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Portland Plaid City Bag

from Lavender Hill Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Portland Plaid City Bag
Portland Plaid City Bag Small bag
Portland Plaid City Bag Portland Plaid City Bag
Portland Plaid City Bag Medium bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off

Pattern Description:

The Portland Plaid City Bag is a fun, updated take on a traditional plaid handbag with a modern shape. Random horizontal stripes and random vertical stripes create an unexpected plaid pattern. Use your own creativity to develop a unique plaid pattern or make the bag as pictured using the suggested pattern. If you like a more traditional plaid, make both the horizontal and vertical stripes in a uniform repeating pattern. You could also make it all one color, or with just horizontal stripes. There are unlimited possibilities for making this bag uniquely your own!

This bag has no seams to sew and you only knit with one color of yarn at a time!!


4 stitches per inch and 5.5 rows per inch in stockinette stitch using size 10.5 needles and one strand of worsted weight yarn

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small Bag Measurements: Finished Size: 12.5" wide, 8" high, 2.5" deep
  • Medium Bag Measurements: Finished Size: 17" wide, 9" high, 4.75" deep


  • worsted weight yarn - 200-300 yards of main color, 50-75 yards each of 5 additional colors
  • Size 10.5 (6.5mm) 24" circular knitting needles
  • Size H, I or J crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends

You Will Also Need:

  • If you wish to line your bag: 1/3 yard of fabric or piece approximately 25" x 17" (36" x 24") Heavy duty interfacing (Craft Bond works great) approximately 25" x 17" (36" x 24") magnetic closure

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Patons Classic Wool