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! 


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  1. Thank you for BYOB. I am enjoying working it with "stash" yarn. It is larger than I imagined it but that is good. I am from MA also.

  2. I love this bag and can't wait to start it!


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