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When I’m in a group of knitters (I looked it up, it’s called a “cozy” which, ugh), I sometimes look around and think that what brings them together is not the urge to create or a collective interest in keeping alive the storied traditions of Fair Isle or whatevertheheck Vikings were doing with sticks and strings or the desire to connect with the animal and plant worlds by using wool and cotton to make a snood or whatever. No, it’s quite clear to me that the thing that binds us together is that we all want as many different bags as possible.

I’ve never seen such a thing before (that’s a lie: campers wanna talk about their gear constantly too; ask me how I know), but the fastest way to make friends with a knitting stranger is to ask, “Where did you get that bag!?!” Because twenty minutes later, you’ve heard all about their bag in detail. Or, I should say, bags.  A bag to hold three little needles tucked in a bag that holds other individually bagged notions (one nice lady showed me her ‘thimble pouch’ once and I was surprised by both the intimacy of such an offer and also that she might need more than one thimble. Also that anyone used a thimble at all—what is this, Renaissance times?—but that’s for another time), then that bag is jammed in a project bag with unbagged (looks for fainting couch) yarn and then all of that’s filling up another bag and then there are a couple more protective layers of bag in case something disastrous happens to the other eleven bags, so by the end of the whole regretful conversation, these three people in my knitting cozy at Panera—who are just knitting simple hats—look like they’re toting around every bag they’ve ever received since they signed up for the Bag Of the Month Club in 1877.

I’m not immune. I worked for many years for Karen Templer at the late, lamented Fringe Supply Co., so I can certainly tuck a FSCO Stash Bag in a Field Bag and then jam two Field Bags in a Porter Bin and not blink an eye as I head out the door with what is apparently my forthcoming pop-up bag shop, even though there’s nothing actually in those bags other than, well, other bags. I mean, my keys are in my pocket; that’s where they go.

My taste in knitting bags is very specific: I like them to not look like knitting bags. I don’t want them to say KNIT HAPPENS or KNOT ON MY WATCH in cutesy cursive letters on the outside or anything. I want them to be black or white or grey or fatigue green or brown or tan and I want them to look like utilitarian objects from other fields that have been repurposed to carry around two ounces of wool, even though they might look like they could carry a hundred pounds of hammers or whatever (my autocorrect tried to change that to “a hundred pounds of hummus,” and, eh, that works too. Note to self: “A Hundred Pounds of Hummus” is a good name for a cookbook). 

Give me a painter’s bag, a rigger’s bag, or a simple utility tote. Somewhat controversially, I don’t like a zipper on the top; I feel quite strongly that metal teeth do not belong near my yarn. And even more controversially, I don’t like too many inside pockets, especially if they close. I like all the pockets open and accessible, whether they’re holding a swatch gauge, a scissors or a little bar of Violet Crumble—all necessities (note to self: “Violet Crumble” is an excellent stage name).

MDK is no slouch in the bag department, and while our Knitter’s Tote and City Bag are a touch too, hmmm, “Jackie O’s purse” for me personally, they’re incredibly beautiful and really do fit all the requirements I have for a knitting bag. If one day I opt for more swanning around and less, uh, walking around, I might switch to one of them.

It’s the back half of the year here at MDK HQ—which means it’s Christmas—and Santa is not the only one with a good-looking bag up in here, y’all. We’re stocked up with those two and even have a surprise or two coming your way later this year. Open up those emails this fall. The bag that will change your life (not a legal guarantee) might just be in one of them.

But no amount of Violet Crumble will get me to reveal any information beyond that. Though I of course encourage you to try that method. You never know.

A Giveaway!

The prize? Make one of our favorite bags: Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s Penrose Tote! We’ll send one winner a Spark Cuff and Tote Bundle and a copy of Field Guide No. 24: Spark.

How to enter?

Two steps:

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Step 2: What features (or candy) do you like best in a project bag? Let us know in the comments.

Deadline for entries: Sunday, August 20, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.

About The Author

DG Strong took up knitting in 2014. He lives in Nashville with his sister, her rat terrier and a hound dog named Opal. He has a blog of drawings and faintly ridiculous rambling called The Psychopedia—there are worse ways to spend your afternoon.


  • Magnetic snaps to close. I will spill!

    • Satchel style tool bags. Binkwaffle bags. Large, scrumptious leather purse to be used as a knitting bag.
      Ziplock bags. Candy: chocolate

      • Those big nylon MDK bags are great for impromptu camping trips, holding much yarn, ziploc bags of toothpaste and contact solution, and even more ziploc bags of notions! Bagu bags rock!

        • Love a gusseted bag with enough heft to stand on its own. A few pieces of dark chocolate are also necessary!

        • I like a bag that stands up on its own. A pocket inside deep enough for my row counter.

      • Currently … I change my mind at will … Giant metallic silver tote bag. Organizer insert (open pockets around a big open middle) forms the bottom (those pockets hold each project). Project (plural) yarn neatly settled in the open middle. Around outside of organizer: patterns (currently 3 different Field Guides and one Patty Lyons sweater pattern), soft pencil case (with a pockets around interior edge and an open middle … hey, it’s a theme!) that houses the stuff one needs (stitch markers, needle caps, scissors, tapestry needles, tape measure, Aldi Duets in various sizes, mints, etc.). I know you didn’t ask about this, but it’s also essential … glass of bubbly and dish of chocolates by my side!

      • I like to have basic notions in my bags. i often find myself thinking “that would make a great project bag”. I’m mostly a no-zipper project bag person, but snaps are good!.

  • I like a very large bag, as I keep all my yarn and projects in plastic totes to keep the mice at bay.

    • I like a bag that is unique, has character and is fun. My favorite is large, knit from dyed by me handspun. The top opening structure of the bag is wooden knitting needles. It not only holds my sweater knitting but people stop and comment on it all the time.

    • A drawstring double layer soft fabric bag, big enough to house: my working project (mostly a sweater project), a crumpled paper copy of the pattern, a couple of balls or skeins of the working yarn, my gadget in leather and lead to keep a book open when I knit, and my zippered small pouch of knitting notions.
      Simple but not at all easy to find.
      Currently on the lookout for a replacement, as mine is very frayed, if anybody has any leads.

      • Try Etsy?

    • Drawstring bag with flat bottom bag so that my yarn cakes can sit comfortably. I sew them myself. The sizes that hold 2 to 3 cakes are taller to accommodate a larger project. Lined & reversible, I like to add a deep pocket to hold small notions.

      • Hmm, those sound fabulous and like what BENEDETTA SARNO is looking for in the comment right above yours!

        I have tons of bags but my first and favorite one was actually a soft-sided briefcase with lots of pockets and flaps that my mother-in-law gifted me when she found out I had learned to knit. I still have at least three unfinished projects living in it.

        As for candy, I love Worthers hard caramels the best.

      • Did you design your own pattern or buy one. Your taste and mine in bags runs the same.

    • I love a large bag that has a sturdy flat bottom into which I can stuff my many small drawstring bags. My numerous drawstring bags each hold one small project(socks or scarf or hat), pattern for it and a smaller pouch to hold mini scissors, stitch markers & any other small notions I might need. The small bags also hold a lovely scented soap in a small organza bag to make the project smell nice.

  • I’m with you: no zippers near my yarn. And I tried the ones with holes for your yarn which was problematic and overkill. I have a million of them so it’s ironic that the current bag of choice is a freebee i got from DC water that says Water is Life. Well, next to knitting, they are not wrong….

    • Amen to that on the bags with holes for your yarn to come out of. Did anyone actually try to knit wi5h one?

      • Large flat bottom bag without zippers, inside pockets, and a loop to attach my car fob/house key. Durable canvas.

      • Actually, they are perfect for knitting socks. But I’m a lefty and thus very weird, so you can take that with a public works truck full of salt if you like.

      • I want a medium sized bag with zipper ( to keep out the moths and other critters that love my yarn) with a pocket on the inside.

    • Two or three compartments, the biggest one for the yarn and project.
      Other(s) for sundry bits, notes and fuel (chocolate not for sharing).

    • Candy: anything chewy and fruity. Current favorite is fruit Mentos. Knitting can make me hungry….

  • I’m personally a zipper bag with LOTS of pockets (if at all possible) with a minimum of 2 pockets on each side of the bag kind of person. And like you, DJ, most of my knitting bags are not normally made for knitting. Instead, it was meant to hold something else or was truly meant to be a bag: book bag, canvas tote, you name it, I probably have some version of it. Most of all, my favorite bag of late are the lightest weight bag I can find … getting older but still lugging everything and the kitchen sink means that while I’m still carrying 25lbs of “stuff” AND my knitting, my bag better be zippered, a crossbodied, and LIGHT. Oh .. and as for candy, chocolatrle with nuts or some form of an Asian coconut or milk candy is the way to go! Thanks for letting us share!

    • When I’m knitting at home, I really like a lined basket, which is easy to move around from one knitting spot to another.

      • Candy favorite: Gummy Bears, please! A good quality energy bar, is welcome, too. Love chocolate, but can be messy.

        Bags…. all bags are good bags! Collapsible cylindrical fabric leaf/garden waste/trash bins are great for kitted-up projects.

  • I like something simple. My homemade bento bag probably gets the most use.

    • I like three kinds of bags one that is largish with a snap closure that stands up by itself for sweaters and larger projects, one small bag that can fit a hat/small project and various sizes of drawstring “project bags that can stuffed into my purse or larger knitting bag. Well and M&Ms of course because they “melt in your mouth and not in your hands!”

  • The handles/straps should be long enough to carry on my shoulder.

  • I like a simple bag, large enough to hold my plastic pencil box of notions and my project. I have been using a years old Vera Bradley bag, but never close the zipper unless my yarn/project is safely enclosed in another bag.

  • I just like a big reusable shopping bag that stays upright when you put it on the ground and has room for everything but the kitchen sink. No zips, no frills, just practicality for me.

    • I like those gardening totes with a big open center and pockets all around the outside. It may not be good for riding the bus but for going from room to room, it can’t be beat!

    • I wish I had thought of this!!!! On my way to the pile of reusable bags in my basement ♥️

  • I like a sturdy bag with lots of pockets.

  • A few inside pockets to separate tools for the project inside and straps on the bag not just a drawstring. It shouldn’t be too deep but able to hold a few skeins and an 8 1/2” x 11” booklet
    if necessary. Perfect! I’m ready to knit where ever.

    • No zipper. No candy. No pockets. Just a one project bag.

  • I like ginger chews to have handy in my project bag. They’re relatively neat and satisfying.

  • Fold over/open top.

  • Outside pocket for a water bottle and that side should be waterproof!

    • Do not get me started!! I have dozens of knitting bags!! Some are actually made to be knitting bags and others are purses, backpacks, etc., that I just loved and repurposed. Some of my absolute favorites came from Slipped Stitch Studios which is, alas, shutting down. I have small bags for individual projects and huge bags for carrying multiple projects on a road trip. My latest road trip bag is actually a really cute rolling carry-on bag. It has a pocket for my patterns, a mesh pocket for small items and, best of all, it rolls. I don’t have to carry the weight of multiple projects on my shoulder. Whew!! As my husband says…I’ve rarely met a “knitting” bag I didn’t like.

    • I love a bag with a nylon zipper for the project – small/socks, medium/shawl, large/sweater. Then each project bag has a smaller zippered notions bag. If going on a trip take at least 2-3 projects bag in a big tote bag. I always keep a Bert’s Bees lip balm in each bag as well. You can’t be too prepared!

  • Sturdy with lots of pockets is my style too, but not what I usually carry! I’m usually found with a somewhat limp bag with no closure to keep my stuff actually inside the bag, but it seems to work okay. It’s just not my dream bag!

    • Size matters! Even for a small project, I like a bag large enough to hold the project instructions, whether its a Field Guide or printed on letter-sized paper.

  • largish canvas (not too heavy, not stretchy) w/ an outside pocket or 2, could have 1 inside side pocket but otherwise plenty of room for either see-thru mesh or ziplocks to hold essentials

    • Lands End canvas bags have lots of pockets inside and out. Plus a key clip that I use for scissors. The catalog description says that the handles are tested to lift 500 lbs……hope my knitting supplies never exceed that load limit!

      • Right with you!

  • My preferred bag should have a meaningful graphic on it, probably artistically connected to the place I bought it. It needs to be strong enough that needles won’t poke thru too much but soft enough I can cram it in another bag.

  • I’ve yet to find the perfect knitting satchel (or wallet or purse or backpack for that matter). But my preferred variety of imperfect knitting tote needs to hold a sweater’s quantity of yarn, my notions pouch(es), a selection of needles and maybe a book. It needs to close fully (with a zipper, drawstring, whatever) so that I don’t risk losing any of the contents on the train, and when I’m ready to knit, it needs to be sturdy enough to sit upright and wide open for easy rummaging. Hmm. A snack pocket, too? Never thought of that. One more feature to look for.

    • Search on Amazon for Knitting Backpack. I just ordered one for my knitting cruises and other trips, multi purpose.

  • I like bags of different sizes, appropriate for the project inside. A small, grabbable bag with socks inside, a giant one to hold all the yarn needed for that Afghan. Preferably with a pocket for tools.

  • I don’t need any pockets in my knitting bag. Just a lot of room to keep everything necessary for the project together.

  • I like the opening to be wide, and open pockets inside, filled with my knitting notions and a tin of Grether’s Blackcurrant Pastilles.

  • Don’t even get me started. Bags that have easy access to the contents are a must and magnetic closures always grab my attention.

  • I use a huge cotton basket/tote. It must be the size of a bushel basket. Inside I have all of my many works in progress in smaller bags and my book – my water bottle – my family’s water bottles and well you get the picture. I prefer a long-gathered strap I can wear around my wrist for my smallest – mindless project. I walk and knit and knit between sets at the gym. It makes exercising much – much more interesting! I believe in taking my knitting with me everywhere and therefore have knitting for every situation and a bag for every situation!

