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Knit Drunken Tote Bag FREE Pattern

Updated: Oct 8, 2022

Hi Friends! The Drunken Tote bag is love! This was a super fun pattern and something that's been on my list for a LONG time!

I used 2 balls of Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. The lining is optional but it prevents things from falling through, plus it also stabilizes the bag and prevents it from further stretching.

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The cord is made using the icord and loops around the sides.

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Okay, let's knit!

YARN - Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

Super Bulky #6 (212 yards)

2 Skeins (solids)

Alternative Yarn

NEEDLES Knitter’s Pride Ginger US15 10mm


26” x 12” Fabric (optional liner)


DPN – Double Pointed Needles

co Cast on

st(s) – Stitch(es)

k Knit

p Purl

cn – Cable Needle

pm – Place Marker

rep – Repeat


C10F – 10 st cable front – slip 5 sts onto cn, hold to front, k5, k5 from cn.

C10B – 10 st cable back – slip 5 sts onto cn, hold to back, k5, k5 from cn.

LEVEL – Intermediate

NOTES – Pattern is written in US Terms.

Instructions are provided for working in rows & in the round in the PDF. for the purpose of this blog post, instructions will be written for working this flat (in rows).

Use a set of long (15”) single-point needles and knit 2 pieces. You will need to seam both sides using the desired method.


Co 42 sts

Row 1 (ws): p all sts

Row 2: k1, [k10, c10f] twice, k1.

Row 3: p all sts

Row 4: k1, [c10b, k10] twice, k1.

Rows 5-11: Work stockinette stitches for 7 rows (knit on right side, purl on wrong side)*

*Corrected on 10/8/22

Rep rows 2-11 twice.

Then rep rows 2-3 once. Bind off.

Assembling the bag (Whip Stitch used)

Seam along the left, bottom, and right sides leaving the top opened.

Straps (icord) | US 10.5 6.5mm DPNs

Co 3 sts

Row 1: k across. Do not turn. Slide sts to the other end of the DPN.

Rep row 1 until icord measures approx. 62“.

Cast off. Run the cord through the holes (from the cables) on both sides. Sew the ends of the icord together. Weave in all ends.

LINING (optional)

Cut a 26 x 12” rectangle piece of fabric1. Press raw edges for ½” seam allowance2. Fold in half crosswise, ws out. Sew along the bottom and side edge3. Place liner inside bag and hand sew around the 6th row/round from top, following the reverse stockinette st “bumps”4. Sew along the crease of the liner5.

Note: if you want the liner higher up to the top edge, cut a wider liner.



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