Ribbed Bag of Many Things Free Download!

The Ribbed Bag of Many Things came about as something I made up for my roommate to put her headphones and mp3 player in, but it could be used to hold just about anything!. It’s a bag knit in the round using 1 by 1 ribbing, then seamed at the bottom with whip stitch, or mattress stitch if you prefer. Eyelets at the top allow for a twisted cord or optional I-chord drawstring.

The green sample shown was made in a now discontinued sport-weight acrylic yarn, while the blue sample is made in 100% cotton.  But the pattern is highly adaptable to almost any yarn weight. It’s best to use a yarn blend without a lot of drape so the bag is less likely to stretch out of shape.

 For questions and support, please e-mail me at [email protected] or, message me here on Patreon.   

Pattern Notes: 

 This pattern is written instructions only, it does not contain charts.  A large-print and screen-reader accessible pattern download is also available. 

Please note that gauge is not specifically important to this pattern, though changes in gauge will affect the amount of yarn used and the size of the final project.

 Errata Link 

Sizes Available: One, Adjustable. 13 inch (33 cm) circumference, 8 inches (20 cm) from bottom seam to top edge.

Materials Required:
Pattern uses 120 yards (109 meters) of dk or heavy sport weight yarn. 

Green Sample shown in Red Heart Sport Solid (100% Acrylic; 165 yards/151 meters per 70 g skein/ball); 1 skein. Sample Knit in “Paddy Green”, 120 yards/109 meters

Blue Sample shown in Mirasol Yarn Pima Kuri (100% Pima Cotton, 208 yards/190 meters per 100g ball); 1 skein.


  • 3.75 (US 5) circular or double-pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge). 


  • tapestry needle
  • 1 stitch marker

Gauge for Pattern:
20 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in k1 p1 ribbing.

18 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in stocking stitch using.

Techniques Used: 

  • decreases: k2tog
  • increases: yarn over
  • stretchy bind off using k2togtbl
  • working small circumferences in the round
  • seaming (whip stitch)
  • creating a twisted cord

Pattern Usage:

 Pattern Usage: if you’d like to make something using this design for donations to charity, go right ahead. If you want to sell anything you’ve created from this design for charity or commercial purposes, also go right ahead.

If you want to teach a class using this free pattern, go ahead.

The only thing I ask for the above is that you credit me (“Sarah Dawn’s Designs”) and list the pattern name as well. Thank you!

If you would like to offer to translate this pattern into other languages, I’d love to work with you to do so! Please, contact me either by e-mail or here on Patreon, to discuss the details.

Newest Update:  August 21, 2020

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