    • Although I use a large basket at home, I keep my projects in smaller bags. I recently found some mesh vegetable bags with a draw string closure at the store. The mesh is soft, I can see what’s inside and they were cheap.

  • These are a few of my favorite things (bags): small drawstring bags or repurposed Clinique cosmetic bags for socks or small projects and open top totes with multiple pockets inside for bigger projects or to hold multiple small projects or to be my purse or to hang on the rocking chair or to hold other bags.

  • I have a canvas, open-top toolbag with side pockets from Harbor Freight. I LOVE this thing! Thanks for the link to Violet Crumble,DG. New on my treat radar.

  • I love a large open leather bag with smaller bags inside to stash all my yarns, tools and snacks.

  • I like a see through mesh bag with snap closures and also a wide opening. If it’s a solid fabric bag then it needs to be light colored to make it easier to see inside the wide opening!!!

  • Stich markers and stitch holders

  • I too have quite a collection of knitting bags. I have never thought to add even the smallest piece of candy. The horror of melted chocolate on a project sends chills up my spine. But perhaps if I kept it in a zipped bag…

    • Currently using ziplocks that can tuck in my purse or backpack during commute. Drawstring is ok, snaps good, no zip preferable. Large opening (current holder of needle organizers and misc tools not needed for current projects has many pockets but the main opening is way too small)…

  • That the straps are long enough to carry on my shoulder. My husband says my perfect project bag is so big that it needs wheels. Smarty pants!

  • What do I want in the ideal knitting tote? Heavy fabric, no zippers, good pockets and inside structure.

  • I’m currently using a smallish canvas grocery bag. But I have two MDK bags, a leather and waxed canvas satchel, a petite drawstring bag and one of those cylindrical bag’s specifically for knitting my sister-in-law gave me because I have so many bags. My current bag has a sweater and a scarf in progress. The Papa sweater is in the duplicate stitch phase so the scarf is for when I want to knit or can’t concentrate on the chart. I have tootsie pops in the bag right now. But I like to carry ginger chews.

  • I like my bags to have a flat bottom so that they will stand up, be compressible (not rigid) so that I can smoosh them into my travel backpack, and have at least one inside pocket for a pencil. I do like them to close. The ones I use the most have a zipper top that I fold down when using to create a sort of yarn bowl.

  • I belong in the big, open bag camp with lots of little zipper or snap pouches to keep my tools and supplies secure.

  • Always a hoot to read ones of your Atlas Insiders. While I love chocolate, I choose a Lara Bar for my knitting bag because of the melt factor (if we ever meet, ask me about that). I like an open pocket in a larger project bag or tote so all the little things don’t fall to the bottom.

  • You had me at Violet Crumble, one of the few childhood favorites I’ve not outgrown (not as seriously gaggingly sweet as most).
    But actually, the current favorite for knitting-bag candy is that little dispenser box of candy-coated sunflower seeds. I don’t feel guilty (seeds! Protein!), and the clear box is perfect size for crochet hooks or dp needles, etc.
    As for bags, if you’re a crafty sewer, it’s Noodlehead all the way. Uncounted numbers in the last few years, of all shapes and sizes, including a mini backpack purse from my old jeans.

  • I like fireball candy in my bags and a bag appropriately sized to the project

  • I often think more about what bag I’m going to take on a trip than my actual knitting. Right now, for me, it’s my MDK bento bags for projects.

  • Handles long enough to be a shoulder bag.

  • The magical feature that prevents tangles of multiple balls of yarn.

  • Just an open bag. No pockets, zips, or Velcro!

  • A simple drawstring bag works best for me. I have one in a camouflage print that I misplaced recently and asking my family to help find it resulted in a hilariously amount of commentary. “I didn’t see a thing.”

  • I’m a bit of a “bag in a bag” person. I have two small bags with notions (tapestry needles, scissors, waste yarn, etc) that fit into bigger project bags. Most of my project bags are just canvas totes, they’re easy to take things in and out of and pretty easily hold anything from a hat to a shawl to a sweater. They’re also cheap and plentiful, which is good because I always have a million projects going.

    • My traveller’s bag is a small, olive green backpack (big enough for a yarn cake or two) with a small zippered pocket on the outside for notions. No candy or stickies anywhere in sight!

  • I’m with DG on no cutesy sayings. If you love them have fun! Just not for me. I just bought a Baggu bag that’s medium size, white, with small flowers embroidered on it. Perfect size to me with just enough room it could temporarily be a one night only overnight bag. Maybe. It’s also my birthday present from my cats. Thanks Tiger and Pretty Girl!

  • A large cloth or Tyvek bag that sits upright and doesn’t fall over works great for holding current projects, extra yarn, and smaller bags of notions. I don’t keep candy with my yarn but I often have a piece or two available, nearby. My favorites involve chocolate and nuts.

  • I like drawstring bags the best…the brighter the fabric, the better! And a couple of wintergreen Life Savers!

  • Drawstring top. It closes to not dump, but no metal teeth near Mt yarn.

    • Long handles to throw over my should or wear as a backpack for traveling either smaller zip top bags for notions (stitch markers small scissors tape measure chibi with plastic bent tip needles etc), at home I have a woven basket with the items needed for my current big projects and always some ginger candy and raw organic cashews in any bag I travel with. I prefer beautiful art or strict open top canvas bags.

    • I’m embarrassed to say how many bags I have. I suppose there are worse things than having a bag stuffed full of more bags. But you are hysterically funny and I would love to join your Panera knitting cozy! I’m certain I must have a bag that would hold 100 lbs of hummus!

  • My go to project bag is one I knitted and felted. It’s very sturdy and large enough for the project to snuggle down inside.

  • I like variety, small, large, short handle, long handle, zipper, no zipper, pockets, no pockets. The best are free.

  • Sometimes I like a bigger bag but mostly use an open top multi pocket both outside and in.
    It was made by a bag maker who repurposes heavy materials and sails. This bag holds a project and my notions bag. Lots of pouches , too for sock knitting. One can not have too many bags. Happy knitting.

  • Snack size paydays…in a bag.

  • Yes, open pockets… no, cutesy writing on outside. Yes, plenty of room for other bags inside!

  • OMG I could go on about bags all day. I have a serious bag obsession! I love Vera Bradley bags for their beauty and useful pockets, Nereby bento style bags from Ikea for small projects, Lands End canvas bag for sweater quantities, and infinite numbers of grocery and promotional lite weight giveaway totes. I have been longing for a Tom Bihn Swift bag or a Della Q makers bag, or a leather one from Muud, but if I bring one more bag home, I believe I will have reached critical mass….still doesn’t stop the desire to find that PERFECT bag.

  • I’m also Team No Zipper. A nice drawstring top is all I need, thank you! Although for larger projects (sweaters, shawls) I have a habit of realizing all my project bags are occupied by WIPs, and instead of taking that as a sign that I should just finish the durn things and not cast one something new, I usually instead grab a tote bag. Which is nice as a knitting book fits in nicely, and I can toss it over my shoulder and go.

  • My perfect project bag(s):
    A transparent, but colorful, bag with snaps that I tuck into a bag purchased on a trip. Current fav is the MDK bag I WON at Shakerag 2023! Second place is a bag from the Metropolitan Museum. I guess I am striving for “well traveled” knitter. Ha!

  • I’m with you, no zippers (or Velcro!), and only one inside pocket – anymore than that and things just get lost in them. But a way to close is good, either a flap, magnetic closer, or loopy handles. Otherwise I find cats have a tendency to burrow in, especially if I’m knitting with handspun.

  • It depends. Daily travel? A small home-made quilted tote, no pockets. Airplane travel? Large tote with zipper top and pockets (and at least a month’s worth of knitting for a one week trip.) Bringing my knitting to a group? An attractive leather hobo bag. The list—and the varied bags—goes on and on.

  • First, your timing for this article was brilliant! I spent yesterday looking at all my project bags, trying to organize and wondering what was wrong with me! No more! Today I buy more yarn and plan another project!! My favorite bag is that MDK Knitters Bag by Brooklyn Haberdashery! I got it a few weeks ago and it’s great. I’m not big on zippers or snaps, but I love the drawstring concept. I don’t really care for inner pouches. I rather collect interesting small pouches ( with zippers). I have a Jane Austen pouch, an RBG pouch, a Wife of Bath pouch,etc..,etc.At the beginning of a project, I choose my knitting companion!!

  • Skittles. I would say chocolate, but I once forgot about a chocolate bar and yuck, melty mess. My bad! The top of the bag must close. I agree that yarn and zippers should not exist in proximity though. I once had a cat who loved burrowing inside of bags almost as much as tangling balls of yarn all over the downstairs of the house while the house was sleeping. So the bag must close.

  • The ability to carry two or three projects at one when I’m traveling. Plain knitting for conversations. Intricate knitting for down time in hotel room. And an in between project, just because. Zippered see through mesh bags for notions. And room for a paperback.

  • I just bought the felted bag that is marked down on the MDK website. It is exactly as you described with pockets in the right place. That makes 8 bags for me now since I picked up knitting again

  • I like a bag that stands up, so, a bucket bag or the most wonderful Knitter’s Tote. Candy isn’t a usual feature in my project bag, but a package of Red Vines will never go amiss with me (although it won’t go in the bag. Yarn and potentially sticky items don’t belong in the same space).

  • A loop thru which the yarn can feed to my knitting. And no zipper.

  • I’ve felted my own bags with lots of posckets and a metal closure– and even though washable, no candy in my project bag! Had too many disasters (hot climate); but may carry in my purse.

  • I like a bag with a flat bottom so that it will sit upright next to my chair while I’m knitting.

  • Lots of pockets. Preferably inside and out. Usually a big tote with project in a smaller bag and other stuff too, iPad, notebook, wallet etc. I do love a good notions bag too.

  • My current go to bag has a flat bottom, outside pocket and I wish that it had an inside pocket or 2. Ginger candies would be my treat of choice.

  • A flat, sturdy bottom that stays clean!

  • I walk with a cane (or 2, depending on whether it’s a good day) so I have at most 1 hand free. Tote bags just don’t hack it in this situation. I make my knitting fit into a knapsack or a crossbody sort of feed bag I sling around my neck. Considerations like pockets and zippers are minor. Maybe this is an opportunity for a designer – hands free knitting carriers.

    • I also walk with a cane, and agree completely with you. I’m also bent forward so shoulder straps don’t stay on. People with mobility issues need a lightweight crossbody bag with pockets and a secure closure to prevent the otherwise inevitable dump out onto the ground. My loving husband has resigned himself to carrying my purse and knitting bag for me!

    • Forgot to add that my favorite knitting bags are those linen pouch-like sacks that Fringe Supply used to sell, because they’re easy to open _wide_, throw a bunch of things in and tie them up, stuff into my knapsack. An unconventional substitute for pockets.

  • Sturdy woven oval basket, preferably handmade (of natural material) in a co-op to benefit locals, that has a flat bottom so it sits well (not slouchy) and fits easily between the chair and end table where I knit or at my feet in the front seat of the car. It is open and thus fully accessible both for reaching in and eyeing what I am looking for. It holds two small zippered pouches for small notions, the needles and yarn currently being used, a nail file and always … hand lotion! Kathy F.

  • A top that closes without a zipper and a bottom that allows the bag to stand open on its own are the top two things that will put a bag up for consideration. I also fell for a small hard sided notions case with multiple small compartments and room for small scissors. No candy, but usually Orbit peppermint gum in the side pocket.

  • I keep chocolate or expensive cookies in an inner pocket as a special treat.

  • All large totes start with Starbursts sealed in a zippered plastic bag. Then, the notions bag, which depending on the project, is either a larger zipped bag (plastic teeth, handmade by a friend, cute, colorful) or a postcard sized zipped bag (plastic teeth, handmade, usually cute, colorful). With the knitting project, these bags go into the large tote. They are leather or canvas, occasionally purchased new, but more often, they had a previous owner, and no cute sayings on them. A couple have sewn on patchwork fabric, but they’re mostly plain. The things they have in common is no zipped top, and there has to be room for my wallet and a book, in case I don’t want to carry the handbag in to the MDs office, the car repair shop, or out on a yarn field trip with a friend. It is possible that I have about 12-20 of these big tote bags. I love each of them, but am always on the lookout for another great one. Love this article!!!

  • Roominess and straps long enough to shoulder.

  • 7:30 a.m. Sunday, travels down a rabbit hole to find out what the f I mean what the heck is a Violet Crumble. I now know the history AND that I can get it through Amazon (of course).
    The best bag is the next one I buy.
    Since my hobbies and interests extend beyond knitting, let’s just say I have a problem.

  • So many tote bags in my collection; I try to use diferent ones depending on the travel. Sock projects usually go in small Japanese knot bag and then in the tote which stands up. Whatever book I’m reading keeps it company. Little zippered pencil pouch holds scissors and slap-bracelet ruler goes around the handle. No candy because FL and it will get melty-other measures are necessary.

    • I like to choose my bag from a few in my closet depending on the projects and size. Also like large open stand up sturdy bags.

  • Unlike DG, my project bags require zippers in order to thwart three cats, all of whom would like to drag my yarn around the house. I do have a number of drawstring project bags, which I now use to hold other bags.

  • Flat bottom draw string tote. After not being able to find a pretty one, I finally made a pattern in two sizes and made my own. Love them!

    • I used to sew tote bags maniacally before I learned to knit. Those simple bags in some of my favorite fabrics are perfect

  • Large enough to hold everything – from pattern to yarn to needles to an assortment of accessories (markers, tape measure, etc) and pockets to keep everything orderly! Best treat – varies – but right now Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate covered Powerberries – real fruit juice pieces made with Acid, Pomegranate, Cranberry and Blueberry juices covered in dark chocolate. (I like to think there is some healthy aspect of this decadent snack – but who am I kidding – its just yummy!)

