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Merino 5 & TuTu

Ruffled Mini Bag

Designed by Laura Andersson

Description:  This little bag is ultra-feminine – and will make a great gift for yourself or a special someone.  The construction is simple – with sewing only to fasten the fun ruffled I-cord bag strap.  The bottom is worked with 2 strands for extra firmness. 

Level:  Easy

Size:  Approx. 6" wide by 5” high (not counting strap) 


  • 1-50g ball Crystal Palace TuTu (shown in #101 ‘Delicate’)
  • 1-50g ball Crystal Palace Merino 5 (shown in #5234 ‘Dove grey’)
  • Crystal Palace Bamboo short circular needle in US size 7 as well as dpn in US size 7, or size needed for gauge
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:  4½ sts=1" in St st with Merino 5

Abbreviations:  BO- bind off, CO- cast on, garter st- knit every row; k- knit; K2tog-knit 2 sts together (decrease of 1 st); p- purl; rep- repeat; st(s)- stitch(es); x- times; YO- yarn over

To make I-cord: CO 3 sts onto dpn.  K the 3 sts – transfer the needle from your right hand to left, and slide the sts over to the opposite end of the needle.  Keeping the working yarn to the left of the 3 sts, K 3 sts.  Repeat.  This process pulls the working yarn tautly to form a slightly spirally cord. 


Note:  When working TuTu and Merino 5 together, hold TuTu across front of work, keeping the cut end on right-hand side.  Fold end of TuTu so 1st and 2nd rectanglular openings overlap.  Insert working needle into both overlapped openings knitwise, then through the Merino 5 st on the needle.  Finish knitting the st with Merino 5 only.  Repeat, inserting needle in next TuTu opening before knitting next stitch.  When starting new ball of TuTu, overlap 1st and 2nd rectangular openings for 1st st to form nice edge, as mentioned above.  For more information, see this video tutorial.



A firm rectangular base for the bag is made first with doubled M-5 and garter st.  Then sts are picked up around the base to form the circular bag. A lacey pattern is used between the ruffles and to form the ‘eyelet’ casing for the I-cord bag ties.  The strap is a novel ruffled I-cord, attached at the sides.


With two strands of M-5 and the short circ needle, CO 25 sts. Work in garter st for 1.5 in.  Continuing with 2 strands & using the dpn, pick up and knit 8 sts along the left edge, pick up and knit 25 sts along the bottom, and pick up 8 sts along the right edge (66 sts).


Continue knitting with 2 strands for 5 rnds. Switch back to the short circular needle when ready.


Cut 1 strand of M-5 and join TuTu – follow instructions for winding and joining Tutu online at  www.straw.com/cpy/wisdom/TuTu-instructions.html

K 1 rnd with both M-5 and TuTu.

K 4 rnds with M-5 only, decreasing in the last rnd as follows: *(K9, k2tog) around.

K1 rnd with both M-5 and TuTu.

K4 rnds with M-5 only, decreasing in the last rnd as follows: *(K8, K2tog) around.

K1 rnd with both M-5 and TuTu

After 3rd ruffle, work M-5 only rnds as simple ‘lace’:

Rnds 1 & 2:  With M-5 only, *(K2tog, YO) around; K1 rnd.

Rnds 3 & 4: With M-5 only, *(YO, K2tog) around; K1 rnd.

Rnds 5 & 6: as Rnds 1 & 2.

Rnd 7: Work 1 rnd with both M-5 and TuTu. 

Repeat these 7 rnds once.


Bag top: After the 5th ruffle, cut TuTu (again referring to the online instructions).

K1rnd, decreasing as *(K7, K2tog).

Work 1 rnd *(K2tog, YO); K1 rnd.

P2 rnds. 


Make eyelet casing: *(K2tog, YO) around; K1, P around


P2 rnds, bind off in P.



Bag-tie: With M-5 only, make a 3-st I-cord, 25 in long.  Tuck in ends with tapestry needle or crochet hook.   Thread the tie through the eyelets, centering on the front of the bag.


Ruffled I-cord strap (~ 12 in long):

Start an I-cord with M-5 only.  After ~ 1 in, carefully join TuTu as before and form a ruffled I-cord.  Cut TuTu when the cord is ~11 in long, and work 1 more inch of I-cord. Bind off.


With tapestry needle, sew strap to knit sts at the center of each of the two sides.



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September 2012

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