FREE Bonus Pattern: Fast Track Handbag (fancy techniques practice purse)

This pattern uses all three Fast Track Techniques from Naughty Needles. You’ll start with two tubular cast-ons, join them in the round, , throw in some short rows to plump the shape, and finish with kitchener stitch. This bag is about 12″ wide and 9.5″ deep, with a roomy bulge in the middle and a tapered mouth. I used bulky Airwool, but any yarn will work. Knit with a needle sized to make a nice, dense fabric. If you’re using a lighter yarn, you’ll need a shorter circular needle. You can sub leather or silk cord or crocheted or metal chain for the ribbon straps.

Yarn, etc.

2 balls Lana Grossa Airwool (60% merino, 40% Acrylic; 40m; 50g), or yarn of your choice
2 yards coordinating ribbon, or strap material of your choice
2 yards cotton waste yarn

Needles & Notions

US 10 (6mm) 24″ circular needle, or size to make dense fabric
Size M (or size appropriate for main yarn) crochet hook
spare circular needle (any size smaller/equal to main needles)
stitch markers and yarn needle


Tubular Cast-on (make 2)
With crochet hook and cotton yarn, chain 16.
With main yarn and circular needle, pick up 16 st through the bumps on the underside of the crochet chain.
Starting with a knit row, work 3 rows stockinette.
Work casing of Tubular cast-on to produce 31 st. Transfer to spare circular and repeat to make a second casing. Leave it on the needles.

Join casings
Turn work and knit across rnd. Place marker, then continue knitting first cast-on (the one on the spare needle). When you get to the end of the row, join and place marker—62 st.
Knit 10 rnds.
Short row shaping
Row 1: K 25. Wrap and turn.
Row 2: P19. Wrap and turn.
Row 3: K 21, working in wrap at 20th stitch. Wrap and turn.
Row 4: P 23, working in wrap at 22nd stitch. Wrap and turn.
Row 5: K 25, working in wrap at 24th stitch. Wrap and turn.
Row 6: P 27, working in wrap at 26nd stitch. Wrap and turn.
Row 7: K to marker, working in wrap at 28th stitch. Wrap and turn.
Slip marker, then repeat short row shaping on other side. (So start counting for Row 1 after marker.)
Bottom of bag
Knit 10 rnds.
Next 4 rnds: SSK, knit to 2 st from marker, K2tog, slip marker and repeat on other side—23 st.
Bottom seam
Break yarn, leaving 2 yard tail. Thread end onto yarn needle and work kitchener stitch across bottom. Weave in ends.
Unravel waste yarn crochet chain, leaving string in place.
Cut ribbon in half (two 1-yd lengths).

With one end of the cotton string, make a slip-knot loop. Slip one ribbon through the loop, then GENTLY pull the string through the casing.

Loop a free ribbon end through the loop you just fed through, and knot both ends. Adjust so knot rests just at edge.

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  1. [...] The blogware’s not glamorous, but should make updates and additions very easy (read: you won’t have to wait until next Christmas for the bonus patterns). I just added the Fast Track Handbag, mentioned in the Techniques section of the book. Practice all three techniques on one pattern so you don’t have to Frankenstein your main project. Hooray! [...]

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  2. Could anyone tell me when the Hooded Bondage Onsie and variation (Sweatergirl) and the Silly Rabbit Bunny Suit patterns will be added? Thanks!

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