  • I like a stout bag that stands upon its own. Waxed canvas is my current choice. Large enough to hold a sweater in progress (for years perhaps) and I agree, no zippers. Pockets inside for bits and pieces and cough drops because yarn fuzz gives me a tickle and makes me sneeze.

  • For a project bag I have upgraded from a ziplock bag to a canvas bag, although I love a bag I can see through. I prefer a simple drawstring canvas bag, no pockets, just large enough for My project. My knitting bag is another story, magnetic closer and large enough to hold several projects and my clear notions bag and clear stitch marker bag.

  • Hilarious. Truth! I’ve always been a bag lady. Travel, work bag, book bag, knitting bags, notions pouches. I could host a Baggu pop up shop. I’m a sucker for clever transformers or promises of chic organization that weighs nothing, despite the 20lbs I try to stuff inside. Sometimes leather and incognito, sometimes an artist’s hand stitched wonder, sometimes a cute sheep advertising the wool inside. Never plastered with a script font of blatant optimism.

  • Amazing number of named items I had to look up in that post to understand references, but the education was worth it! Now wanting violet crumble (family ties to Butterfinger or 5th Avenue stateside?) and more bags!
    Favorite bags: depending on intent- larger than a mouse, smaller than an elephant, all kangaroo pockets appreciated. I do like neat, strong zippers and for me- NO VELCRO!!! Little strips of beasts eat yarn and projects…currently making some from fabric stash of crisp cotton fat quarter fabrics. Entertaining. Also eyeing up some of my husband’s tool carriers he may leave sitting too long….

  • Features of my favorite knitting bags….stands up on its own, but can be squished down to fit in smaller spaces, one small interior pocket just in case, outside resistant to dirt or drink spills or rain, strong handles that can go over my shoulder if needed, able to hold several projects and notions in other smaller bags, a nice color that isn’t too dull or too bright, and the bag material being something that feels good to the touch. Must feel good!

    Thanks for the happy and smile inducing post today!

  • My requirements are simple, really. I just like one to fit thr size of thr project.
    Never too small but not overly large either.

  • I like some kind of closure because yes, I will spill. Integrated handles are nice too,

  • A brilliant dissertation on bags! I knew I wasn’t the only one who cared so deeply about this subject . I like a bag that fits my project, open top negotiable, with a pattern/design that makes me feel good just to see it. I always use small bags for notions and a zip-lock bag for yarn so multiple pockets aren’t necessary. Finally, I never keep candy near my yarn but I do love Good n Plenty (living in Canada, it is a rare treat to get it).

  • Hi DG, as always, Thanx for giggle. So me, I like pockets to hold measuring tape and stitch holders and needle.

  • I like a medium to large bag. I like a zippered pocket on the outside to safely keep crochet hooks or other small tools. That way I know exactly where they are, and they won’t get lost.

  • Sorry DG, I need a zipper bag! We have 5 curious felines, so I will take my chances with the zip. I like a big, sturdy bag that will stand hup on its own with long, comfortable shoulder straps. And it should fit a whole sweater plus whatever else I need to make it.

  • My bag says “Sometimes Curse Words Help!” I have Hershey’s Dark chocolate and almond nuggets in my bag because they are easy to share and pop in your mouth 🙂

  • Small project bags for individual projects that can go into a larger bag in case I want to switch projects ,

    • I covet some of those gorgeous bags I’ve seen, but I’d rather spend my money on yarn than bags so I end up using whatever bag or basket I have on hand. Including sometimes the paper bag from the yarn shop. But the game changer has been a small velvet zipped bag that I keep that my notions in – a short, pencil, sticky notes, stitch, markers, small scissors, etc. I confess I do love that little bag.

  • I like my hand sewn Stowe bags by Fringe Supply Co. I like the style and they have a few pockets of various sizes. They are big enough for one project plus notions, needles and swatch. Plus I had the fun of making them too.

  • My favorite bags are ones I’ve been given by someone special. Some hold a single project, which might go inside another when I travel. For notions, I’ve repurposed small makeup bags and one of those little pouches that something came in when my husband had cataract surgery – reuse and recycle!

  • My bag always has hand lotion. It depends on the project and where I am going. I have lots of small on the go projects stuffed in bags. I can always pop them in a larger bag. I have a bucket bag that I use at home, it’s easy to move around. I seem to buy bags all the time, I have a basket to hold my bags

  • Usually I prefer a good sturdy canvas tote with handles, nothing fancy. No pockets needed because I use a notions pouch.

  • I go with an Artifacts Knitting &Crochet Project Bag which holds up to three drawstring bags. Stick a pouch of knitting notions in there and I’m good.

  • Magnetic closure or drawstring top, depending on size of bag. Interior pockets. Room for the project, so I like both medium and large bags. I add a zippered tool case to each bag – or should say, there is always something crucial missing from every bag!

  • So, DG,
    Do you take your knitting when you go camping?
    I have way too many bags, but that doesn’t stop me from looking for more. Depending on my project, I like one with several inside pockets for notions. And a flat bottom. I am currently looking for a good clear plastic bag so that I can take my knitting through security points for games, concerts, lectures, etc.

  • I have licorice or rockets.

  • Recycled sail bag, preferably size extra gigantic. They’re stiff enough they can stand on their own, and they hold smaller bags with project “kits” (yarn, needles, pattern), and notions bags (tools, crochet hooks, short knitting needles).

    My recent discovery: a brown paper grocery sack with the top folded over makes a GREAT yarn ball container. Yarn never comes out, no matter how hard you pull, and there’s room for multiple balls if you’re working colorwork. Lightweight, easily folded up and tucked into project bag. Instead of a yarn bowl, a yarn sack! (Dampen your hands before turning over the top edge, and the paper won’t tear.)

  • I really love having an inside pocket that can hold an 8″ x 10″ copy of a pattern without folding it!

  • I think the best feature in a bag is sturdiness; I like to cram a lot in. And I agree with you about cutesy logos; I used one I was given as the inside of the Scrap Tote by Erika Knight from Field Guide 20. Best use for it – out of sight!

  • DG – the bag man, after my own heart – don’t really like the kitschy knit bags and mine run the gamut- the European ones that I gathered on a trip are the exception and could say stupid fat old lady with a pretty picture and yup, I fell for it

  • What a great article! Fits me to a T. I like project bags of all shapes, fabrics, and sizes. Zippered, snapped, tied, love them all. One for each of my current projects. Inside my bag, I carry an interesting notion pouch, which has a smaller pouch inside of it for my stitch markers. I enjoy sewing and knitting my project bags too. Currently I’m learning to crochet granny squares. Wouldn’t that make a cute project bag? Looking forward to more articles like this one. Beverly

  • Something big enough to carry around my not even half finished blanket – what was I thinking?

  • I like bags too! I don’t think you can have too many. Currently using a big canvas tote, with lots of little bags inside. Zippers are ok, but no Velcro. My fav find was a 1 foot diameter stainless steel feed bowl from a dairy farm. The yarn ball happily spins around in it 🙂 One of our cats like to lay in this bowl too. I like toffee and caramels.

  • I want a good sized bag with only a couple of compartments. No cutesy stuff either. I’m pretty smitten with my Tom Bihn Swift Bags. They’re just the right size for most of my projects.

  • I have two different types of project bags. One for a small or beginning project, and one for multiple projects, as sadly I am no longer monogamous! Both need open pockets inside. Lots of pockets! And a drawstring or non-zipper closure.

  • I like a bag with pockets. Both in and out. I need a bag large enough to be able to put my project(s) in the bag as well as my tablet and a pocket for my notions tin. Having a spot for my keys and wallet helps.
    I put my project I. A bag and then I. A tote bag to carry them around. I can’t leave the house with only one project.

  • Every year in western Pa. There’s a steel valley yarn crawl. Most years a project bag is included in the entry fee! I love using the various bags for carrying knitting projects. Hard candy( wintergreen lifesavers) is a wonderful discovery to find lurking at the bottom of the bag!

    • I love the 2023 yarn crawl bag! I spent a lovely afternoon with fabric paint pens embellishing my crawl tote. Its a great size, has a zip and a small inner pocket, too. Definitely a keeper!

  • DG you make us all feel normal. So I’m not the only one with bags in bags from canvas to sturdy fiber shopping bags.
    I tuck in a box of mints that can survive ages hiding under a project. A Christmas gift purse was in a shopping bag. I still use the shopping bag for knitting.
    Best bag needs a side pocket for water bottle and a flat pocket for a book.

  • Now that I’ve retired, I relegated my “office work bags” –2 Michael Kors large handbags, almost totes,–to knitting project bags. They have interior pockets, a zippered pouch, and tons of room for yarn, a Hershey bar, etc., with a structured bottom so it stays put. Great fashion, too!

  • I like a roomy tote with a couple of pockets that can hold the the work in progress, tools/notions bag and pattern for my project.

  • Right now, in my project bag I am carrying “Coffee Like” candies. They are “milk caramel with a smooth surface and liquid coffee milk filling inside.” Actually, to be able to read the label better I had to open one and pop it in my mouth!

  • Easy to grab handles, inside pockets, and the ability to stand up on its own, make for a perfect bag!

  • I must have lining in my bag so little or pointy things don’t fall through the fabric.

  • Something big enough to carry everything I need for a given project, dark in color so it doesn’t show dirt, extremely light weight but durable, and squishy enough to fit under the ever shrinking space below the seat in front of you in airplanes.

  • I’m using a cosmetic bag for my tool bag. It has 2 compartments, one clear plastic, the other mesh. The whole thing zips closed and has black and white stripes on the outside.

  • Pockets. Many pockets. One of which can hold a box of Junior Mints.

  • I prefer a bag that stands on its own by my chair, large enough for at least 4 cakes of yarn, a kit of small tools and maybe my yarn bowl. Some kind of drawstring closure is best. Snaps over zippers! Also, it must be large enough for a book, and snacks, and maybe a water bottle!

  • I prefer them mostly simple, with handles that can go over my forearm.

  • I carry whatever bag I have gotten a present in. Friends and family understand this and critically question sellers of coffee, books and, of course, yarn. For some reason there seems to be bags that once carried canned and/or dried chickpeas for hummus – which I wish I could say my autocorrect wants to spell as hammers but is sadly does not.

  • Long handles so I can carry on shoulder.

  • I generally only have 1 bag with a project in it and 1 notions bag for all projects. I gravitate toward tins for storing things in my notions bag. I do have cloth skein coats for my yarn balls. Maybe that counts as a sort of bag?

  • A few pockets

  • I’m with you – no zippers! I like a nice base so that my bag will sit where I put it and not fall over. Two of my favorites are ones you mentioned – my Knitter’s Tote and a well-used Fringe Town Bag. I tend to use the Knitter’s Tote a bit more because the straps are longer and can go over my shoulder.

  • Open top, only one or two open pockets inside. Pretty basic!

  • I do like a drawstring at the top! Inside I have a very small notions pouch that I move from project to project depending on which one I am working on. And no candy ( it would most definitely end up coloring my knitting) but swatches from previous projects that I keep as souvenirs.

  • Such a great laugh reading this one, DG!
    My best bag has amazing adornments, buttons especially ❤️

  • Should the collective noun be a tangle of knitters? A homemade cookie is my treat of choice in my bag.

  • I have a Fringe Supply Field Bag for Socks and a Town Bag for sweaters. I do miss Fringe Supply. If you are a sewer, Grainline Studios has the patterns and Kits. Love the draw string tops, sturdy canvas, and utilitarian look of these bags.
    Both also have inside pockets that fit a MDK field guide perfectly!

  • It has to be tough. Nothing that a knitting needle or pair of scissors can poke through.

  • I have always loved bags and containers, even before I started knitting. I love a good tote bag as my purse, so as I rotate a purse out of circulation it becomes a project bag where I keep the yarn and pattern for a specific project at the ready. Of course, if a tote has a zipper, that is a no go. For accessories I use small clear cosmetic bags so I can easily see what is in each. One has tapestry needles, T-Pins for tightening interchangeable needle cables, cable needles, and counting devices. Another has scissors, and another has stitch markers. So for that set up works for me.

  • A flat base, several pockets, and a snap closure (yarn catches on zippers).

  • yarn, needles, and pattern

  • Most of my project bags have either an inside or outside pocket. None have zippers but a few have magnetic closures.

  • Pockets, Pockets, Pockets. I really need a bag I can use as a purse.

  • The projects stashed in my dainty silk Lantern Moon bags somehow manage to be finished before the jumbled ones in my Lands End totes. Go figure. A little dark chocolate for a nibble doesn’t hurt either.

  • I like a bag that has a pocket inside and always has a few Reese’s pieces!

  • The enclosing bag needs to be big and they need to have straps long enough for me to carry the straps over my shoulder. No pockets inside, but I do use nice zippered pouches the are emblazoned with the logo of my LYS to carry notions. Current project(s), with its yarn, hooks or needles, and paper pattern are inside separate plastic bags to stay clean (and dry, some days). A small bag is included with keys & way to get more yarn (cash or credit) and there has to be room for the iPad, which is my repository of all my patterns, in case I get bored with the project carried in The Bag.

  • Just give me a ziplock bag to put in my Birkin bag. If only …

  • I need a handle (or handles) that will let me carry the bag over my shoulder or in my hands without dragging the ground. ‘Cause sometimes my hands are full, and sometimes they aren’t. (P.S. ‘Hundred pounds of hummus’ made me giggle. My autocorrect is cruel like that, too.)

  • Capacious tote, tall enough for a printed pattern and wide enough for the WIP, yarn and notions case. No zipper, handles long enough to sling onto shoulder for hands free. Pockets also handy for odds and ends …

  • I love bags and would like one of every type that I see. It’s usually the pretty fabric prints that suck me in and get me to buy but I do prefer a medium to large bag that closes.

