Miss Lizzy's Knits

Memoirs of a knutty knitter…..

Flat Gift Bag Tutorial

I’m doing 2 craft fairs in November, this year, and I was trying to think of what to put my items if in anyone makes a purchase! I can’t afford to buy a lot of pre-made bags, did not want them to be plastic either (I find gift bags or bags from sellers are a lot more appealing if they are paper and biodegradable). So I trawled my ever faithful Pinterest for inspiration and it did not disappoint! I found some lovely handmade bags and then got the gist, after looking at many, how to make simple flat bags. They are so easy to make! And better yet, you can make them from any paper, add your own touches such as business/charity logos, little tags if they’re for a gift, and even make them any size you want! So, without any ado being furthered, here’s my tutorial for you all, have fun! They really are so quick and easy, this tutorial bag took me less than 10 minutes to make, which included taking the photos! Have fun!!

Making A Flat Gift Bag!

You will need:


A ruler (optional)


Celloptape (or tape of your choice)


Craft Glue


How to make:

First of all, choose your desired paper, For this tutorial, I have chosen brown packaging paper. Cut the paper so it is the height you would like your bag and double width, plus a centimetre or two. For my bag, I cut my paper 18cm tall by 22cm wide.


Next, fold the paper in half, leaving a 1-2cm flap at the side, this is where you will glue to create the bag.

Glue down the flap and fold this flap over, securing the bag together.

Now, glue about 1cm along the bottom of the bag.

Fold this over, secure into place, you may need to add glue if the bag shows a gap between the folded paper.

Now that you have the body of your bag complete, it is time to create the handles! Select your desired string.

Measure against your bag how long you wish your handles to be.

Cut 2 lengths of string, these will be your handles!

Secure your handles with your desired tape, on the inside of your bag, one on each side. If you like, pretty it up, add your logo, add a tag. Then, sit back with a cuppa, admiring your handy work!


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Heart square

I take no credit at all, in any way, for the design of this pattern, all I have done is ‘translate’ a graph into written instructions, for the full pattern, yarn and needle sizes, please visit: http://www.upknitcreek.com/2010/02/pattern-babys-textures-blanket.html

Cast On 22 stitches

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: P10, K2, P10
Row 5: K9, P1, K2, P1, K9
Row 6: P8, K1, P4, K1, P8
Row 7: K7, P1, K6, P1, K7
Row 8: P6, K1, P8, K1, P6
Row 9: K5, P1, K10, P1, K5
Row 10: P4, K1, P12, K1, P4
Rows 11 & 13: K3, P1, K14, P1, K3
Rows 12 & 14: P3, K1, P14, K1, P3
Row 15: K3, P1, K6, P2, K6, P1, K3
Row 16: P4, K1, P4, K1, P2, K1, P4, K1, P4
Row 17: K5, P4, K4, P4, K5
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: Knit
Row 20: Purl
Cast off

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Another Basket Weave Pattern – A4 Size

536751_563255597038584_1740014628_nMy love for the basket weave stitch continues! Many hospitals who provide blankets for micro-preemies request blankets of an A4 size, I’m rubbish with blankets but thought I would at least try to do one, it came out really nice, good shape, size etc. If you find any mistakes in the pattern, please let me know, I wrote this up from memory so hoping it is correct!


DK yarn, any colour but preferably pastels or white

Old Size 8 Straight Needles/4mm straight needles



CO: Cast On

K: Knit

P: Purl

*  *: Repeat instructions between asterisks, as directed


CO 78 stitches

Rows 1-3: Knit

Rows 4-7: K7, *K4, P4* until last 3 stitches, K3

Rows 8-11: K3, *P4, K4* until last 3 stitches, K3

Repeat rows 4-11 until blanket measures desired length.

Rows 12-13: Knit

Cast Off

Add embellishments as desired.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! Wishing everyone all the best for 2013, with it bringing lots of love and moments to treasure! I hope to be more active with my blog, 2012 was a very busy year and went so quick, can not believe it is over already!

In the coming year I hope to add lots more patterns here, either my own or sharing some of my favourites via links, I have met and found so many wonderful knitters and crafters throughout the past year, who knew there were so many wonderfully talented people around?!

Happy New Year!!

Gem xx
Miss Lizzy’s Knits

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Basket Weave Blanket Pattern


I like the basket weave style patterns, they look pretty and keep you amused but are not too taxing either, so a nice pattern to make something look a bit more interesting. I, by no means, take any credit for this pattern, there are so many blankets out there which use basket weave but thought I’d add one here as its a good staple pattern to have, especially when knitting for preemies or babies.

