A general rule of thumb is to allow for 1 inch of yarn per stitch. So, if you are planning to cast on 20 stitches, you will need a tail that is at least 20 inches long.

Once you have your tail, make a slipknot about 6 inches from the end of the yarn. This will be used to secure your work later, so don’t make it too tight!

Next, hold the slipknot in your non-dominant hand and insert the needle into the loop, from back to front. Now wrap the yarn around the needle from front to back and pull through to the back (leaving the slipknot on your finger). You have now created your first stitch!

To cast on more stitches, simply repeat this process (inserting the needle into the previous stitch and wrapping the yarn around) until you have reached your desired number of stitches.

The Knit Stitch

The knit stitch is one of the two basic stitches in knitting, along with the purl stitch. Once you know how to do the knit stitch, you can combine it with the purl stitch to create all sorts of textures. The knit stitch is also sometimes called the “plain” stitch or the “stockinette” stitch.

To do a knit stitch, you first need to cast on a certain number of stitches (this will depend on the pattern you’re using). Then, holding the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand, insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle from front to back.

Next, wrap the yarn around the right needle (counterclockwise if you’re right-handed, clockwise if you’re left-handed), and pull through until there is only one loop on the right needle. You have now made one knit stitch!

The Purl Stitch

The purl stitch is one of the basic stitches in knitting. The main difference between the purl stitch and the knit stitch is that you work the yarn in front of the needle when you purl, instead of working it behind the needle as you do when you knit.

To purl, hold the yarn in your left hand and insert the right-hand needle into the next stitch on the left-hand needle from front to back. Wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle, and then use the tip of the right-hand needle to draw this loop through the stitch on the left-hand needle (Figure 1). Now you have two loops on your right-hand needle, and one loop has been drawn through the stitch on your left- hand needle. Drop the stitch off your left-hand needle (Figure 2), and you have completed one purl stitch.

Increasing and Decreasing

One of the most fundamental skills in knitting is increasing and decreasing, which refers to adding or subtracting stitches from your work. This is typically done by yarn over (yo) or knitting two stitches together (k2tog). Increasing creates an opening or hole in your fabric, while decreasing closes it up. Both can be used to shape your work or create decoration.

Binding Off

Binding off is how you finish your knitting project. It can seem a little daunting at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be binding off like a pro in no time!

There are a few different methods for binding off, but the most common is the knitwise method. To bind off knitwise, simply knit the first two stitches on your needle. Then, use your left needle to lift the first stitch over the second stitch and off the needle. You’ve now bound off one stitch! Continue in this manner until you have only one stitch left on your needle. Cut your yarn, leaving a long tail, and pull the tail through the last stitch to secure it.

If you’re binding off in purl stitch, the process is similar but reversed: purl the first two stitches on your needle, then use your left needle to lift the first stitch over the second and off the needle. Bind off all of your stitches in this manner until you have only one left on your needle. Cut your yarn and pull the tail through the last stitch to secure it.

Finishing Your Bag

Now that you have finished knitting your bag, it is time to finish it off so you can start using it! First, weave in any loose ends of yarn. You can do this by threading a yarn needle with the end of the yarn and then weaving it in and out of the stitches on the edge of the bag. Once all of the loose ends are woven in, turn the bag inside out so that the wrong side is facing out.

Next, fold over the top edge of the bag about 1 inch (2.54 cm) and press down with your fingers or an iron to create a hem. Then, stitch the hem in place using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Start at one end of the hem and sew all the way around until you reach the other end.

Finally, turn the bag right side out and it is complete! You can now fill it with whatever you like and use it as you please.

Tips and Tricks

Whether you’re a knitting beginner or a seasoned pro, there are some things you should keep in mind when you’re knit a bag. First, pick the right yarn. You’ll want to use a yarn that’s strong and sturdy, like wool or cotton. avoid using delicate yarns like silk or linen, as they won’t be able to hold up to the weight of the bag once it’s filled.

Second, pick the right needles. You can use either circular or straight needles, but you’ll want to make sure they’re the right size for your yarn. If your needles are too small, your stitches will be too tight and your bag will be difficult to close; if they’re too large, your stitches will be too loose and your bag will lose its shape.

Finally, take your time. Knitting a bag is not a race! If you rush through it, you’re likely to make mistakes that will be difficult to fix later on. So relax, take your time, and enjoy the process.


There are many resources available to help you learn how to knit a bag. You can find helpful books, websites, and even online classes.

One of the best resources for learning how to knit is a book called “The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques” by Nancie M. Wiseman. This book is packed with helpful information on everything from seaming to working with handles and closures.

There are also many websites that offer helpful tutorials and patterns for knitting bags. Some of our favorites include Lion Brand Yarn, Knitting Help, and Craftsy.

If you prefer a more structured learning environment, there are also online classes available. One option is the “Knit a Bag” class offered by Craftsy. In this class, you’ll learn how to knit a basic bag, as well as how to add embellishments like handles and buttons.

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