  • A snickers bar in a bag with only one pocket.

  • I must have a (preferably) drawstring closure — I have cats, need I say more?

  • My project bags are sometimes like time capsules. When I go to look for a set of needles used on an unfinished project, I may come across a Hallmark card from a favorite aunt, receipts for a favorite top, the receipt for the yarn in use, a leaf that I found beautiful (now brittle) and my “candy” of choice- Trident chewing gum- original flavor. It’s always fun to see what was happening at that moment in time.

  • I, too, like a knitting bag that is classy, but understated. I do have several that are just utilitarian for holding skeins of yarn. I have long admired the Penrose bag since I first saw it……..!

  • I look forward to these weekly–giggles with my morning tea. DG never disappoints. Either a zipper-free tote purchased on Rues des Franc-Bourgeois & gifted by a lovely person or an over-large purse or ??? stuffed with a bag containing notions, cosmetic bags repurposed as yarn holders, washi tape for marking place on pattern, & See’s chocolate (!!).

  • I like some hands-free aspect like straps that comfortably fit on your shoulder or ability to be a backpack.

  • Must be something wrong with me, I’m not really into project bags. I just use whatever cloth bags have been provided to me by charities and at local 5 & 10 K runs.

  • Big enough to fit my needles and a long cord plus one or two balls of yarn and the pattern and my small bag with scissors and stitch markers but not so big that I can’t find everything easily. The bigger the bag, the more I stuff it, so smaller is better for me.

  • I’m with you on no zippers closing the bag – for some reason my yarn always finds a way to get caught in them. A sturdy drawsting works well. And I like the bag to be able to open all the way up so I can see inside and find the inevitable missing stitch marker! I do like a zipper pocket on the outside of the bag, one that runs the whole length of the bag so I can keep whatever I need in there.

  • I have a winter candy – salted caramel, I won’t get into what happens when you forget it’s no longer winter, and a summer candy – lemon drops

  • a simple large tote with pockets inside and out

  • A good bag for me usually has a clear notions bag to keep everything together one or two brooks I’m reading, and a knitting project. It’ often seems like a bag of bags, but it works really well for me.

  • 110% AGREE that I do NOT want cutesy cursive missives on a bag. I tend to use really good canvas grocery toates. I do have ONE artist logo canvas tote that has,become my primary knitting bag because, NObody else in my “cozy”, any of my cozies, has one like it and buying it supported a small town artist (who’s other works were out of my budget at that moment). So, apparently I like a large, fabric bag with a large flexible opening and good solid handles (I am rough on handles) and to that I add little hanging “accessibility aids” (aka stitch holders, the kind that are like gigantic safety or diaper pins) to keep my most frequently used tools and implements accessible (i.e. not lost in the bottom of the previously described large canvas bag). I use the “accessibility aids” to hang small scissors, measuring tapes, pens, etc. I have access through work to some clear hanging sleeves with a reinforced top hanger that work VERY nicely hanging just off my very solid bag handles in the top edge of my very large cavas bags!

    • I use your “accessibility aids” to fasten my row counter to the work. Row counters invariably slip off my needles, but pinning one to the RS of my work handles both jobs in one go.

  • I have two shelves overflowing with stacks of all kinds of different bags. (LOL). So, apparently, variety fulfills different needs and go to places!

  • I like knitting bags to be washable and with a zipper on top (because moths). They must be sturdy to deal with the many projects I stuff in them “in case I want to work on something else”. Yes, when going on vacation I’ll usually take two or three knitting bags and stuff them into a large tote with some more skeins of yarns and my notions bag. It’s a compulsion! And just like that annoying habit you do and didn’t realize until someone pointed it out, now I’ll be hyper aware of my knitting bag situation!

  • No zippers and no Velcro – they attack my yarn. I love Madder Root, tanneicasey and, my current favorite, Joji Locatelli’s Pampa bag. My bag addiction is almost as bad as my yarn addiction

  • A bag that stands up on its own and has a magical never-ending supply of dark chocolate Violet Crumble.

  • I like enough room to hold my little zippered tool pouch.

  • I prefer a big bag with a large opening and pockets. Sturdy pockets helps to hold my stash of Carmel chocolate mentos.

  • Not too large, but big enough lol! A pocket or two and shoulder straps. No zippers.

    • I love my collection of Vera Bradley bags. One in particular because the front pocket is just the right size for a Field Guide. I also like a handle that I can carry over my shoulder. I thought the one with the zipper would be perfect to keep my two Havanese puppies out but they managed to unzip it and create havoc with my yarn anyway.

  • I have never found the perfect bag, but have certainly tried. I do like a zipper–but agree with you, DG, that it shouldn’t be around yarn, so the yarn needs to be in a separate project bag within the knitting bag. I don’t like pockets in the knitting bag itself–it is just a holding /carrying around bag. Accessory pouches are needed instead—alas, I have yet to find the perfect one –and the accessory pouches go together in the accessory bag which goes in the knitting bag with the project bag

  • Not too many years ago, I was at a knitting retreat on San Juan Island in Washington State hosted by our dearly missed Cat Bordhi. I don’t remember who actually came up with the phrase for a group of knitters, but Cat announced it and we all agreed it is perfect: a Kindness of Knitters.
    I prefer to leave my larger projects at home and only take small or beginning projects out of the house. My favourite bag is a small canvas zip bag from a sock club I tried for a year. It holds a sock or light scarf project and will itself fit into carryon luggage or my small purse.

  • I own both of those bags. I do love them, but for me, some kind of closure is important. I would actually prefer a zipper, although I get what your saying about the yarn. I’ve had more trouble with sock yarn catching on some part of my wallet than a zipper. We’re all different.

  • I love this! It’s like stumbling into a 12-step recovery program I didn’t know existed but I’m definitely part of! One of my favorite things is when I buy something that comes in a bag that I instantly realize could become a project bag, or a notion bag–free make-up bag, purse that comes in it’s own flannel bag, something cute that comes in a drawstring bag–it’s like getting two for the price of one. And, as knitters, we know that feeling of sometimes having to justify that “well, I spent this but I could have spent that if it hadn’t been on sale” thing–or just use one of those extra pockets to hide the yarn/notions receipts 🙂

  • I agree no zippers.

  • So funny! You inspired me to cull my bag collection, most of which I hardly ever use. I like a lightweight bag so I’ve avoided gorgeous but heavy leather ones. My current go to bags are my kids’ Outdoor Voices bags which I’ve swiped from their closets. They seem to be the right size, are light weight and have shoulder straps.

  • The right amount of stretch, w/o too much — we’re not smuggling watermelons… And no holes, where items can fall out.

  • Thanks for the laughs this morning! I “might” have a bag (or three) full of bags around the house. I keep notions in zippered pouches to keep with the bag (cotton or linen drawstring or bento bags) containing the project, which then goes into another tote or basket, depending on where I’m taking my knitting. I like everything to be washable or disenfectible, so I love the Revolution totes and baskets for around the house and I use a Consuela tote to hold everything when knitting (or crocheting) in the wild.

  • inside and outside pockets and some way to close it so if it falls off the table everything does not tumble out.

  • You are soooo right!! Thanks for great insights. I have a large bag, with lotsa pockets, that I keep all the little do-dads organized (pretty much) in …… and they’re visible at a glance. It sits next to my chair in the living room where all my magic on needles happens. BUT, when I have to take something somewhere, I have a smaller bag and just throw in essentials (scissors, measure tape, stitch markers if necessary ….. and the pattern & project. Usually the pattern is a photocopy that has been marked up in yellow, folded, covered in hashmarks with a big checkmark next to the last step I’ve completed. No special pocket for that in my bag —- could be the next big thing!!! A bag with a PATTERN POCKET!!!

  • I’ve been traveling a lot lately, so my favorite bags are “just” big enough, and fit nicely(ish) inside the backpack I carry on to the airplane. There is almost always a little tiny bag with folding scissors, a little crochet hook, and a vial of sewing up needles in the bag. I think there might be a market for purpose made “Russian doll” knitting bags. . .

  • Sewists still use (often need!) thimbles … just sayin’.
    I make drawstring knitting bags and tote bags … but the knitting bag may go into the tote, but that’s all!

  • I like pockets, and I like a bag to be deep enough that stuff stays inside, but not so deep that it’s a black hole that swallows my car keys should I accidentally drop them in the knitting bag instead of my purse.

  • A sturdy, able to stand on its own bag. No need for pockets as I have a notions pencil case. When I know I am going to be standing inline its a drawstring bag that I can hang from a wrist so I can keep my sanity by working on a small project as I inch forward.

  • a simple fabric tote bag, a drawstring small bag for a sock project, no zippers please, no inside pockets, keep it plain and simple. a zipped small bag for scissers, needles and pins. keep it simple.

  • Goldenberg Peanut Chews and a medium binder clip. The “candy bar” is actually eight little sturdy chocolate covered candies that are good for sharing or if you only need one quick little bite (hence the binder clip for secure closing.) They are the perfect addition for knitting bag snack emergencies. Plus they’re good way past their sell-by date.

  • A large bag with lots of pockets and sturdy handles! Caramels are my go to candy.

  • Large. No zips but lots of pockets.

  • Open bag, two pockets, long handles so I can swing it over my shoulder.

  • A bag with dividers so multiple skeins of yarn don’t tangle. I like there to be a pocket, and for it to have a draw string top.

  • I want a bag with a firm flat bottom* so it will stand up on its own.

    * Get your mind out of the gutter.

  • Bag: Canvas or leather. Something loose and shopping bag-like. Divided down the center is even better.
    Candy: (although it is not really candy; it is sustenance!) Either Niederegger dark chocolate marzipan or Ritter Sport marzipan.

  • A bag in a bag in a bag. So yes, I like a big bag that holds my projects in little bags:-)

  • My knit kit that looks like a paw and has almost everything I need.

  • I actually like Violet flavored mints, but I liked chocolate flavored Velamints best for in my bag. Nice flavor, low calories.
    I really miss them

    • I forgot to add the bag features- I like open pockets, but I prefer some way to close the top.
      & A gusseted/flat/footed bottom, so it can2 stand on the floor

    • Pockets…….inside and out…….POCKETS. And nice handles, long enough to sling over your shoulder.

  • I like lots of pockets and I need some kind of closure.

  • Cotton, large enough to hold only its assigned project and my MDK tool pouch. But each project has its own bag. Laundry bags from French hotels work well. No candy — salty snacks.

  • Years ago I knit and felted an interlac market bag with open pockets in the lining. I love it except I made the handles too long and the pockets too short, which do make it easy to reach in for a York peppermint patty!

  • I prefer a little drawstring project bag that I tuck inside my MDK Skill Set tote along with a notions pouch. I use that tote every single day!

  • I love dove chocolate, the little individually wrapped pieces with little sayings inside the wrappers in my bag.

  • I have two favorite bags. One my son gave me years ago, a Vera Bradley pink with two inside and two outside pockets for tape measure, scissor, needles, stitch markers. The two handles are pretty well worn but I wouldn’t part with it. The other is a bag, similar to the Vera Bradley style, which my daughter sewed, made of orange fabric with pockets which feature the Unicorn tapestries we saw on a visit to a museum in Paris. It features the 2 outside pockets plus 6 inside pockets as well as a zipper closure and six buttons on the bottom. There is always something to eat in each bag or at least mints.

  • Not too big, not too small, not heavy, no zippers but with a closure that keeps My Precious safe and clean! Simple.

  • If I’m traveling: a large bag (read backpack) that will stand up on its own, with lots of open pockets and space for a ffew small projects.
    At home: a sturdy (mine has a fold-up hidden metal frame) with an open top and only a couple of pockets. It’s large enough to hold an entire afghan in progress as well as a smaller project in its own soft project bag.

  • I like a bag that has a zipper compartment in the middle

  • I do like a zipper, since we often have beagles (fosters and our own) who would otherwise happily abscond with a skein or two of yarn

  • Ideally, a lightweight bag, roughly the size of a classic brown paper grocery bag, that stands up on its own, with a satchel mouth or a roll-down top. It must close securely, because of cat hair and general clumsiness.
    Waxed canvas maybe?
    Inside, one pocket large enough to hold a printed pattern or chart *in a sheet protector* — 8.5″ is too narrow; a couple smaller pockets, at least one pocket reinforced so pointy things don’t poke through (e.g. scissors, pens, extra doublepoints); and some D-rings near the top that I can clip smaller bags to, so I don’t have to empty the whole bag just to find a stitch marker. Love Tom Bihn yarn stuff sacks with the clear bottom. Snack: Milanos.

  • My sister is a whiz at whipping up bento bags, so I have one for each WIP (so an embarrassing number of bags). The bag has the yarn, the needles, and a xerox of the pattern. I keep stitch markers and holders, a crochet needle for fixing mistakes, and my grandma’s stork-shaped embroidery scissors in a small flat plastic box that I transfer to the bag of the current project. That’s where my knitting organization skills stop – I have bags stashed in every room with a chair and a lamp.

  • Draw string to close.

  • I have an amazing ability to lose things, so my favorite knitting bags are very bright colors. I like a fake bottomed, drawstring bag with an interior pocket. Right now my candy of choice is maple fudge squares.

  • Ideal bag has long handles that can be carried on shoulder, wide opening, deep pockets that can hold a couple of field guides, large enough for sweater quantity of yarn and flat so that it can stand up. And no reference to being a knitting/project bag!

  • If it’s one I’m traveling with it definitely needs a top zipper—nylon teeth preferred!

  • Drawstring on top that rarely gets pulled unless traveling great distances out of my control!

  • Style of bag depends on my mood at the time of purchase. Besides yarn & yarn necessities I need it to carry M&Ms, a protein bar & a bottle of water

  • Different kinds of bags for different needs… travel, home, small project, large! One bag I’ve very fond of is a small Patagonia accessories pouch. Certainly not a typical knitting bag but very practical. A good pocket inside gets extra marks from me… and a wee stash of chocolate is a must.

