Once I had my strap done. I cast off the needles, and cast on another 16 stitches to make an outer flap for the bag, so that I could close and secure it. I knit/purled 12 rows, and dropped a stitch somewhere along the way (I’d like to say it was on purpose…) Since my little flap now had an open spot in the knitting, I grabbed a wooden bead that would fit through the hole, and decided to use my mistake as a make-shift button hole.
When my bag was complete, I was immediately pleased with it! It’s sturdy enough with the jute fibers, that it can handle desert hikes, and beachy days, and since it’s knitted, sand and dirt sift right out of this bag, and if I’m carrying a water-bottle with a lose cap, there’s no problem if the bag gets a little wet!