A Knit Hobo Bag Pattern Using Garter Stitch Squares 流浪包棒针编织图案

knit hobo bag pattern

A knitter posted her knit hobo bag pattern in Japanese on Ravelry. She only gave general instructions in English. The design does not look too difficult so I thought I should give it a go.

I am very pleased with the finished product. It looks difficult but is actually quite easy. I have a little mental block with the handles (which is why this took me 2 months) but a little help from my knitting buddies cleared the block. I lined the bag including the handles because the handle of my Japanese knot bag (previous project) had started to stretch. I was told that I should have lined the handles as well.

Since I have made the knit hobo bag successfully, I thought I might as well write out the detailed instructions in English.

This knit hobo bag pattern teaches you how to knit 22 garter stitch squares to make a fashionable hobo bag. The squares are sewn together in a particular order to form the bag’s body. Let us take a closer look.

Materials & Equipment

  • 1 ball of black acrylic yarn
  • 1 ball of white acrylic yarn
  • 1 pair of 3.5mm knitting needles or US no. 4 knitting needles. Short double-pointed knitting needles (dpi) work quite well too since the squares are quite small.

Knit 22 Garter Stitch Squares

Using 3.5mm dpi, cast on 21 stitches with black yarn. The cast on row serves as the border.

Switch to white yarn and knit 2 rows. This forms 1 white ridge.

Switch to black yarn and knit 2 rows. This forms 1 black ridge.

Continue switching colours after every 2 rows to create the ridges.

After ridge 20 or row 40 (which should be white) knit 1 row of black yarn and bind off.

Make 22 squares.

Garter Stitch square
Garter Stitch Square – Right side and wrong side

Sewing Up

Sew them up together in this combination:

5 squares together to form a long strip. Make 2.
4 squares together to form a long strip. Make 2.
2 squares together. Make 2.

Arrange the 6 strips as shown in the picture below. Seam them up to make up the body of the bag.

hobo bag body

Once all the strips are sewn up, sew the sides together as indicated in the picture.

Fold the body in half and sew up the sides. Crochet a single row along the opening to strengthen the bag opening.

Bag Handles

Make 2.

Pick up 9 stitches at 2 corners of the bag body. Knitting the both handles at the same time ensure they are of the same length.

The handles are knitted using a single rib stitch.

Row 1 – Knit 1 Purl 1
Row 2 – Purl 1 Knit 1

Continue the single rib pattern until the handle is about 17 inches or 44 cm. Attach the 2 handles to the 2 corners on the other side of the body. I did this by picking up 9 stitches from the corners and then grafting the 2 sets of live stitches using the Kitchener grafting technique.

I highly recommend the knitting needle method by Techknitter. Instead of sewing, it is still knitting.

knitted hobo bag wrong side

Line the bag and handles with the fabric of the corresponding colour. The lining hides all the ends. No weaving needed. Turn the bag right side out and you are done!

This is a free knit hobo bag pattern. I will be thrilled if you use it. Please link back here if you do.

Want to keep a copy for offline access?

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棒针编织图案: 流浪包



  • 1粒黑色中粗毛线
  • 1粒白色中粗毛线
  • 1对3.5毫米/美国4号棒针。可用双点编织针,因为方块不大



使用3.5mm 双点编织针,用黑色毛线以绕指起针21针

  • 切换到白色毛线,以表针编织2行
  • 切换到黑色毛线, 以表针编织2行
  • 继续每两行切换一次颜色
  • 40行后(应该是白色)切换到黑色毛线,以表针编织1行
  • 以伏针收针


  • 5个方块形成一条长条。做2个
  • 4个方块形成一条长条。做2个
  • 2个方块形成一条。做2个



提包带(制造 2个)



  • 第1行:  表针1针,裹针1针,如此编织9针
  • 第2行: 表针1针,裹针1针,如此编织9针



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