The Perfect Bag from Cast On to Complete!
Using double pointed needles for the first time? Start here! This pretty pouch is called the Four of Wands Tarot Bag because you knit it with four needles. The pattern is easy-peasy and knits up lickety-split so you can focus on mastering your magic wands and not on counting a complicated stitch pattern.
The Four of Wands card in the tarot is called Completion. Chunky yarn and big needles help you slide into done while having fun! Another title for the card is Perfected Work, and this project lets you practice until you’re practically perfect.
Made from thick, soft wool, the Four of Wands Tarot bag is a plush cozy for your deck. This streamlined and elegant accessory splashes color with variegated yarn, while glass crow beads sparkle on a strapping cotton ribbon drawstring.
Simple doesn’t mean dowdy. My signature decrease tailors the bottom of the bag for a made-to-measure fit.
The finished bag is 6″ from below the drawstring to the bottom, and 5 1/4″ wide, fitting either a standard or slightly oversize deck.
Sizing And Materials
- Stitches used: knit, knit two together (k2tog), yarn over (yo)
- If you’re a brand new beginner, first, get comfortable with the knit stitch. Then try this pattern! It’s designed to introduce the use of double pointed needles for those who are already comfortable with the knit stitch
- Although I used Noro wool because I had it on hand, I don’t necessarily recommend it for beginners (it needs a gentle touch or it can break). But any super bulky yarn will work. For a similar bag I used Yarn Bee “Dream Spun.” Find a yarn that you like to work with and that has a similar gauge to that listed below.
- Once you’ve mastered this pattern, advance to my Two-Hour Tarot Bag or Diamond Pane Window Tarot Bag
- Approximately 5 1/4” wide by 6” tall (from bottom of bag to drawstring)
- Fits a standard size tarot deck
- 10.5 st = 4” in Stockinette
- Gauge is relevant but not critical
- 65 g (65 m) Noro “Kureyon AIR,” 100% wool. Color shown: 263, Tomato Black Brown.
- 1 yd 3/8” (10 mm) cotton ribbon
- 12 crow beads in contrasting colors
- US Size 11 (8.0 mm) DPNs
- Tapestry Needle
- Optional: Large-eye needle to thread the ribbon through the beads (if the tapestry needle is too large)
- CO cast on
- DPNs double pointed needles
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- st stitch
- k knit
- k2tog knit two stitches together
- yo yarn over
Four of Wands Tarot Bag Instructions
CO 27 stitches, divide evenly between three DPNs, and join to knit in the round.
Rows 1-4: knit
Row 5: *k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from *
Body of the Bag
Rows 6-25: knit
Shaping the Bottom of the Bag
Row 26: k9, k2tog, k14, k2tog
Row 27: k9, k2tog, k12, k2tog
Row 28: k9, k2tog, k10, k2tog
Row 29: k9, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog
Bind off and cut the yarn leaving an 18” tail.
Using the 18” tail, stitch the bottom together with an overhand stitch.
Weave in ends.
Thread the ribbon through the eyelets, starting on the right side and threading it in and out of each eyelet until you’re back where you started.
Then thread the second piece of ribbon starting on the left side going all the way around and back to where you started.
Decorate the ends of the ribbon with crow beads, knotting under the beads.