  • I enjoy carting my knitting around in a bag I got from a Golden Retriever National Specialty Show that I got in 2005. Or, for small projects, a expandable soft bag from my dad’s trip on a cruise line. But yes, I have cutesy ones too!

  • I enjoy seeing the beautiful project bags that some people use, but I do something that I find both pleasing and practical for my purposes. Over the past 50-some years of traveling, I’ve collected a fair number of plastic and paper carrier bags from purchases I’ve made in shops in various parts of the world. They are a fun reminder of a place and time. Right now I’m knitting the Pressed Flowers cowl and keeping all the bits and pieces for the project in a bag from Jenner’s (beautiful Victorian-era department store in Edinburgh; sadly, now closed).

  • Mentos. ! No mess. Little clear zipper bags in one handles bag or my 102 year old mothers knitting bag with wooden handles. God bless her.

  • At the top of the rotation this summer is my Shirleigh Blythe hobo bag in magenta and orange plaid woven vegan leather. Why yes, my needles do stick through the weave, so it is a good thing I have a bag inside my bag. Big plus for Blythe was buying her at my grocery store.

  • Love ya, DG—that was the best thing I’ve read in a while (fainting couch!)—and my numerous project bags are where I hide the stash of Cadbury chocolate and Coffee Crisp I score on trips through Canada (shhhhhhhh)

  • What feature? Umm, free? I swoon over the gorgeous bags I see like the Knitter’s
    Tote but mostly use whatever is closest at hand. If I were designing, it would need to have an area where those sharp objects don’t poke through, esp the scissors. And that Bag of Holding ability to be able to smoosh in more balls of yarn than seem possible. Think clown car! I would love to have a bag that could stand up so that I can pull the knitting out, leave it on the floor and still have room for someone to sit next to me! Yes, I love talking to strangers

  • A handle or string that my dog can’t chew through…..

  • I usually go for dark chocolate but the recent favorite candy is Kit Kat Bars.

  • I’m team zipper here. I do have several (uh hum) totes that don’t have zippers and I use them quite regularly. I like pocketes on the inside. I like small bags for socks and soap savers.I like my big open totes for sweaters. I have zippered ones for my blanket projects that are wondering if they’ll ever get any attention.
    I have my bags divided by season. Yes, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter, spring, Easter, and summer. There are quite a few useable in any season. Many are from retreats I’ve been to. These are great for jogging my memories bank!
    I guess I’ve never met a bag I didn’t like!

  • The outside bag needs to go over my shoulder, because I am always carrying other stuff. The inside bags ( the ones that hold hat or cowl projects) need to have handles so that they can hang on the back of a kitchen chair. This way, when they aren’t traveling in the big bag, they can hang out in the kitchen waiting for me to knit a few rows while I watch the screen and my wonder-man cooks another good meal.

  • I like drawstring bags that have a big opening; inside pockets not necessary as I have my notions in a zippered see-through cosmetic bag.

  • The features I look for in a project bag are these:
    -Nice handles making carrying easy
    -Openings in the top for yarn while knitting.
    -Large size, at least 14” wide x 12
    -One side see through (or all of it)
    -A zipper pocket either sewed in or separate for notions.
    My favorite project bags have been Della Q. But I always am on the lookout!
    Cynthia Weller

  • I like a small to medium sized bag with just enough room for one or two projects and my small zippered notions bag. No candy! I’d eat and not knit lol!

  • My Crumpler bag from Australia is the best! It’s large, sturdy, and can handle knitting and everything else when I’m travelling. The straps are long enougn to put over my shoulders but not so long that I have to.

  • Love the Tom bihn stuff sacks. Draw string closure, yarn guide. Just the right size for anything but adult sized sweaters.

  • I do like a top zipper or at least snaps. and lots of pockets inside. And I’m one of those with lots of little containers inside the big bag.

  • No Bento Project bags? I’m off to World Market to see if they have Violet Crumble…I might need a ticket to Adelaide in my gift!!

  • I want perfect length handles, room for a couple small projects, a few inside pockets for essentials and a flat bottom. I tuck gallon ziptop bags containing the actual projects inside my knitting bag – they protect from mishaps and allow me to see which projects are with me.

    The Vera Bradley tote that I’ve been using for the past five years is close to perfect – but it’s beyond threadbare now. I may have to take some measurements and look for a replacement.

  • I like my bags to be sturdy, big enough to cram everything I may need into it (but not so big that I get carried away, unless it’s for a trip and it’s the bag for extras and emergency projects and notions that’s just going to stay in the back of my truck anyway- that can be HUGE!), with a couple of pockets for tucking in small stuff that otherwise gets lost in the bottom and handles that are long enough to go over my shoulder. I generally have a fig bar and a small bag with tea bags and a tiny jar of raw sugar (because I am a tea snob and don’t drink coffee) and my tote bag candy of choice is pep-o-mint or wint-o-green lifesavers (fresh breath, clear mind) or Jacobsen Co salty black licorice (because I love it so and it’s very unlikely that anyone else will take it 😉 ).

  • Simple ones. Tote with room enough for a no zip plastic project bag with a Knit Kit (for emergency repairs and markers). Pockets are good, though, for water bottle. The tote must be large enough to include my current reading material. For walks in the park I use a small attach-to-my-belt bag with only a crochet hook for instant fixes. No candy, though, as chocolate could be messy in the heat.

  • My knitting tools go in a cube-shaped cosmetic bag with a zippered top, which I found in a thrift shop for 99 cents. I used plastic canvas to make a liner for it, so it stays upright and doesn’t squash. My projects are always in Ziploc bags, and everything then goes into a big stretchy knitted market bag. Candy could be Hershey’s Nuggets, or gummy worms.

  • A Marimekko lunch bag (zippered with two pockets on the inside) for my notions inside a larger vinyl Hadaki bag for my wip when I’m on the move; ideally they fit into my backpack. Then baskets by my chair for projects worked on at home.

  • I like a Toberlone candy bar in mine. My bag also has to have pockets.

  • I like my bags waterproof (I live in Kansas, it can either be unexpected rain or lawn sprinklers), with a snap top, and plenty of interior pockets, holding tools (both knit and non-knit), and meds; and I want it to either fold up small, so it can go in my school bag, or in clear plastic, so I can hang it on the coat rack to see what I’m grabbing on my way to the movie, event, church service, or what have you.

  • Werthers

  • I’m not too picky about project bags, but inside pockets are very handy. It must have a sturdy handle.

  • I like an open top. No zipper, or worse, velcro. A couple of inner pockets.

    I have a bag story. A few times a week I drive to a trail to go for a run. Then go by the post office to check for mail. I have my keys, phone, water bottle. Just this last week I thought — hey, I could bring a BAG for all this instead of juggling it in my hands and dropping stuff as I come back in — genius, right? I do have a selection of bags…

  • I like bags with an inside pocket that closes so my small necessities don’t fall out. I also prefer bags with a solid bottom that stand up on their own

  • I’d like a big drawstring bag with a flat bottom to hold my multitude of smaller bags. Candy? Werthers won’t melt in the heat.

  • I have a friend who makes sturdy fabric bags with a square bottom. Great for when I am working on the front porch, a park bench, or in a busy coffee shop. The yarn stays clean in the bag while I work because the bag stands up open wherever I set it down.

  • Lots of room for my latest WIP, including pattern. I have so many totes with WIPs but I can can guarantee that I will need more! Lol

  • Pull string top and flat bottom makes my favorite knitting bag

  • I like a drawstring on the yarn bags and an open top for the project bag.

  • There can never be too many pockets. Seriously. And it needs to be able to become voluminous as needed, so nothing too structured. I like color and pattern too.

  • I have my Knit and Let Knit bag and about 20 others, including a quilted expandable bag I sewed, several yarn crawl bags, etc.Washable is nice,but my fave is an old blue & black knitting tour bag with a small interior pocket for odd bits and outside pockets for small notebook or patterns. Best part is the canvas is sturdy enough that the bag won’t fall over. A project and small go kit with essentials for the pattern in its own bag , so I can grab one of the three or four bags by my knitting chair and out the door to my group knit.

  • I prefer a back that either has pockets to slip the “necessary” tools – scissors, tool with a hook at one end and knitting needle at the other, pen, highlighter or highliter tape, markers, But if it holds a small bag with all those things inside it that is good too. I have both types and many others collected over the years. The ones I “had to have”. I guess with all the WIP in my life it’s probably good to have so many. 🙂

  • My current bag is a sashiko bag with braided leather handles, zippered inside pocket and zipper closure that I picked out after successfully finding a cardboard card with a llama on it in my local Cost Plus World Market store during a sales promotion. The only thing I would improve would be making the bottom wider so it would stand up by itself a little better.

  • Bag Of the Month Club! Heehee!

    I decided that the various rooms I knit in would look better if my knitting projects were in beautiful bags rather than various plastic shopping bags. At least that is the rationale I give myself to add to the bag collection!

    I like a bag that can stand open while I knit and I’m a fan of a having a few pockets. For travel, I’m on Team Zipper, including some zippered pockets, because I’ve had items slip out when the bag is stowed. For airplane travel, my under-the-seat bag is a large zippered tote. My jewelry, meds, snacks, extra knitting needles, patterns, plus a project (in its own bag, of course) go in and then on top of that goes the knitting project I plan to work on first (yup, in its own bag). I feel better having two projects at hand. If the trip is long enough, more projects might be in my suitcase.

    My most recent souvenir bag is an indigo-dyed cloth tote (no zippers) from the Brooklyn Museum’s Africa Fashion exhibit, which was such a treat!

  • I need a bag big enough to hold my current project and my back pillow (in 2009 I broke my back and while it’s a lot better the only thing that helps me sit in almost any chair is my ThermaRest pillow, and not the new kind of ThermaRest…). Hopefully the bag is pretty too, and I agree cutesy sayings aren’t a help.

  • The perfect yarning bag should be large with outside AND inside pockets and a shoulder strap. The bottom should be flat and accommodate a rectangular plastic tub to hold accessory items.

  • I have too many bags but would have no qualms buying another! They are like time capsules, never know what I have left in them when transferring to another. My lantern moons have thread bare straps but I can’t bear to part with them. I have large bags at home that hold multiple small bags (with projects in progress). I always carry a small one with sock in progress, no zip, one longer handle slides thru shorter one to close and for over wrist. It contains yarn, sock in progress and a measuring tape. If it’s too close too finishing, I’ll carry a small scissors and another set of needles to start second sock. I have a bad habit of stockpiling a bunch of socks that need to be grafted, then will spend an evening just grafting. No snacks travel in knitting bag but usually have peanut butter crackers in a pocket to keep sugar from dipping too low. I know…beyond quirky. LOL

  • Cashews & m&ms! Fingers stay clean, and, if a body has self control, you can use them as row counters: line ‘em up and eat one at the end of every row

    • Can’t stop laughing at the visual image in my mind!

  • Pockets!

  • Zippered pockets, a zippered top opening, and handles long enough to sling over my shoulder.

  • I love a bag with pockets! A must have because who doesn’t like pockets on everything!

  • Pockets… lots of pockets!

  • It’s just the best when I love gazing at the bag as much as I love looking at the yarn inside!

  • Definitely no zippers, interior pockets, lots of room for projects, magnetic closing and ideally a place for car keys away from the yarn.

  • I have a handcrafted tote bag a friend made (a knitting friend who also quilts). It has straps long enough to go over my shoulder, is generously sized with pockets inside and out, AND…drum roll…the most important feature is a flat pocket in the center that is perfectly sized to hold patterns (in protective plastic sleeves, of course) and divides the bag into two separate sections. I can carry a knitting project on one side and a crochet project on the other, which is grand!

  • Love to have a chocolate peanut butter flavor protein bar in my project bag for those times I need to power through some knitting and do not have time to eat a meal!

  • Nestle Lion Barb in Europe (called $100,000 bar in US)

  • I like to have peanut butter m&m’s in my knitting bag. Get to have one after each row!

  • My tote bag has to be lightweight, have a pretty exterior, and be able to hold my knitting tools, project, and wood yarn bowl. And maybe my current read, if I’m traveling.

  • I fly a lot so I want it big enough to hold my latest project but small enough to fit inside a large tote bag I use as my carry on. Pockets aren’t a deal breaker but they’re nice to have!

  • I have such a variety of bags. I need one the size of the project and able to hold my eye glass case motion holder. If I’m using it as a person have to have pockets for my phone and my keys. And if I’m traveling, it Hass to have room for those things and my laptop and a change of clothes. Needless to say, I have a lot of bags.

  • I don’t think I give much thought to my knitting bags. For smaller projects I use a sewn bag that a dear friend made me. It has a zipper which I agree can eat yarn but I also like that nothing spills out. At home I use a soft sided larger bag that houses my current project. Within it is a notions pouch, my pattern, and my project. A larger sturdier bag is for travel. Then I need to have everything secure. That will holds everything I need to complete a project plus my IPad. Although I have several bags I am not tempted to collect them I would rather buy more yarn.

  • Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. I love pockets in a bag. They are like little bags inside bigger bags and I can keep all things orderly inside.

  • I LOVE chocolate, however, when knitting, I go for something less messy. Gummy bears, Starbursts, something not sticky or gooey.

  • Sturdy and stands on its own. I don’t want it to get stepped on at a crowded Knit Night. That said, sub-bags, per description above, should be soft and flexible.

  • Not gonna lie, I love a good ziplock to keep the currently in use ball of yarn protected. Inside a knitting bag of course!!

  • I like all bags. I currently have a drawstring bags that will fit three projects, a long with a bag for all my notions. Not much of a snacked when knitting. Just gave away one of my bags to my 10 year old granddaughter who ask to be taught how to knit. She said it is very calming.

