Ladder to the Sky Gift Bag

Ladder to the Sky gift bag

This little gift bag is knitted flat from the bottom up using Ladder to the Sky ribbing, there’s an eyelet row for the ribbon and a ruffle to finish, then the side seam and bottom seam are sewn up.

Size: Approx 6cm x 15cm or 3” x 6” overall (once ribbon is tied, about 5” of bag and 1” of ruffly top).

Materials: 1 ballDROPS Cotton Viscose (or about 60m sportweight yarn), 3.5mm needles, narrow ribbon 17” long

Gauge: 22st to 10cm across in stocking stitch, or two ladder ribs = 6cm in pattern  


SKPO = Slip a stitch knitwise, knit next stitch, pass slipped stitch over this stitch

Yrn = take the yarn from front to back over the right-hand needle and continue wrapping anticlockwise until the yarn is in the front again, ready to purl the next stitch

Kfbf =knit into the front, the back then the front of the stitch to make three stitches


Cast on 50 stitches

Row 1 (RS): K1, [P2, K2tog, YO, K2, P2] 6 times, K1

Row 2 (WS): P1, [K2, P4, K2] 6 times, P1

Row 3: K1, [P2, K2, YO, SKPO, P2] 6 times, K1

Row 4: P1, [K2, P4, K2] 6 times, P1

You might find it easier to count stitches as blocks of K4, P4 except at the beginning and end of the rows, instead of K2, P4, K2.

Repeat these pattern rows 10 times more (11 in total).  Work should measure approx 5.5” from cast on edge.

Row 45: Eyelet row: K1, P2 [K2tog, YO, K2, P1, Yrn, P2tog, P1] 5 times, K2tog, YO, K2, Yrn, P2tog, K1

Knit rows 2-4 of pattern, then rows 1-4 again.

Row 53: Increase for ruffle: K1, Kfbf to last st, K1 (146 stitches)

Row 54: Purl to end

Row 55: K1, *K2, slip first stitch over second and off righthand needle, repeat from  * to last stitch, K1 (74 stitches)

Row 56: P1, *P2tog, repeat from * to last st, P1 (38 stitches)

Cast off

Sew up side seam using mattress stitch.  I turned the bag inside out and used backstitch for the bottom seam.  Thread ribbon into eyelets starting closest to the side seam.

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