Not A Sandy Bottom 

NOTE- As this is a free pattern, support will be limited to technical issues and errata in the pattern.  No support on sizing, yarn substitution, or pattern modifications

This makes a great beach bag, since the sand will fall out of it.  Sand in the bottom of my bags is a problem here.  🙂  With a few modifications, you can make this bag into a yoga mat bag, a water bottle bag, or a larger or smaller tote.  It’s incredibly stretchy, so don’t worry if it looks small after it’s knit up.


One Size

Circumference= 14 inches, height= 13 inches


Lily Sugar N Cream [100% cotton; 120yd/110m per 2.47oz/70g skein]; color: Ecru; 3 skeins

1 set US #10 1/2/6.5mm double-point needles

1 24 inch US #10 1/2/6.5mm circular needle

1 24 inch US #8/5mm circular needle

Tapestry needle

4 stitch markers


14sts/22 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch


Bag Bottom may be worked in magic loop or on 2 circs instead of double pointed needles.  

Openwork Pattern (worked in the round over 2 sts)

Row 1- P to end of round

Row 2- K2tog to end of round

Row 3- *P1, m1 by picking up horizontal strand from between the purls, repeat from * to end

Row 4- *K2tog, yo, repeat from * to end

(from Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design by Sharon Turner, modified to work in the round)

Slip Stitch Pattern (worked over an even number of sts)

Row 1- Sl1, k1* rep from* to end

Row 2- Sl1, p1 * rep from * to end


Bag Body

CO 112 sts with smaller needle.  Join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work in garter st for 4 rounds.

Work in stockinette st for 10 rounds.

Switch to larger needles, and work Openwork Stitch pattern once.

P 1 round.

Work in stockinette for 7 rounds.

Work Openwork Stitch pattern 8 times.

P 1 round.

K 7 rounds.

Bag Bottom

Note:  move to double points or magic loop when circumference of bag becomes too small to work with comfortably on circular needle

Set up round [K28, pm] to end

Round 1 (decrease round)- [K1, ssk, k to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1] to end

Round 2- Knit

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 3 times more.

Work Decrease Round until 16 sts are left.

[K2tog] to end- 8 sts left.

Break yarn, thread end through tapestry needle and draw through live sts.  Weave in end.


Make 2

Using smaller needle, CO 12 sts, leaving a 15-18 inch tail (this will be used to attach handle to bag later on).

Work in Slip Stitch pattern for 20 inches.

BO, leaving another long tail.


Fold bag into quarters, mark with a pin.  Pin handles at markers.  Sew onto bag body using tails left from CO and BO.

Weave in all ends.  Block if desired.


This pattern may be used to make as many gifts and bags for yourself as you like. In

addition, you may make up to 15 bags to sell. You are only required to give credit by

naming me as the designer and including my website URL on a tag or otherwise attached

to the bag when sold. If you want to make more, please contact me and we can

work out a licensing agreement. Let me know your store address or where youʼll be and

I might be able to send business your way.

© Dorothy Dean 2009

8 Responses to “Not A Sandy Bottom”

  1. Barb said

    Thanks for sharing the pattern! Nice picture.

  2. Jennifer Wollesen said

    I like the bag, thanks for sharing.

  3. Looks very, very nifty!!

  4. Pauline said

    I just finished this great bag for my sister as a b-day gift….she loved it. Now my two neices want one. Thank you for the great pattern.

  5. Jo Ellyn said

    Just completed your great bag pattern. I ended up doing double yo’s to make my bag look as open and lacy as yours. Thanks.

  6. Cheryl Jensen said

    I like your sandy bottom beach bag. I would like make it and offer it for sale at my booth at the local flea market. I would be glad to put your name as designer. Is this OK? I would not do without your OK.

    • dorothydean said

      Hi Cheryl! Can you shoot me an email? I don’t have a problem with you selling it (as noted in the pattern) I’d just like to know how many you were planning on making. My email is dorothydeanphoto at yahoo dot com (spelled out to avoid the spammers!). Thanks!

  7. Trish Schramm said

    I just finished mine. This was my first knitting project that wasn’t a dish cloth or a hat. I love it and I’m going to make a few more for Christmas gifts. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!

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