  • I loooove a project bag. Particularly one with a couple of pockets on the inside (and one on the outside can’t hurt, honestly). If one of those pockets contains a Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut, so much the better!

  • I like a knitting bag that is deep, so I can stand up multiple skeins. I also like magnetic closures an at least one pocket.

  • I like it to stay on my shoulder.

  • My mother’s crocheted bag I use for produce at the grocer’s.

  • A flat bottom so it stays upright. No Velcro and a size that is roomy enough but not too big. Also a pretty color and good fabric. My fav candy bar is a Bun maple which I’m sure not too many people remember.

  • I do like a zippered bag mainly to keep things from falling out when I toss it on the car seat and, more importantly, to keep one of my cats from sticking its head in and pulling out a ball of yarn to play with.
    I do prefer one that can be folded down to avoid the teeth. As for a snack, I do prefer dark chocolate but wouldn’t say no to a Violet Crumble or Cadbury fruit and nut bar

  • It should be the correct size for the project and (usually) be able to stay (more or less) upright on its own.
    So I have various sized bags for different projects, though I have been thinking of a slightly bigger bag for my sock projects.

  • My favorite part of my newest project bag is the bison leather handles. They are so sturdy I could carry hammers. I am from Montana and a green canvas bag with sturdy bison handles just says “knitter of warmth by necessity”.

  • I love my Grey Duck Bags (sadly out of business). A simple zippered bag of various sizes made of waterproof material with a matching wrist strap.

  • My favorite bag (a gift from friends) says “I knit so I don’t kill people”…it’s pretty much true!

  • My current favourites are a clear stadium bag with mesh pockets on the outside. I have them in 3 sizes so I can fit them to the project. I don’t like writing on my bags but I do have a notions tin that says, “Knitting is like sex. If I like you and you appreciate it, it’s free. Otherwise, you can’t pay me enough.” I also love my ThinkGeek Handbag of Holding for projects that stay in the house because they’re too big to carry around.

  • It’s not exactly elegant but I love the ziploc! Waterproof, inexpensive and see through.

  • I need a sturdy bag with pockets and snaps.

  • The right amount of space. I have a variety of sizes to go with the type of project.

  • You people obviously aren’t owned by cats. Unfortunately a zippered bag containing a zippered project bag inside is a must. When not in use for knitting it doubles as a cozy cat bed.

  • Something large enough to allow me to put in several smaller bags with cakes of yarn in them. Plus room for my patterns where they don’t get too squished. And magnetic snaps a must!

  • Long enough, sturdy handles.

  • I usually use one of my plethora of totes from places I’ve been, or canvas totes with my own images printed on them. I usually have at least one small drawstring bag inside for the project, leaving the yarn loose. If I am going out I carry a few notions as well, typically loose. My scissors have a cap so I’m not worried about them catching on yarn. I might carry a tightly sealed drink bottle but not candy, I’d be afraid of it getting on my project. Thanks DG and commenters on candy suggestions, now I have some Internet searching to do…

  • I like a tote with lots of pockets, some of them on the outside and at least one with a zipper to hold fiddly little things that don’t have their own bag

  • I prefer a bag with a strong inside pocket big enough to hold a flask. Any “cozy” is better with a nip.

  • Beautiful writing DC! What a great way to start my morning, Thank you!

    I need to see and have my yarn neatly stacked and secure. Pockets the length of the bag in various sizes to hold yarn balls. Make those pockets of transparent, smooth fabric (not mesh). I like metal feet on a bag, one could get inventive here….what if you used pop bottle tops for feet? It should have a secure closure, no open-top concept for me, or it will dump over in the back seat of my car, (I like kiss locks). Build a stationary box with pull out drawers, this becomes the base of the bag. Pull out the little drawers, without digging around for notions. I think black, industrial, lunch boxes for little projects might be cool.

  • This article inspired me to look at the local hardware store website for tool bags. Nothing completely spoke to me, but the electricians’ tool totes are pretty close. I have had good luck with small bags, but large bags try too hard. I have one designated huge knitting project bag that was specifically designed for knitting, and I dislike it immensely. It has so many inner pockets that I can’t put the sweater I am working on completely inside it. I want ONE large inner pocket. Two or three small side pockets would be plenty for the tools I need to carry.

  • Ideally I like a bag with
    – enough space to carry a sweater-size project (~1500 yards of worsted weight yarn)
    – a bag that sits upright when in use
    – small item storage of some sort for small knitting/sewing notions
    – a top that closes, a toggle or snaps will do but a zipper is better when traveling.
    – I prefer solids but have been known to use a Vera Bradley print pattern tote if the price is right

    I rarely use a lot of needles on one project or when on the go, so needle space is not an issue for me. I also tend not to stock a bag with a lot of smaller bags. My current “project bag” is an Osprey backpack that I also use for my work lunch and laptop. The only smaller bag I might carry is a small plastic cosmetic bag for notions (a free gift from a LYS that closed about ten years ago).

  • I want my knitting bag to be able to stand open on its own

  • I like a bag that is sturdy that can stand on it’s own that is large enough to carry multiple projects (also in their own bag). I never really know what I might want to work on….

  • Large stand-alone bag with handle or handles, 2-3 open pockets one of which holds a smaller zippered tool bag. No candy, chocolate is my preferred but not in the vicinity of my yarn.

  • Project bags I have many.Love them. I want pockets inside and I love it to not look like a project bag.

  • A few years ago a friend made me a Green Bay Packer bag with lots of open pockets and a magnetic snap closure. It is ideal for projects and a wallet. I must say, my kids use to call me the bag lady, and yes I do have quite the variety.

  • I do like and use many bags for my knitting. I am not very fussy nor I am I looking for the perfect bag. It doesn’t exist! I do like a bag is pretty, colorful and easy to see/find. No dark colors or camouflage for me. Simple is usually best. I have a backpack with so many pockets that I can’t remember which pocket has what handy thing I am looking for. I do have a weakness for smaller handmade bags for socks or a hat. I very rarely put any food or snack in with my knitting. It is not fun to find a forgotten apple in a project bag that ended up in time out or got set aside for a new project.

  • I am in multi-bag camp. I have a smallish zippered bag with extra needles and notions, another smallish bag-bucket type-with my current project and pattern, and a larger bag, preferably waterproof, to carry the small bags, a water bottle, extra yarn, etc. etc.

  • My bag features are very similar to DG. No zippers and open pockets, nothing the wool can get caught in. I also prefer a side handle so I carry around my wrist to easily walk/stand and knit.

  • I love a bag that stands up on it’s own….at home my favorite bag is a basket! I agree that I like the inside pockets to be open so I can grab what I need without having to use both hands to open a pocked and find what I’m looking for.

  • Just love breakfasting with your ramblings!

  • I need a bag big enough to carry multiple projects. (I can’t be limited to just one, LOL) I can tolerate zippers, but there will be absolutely no Velcro involved! I also keep a bag of coffee candy drops in my knitting bag, along with the occaisional bag of mini stroopwafels.

  • I need to knit another bag like I need a hole in the head – but this one is calling to me. I love a great knit/purl pattern. For a project bag – I like something that cinches or somehow closes at the top to help prevent spills. Like DG – zippers and yarn don’t mix well. Having rooted around in the bottom of my sewing notions bag a lot in the past week – I am going to have to have a thimble bag now.

  • I switched to using silicon bags in my project bag because they look less sad over time than the plastic zipper bags. Just trying to reinforce the joy here. I live in what can be a wet climate, so I like a project bag that has a zipper and can be set on wet pavement if need be.
    Candy– a peanut butter cup or a kit kat

  • Ah – for years I carried knitting in a PanAm style tote that was a giveaway from my employer. The bag did zip (I’m forever tipping things over and chasing DPNs down the aisle of a plane is no fun) and it was also of a pleather texture that made it resistant to spills, sand and other proximity mishaps (TM pending). I also went very low-tech and carried individual projects in ziplocs (see also, resisting proximity mishaps) which I could throw in my knitting bag, briefcase or purse. THEN I had a fabric reusable bag from Target with a bungee drawstring closure that was light weight and (I thought) rather charming – which I carried for what my family claims was “YEARS, MOM”. So – a few Christmases ago, they gave me a Vera Bradley tote. It is light weight, it has pockets, it can be zipped, and it is fully washable. Once I had one, I succumbed to the bag acquisition phenomena mentioned above… I have three, but one I got on my local Buy Nothing, so that doesn’t count – right?

  • I would like a crossbody knitting bag with one pocket for needles and accessories. Why crossbody bag? To keep my hands free to knit of course.

  • I love a lightweight project bag with room for a skein or two or yarn and notions. Nothing too fancy –

  • I keep jolly ranchers and a a measuring tape in every project bag!

  • My Tom Binh bag, especially when it’s got a protein bar tucked inside

  • Lately, I have been wanting a simple drawstring bag for keeping a sock knitting project for when I am recovering from a hip operation. But first, I need a little bag / pouch to keep the sock knitting essentials: tape measure, locking stitch markers to keep track of rows, folding scissors, yarn needle for Kitchener stitch, size #1 steel crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches. I’m working on this pouch (it has a zipper), which is a kit that I was gifted a while back. Since I’ve been a shut infor a while, I can’t get out to look for the bag, but have found a nice pattern to knit one, and will soon begin on that.

  • My favorite knitting bag is a large felted bag (bright purple and lime green!!!) that I knit myself! It has long handles so I can sling it over my shoulder. Candy? I LOVE candy, so I would have any type of candy in there too…maybe some black licorice!

  • The bag depends on the project. Socks have little bags with a loop for hanging on my wrist, or a long strap to sling cross-body for a bit larger project. Big projects belong in stand-up bags with inside pockets for notions etc. Favourite snack to carry is a granola bar seeing as much of my knitting is done on the go.

  • my bags should have divided sections, pockets, clear plastic windows, elastic bands, room, and, of course m&m’s

  • You have opened my eyes to new possibilities! I’m using an old freebie bag!

  • The feature I like best is no zipper! As long as that is met, anything goes.

  • Best feature is that my knitting bag was made by a dear friend, now sadly departed.

  • I actually like a really bright and colorful bag with lots of interior pockets including at least one that zips. Usually no snacks in there

  • My absolute favorite is Violet Crumble or dark chocolate covered Sea Foam.

  • I like pockets, with a good width-to-depth ratio. Also, candy.

  • a beautiful exterior that provides a burst of colour and texture to any decor it finds itself in – and a handle that ‘handles’ easily. voila – the perfect bag.

  • I like bags with zippers so that my cats can’t get my yarn or project.

  • “Knitter’s Big Bag” by Jean Bigaouette on Ravelry. Knit from worsted leftovers, felted, and buttoned.

  • A bag with a loop and button. Keeps it closed but I can still reach inside and get at my other bags!

  • I love me a little drawstring sock bag…and unlike the writer, seasonal colors and prints do my heart good

  • I absolutely do not want jokey sayings on my bag. And it must not have velcro anywhere near it – either open top, snaps, zips or buttons. But no velcro. I’ve also been burned too many times by “vegan leather” bags (even pricey knitting ones) that look good for a few years and then crumble to dust.

  • No zippers but magnets or drawstrings

  • I like cloth shopping totes.. my favorite one says « we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at stars », from Oscar Wilde. I may practice embroidery on it as I plan to learn.

  • Numerous pockets and a drawstring top. And an upper edge that you can fold over to make a bucket.

  • I love a project bag that doesn’t scream “PROJECT BAG!” I love a project bag that I can reuse as an actual purse or tote when it is not holding a project!

  • I want a bag with a colorful lining so I can find things. So many options have dark interiors!

  • I am pretty easygoing about what my knitting bag looks like. The most important thing to me is where it came from. Did a friend make it? Is it branded with something I love? Does it bring back a happy memory? Does it amuse me? You get the picture.

  • Lots of pockets and chocolate!

  • A bag that can stand up by itself with a pocket. Thank you!

  • A flat bottom is a necessity. It needs to stand on its own and not constantly fall over.

  • Our weaving guild had our logo printed on canvas utility bags from Harbor Freight. Big enough for multiple projects and lots of black licorice!

  • I like a drawstring closure on a bag. I usually have a hand balm tucked inside an interior pocket. No candy in my bags!

  • I like it to be bulky enough to contain a sweater’s worth of yarn (although a petite bag that can fit in my handbag has its place too) and a pattern book, and ideally waterproof and/or washable (I had a regrettable incident with half a can of oatmeal stout and my knitting bag last year. Thankfully both bag and project could go in the washing machine). The top should close securely enough and the fabric be sturdy enough that DPNs can’t escape (yes, I’ve experienced that too). I’d also like to be able to put it over my shoulder. Colour-wise, I like sombre plain colours.

  • I like a drawstring top

  • I love bags for everything! I want all sizes for different projects, no zippers and just a few pockets

  • I like a double duty bag so it doesn’t look like a knitting bag. I’m currently using my crossbody Pickleball bag. Previously, I’ve used one of my sons drawstring Soccer-ball backpack and last Christmas I received a beautiful black and white colorblock large leather tote bag from Italy which was actually called a knitting bag.

  • a bag that stands up, ideally with little metal foot things to keep the bottom off of random floors. Definitely no zippers but magnetic closure, snap or button thingie are terrific. Lots of internal pockets and maybe an external pocket for a water bottle and/or a chocolate bar…,

    • I inherited my grandmother’s knitting “bag?” Not sure what you call it, but it has a wood frame, opens and stands sturdy and flat, lined and has two open pockets on the inside. When I inherited it, I found a small pair of heron-shaped scissors that fallen through a hole in the lining. I wonder if my grandmother was looking for them!

  • Yes to candy. Sugar candy (sour gummy worms!) is best so it doesn’t melt on the yarn. I am known to always have a ready snack in my knitting bag for me or the glovebox of my car for my teenaged sons.

