8 Aug 2008

Fibonacci Striped Bag


Over the last few weeks I have been blogging about the BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag! knitting pattern with suggestions for fun variations. In this blogpost, I am featuring a bag I made using all the left-over yarn oddments from other bags. The dyelots varied enormously, yet when this bag was finished you really couldn't see that there were shade differences in the yarns. 

This has been a very successful bag – my shopping bag of choice, and the one most commented upon when I am out and about. The bag was worked completely in Seed Stitch and seemed to grow surprising quickly. I found myself saying: "Oh, I'll just work one more band..." and it was soon finished. There is definitely some merit in having such frequent colour changes to provide a good target for your knitting! 

It's always fun using up a whole bag-full of remnant yarns, but if you want to start with fresh supplies, then there are many colours available in the Lily 'Sugar 'n Cream" range.



The striped pattern is a "Fibonacci" sequence. This is where the previous 2 numbers are added together to give the next number in the sequence, so: 

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 etc. 

Fibonacci sequences tend to give very interesting results, and reflect patterns that we see in nature. In this bag, I used the 5 - 8 - 13 part of this sequence to form the stripes and worked: 

13 Rnds in MC 
8 Rnds using CC#1 
5 Rnds with CC#2 
then 8 Rnds of CC#1 again 

I had a lot of yarn tails to finish off at the end because I had used so many remnants, but it was very satisfying to have so little wasted yarn at the end of this project. 

I hope you have enjoyed exploring the many variations from one pattern. Please see my blogpost: "Bags of bags" where you can see photographs of all these various bags on one page. 

If you would like more information about the latest version of the BYOB 2.0 pattern, please click here. 

Happy Knitting! 

Moira 



Last Blogpost: Basketweave bag
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Basketweave Bag


In the last few blogposts, I have been exploring some variations of the BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag! knitting pattern so that you can make bags that will be just right for your next shopping trip. 

In July, I posted about two different colour variations: a Fall Fired Earth colourway with lovely earthy tones, and a simple but effective two-tone variation worked in pinks and blues. Last time, I explored some bags that were worked entirely in Seed Stitch, one of my favourite stitches (can you tell!!)

The bag I am featuring today is another solid-sided bag, but this time worked with a Basketweave stitch replacing the central mesh part of the BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag! pattern. This stitch is taken from our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches, and is a good-looking stitch with a lot of flexibility.


You can knit the bags with the 3-coloured bands as in the original pattern or just with two different colours as I was describing in my last blogpost. The photo above shows bags worked in pink or blue with slim white stripes for an elegant look. 

This is a good variation of the basic design as it is still quite flexible so can accommodate awkwardly-shaped items but gives a little more support. Working a couple of these alongside the regular BYOB Bags would make a lovely co-ordinated set. 

Please click here for more details about the BYOB pattern and have fun trying out some variations of your own. 

For more information about our new Reversible Knitting Stitches book, please see my website. The book is available as an E-Book, a Print book or a Print and E-Book Package.

Happy Knitting! 

Moira 



Last Blogpost: Small and stripey bags




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