Yarn: Double Knit
Needle size: 3 1/4mm

CO 78 stitches

Rows 1-3: Knit
Row 4: Knit first 3 stitches, *K4, P4*, continue pattern within * *, Knit last 3 stitches
Row 5: Knit first 3 stitches, *P4, K4*, continue pattern within * *, Knit last 3 stitches
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until blanket has reached the desired length.
To finish, knit 3 rows and cast off.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Pocket Angel Pattern


This pattern has been adjusted to work with 2 needles from the pattern shown on www.lucybug.org, so I dont take any credit for it. Please visit their lovely website for more gorgeous patterns xx

 Size needles: 3mm


Wool: Double Knit




Cast On: CO


Knit – K


Purl – P


K2tog – K2tog






CO 20 Stitches


Rows 1 – 14: Knit


Row 15: Purl across row


Row 16: *K2, K2tog* repeat across row


Row 17 – 29: Knit


Row 30: *K1, K2tog* repeat across row


Row 31: *K2tog* repeat across row


Cut a tail 12-15”


Using a darning needle thread the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tightly, sew up your angel leaving enough gap at the bottom for stuffing. Stuff your angel, then using another piece of wool tie it around your angel’s neck to create the head.




CO28 stitches


Row 1: K1, P1, repeat across row


Row 2: P1, K1, repeat across row


Rows 3 & 4: Knit


Row 5: *K2tog, K4* twice, *K2tog* twice, *K4, K2tog* twice


Row 6: Knit


Row 7: *K2tog, K3* twice, K2tog, *K3, K2tog* twice


Row 8: Knit


Row 9: *K2tog, K2* twice, K1, *K1, K2tog* twice


Row 10: Knit


Row 11: *K2tig, K1* twice, K1, *K1, K2tog* twice


Row 12: Knit


Row 13: *K2tog* twice, K1, *K2tog* twice


Row 14: Knit


Row 15: K2tog, K1, K2tog.




Cut the tail 3” and tie around middle of wings, this creates the shape.


Sew onto back of your angel, making sure the curved part of the wing is at the top.




I cast on 3 stitches and knitted for about 4” or until it was a decent length to make arms for the angel.


Sew onto your angel, once sewn on, sew the 2 edges of the arms at the front of the angel together or just leave. Add a halo, either a yellow circle of yarn or a bead garland. You can sew on a decoration between the angel’s hands. I chose a button but a star or flower would look lovely too.




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Tiny Crib – measures 5″

This pattern and items made from using it is for charitable use only and may NOT be used for personal gain i.e sold in part or whole. The pattern may NOT be copied, if you would like to direct people to it, please link.

Tiny Knitted Crib



50-75g DK Yarn

3 ¾ Needles


Knit-In-Lace (optional)

GAUGE: 7 stitches and 11 rows per inch.


K – Knit

P – Purl

YO – Yarn Over

K2TOG – Knit 2 stitches together


Cast on 88 stitches

Rows 1 & 2: Knit

Rows 3-6: K4, P4 repeat to end

Rows 7-10: P4, K4 repeat to end

Repeat rows 3 – 10 (these are rows 11-18)

Row 19: Knit

Row 20: K1, YO, K2TOG, repeat to end

Row 21: Knit

Cast off

Sew ends together.


Cast On 30 stitches

Knit in garter stitch until piece is long enough

Cast off

Sew onto the bottom of the crib’s body (eyelet row is the top).


Cast on 36

Rows 1 & 2: Knit

Work in the same basket stitch as the body for 16 rows

Row 19: Knit

Row 20: Knit in the knit-in-lace OR K1, *YO, K2TOG, repeat from * to end

Row 21: Knit **Cast off on this row if using knit-in-lace**

Cast off

Sew onto crib.

 Back of hood:

Cast on 20 stitches

Knit in garter stitch until piece is big enough to cover the back of the hood

Cast off

Sew onto back of hood.


Repeat pattern for the base but knit in stocking stitch.

Cast off

Sew 3 sides of the mattress onto the base, stuff with safety stuffing, sew up last edge.

Finishing off:

Thread through preferred colour of ribbon through the eyelet row(s), sew ends to secure.

Hearts, teddies, pocket angels in the same colour can be added as ‘accessories’.


New month, new cause!

A new month means a new cause to knit for! this month’s cause is Angel Memories (found on Facebook), the lovely Shelly is donating tiny items to a specific hospital each month, no matter how many groups there are who supply hospitals with donations, they are always sadly in need at some point.

The first item I am knitting for Angel Memories is a little purple hat (as decided by my husband). Tiny hats are, to me, the simplest item to knit, I love knitting them! Each one can be made so different by following the same pattern, the possibilities are endless!


Welcome to the Miss Lizzy’s Knits Blog!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the Miss Lizzy’s Knits blog. I’ve set up the blog to go alongside my facebook page in order to share patterns and links easily. Knitting is a passion of mine and I’m always in awe of the beautiful creations that I come across, it’s amazing how a length of yarn can be transformed into something amazing!

I’ve recently discovered the wonderful creation “knit-in-lace” or “eyelet lace” as it is also known as it’s such a gorgeous finishing touch that I don’t know why I’ve never tried it out before. It made a gorgeous addition to a knitted crib (measuring 5 inches long) which I made as a donation to Upon Butterfly Wings. I have created a pattern for it which will be up once I know it is suitable and that there’s no mistakes in pattern!

Happy knitting!

Miss Lizzy’s Knits xx


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