Flamekeeper Tarot Bag

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Keep Your Deck Cozy and Warm on a Cold Winter’s Night!

Flamekeeper Tarot Bag by Joy Vernon. Hand knit in Knitting Fever Painted Sky yarn, in colors #225 Brandywide and #229 Jungle Juice, 100% SuperWash Wool, with glass crow beads.

The graceful curl of a flickering candle flame flows around the entirety of this Flamekeeper Tarot Bag drawstring pouch. This lacy pattern impresses without stress: it’s fancy but no-fuss.

A fun rolled cuff top and a snazzy drawstring channel start off this knit tarot or gift bag easily enough. But as sophisticated as the flame chevron pattern looks, it flows smoothly, following a logical order. The curving rows of eyelets give you a quick peek into the bag to see what deck is inside. The top-down pattern is knit in the round on three double pointed needles.

My signature decrease sequence creates a close-fitting, shapely bottom that perfectly fits your deck, holding it securely in place with a strong stitched seam.

Although the finger cord drawstring is a cinch to make, it’s even faster if you opt to use a ribbon or purchased cord. Any way you close the deal, some dangling crow beads add a festive touch.

The bag is sized to fit a standard tarot deck. You can knit three bags and their drawstrings from a 100 gram ball of yarn, so give them as gifts or bust through your stash.

Download a pdf of this pattern or find it on Ravelry.

Sizing and Materials

Skill Level

  • Easy

Finished Size

  • Approximately 4 1/2” wide by 6 1/2” tall—fits a standard size tarot deck


  • 20 st = 4” in stockinette. Gauge is relevant but not critical.


  • 100g (218 yds) Knitting Fever Painted Sky, Color: #229 Jungle Juice, 100% SuperWash Wool
  • 2-6 crow beads in contrasting colors

I was able to knit three standard size bags out of every 100 g ball.

Flamekeeper Tarot Bag by Joy Vernon. Hand knit in Knitting Fever Painted Sky yarn, in color #225 Brandywide, 100% SuperWash Wool, with glass crow beads.


  • US Size 7 (4.5 mm) DPNs
  • Tapestry Needle


  • CO cast on
  • DPNs double pointed needles
  • g grams
  • k knit
  • k2tog knit two stitches together
  • mm millimeter
  • ssk slip the first stitch as if to knit, slip the second stitch as if to knit, then insert the left-hand needle into the front of both stitches and knit them together
  • st stitch
  • yds yards
  • yo yarn over

Flamekeeper Tarot Bag Knitting Instructions

Flamekeeper Tarot Bag by Joy Vernon. Hand knit in Knitting Fever Painted Sky yarn, in color #229 Jungle Juice, 100% SuperWash Wool with glass crow beads.

Casting On
CO 42 stitches, divide between three DPNs, 14 stitches per needle.

Join to knit in the round.

Rolled Cuff and Eyelet for Drawstring
Rows 1-6: knit
Row 7: *k2tog, yo, k1 repeat from *
Rows 8-13: knit

Row 14: * ssk, k5, yo; repeat from *
Row 15 and all odd rows through Row 35: Knit all sts.
Row 16: * ssk, k4, yo, k1; repeat from *
Row 18: * ssk, k3, yo, k2; repeat from *
Row 20: * ssk, k2, yo, k3; repeat from *
Row 22: * ssk, k1, yo, k4; repeat from *
Row 24: * ssk, yo, k5; repeat from *
Row 26: * yo, k5, k2-tog; repeat from *
Row 28: * k1, yo, k4, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 30: * k2, yo, k3, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 32: * k3, yo, k2, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 34: * k4, yo, k1, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 36: * k5, yo, k2tog; repeat from *

Shaping the Bottom of Bag
Row 37: k14, k2tog, k24, k2tog
Row 38: k14, k2tog, k22, k2tog
Row 39: k14, k2tog, k20, k2tog
Row 40: k14, k2tog, k18, k2tog
Row 41: k14, k2tog, k16, k2tog
Row 42: k14, k2tog, k14, k2tog
Row 43: k14, k2tog, k12, k2tog

Bind off and cut the yarn leaving an 18” tail.

Stitch the bottom together with an overhand stitch.

Weave in ends.

I made an 18” finger cord drawstring out of 4 yds of yarn. Alternately, you can use i-cord, lucet cord, or purchased cord or narrow ribbon. Decorate the ends of the cord with crow beads or other beads with a wide hole, knotting under the beads.

Download the pdf! Add this bag to your Ravelry queue! See all my designs on Ravelry!

For previous years’ tarot bags, see Two-Hour Tarot Bag, Two of Hearts Tarot Bag, Diamond Window Pane Tarot Bag, and Eyelet Tarot Bag.

Joy Vernon
Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.

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