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I learned to knit in 2001 while recovering from an illness and quickly began modifying patterns and then designing my own garments.

My designs have since been seen in Knitty, Interweave Knits, ...

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Mirkwood Satchel

from Sarcastic Stitches
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mirkwood Satchel
Mirkwood Satchel
Mirkwood Satchel
Mirkwood Satchel

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast On
  • Bind Off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Work cables
  • Read a chart/follow written directions

Pattern Description:

"Now began the most dangerous part of their journey. They each shouldered the heavy pack and the water-skin which was their share, and turned from the light that lay on the lands outside and plunged into (Mirkwood) forest."
- "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien

When Bilbo and the Dwarves entered into Mirkwood forest, they had to carry all their food and water for the long journey through to the other side. The Mirkwood bag provides additional precious storage for the supplies needed to traverse the unwholesome woods.

The Mirkwood bag features a long cabled strap that is integrated into the sides of the bag. The body of the bag is worked in a sturdy linen stitch at a firm gauge that does not require an additional liner. A cabled pocket is knit separately and sewn onto the outside of the bag. The bag is finished with a zipper closure.

The pattern includes both charted and written instructions for the cable patterns.


24 sts and 40 rows to 4" in linen stitch
18 sts to 2.5" in cable pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished Size: 10" Long x 8" High x 2.5" Wide; 20" strap length from bag to shoulder


  • Patons Classic Wool, 100% wool (192m/210 yd per 100g/3.5 oz ball) in colour 00205 "Deep Olive";
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm straight needles
  • US Size 5/3.75 mm straight needles
  • 10" non-separating zipper
  • matching sewing thread

You Will Also Need:

  • Cable needle
  • Darning needle
  • Sewing needle