  • I think Baggu or LeSportsac bags are great! I prefer these lightweight bags so I can fill them up with all my necessities, including small (preferably see-through mesh) zipper bags to contain all my notions. M&M’s (Plain or Peanut) and Almond Joy have my candy vote!

  • I like at least one small outside pocket and one small inside pocket. It is important to be tough on the outside, like a carpenter’s bag. And the rest is a cavern inside!

  • Lightweight material and clean lines. It is ridiculous to have a bag that weights ten or twenty times what it’s holding. Because a hundred pounds of…well, of anything…is still a hundred pounds.

  • I can be fickle, but lately I’m loving the della Q Oh Snap bags. Just the right size to stuff in my purse so I always have a small project on hand for those standing in line (or traffic, or waiting rooms…) times.

  • Pockets definitely pockets!

  • Bucket style bag with handles. Pockets are a must. Any candy is welcome plus lip stuff. Rosebud Salve. Always.

  • I like bags that can be either sling-over-the-shoulder bags, or pull-the-straps-down to make them a backpack. If I’m toting a small distance, or want to be able to reach in and grab things in my bag, it’s an over the shoulder style. If I’m headed longer distance and don’t need access immediately, it’s a backpack. To have the option in one bag is key!!

  • Good straps for toting about. And even though I’m past the age of 50 I do enjoy some good sour gummy worms now and then.

  • Waxed Canvas is always a good idea.

  • I like lots of pockets, and a bag that is more wide than deep.

  • I like a bag with a flat bottom so it won’t tip over and spill all my stuff. Drawstring bag inside for the current project. No zippers. Certainly no Velcro. A couple of interior open pockets for the small tools. And to keep the chocolate away from the yarn.

  • Not only do I buy bags – I make them too so it’s getting a tiny bit out of control here. Ha ha. I just finished the Tobago bag by Toni Lipsey with short handles to make it a project bag instead of a purse. Help 🙂

  • A big basket with a lid, and big handles, enough room for big projects like blankets!

  • My bag is a straw purse with a flip top and a toggle closure. Big enough to accommodate sock knitting necessities, stands on own, yarn can remain inside while knitting. Chocolate needs its own bag and not consumed while actually knitting.

  • pockets! 1 big enough for a pattern folder in quarters, and 1-2 little ones for tools.
    that Palisades color is beyootiful!

  • A flat bottom so it sits well and a wide top that stays open while I’m knitting, but cinches closed when I’m not.

  • I love my Vera Bradley quilted tote bags. I buy them at thrift shops for a fraction of the rather expensive original price, and give them a hand wash (take out the cardboard bottom support first). They come in different sizes, have lots of pockets inside and they are so pretty. I have several and I’m always on the lookout for more.

  • The most important feature is NO VELCRO! I like interior pockets and lots of room!

  • I use a Vera Bradley tote bag to store my knitting supplies and current project(s). It has just the right amount of pockets, including one on each side; it doesn’t flop over; it has a magnetic closure; it can be laundered easily; it’s colorful; and I purchased it at a Vera Bradley outlet so was very affordable! I’ve been using it for years and for me, it’s the perfect knitting bag.

  • I like at least one inside pocket, and a plastic zipper – it keeps the bag secure, but doesn’t catch the yarn.

  • I like drawstring so that I can make the bag opening large or small as needed. Also, lots of compartments so that I can grab things easily.

  • I like my larger bags (not the inner nesting doll bags/pouches, mind you) to have at least one or two inner slip-pockets. An additional inner zip pocket is also ideal (as long as it’s well made with no snaggy bits poking out at the end edge) in case I need the bag to double as a purse in a pinch. Some sort of closure at the top – magnetic, drawstring, etc – is key bc I spill. Keeping its shape and standing up on its own is a bonus.

  • I like my bags to be roomy with an inside pocket!

  • Some pockets, of course. Inside and out.

  • I like bags that remind me of places I’ve been, so tote bags printed with the name of the yarn shop or bookstore I visited on a trip are a big hit. I need a big and wide opening so I can see down to the bottom, and a light interior is also good for seeing what’s in there. No interior pockets with zippers or snaps, please. If I can’t see it it doesn’t exist. Therefore, notion pouches need to be either mesh or clear. And zipper top plastic bags (I know they are horrible, so I reuse them until they are full of holes, or no longer close.) are best for the actual project.

  • Depends on the project I’m putting in it, but a zipper pocket is always nice! Candy? Mints and salted dark chocolate!

  • I prefer a huge bag – usually black – many pockets that close with zippers. This is like having many small bags inside a bigger bag, but you know where they all are and you don’t need to dump out the whole bag to find them.

  • I have found all of my knitting bags, which I am constantly experimenting with, at my local cancer connection thrift store. I tend to find in like small plain cotton drawstring bags, almost like a sailers ditty bag, to hold one project. I keep all of my tools in small zippered bags – also from cancer connection. And those bags go in a larger, ope, no- pockets shoulder strap bag. Bags within bags.

  • I like all kinds of bags. It depends on where I’m going or what I’m doing. For knit night, I like a fabric drawstring bag that holds all I need. For walking across town to knit with a friend or knit in public, I like a more stylish bag like a felted tote with a minimum of yarn and my tools in a classy, small leather case.
    The bag must match the activity.

  • I like a bag with a flat bottom so it stands up, and at least one large pocket to hold my zippered notions bag and pattern. I also like the handles to be long enough so I can carry it on my shoulder. While I would love to have a chocolate bar in there, I usually carry a tin of peppermint Altoids.

  • My homemade over the shoulder pouch that carries one skein of knitting yarn. I can walk and knit in comfort.

  • I like a bag that is pretty, above all. Then I’d like it to have an inside pocket (or two) to help corral smaller things or even a pack of tissues. Beyond that size matters depending on the project I’m working on.

  • I like having inside pockets – a small one with a zipper is nice for tiny things.

  • I love a bag that folds down and becomes a yarn bowl.❤️

  • Made of fabric that does NOT let the needles poke through! That’s a requirement not a feature

  • While I am not very particular about project bags (my longtime favourite being a drawer full of large clear ziplock bags ready to be stuffed with new yarn and related WIPs), I recently purchased a “Monster Truck”—a massive open tote that I fill with the 4-6 most pressing WIPs, plus needles and notions, an iPad, water bottle, snacks, patterns, my purse…. While my husband laughs at my joy in lugging around my massive tote, I couldn’t be happier to have everything I need conveniently at hand when we head out for the weekend—or the day.

  • I like a roomy bag with a snap or some sort of non-zipper closure. Pockets to stash things.

  • Main bag needs to be self standing-no slouching. Very puritan ethic.

  • Best totes for me are mid-size. They’re useless if they’re too small and too big means they’re heavy.

  • Oh DG — so true about knitters and their bags of bags. That falls VERY on the nose in this house.

    I think the most important characteristic for an ideal knitting bag is that the bag stands and stays open on its own.

  • I found myself drawn to all the fancy parts of knitting and craft bags, I’ve bought a few over there years too, but in the end I actually USE basic tote bags most often. I will have a small container of zipper pouch in that tote for accessories and other small bits, but a basic tote is my go to bag.

  • I like a big with structure and no zippers to get caught in yarn!

  • I like my projects to have some type of closure either a zipper or drawstring.

  • I like my bags to have interesting fabric or theme. One of my current favorites is a pink bag with cowgirls on it from a store in Wyoming. It’s a great size and conversation starter!

  • Pockets, pockets, pockets! My favorite knitting bag is a kate spade knockoff purse I got a Marshall’s that has a front zipper pocket that has slots for wallets…its perfect for notions, yarn needles, etc.

  • Love an inside pocket (or more) to help organize my bag. It also is great for holding a piece of dark chocolate (or more)!

    Anything else is fine with me, especially if it is fabric.

  • Pockets galore! I need to be able to find anything at a moment’s notice.

  • Pockets! But not too many – I have a waxed cotton tote that I love but 4 pockets outside and four pockets I side means seven places to look before I find what I’m looking for.
    I love love love my Tom Binh Swift bag which has two zippered see through pockets on the inside and came with a medium yarn stuff sack that clips into the bag and holds a small project – a small shawl, a hat or two, you get the idea.
    The yarn stuff sack has a clear base, so you can see what’s in there at a glance!

  • I 100% agree on no cutesy sayings. But a little knitting motif or an MDK logo wouldn’t be a bad thing. No zippers. A little structure is preferred over slouch. I have a beautiful slouchy bag that is otherwise perfect for knitting with one small interior pocket and lined with pockets on the exterior. But the dang thing is so lazy that I have to use one hand to hold it up which leaves only one hand to search for stuff.

    I have had the felted wool tote on my Christmas list for two years. Maybe this year is the year. Fingers crossed.

  • I like a bag with a cool, unique design and not too big; any fabric color or type or style will do. I I need to discern and store all my WIPs and future WIPs separated in style.

  • A Bean tote bag as I like a bag that stands up. It needs to be big enough to hold my pattern and a notebook.
    Project bags that close either with a zipper or a drawstring
    Zippered notions’ bags.

  • Feature: drawstring closure. Candy: chocolove sea salt and almond in dark chocolate.

  • I love a bag that stands up on its own. Pockets inside and out with a strap that I can wear over my shoulder. Chocolate always chocolate!!!

  • I have been using primarily Erin Lane or Thirty-One bags. I was even a Thirty-One Consultant for awhile to get the discounts. My birthday present to myself this month is the Lykke bag in burgundy. Check it out! (I went in to get the DellaQ mesh bag but was swayed to the very light-weight, classy looking Lykke. My husband OFTEN says he’s still looking for a support group for my bag addiction.

  • Unlike DG, I like a good zipper to keep things from falling out on planes and at cafes. This article was terrific. Made my husband read it too.

  • For me the perfect project bag has a good flat bottom, strong sides and a wide top. There should be just one I. Side pocket and no zippers. I also appreciate a light liner to find the missing needle at the bottom.

  • My must-have features seem to change all the time. What never changes is that the bag must be cute! Form over function apparently!

  • I love a project bag with an inside pocket that closes.

  • I love a pocket to hold my hard Carmel candies

  • I agree with you. No zippers! My current favorite bag is the basket from a gift basket my kids got for Christmas a few years ago. I love the plaid and size. Unfortunately it’s falling apart since it is only made of thick paper. I’ve been on a hunt to find a replacement but haven’t found anything yet.

  • I like a bag that stands up on it’s own and has a closure on the top to keep things from falling out when I travel. A separate side pocket big enough to hold patterns flat is important, too.

  • Small inside pocket for darning needle, stitch counters. Top magnetic closure optional. Agree with no zippers. Chowards violet candies–dark chocolate and my projects don’t mix!

  • Some sort of loop or ring on the outside to attach a small ID tag or engraved wooden tags with knitting help (needle sizer, Kitchener stitch reminder…)
    No Velcro.
    No candy, maybe a protein bar. (Though it is nearly impossible to resist a Violet Crumble!)

  • I like open interior pockets in a carry bag. My favorite candy is Allsorts Licorice!

  • Stand up on its own and has pockets inside and out. But really, how can you go wrong with the bag?

  • My Tom Bihn knitting bag has a small bag in it to hold your working yarn ball which unwinds as you knit. It is optional and not a “built in” feature.

  • I like a flat bottom bag, not too big so I can grab and go.

  • magnetic snap plus a Lara bar

  • I like a large bag with lots of pockets, inside and out. It has to zip closed because I have a yarn-loving cat who can break into anything. Candy: dark chocolate

  • Pockets! Pockets! And must have Aero chcocolate bar.

  • I could not have a bag without chocolate in it. Specifically Dark chocolate. To be even more specific, Lindt Dor Sea Salt 😉 My guilty pleasure. I love that stuff. It makes knitting even more fun! And of course, large enough to hold the project and all the assorted bits and bobs one needs to knit.

  • I like stand-up colorful bags. Or saggy, squishy sacks with lots of pockets and a zipper to close it all up

  • We really do have our differences when it comes to our yarn bags! I look at some and think “you must be crazy if you think MY project is going in that bag!” Mine is a draw string made of parachute fabric, light weight and strong. I have the in different colors, so I know which one to grab as I walk out the door. Well, that was the idea anyway. With my projects constantly changing, that idea hasn’t worked so well. I also like that it has strips of fabric I can snap around my tray table on the plane and let it hang there to distribute my yarn ( ,made its the USA). Happy bag hunting everyone.

  • Love the texture & the size is perfect for carrying pattern books!

  • A new favorite bag is a fabric version(lined) of the Penrose Tote. Nothing to snag, not too big, not too small, just right.

  • I like my project bags to be very, very simple. All I need is a closure (drawstring is usually great) and a way to hang the small bags off my wrist so I can knit on the go.

  • I too prefer an open bag, small for socks and the little scarf projects. I use a pretty embroidered lingerie drawstring bag for shawl knitting but it goes into a larger bag for knitting away from home.

  • Tough question, since as you noted there are so many different types of bags, so I’ll focus on project bags. My two favorites are such for very different reasons. My bright orange Fringe Supply Co.(so sad!) Field Bag sits wide open as I knit while still somehow keeping the yarn inside unless I’m overly zealous in yanking the next bit out. My other favorite is an ingenious little bag I got at a local fiber festival that is just big enough to hold two wound skeins of fingering each in its own separate cubby to keep them from tangling together, with a separating pocket for small notions, and enough space to stuff the in-progress project back in as it waits to be knitted on again. I love, love, love bags and will never confess to exactly how many I have, but I suppose I’m a bag collector as much as a yarn collector.

  • I like a little pocket or two to keep precious or small things from getting lost! I like a smaller, nice looking bag to take a small project with me to an even or other place without other knitters, stealthy! I like a large bag with room for everything for a car trip…..

  • I love project bags that have at least one pocket. I will add them in if missing!!!

