23 Jul 2008

Small and stripey bags

In the last few blogposts, I have been looking at colour variations of the BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag knitting pattern. However, it is possible to make other subtle changes for a completely different style of bag. 

The original bag had a solid Seed Stitch base and a flexible mesh mid-section. However you could elect to delete the lace part of the pattern and work the bags completely in Seed Stitch. This not only changes the nature of the bag (and also the overall size to some extent), but also allows you to play with different colour combinations.

The bag in the photograph above, for example, has a 26-round pattern repeat with thick and thin stripes. I worked this in the Fired Earth colourway that I wrote about here, but I could imagine this in a variety of different colours for some spectacular bags.

The second one has evenly-sized stripes but with extra interest formed by the change of the leading contrast colour in the pattern repeat. This is only a simple change in the colour patterning, but it gives quite a complex look.

Changing to an all Seed Stitch fabric makes these into good, strong bags well-suited for moderately heavy loads of shopping. I often use these bags when I am heading to the shopping mall or elsewhere and find them great for more general shopping. 

It is also possible to line these bags with a light-weight cotton liner in the same way as the Weymouth Bag from the Southampton Collection, which you can read about here. This would make a really useful shopping bag which would be perfect for most of your everyday grocery store visits.

By now we have come a long way from the original design, but with only subtle changes in the overall pattern. Next time I am going to look at another solid-sided bag, but this time worked in basketweave. 

As you can probably tell by now, I love knitted bags! If you would like to see some more of the bag patterns I have available, then please click here.

Until next time – Happy Knitting! 


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