While most of us can’t even afford animal print, why would we spend the money when we can create knit items ourselves? Not to mention is a more animal friendly option. The best cute bag accessory option is to go faux, and even better knit it yourself! 

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I’m not one to pay attention to celebrities unless they do something funny lol. Often I can’t place faces with names and I have no idea who won the Oscars. Which is okay because I have many friends that will keep me up to date. 

I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV as a kid, we didn’t have cable and it was pretty much only some Saturday morning TV. Which I’m okay with, but I never gained that pop culture interest. 

But recently I heard something about a Kardashian that I did pay attention to. I know, a Kardashian. Don’t run away please, I’ve got a fashion solution to the negative pop culture chaos. 

So here is what happened reported by Buzzfeed.

Kylie Jenner reposted Kim Kardashian’s post about the tragedy of animals dying in Australian fires. If you are not sure what Kardashian is what Kardashian, don’t fret, me either.

What was shocking was the next thing Kylie Jenner posted only hours later. An image of her new pedicure….. wearing her $1,500 Mink Louis Vuitton Slippers.

 

Yep, palm to face. Like ugh. 

It just felt a little hypocritical right? And to each their own, but if you want fashion without animal cruelty, many artists can give you that. And that’s my goal today.

One thing I love about supporting faux animal artists is they care where their materials come from. They know about their product and choose the best choices for the animals and customers.

It’s also often more sustainable and environmentally friendly to go with the faux option. Plus, your friends will love you more for not killing a tiger for the stripes.

I hope this unique animal print bag not only is an awesome accessory in your closet, but a great way to celebrate the beauty of animals without harming them. 

Are you ready to jump right in? Before you get started take a moment to jump on over to this post to not only learn about the different ways to do crochet color-work, but also for a freebie! The printable Sheep Yarn Bobbins are super helpful and also cute. You can even cut them out on a cutting machine!

Supplies:

• 4.0 mm circular knitting needles (24” cord or longer)
• 4.0 mm dpn’s (2 needed for i-cord)
• Yarn Needle
• Scissors
• 1 inch rectangle purse ring (2))

Yarn:
• I Love This Cotton
Antique Gold (Gold)
Burnt Sienna (Red)
Black
Ivory

Yardage:
• Approx. 280 Yards [256 meters]
If the gauge is met, other yarns of the same weight can be substituted. Cotton Yarn is suggested.

Gauge:
• 19 sts and 24 rows = 4×4” [10 cm]

Many of the supplies can be found at the affiliate links below:

Measurements:
• 10.5 inches (27 cm) wide
• 8.5 inches (21 cm) tall
Bag laid flat.

Abbreviations:
• cdd – center double decrease
• p- purl
• k- knit
• RS- Right Side
• sl st- Slip Stitch
• sts- Stitches
• WS- Wrong Side

Skill Level:
• Easy/Advanced Beginner

Notes:

– This pattern is worked in the round, use a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.

– Since there is a wrong side and a right side to the bag, a combination of intarsia and carrying yarn can be used on the inside of the bag for the colorwork. Experiment and see what works best for you. Another option is to knit the bag without the black colorwork and create a duplicate stitch later.

– Please visit https://brianakdesigns.com/ways-to-colorwork-in-crochet/ for a FREE Sheep Yarn Bobbin Printable to assist you with this project. No one loves tangles.

– Here is a fun tutorial if you want to add a No-Sew Bag Liner: https://brianakdesigns.com/no-sew-bag-liner/

– Center Double Decrease cdd0: slip 2 stitches as if to knit together, knit 1 stitch, pass the slipped stitches over the knit stitch.

 

Animal Print Bag Top:

A colorwork chart is below.

Long Tail Cast On 100 stitches.

Round 1-4: *k2, p2*; repeat from * to * around. (100 sts)

Animal Print Bag Body:

The colorwork instructions below are for one side of the bag, repeat the instructions twice for each round.

Round 5: (k gold) x 21, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 4, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 21

Round 6: (k gold) x 20, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 5, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 20

Round 7: (k gold) x 3, (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 13, (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 4, (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 18

Round 8: (k gold) x 2, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 1, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 13, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 5, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 8, (k black ) x 5, (k gold) x 5

Round 9: k gold, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 4, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 14, (k black ) x 8, (k gold) x 8, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 2, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 4

Round 10: k gold, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 3, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 17, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 9, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 4, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 3

Round 11: k gold, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 30, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 5, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 3

Round 12: (k gold) x 2, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 33, (k black ) x 9, (k gold) x 3

Round 13: (k gold) x 39, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 4

Round 14: (k gold) x 15, (k black ) x 8, (k gold) x 27

Round 15: (k gold) x 13, (k black ) x 5, (k gold) x 3, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 26

Round 16: (k gold) x 13, (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 4, (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 25

Round 17: (k gold) x 13, (k black ) x 12, (k gold) x 10, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 13