  • Fun article DG! And lots of comments!!
    My fave bags stand on their own. Great to hold my project (tied into a cloth bento bag), small color coded bags that hold stitch markers, scissors, measuring tools, tape, pens… (I can find what I need inside a particular little colored bag.)
    Pockets can be a good thing. I’m in the can’t have too many bags camp.

  • I need space and snaps in my bags. I have, as you have correctly surmised, a lot of bags. A couple of them even have room in them. I’m not much of a bag nester though. My bags have project, yarn, pattern and hopefully, a notions tin. I’ve lately managed to walk by a couple of bags that wanted to come home with me, but I’m always on the lookout for a perfect bag.

  • My favorite project bags stand up by themselves, so I can more easily get projects in and out of them. A few easily accessible pockets are also required!

  • I like a smooth inside that won’t catch on yarn or needles, one zipper pocket, and handles long enough to go over a shoulder as needed. Cough drops.

  • I like pockets to hold things

  • My favorite feature in a knitting bag is a padded compartment in which to put my iPad…which, thanks to KnitCompanion, is now an indispensable knitting tool.

  • Love my various bags! And yes, they are not all official yarn carriers. One is a garden tote for tools that I couldn’t bear to get dirty. Filling it with wool works for me. I have even knitted a beach tote, and again I cannot get it dirty on the beach, so it’s filled with yarn! Happy knitting

  • I like pockets of different sizes and depths.

  • I like several pockets in my bags. One that is deep enough to hold a magnetic board with a paper copy of the pattern, then another pocket or two for needles and other necessary project stuff. Candy is always welcome too!

  • Interior pockets. And Mentos!

  • I want a pocket that zippers to contain my cell phone and an outside pocket for my keys. That pretty much does it for me. I’ll have to ask my daughter who makes custom bags under the Wool and Spice name. Look her up. Her bags are creative and extremely well made.

  • I have a corduroy tie-strap bag that I got free with a purchase from Merit that is PERFECT for traveling with a small project

  • Non-black interior

  • I always like a little pocket or two and peanut butter M&Ms

  • I don’t like large bags, but ones are just the right size for the project inside of it. I do like pockets inside. Those come in handy for all sorts of things like yarn labels, a fun size candy bar, or a small note pad. I do like an accessory bag that lives in project bags in use.
    Those contain a small pair of scissors, a tape measure, some stitch markers, a small crochet hook, and a darning needle.

  • I completely agree about the zippers but I do NOT keep candy near fibre. That’s also a no no for me.
    My fav bag right now – in my sock year- is a very simple small drawstring. It holds 1 reasonably small ball of sock yarn & my MDK notions hex. The bag will easily fit more yarn when I drop by a new LYS :). I use a 16” chicagoo double pointed and stick the points in an old wine cork. It’s the BOMB.
    I can walk and carry the bag on my wrist by it’s drawstring. The perfect to-go knit kit.

  • It depends on the project. Socks and simple hats – bags with handles that link close and can rest over my wrist as I knit and walk. For Socks I love the bento style bag or a mini tote style with a snap on top. Bigger projects – shawls, sweaters, and so on – big roomy bag, gusset bottom so it stands up, closure – tie or magnetic snap – NO zippers, and must be cute! Also bags must either match the color, spirit, or theme of the project. Example: Gnome knits must have something gnomey! Projects for camping trips must have camping theme.

    And now I know why I have so many knitting bags. : )

  • I bought a sturdy canvas artist’s tote—pockets galore and open top. Perfect!

  • I’m all about a bag that is bright with some print or design that I like so I can find it after I’ve put it down somewhere like 3 months ago. Made of sturdy material that won’t stretch when weighed down. The rest – like size, pockets, closures – I’m not usually very picky about.

  • All the notions a girl can find and red Twizzlers licorice.

  • Magnetic closure, inside pocket for phone, wallet. Flat bottom

  • Handles long enough to go over my shoulder. Stands up tall when put down on the table or floor. I’m ok with zippers but really prefer a couple of magnetic snaps. A pocket big enough to slide my pattern down along the side in its sheet protector.
    And if you want to talk about gear endlessly, hand out with fly fisher types. (Many of the ones i know are women so away with the male designation!)
    But we’ve got to do something about that “cozy” collective noun!

  • I like easy accessibility but not so much that I live in fear of losing critical items out of it at an inconvenient time (but let’s face it, ALL of my knitting items are critical…). I also like one or two inside pockets(not too big) that I can stash a few loose spare stitch markers in…you know, just in case…

  • My favorite ‘bag’ is the Fringe Supply porter bin — I was fortunate enough to procure one of the very last I could find anywhere on the internet. I appreciate it has room enough for any and all the things I need to place in it.

  • Love bucket bags that stand up well. Must have two handles. Pockets would be nice.

  • My project bag has to be STURDY (lined?); not some wimpy/limp number that sags from the weight of an energy bar!

  • I want inside pockets! And I love a good drawstring closure, too.

  • I like to make small bags with a drawstring or bigger ones with magnetic snaps.
    A cute print fabric is fun.

  • Bottom of the bag that is flat and stable enough so the bag never falls over. Some project bag designers forget this and I don’t get why.

  • A bag with an outside pouch for my water bottle!

  • Yarn needs to be in a color coordinated bucket bag, with notions bag, dark chocolate (in the only plastic bag allowed) piled into a tote, which can be leather, waxed canvas, felt . . .
    I have a huge bin of project bags, about the size of my WIPs, which are all in their own project bags. This could be a problem.

    • I like a few small interior pockets.

  • cute fabric, medium size, light weight =^..^=

  • I need lots of pockets in my bags and a simple closure.

  • I really like a magnetic holder for all the things that inevitably are out of sight or reach just when I need them!

  • I like pockets. Much like buying a dress just because it has pockets, I will buy a bag with strategic pockets.

  • I am liking the looks of that knitters tote and will definitely investigate. I have 2 or 3 bags that hold projects but I love the handmade one by my niece , well, because…. I would keep individually wrapped lifesavers in them (easy to share and grab) and energy bars that will stand up to hauling around!

  • I’m liking those plastic bags with slidie-ziplock-things that some Amazon clothing items come in nowadays. They work well for small projects or notions—and I’m recycling!

  • My favorite bag has yarn guide rings inside. Bonus feature: the rings can be unlocked.

  • I mostly don’t like using bags with vendor names on them, but I make two exceptions: local non-profits that I support and ANY knitting-related vendor I like! I proudly carry projects around in bags of varying sizes from my LYS and favorite dyers.

  • I love a zippered pocket.

  • I like an interior pocket in the bag to hold extra knitting needles

  • Pockets! Must have pockets!

  • Features: No velcro. Never. Open pockets on the inside. A zip pocket on the outside is OK. 0-2 pockets are enough in a project bag. Washable fabric, because this bag will go places no bag should.

    Candy: Any. (Never had a Violet Crumble–sounds intriguing!) But there’s not likely any in there, because candy crumbs on yarn are a bad idea. And there will be crumbs.

  • I love a draw string closure. No Velcro or zippers!

  • I definitely want either pockets or separate sections in my bag. I’d like to keep my knitting project separate from my tools.

  • Pockets!! They’re not just for pants! Oh, and a zipper up top is nice!

  • Tote bag with an inside pocket comes in handy. A bag of any candy snuck in the pocket is a great plan.

  • Dells Q’s stand-up project bags with the leather loop in the top corner. They stand up and can nestle inside another, larger bag.

    • I just got a set of two of these, and i love them!

  • The top must open wide and stay that way until I want it to close again

  • Plenty of room for the yarn, all the needles required for the project, a smaller notions bag and pattern. No sharp edges for the yarn to snag on.

  • I’m flexible with my bags, but as for candy, well, I have more opinions on that! Currently I am enjoying UNREAL dark chocolate coconut bars (Vegan is a must, g/f is not, but for those that need g/f, these are!) Just need to make sure to have some wipes or a sink nearby just to ensure that one doesn’t add any chocolate residue their project!)

  • I agree no zippers or velcro on my bags. I like pockets but out of the yarn storage area so I dont have to shift the yarn about. Also prefer a d ring or such that I can clip a carbine to some time smaller bags end up attached for no hands carry.

  • The right needles

  • I like a big bucket bag that stands on its own so I can fill it with other, smaller bags full of projects. And it needs to have an interior pocket, of course. I also have a Field Bag and a Town Bag (I think that’s what they were called) from Fringe Supply and I adore them. Wish she still made them.

  • Good dark chocolate is always a good thing to have with you when you knit.

  • So many bags. And bags yet to be. I love them. My favorite way to spend time online is to look at all of the bags in all of the sizes and watch videos about how all of your stuff can fit in all of your bags.

  • Violet Crumble? It looks the same as my very favorite (regional) Sponge Candy! Gosh, I’d love to have a bag full of THAT!!!

    As for knitting bags, I love, love, love a bag that stays open and stands by itself (think of the old black doctor’s bag for reference).

  • I like an interior pocket or two, a zipper and two handles long enough to go over my shoulder.

  • I need a good closure on my project bags; either a zipper or tie. I usually throw them in a bigger bag and don’t want them to spill.

  • I like project bags with a zipper so everything will stay in.

  • I love having a little side pocket for notions/things I’m using in the project 🙂 buttons, sequins, beads — even acorns and moss for my most recent project!

  • Tape measure, scissors and a crochet hook for helping to fix the inevitable mistake!!

  • curly wurlys and/or yorkies (with raisin & biscuit) and at least one extra pocket (small) towards the top of the bag.

  • I love the wrist handle, like on the Field Bag!

  • I agree – no zippers. Snaps on top is great so nothing spills out (love my Della Q bag in red). In a side pocket has to be skittles or starbursts. Although I adore chocolate like the rest of humanity, I like to live outside the box once in a while with my favorite chewy candy.

  • A snap or button or some other fastener in the top center. It keeps the goodies inside safe, but I can still reach inside and bring out my project.

  • Bright color so I can find it where I left it. Pockets for chocolate bar (for sharing of course). Most Important. DOES NOT SAG.

  • Several zippered pockets. And of course, chocolate, dark please!

  • Easy to open and close, light, no zips and top stays open when in use without having to do any complicated folds. In other words, I knit a lot on public transit, lol..

  • I like the stand-up bucket bags, but they really need to have at least a pocket or two (on either inside or outside) to hold the little things or patterns that go with the yarn and project being toted. I agree, inside pockets should be open, not zipped, though snap closures are ok. I have come to love the MDK bento bags to hold in-progress projects inside a bigger bag… I have a beautiful quilted bag a friend made that has inside AND outside pockets, plentiful enough to hold scissors, stitch markers, pins, needle/stitch gauge, etc, each in their own little pouch pocket. Patterns and extra yarn can fill the center and the bento WIP bag still fits right on top, and nothing gets tangled. Add a tin of ginger candies, some dark chocolate, and a water bottle and it’s beyond perfect.

  • Zippered pockets!

  • #1, it has to be EASY to carry and my stuff needs to stay inside. Bonus points for a durable bottom, because it will be thrown, dragged, and definitely kicked. Small pocket(s) that close securely are good. And Joji & Co. have introduced me to the pin hole, so it can easily hold all of the pins, so I now look for pinnability.

  • I love bags! Totes, project bags, notions bags, purses, and on and on.. I like different pocket sizes both inside and out. A chocolate bar in one pocket is the best.

  • Due to a cat who will eat my needles and thinks my yarn is a toy, all my project bags now have zippers….. I also like few interior pockets and a wrist strap for easier portability (and knitting wile walking or making sure the bag stays on my lap during a bumpy ride). I’ve outfitted each project bag with a small notions tin to hold all the basics. If a pattern needs something in particular (cable needle?) I’ll add it for the project and then store it back in a central spot when done. Ideally a project bag can hold two skeins if fingering weight yarn without issue. Actually found a pattern on The Spruce Crafts years ago, have modified it to add a zipper, and have made most of my own project bags – it’s hard to find ones with zippers!

  • Bags! There are never enough! I make and sell all types (zip and nonzip), yet also succumb regularly to other bags (in the name of ‘research’!). I like a tote that’s wider than deeper, and able to hold several medium sized projects (in their own zippered bags). Tote straps must be 28″ so I can pull over my shoulder with one hand. And pockets inside and out, but not too many as that gets annoying when I can’t find what I want in the right pocket.

  • Large bag, heavy sturdy canvas, inside pockets, handles that give an over the shoulder option as well as short carry handles, and a deep outside pocket for notebook, patterns and pens. A pocket to hold cashews and almonds also comes in handy!

  • Depends on the project. I like something with some heft and a pocket or two — on the inside. And, of course, pretty on the outside!

  • First I just loved this article. I don’t often chuckle out loud but I sure did over this . Favorite project bag depends on where I’m going . Traveling , definitely a computer type or messenger bag. Needs easily accessible pockets on the outside and a place for a water bottle. Drawstring bags work well for single projects.

  • Fun-size York peppermint patties! As for bag features, I like handles that will allow me to swing the bag over my shoulder and a zippered pocket inside.

  • I knit from a lovely, single handled linen bag from my daughter-in-law which has peppermints and gummies for my grandchildren.

  • a lightweight project bag to travel here and there

  • Colorful single project bags with a Japanese knot closure. Open inside pockets long enough to hold: gauge/ruler, small crochet hook, scissors, stitch markers and a dark chocolate sea salt almond Kind bar. Several project bags can always go inside a large tote. Perfect.

  • Small pockets in the inside of the bag

  • I use altoid tins to keep stitch markers, measuring tape, clippers, and darning needle. So I do have to eat the altoids first.

  • The ability to stand on its own and one (no more no less) pocket!

  • I use a Michael Kors bag that I got for Christmas from my son. It is open on top with stiff sides and a flat bottom that stands upright on its own. Has a small zippered pouch and a couple of small pockets that work well for my scissors and a altoid tin with row markers, a small crochet hook and a yarn needle .

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