See the bag in my banner up there? That’s my original Cherry Blossom bag. It lives out on the west coast with it’s owner. Over the past year, that very simple little bag has introduced me to many sweet knitters who have shared their affection for it through the loveliest comments.
Moments ago, I clicked on the “Export Directly as PDF” in OpenOffice.org Writer, where my draft has been in-process for the past 5 days. She’s done. Okay, so I had to quit my part time job as a drug store cosmetician to finally get that goal accomplished, but it was worth it.
The original bag was smaller than this pattern version. Still, this is not your cavernous bag of today. If you like to travel light, are looking for a super fast knit, need a gift for your bestie, or want a “just for fun” handbag, then I present to you the “Little Cherry Blossoms Bag” pattern.
The original was made from some New Zealand wool I had in my stash. It took many prototypes to convert it to Cascade 220 but I finally nailed it on about try #4. Yes, I’m picky.
This ecru one below ended up being a little taller by adding a couple of extra rows to the body of the bag. It also has an extended-version of the original embroidery design.
PDF Pattern includes 10 pages of very detailed instructions and photos for every step of the process. Embroidery instructions are also included, plus my favorite tips in laying out your design on the bag.
Approximate finished size: 9″ wide, 5 ½” high at mid-point, and it’s depth in the base is about 5 ½”
Difficulty level: enthusiastic beginner
– 2 skeins/440 yards of Cascade 220 Wool (color #9460 “Dune Heather”)
– Size US 10 ½” / 6.5mm circular needle, 24″ long (give or take an inch)
– Size US 10 ½” / 6.5mm double-pointed needles for doing strap, but not necessary
– One size US K 10 ½” / 6.5mm crochet hook
You can purchase this pattern for $6.00 at Etsy here:
Or, if you’re a member of Ravelry, you can purchase it there: