Happy 2014! I have been meaning to share this knitting pattern for a Yoga Mat Bag, and I figure the start of a new year is probably a great time to put it out there. (I’ve actually got a series of activity-related knits I’m planning to write about—stay tuned). I have done some yoga off and on for years, but this year but I hope to do even more. I think this pattern is perfect for (almost) mindless knitting on those cold January nights, and it will help you keep your New Years’ resolution to be more healthy—well ok, it may not actually help you do a sun salutation or attempt a headstand, but it might inspire and motivate you nevertheless.
Oh and did I mention this my first ever pattern??
I never originally set out to make up my own patterns. I reasoned that it would be too much work. However, as I accumulated more years of knitting experience, I found that I was heavily modifying certain patterns. (I originally had this pattern up on ravelry as an extreme variation of this pattern but I now think mine is significantly different).
I named this pattern Sunrise because that’s what the colors remind me of, and because last summer I went to an early morning yoga session in a park that was glorious, and it reminds me of then (yep, that’s me, yoga-ing on the grass). This began as a modification but morphed into my own design, particularly the color work. It’s no masterpiece and it may have some errors, but I have decided to try and write it up, as a free pattern for you.
Sunrise— A Yoga Mat Knitting Pattern
(Quick note—please ask my permission before reproducing any of the content here, and when you do, cite me as the source! I don’t mind sharing this pattern as long as it’s for non-commercial purposes.)
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Solids & Denim (80 yds/50g each):
White (2 skeins), Tangerine, Hot Orange, Banana Yellow, Stonewash, Hot Blue, Indigo ( 1 skein each)
One size 6 circular knitting needle (12 inches) or double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
4.5 stitches per inch
To fit a yoga mat approximately 24 inches wide and 16 inches around when rolled up
Cast on 35 stitches in White, leaving a long tail of yarn for later. Do not join yet.
Round 1: Knit into front and back of each stitch [70 stitches total]
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: Join in the round. Knit
Rounds 4-12: Knit
Round 13: Switch to Tangerine. Knit.
Rounds 14- 23: Knit
Round 24: Switch to White. Knit
Rounds 25-26: Knit
Round 27: Switch to Tangerine. Knit
Round 28: Knit
Round 29: Switch to White. knit.
Round 30-33: Knit
For remaining colors: repeat rounds 13-33. (The patter will be 11 rounds of color, 3 rounds white, 2 rounds color, 5 rounds white)
After doing this for 6 colors total, finish as follows:
Knit 5 rounds White
Eyelets: knit 2, yo, k2tog. Repeat until end of round.
Knit 3 rounds.
Weave in ends. Thread long tail of yarn from the beginning of the project through the cast on loops and draw together until tight. Secure end of yarn tail to the bag.
Cast on three stitches.
Knit across, do NOT turn.
Slide stitches to the other point of the needle.
Knit across, do not turn, slide stitches to the other point of the needle.
Continue until you have 75-80 inches of I-cord. Cast off.
Thread one end of the drawstring through the eyelets at the top. Fasten both ends of the drawstring securely to the bottom of the bag.
- I am a loose knitter, always have been. You may want to go up several needle sizes if you are a tight knitter.
- This is a great project for using up small amounts of cotton yarn. I didn’t calculate how much I used of each skein but I don’t think it would be hard to adjust the pattern to the yarn you have on hand (a really conservative estimate of yardage would be maybe 280ish, based on other patterns?)
- The coolest part of this design is that when you put on the strap, the bag cinches up at the top on its own. I can’t take credit for this idea, I’ve seen it on other yoga bags, but I figured out how to do it myself. Perfect for taking your yoga mat with you on a bicycle!