Please forgive me if I didn't explain anything correctly. I've never written a pattern before and I didn't take notes when I knitted this up. I've only been knitting for 5 months.
2 skeins of Cascade 220
For a longer strap, another skein will be needed
1 16-Inch Circular 10-1/2 Needles
1 set 10-1/2 double point Needles
1 Stitch Marker
I didn’t do a gauge, sorry
I started with the bottom of the bag, picked up stitches for the sides and then knitted in the round, bound off the front, knitted up the handle, then did the flap.
Bottom of Bag
CO 56 sts.
Knit 34 rows in garter st.
Pick up 16 sts on the left edge of the bottom, then pick up 56 sts on the cast on edge, then pick up another 16 sts on the last side.
(Total stitches – 144)
Place marker and join picked up sts and begin working in the round.
Knit 64 rows (in stockinette st)
At marker, Bind Off 56 sts
Place next 16 st on DPN
Place last 16 st on DPN
Leave 56 sts on circular needle, you will come back and knit the flap after the Handle
On the side where your yarn is still attached, knit 16 sts in St st (knit right side, purl wrong side) until it’s at the length you want.
Unfortunately, I did not measure or count my rows, so this will be based off of what you want. Keep in mind, you need to save enough yarn to knit your flap. So unless you have a 3rd skein of yarn, don’t make it too long.
When you get to your desired length, use kitchener st (grafting, or weaving) to graft these 16 sts to the other 16 sts on other side of bag.
Rows 1-57: Stockinette st (knit right side, purl wrong side)
Rows 58-62: Garter st
Row 63: Bind Off
I did a I-cord for the loop and attached to the middle of the end of the flap.
Weave in ends.
I had to felt this 2 times to get it to the size I wanted. Please, keep checking so it doesn’t get to small.
I used the 5th Harry Potter book (wraped in a plastic bag) to block the bag.
Don’t be afraid to pull and stretch to fit.
Pull and pin flap of bag to match the width of the bag.
I used a felted join, so there were not many ends to weave in.
Kitchener st (grafting), Felted Join, Knitting in the Round and Picking Up Stichtes