Round 18: k gold, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 13, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 13, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 11

Round 19: (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 35, (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 9

Round 20: k black , (k gold) x 38, (k black ) x 11

Round 21: (k gold) x 3, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 36, (k black ) x 7, k gold

Round 22: (k gold) x 4, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 39

Round 23: (k gold) x 7, (k black ) x 12, (k gold) x 31

Round 24: (k gold) x 12, (k black ) x 11, (k gold) x 21, (k black ) x 6

Round 25: (k gold) x 18, (k black ) x 10, (k gold) x 15, (k black ) x 5, (k gold) x 2

Round 26: (k gold) x 23, (k black ) x 11, (k gold) x 5, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 4

Round 27: (k gold) x 28, (k black ) x 15, (k gold) x 7

Round 28: (k gold) x 33, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 10

Round 29: (k gold) x 9, (k black ) x 5, (k gold) x 36

Round 30: (k gold) x 8, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 35

Round 31: (k gold) x 6, (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 3, (k black ) x 5, (k gold) x 32

Round 32: (k gold) x 5, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 8, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 28

Round 33: (k gold) x 3, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 14, (k black ) x 5, (k gold) x 17, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 5

Round 34: (k gold) x 41, (k black ) x 6, (k gold) x 3

Round 35: (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 38, (k black ) x 10

Round 36: (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 32, (k black ) x 5, (k gold) x 7, (k black ) x 2

Round 37: (k gold) x 2, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 30, (k black ) x 2, (k gold) x 13

Round 38: (k gold) x 50

Round 39: (k gold) x 50

Round 40: (k gold) x 17, (k black ) x 3, (k gold) x 20, (k black ) x 4, (k gold) x 6

Round 41: (k gold) x 17, (k black ) x 7, (k gold) x 13, (k black ) x 6, (k gold) x 7

Round 42: (k gold) x 21, (k black ) x 20, (k gold) x 9

Round 43: (k gold) x 25, (k black ) x 13, (k gold) x 12

Round 44: (k gold) x 50

Round 45: (k gold) x 50

Round 46: (k gold) x 50

Round 47: (k ivory) x 4, (k black ) x 4, (k ivory) x 42

Round 48: (k black ) x 13, (k ivory) x 28, (k black ) x 9

Round 49: (k ivory) x 11, (k black ) x 6, (k ivory) x 18, (k black ) x 11, (k ivory) x 4

Round 50: (k ivory) x 15, (k black ) x 7, (k ivory) x 4, (k black ) x 11, (k ivory) x 13

Round 51: (k ivory) x 20, (k black ) x 8, (k ivory) x 22

Round 52: k ivory, (k black ) x 7, (k ivory) x 42

Round 53: (k black ) x 3, (k ivory) x 3, (k black ) x 8, (k ivory) x 29, (k black ) x 7

Round 54: (k ivory) x 11, (k black ) x 9, (k ivory) x 12, (k black ) x 15, (k ivory) x 3

Round 55: (k ivory) x 18, (k black ) x 7, (k ivory) x 3, (k black ) x 7, (k ivory) x 15

Round 56: (k ivory) x 23, (k black ) x 7, (k ivory) x 20

Animal Bag Bottom:

Round 57: With Ivory: (k7, cdd, k37, cdd) twice (92 sts)
Round 58: knit
Round 59: (k5, cdd, k35, cdd) twice (84 sts)
Round 60: knit
Round 61: (k3, cdd, k33, cdd) twice (76 sts)
Round 62: knit
Leaving a long tail, break yarn. With a tapestry needle bind off remaining sts using the Kitchener stitch. Video of Kitchener stitch video below:

Animal Print Bag Charts:

Split across 4 sections:

Bag Tabs (Make 2):

Cast On 6

Row 1: knit

Row 2: Purl

Rows 3-10: Repeat Rows 1 & 2, break yarn leaving a long tail to attach to bag later.

I-cord:

Using dpn’s, cast on 5 stitches and create an i-cord approx 50 inches or desired length. Fasten off leaving a tail for assembly later.

I-cord written instructions:
Knit these 5 stitches.

Slide stitches on the needle from the left to the right side. Do not turn the needle place it in your left hand. The yarn is coming from the far left stitch. Pulling the yarn so that it is tight, knit the 3 stitches from the left to the right needle.

When you have knit all 3 stitches onto the right needle, slide the stitches from one end of the dpn to the other. Repeat these steps until i-cord is approx 50 inches in length, pulling the yarn tight at the beginning of each row to insure even stitches.

I-cord Tutorial: https://brianakdesigns.com/how-to-knit-an-i-cord/

Assembly:

Wrap a bag tab around one of the rectangle purse rings, using a tapestry needle stitch the tab securely to one side of the bag.

Wrap one end of the i-cord around the rectangle purse ring, using a tapestry needle stitch the tab securely in place. Fasten off and weave in all ends. Repeat for the other side of the bag.