Beach bag pattern: knit a summer bag

Life’s a beach! Summery stripes add bags of style to this must-make tote, designed by Sarah Murray. It's a great project for lace knitting beginners.

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Beach bag pattern

Knitted in cool cotton yarn, our beach bag is guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling fresh this summer. There’s room for all your essentials, while the zingy colours will get you noticed as you hit the beach or pool. And when you’re not lounging by the water’s edge, it also doubles up as a perfect shopping bag for market days.

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If you haven’t tried lace knitting before, this beach bag is a great place to start. The simple mesh pattern is worked over four rows, so it’s easy to master and to memorise.

We suggest using metal knitting needles for lace, as they’re more slippery than wood or plastic, so your stitches glide along smoothly, plus they tend to have nice sharp tips – making it easier to work all those decrease stitches!

Our beach bag pattern was designed by Sarah Murray and first appeared in Simply Knitting issue 136. You can find the full pattern below, or skip to the bottom of the page for a free downloadable PDF.

Choose your own colour sequence for this stripy bag and create a piece that’s unique!
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Beach bag pattern lace
This beach bag uses a delicate lace pattern that’s a repeat of just four rows, so it’s easy to pick up.

To knit this beach bag you will need:

  • Cascade, Ultra Pima (100% Pima cotton, 100g/200m), 1 skein of each: Yarn A Sprout (3740), Yarn B Chartreuse (3746), Yarn C Buttercup (3748)
  • A pair of 3¼mm needles

Beach bag pattern

Tension

Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 21 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3¼mm needles

Measurements

The finished beach bag measures 34x34cm.

Beach bag front & back

Make 2 the same.

Abbreviations for this pattern can be found on our knitting abbreviations page.

Cast on 72 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A.

**Next row Knit.

Next row Purl.

Row 1 K1, *K1, yfwd, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.

Row 2 P1, *P2, K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, P2.

Row 3 K1, *K1, k2tog, yfwd; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.

Row 4 P2, *K1, P2; rep from * to last st, P1.

Rows 1–4 form patt. Rep rows 1–4 three times more, then rows 1 & 2 once more.

Next row Knit.

Next row Purl.**

With Yarn C, knit 2 rows.

With Yarn B, work from ** to **.

With Yarn A, knit 2 rows.

With Yarn C, work from ** to **.

With Yarn A, knit 2 rows.

With Yarn B, work from ** to **.

With Yarn C, knit 2 rows.

With Yarn A, work from ** to **.

Knit 3 rows.

Cast off knitwise.

Beach bag pattern strap
Work the same colour sequence for the beach bag handles, knitted in easy garter stitch.

Beach bag handles

Make 2.

Cast on 135 sts using 3¼mm needles and Yarn A.

Knit 2 rows.

With Yarn B, knit 2 rows.

With Yarn C, knit 2 rows.

With Yarn B, knit 2 rows.

With Yarn A, knit 2 rows.

Cast off.

To make up the beach bag

Join side and bottom seams. Sew handles in place using photo as a guide.

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Download your beach bag pattern

Get your free pattern here: Beach bag knitting pattern PDF

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