I came up with the idea for this knitted yoga mat bag while looking at patterns for knit mesh shopping bags. At the same time, I was getting back into yoga and noticing that you can buy yoga mat bags online for outrageous amounts of money!
This lace pattern looks impressive, but it is easy to memorize and knit. The sturdy cotton yarn can be purchased inexpensively at almost any craft store.
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22" long x 11" in diameter
• Lion Brand Lion Cotton (100% cotton; 142 g/236 yds), 2 skeins #148 Turquoise
• US 9 (5.5 mm) straight needles
• US 8 (5 mm) straight needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• 1 yd white drawstring cord
16 sts and 22 rows = 4" in diagonal lace st, slightly stretched, on smaller needles
Stitch pattern: Diagonal lace stitch
Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7: P.
Row 2: K2, *yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4: K2, *k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6: K1, k2tog, *yo, k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2.
Row 8: K2, k2tog, *yo, k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso; rep from * to last 4 sts, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1.
With larger needles and 2 strands of yarn held tog, CO 6 sts.
Work in 1 x 1 rib, slipping the first st of every row kwise, until piece measures 29" from beg.
With smaller needles, CO 80 sts.
Work in diagonal lace st until piece measures 13-1/2" from beg.
Mattress st CO edge to BO edge.
Thread yarn in and out through the bottom, pull tails tight to the inside, and secure.
Sew CO edge of strap to the top end of the bag, along the seam line. Sew BO edge of strap 3 inches from the bottom of the bag, along the seam line.
Weave in all ends.
Thread drawstring in and out through the lace patt along the top edge of the bag. Tie overhand knots at each end of the drawstring.
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Excerpted from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation by Debbie Stoller. Copyright 2004 by Debbie Stoller. Used by permission of Workman Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Available in Canada from Thomas Allen & Son Ltd. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.