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A gift for your favorite Yogi! Namaste is the traditional greeting given at the end of each yoga practice and loosely translates as "the divine in me salutes the divine in you".

This yoga mat bag knits up quickly using a cotton/acrylic blend falling somewhere between worsted and chunky weight.

I chose to use a cord as the strap for the bag, but alternatively it too can be knit and directions have been included below.

photos: Lisa Anderson


Diameter: Approx. 5 inches
Length: Approx. 30 inches



Needful Yarns Lana Gatto Summer [50% cotton, 50% acrylic; 62yd/57m per 50g skein]; color: 2631; 7 skeins (8 skeins if knitting strap)

One set US #8/5mm needles
Cable needle
Stitch holder
Tapestry needle
72 inches satin cording (omit this if knitting strap)


16 sts/22 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
(Stockinette gauge included for yarn substitution purposes)


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

C6B = Slip next 3 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work, k3, k3 from cable needle.

C6F = Slip next 3 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work, k3, k3 from cable needle.

Cable Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 10 sts + 1):
Rows 1, 5 [RS]: P1, [k9, p1] to end.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 [WS]: [K1, p9] to last st, k1.
Row 3: P1, [C6B, k3, p1] to end.
Row 7: P1, [k3, C6F, p1] to end.
Repeat these 8 rows for Cable Pattern.


Bottom Panel
CO 21 sts.
Work 16 rows in Cable Pattern. Place sts on st holder and break yarn.

CO 30 sts. Continuing from these sts, work sts from st holder in patt as set, then CO 30 sts at end of row. 81 sts.

Next Row [WS]: P30, work next 21 sts in patt as set, p to end.
Next Row [RS]: Work Row 3 of Cable Pattern over all sts.
Cont in patt as set until work measures at least 27 inches along side edge, ending with Row 8 of Cable Pattern.

Next Row [RS]: P1, [k3, BO 3 sts, k2 (3 sts on right needle after bound off sts), p1] to end.
Next Row [WS]: K1, [p3, CO 3 sts, p3, k1] to end.
Work 6 more rows in patt.

BO all sts in patt.

Strap (Optional)
CO 11 sts.
Work in Cable Pattern until strap measures 60 inches, or desired length.
BO all sts.


Weave in ends.
Sew edges of bottom panel to lower edges of bag body. Sew long edges of bag together.
Lace strap (cord or knitted strap) through holes near top of bag. Sew both ends of strap to bottom of bag


Lisa has been knitting (and crocheting) for as long as she can remember, and every once in a while, she designs her own pieces.

She lives in Toronto.