Chinese Charm Bag by Sylvia Mahoney

Chinese Charm Bag

September 2004
Aran (8 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch in the round
US 10 - 6.0 mm
390 yards (357 m)
Approx 13½" x 10" without handles
low vision format available
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Pattern description from Stitch ‘N Bitch: “This bag was an accident. I was trying to make my first beanie on circular needles and miscalculated the number of stitches. Needles to say, after 10” of stockinette stitch, I had a beanie that would fit only the Incredible Hulk. My friends and I laughed, but I felt that tossing it aside would have been a waste of my time and yarn. Rather than frog it (rip it out), I noticed that it was a nice size for a bag. So I affixed a pair of bamboo handles, sewed in a lime-green lining, then I added a Chinese horoscope charm and gave it to a friend as a birthday gift.”

Size: Approx 13½“ x 10” without handles

Skills: Cast on, knit, knit in the round, backstitch, bind off


  • Noro Gemstones (57% rayon.17% acryllic/21% nylon/5% cashmere; 50g/65yds), 6 skeins #8
  • US 10 (6mm) 24” circular needle
  • 1 pair circular bamboo handles
  • ½ yard lining fabric
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Charm (optional)

Pattern on pages 169-170.

Low Vision: This book is available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled in a digital audio format.