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Knitted Gift Bags
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Knitted Gift Bags

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Give the unexpected this season—a gift within a gift. These beautiful knit bags definitely up the WOW factor! Both loom knitting and standard knitting instructions are included in the project sheet.

Step: 1

Download the PDF for a set of portable project instructions. If you prefer to knit this project without the looms, these instructions are also included; the loom knitting version is presented below. Read through all of the instructions before beginning.

BO—bind off; cm—centimeter(s); CO—cast on; dec—decrease; g—gram(s); k—knit; k2tog—knit 2 sts together; mm—millimeter(s); p—purl; p2tog—purl 2 sts together; rem—remain(ing)(s); rep—repeat; RS—right side; sl—slip; st(s)— stitch(es); St st—stockinette stitch; WS—wrong side; yd—yard(s); yo—yarn over

Measurements will vary depending on loom used. Dimensions of bags as shown are included in directions.


  • #6 super bulky yarn: Lion Brand® Wool-Ease Thick & Quick: 1 skein for each project: Burgundy flat bottom bag: #306 Poinsettia, Small ivory bowl and tall wine bottle bag: #307 Mystical, Large double wall bowl: #308 Starlight
  • #6 super bulky yarn: Lion Brand® Hometown USA 1 skein Small brown bag: #125 Billings
  • #2 fine yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Glamour® 1 skein. Pompom: #171 Gold
  • #4 medium Yarn: Patons® Metallic 1 skein. Pompom: #95628 Metallic Orange
  • Boye® Assorted Loom Set with 4 Looms:
    - Blue 12-peg round loom used for small ivory bowl and brown bag
    - Green 24-peg round loom used for wine bottle
    - Orange 36-peg round loom used for blue gift bowl
    - Blue 26-peg rectangular loom used for flat bottom burgundy gift bag
  • Boye ® Pompom Maker
  • Boye US size J (5.75 mm) crochet hook
  • Loom hook
  • Yarn needle
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Select Loom size to fit gift. Bags will stretch to accommodate many different size gifts. Height may be adjusted based on size of gift. To measure always lay bags flat so they are relaxed.

Step: 2


  • A. With #6 super bulky yarn and appropriate loom for your project, cast on all pegs using e-wrap cast on.
  • B. Loom to 4" (10 cm) height for small bag or 11" (28 cm) height for wine bottle.
  • C. With only one loop on each peg, cut yarn leaving 24" (61 cm) tail.
  • D. Thread ending yarn tail onto tapestry needle.
  • E. Starting with peg 1, insert the needle below the loop and pull the yarn through. Repeat for all pegs and then repeat for peg 1 to make sure there is no gap.
  • F. Remove loops from pegs and turn bag inside out.
  • G. Gather snugly and fasten off securely. Weave in tails using yarn needle.
  • H. Turn bag right side out. Top edge of bag will roll naturally to create an attractive brim.

Step: 3


  • A. With #6 super bulky yarn and appropriate loom for your project, cast on all pegs using e-wrap cast on.
  • B. Loom to twice the finished height: 3" (7.5 cm) for small bowl and 4" (10 cm) for large bowl.
  • C. With one loop on each peg and at beginning of round, reach inside and pull up the beginning edge.
  • D. Use the beginning tail to help you line up the first stitch in the beginning round with the first stitch on the loom.
  • E. Place loops from the beginning edge over the corresponding loop on each peg being careful to line up the loops so the stitches match.
  • F. Use the loom tool to knit off the bottom loops over the top loops.
  • G. Continue to e-wrap and knit 4 more rounds for small bowl and 8 more rounds for large bowl.
  • H. Follow steps C-H for the Round Gift Bag to finish.

Step: 4


  • A. With #6 super bulky yarn, cast on all pegs on 26-peg rectangular loom using e-wrap cast on.
  • B. E-wrap and knit around until piece measures 6" (15 cm) height.
  • C. To bind off: With one loop on each peg lift the loops from the center 12 lower pegs and place them on the corresponding pegs on the upper edge.
  • D. Knit off the bottom loops over the top loops on each of the top row pegs. 14 pegs remain with loops on them.
  • E. Starting on the end opposite from the working yarn, use a crochet hook to pick up the last loop, and then pick up the next-to-last loop on the hook.
  • F. Pull the next-to-last loop through the last loop to bind off your first stitch. Continue binding off the remaining loops in the same manner until one loop remains.
  • G. Cut working yarn leaving an 8" (20.5 cm) tail. Pull the yarn tail through the last loop to fasten off.
  • H. Weave in tails using yarn needle. Turn bag right side out.

Step: 5

Tie bags closed with a bow or knot using left over yarn. Add pompoms for decoration.

Step: 6


  • Make pompoms using the Boye® PomPom Maker and the same yarn as used for bags or #2 fine or #4 medium weight yarn as indicated. If you don't have a pompom maker, cut a piece of cardboard twice as long as the desired size of the pompom and 4" (10 cm) wide. Wrap yarn around cardboard approximately 75 times for #4 yarn or 150 times for #2 yarn (The more wraps, the fluffier the pompom will be).
  • Thread yarn needle with 8" (20 cm) piece of yarn. Insert needle between cardboard and yarn wraps at top edge. Remove needle and tie yarn tightly around all wraps. Cut wraps at opposite edge to form pompom. Shake pompom to distribute yarn evenly. Trim ends as needed.