7 Apr 2013

Introducing the Southampton Collection

Back-to-Nature Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

I was wandering around my local craft store a short while ago when my eye was caught by a set of linen tote bags. These were just plain and simple bags but looked to be a very useful size – not only for shopping at the supermarket but also as general project bags or for carrying to the mall. 

I thought about it for a moment and then realised that they would make excellent liners for knitted bags. After all, knitted bags are great but lack the sturdiness of a canvas bag. By making a fabric-lined knitted bag you'd have the best of both worlds.

Before I knew it, my shopping basket had filled not only with the tote liners but also with enough yarns and dyes to complete a whole set of bags. I have just uploaded all the separate bag patterns to my pattern store and you can either buy them individually or as a whole set, the Southampton Collection.

Back-to-Nature Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

So here's the first bag in the collection, the Back-to-Nature Bag. The colourway for this bag was inspired by the idea of a "Return to nature", the cream colour at the top gradually giving way to the gentle green of a misty spring morning at the base.

Back-to-Nature Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The exterior is worked in a crisp cotton yarn and features a neat stitch that almost looks crocheted. This is Embossed Check Stitch, a reversible stitch taken from our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches. Although you don't see the reverse side of this stitch when it has the liner inside, the interlocking ribs give this stitch a lot of character and resilience.

Inside, this sturdy little bag has enough capacity to carry home bottles of milk or heavy cartons of juice, or be used to transport all the heavier vegetables home from the Farmer's market. 

And all this with minimal sewing to complete the item!

Back-to-Nature Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The stitch pattern forms into very neat horizontal bands but with beautifully sharp colour transitions between the bands. This feature can be used to design a whole range of striped designs. For example, the bag would look great if worked in nautical shades of navy, blue and crisp white for a summer holiday hold-all.

Each band only takes a few grams of yarn too, so you could use up all your left-over balls of cotton yarn for a real stash-busting rainbow colourway!

Southampton Collection by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

Please click here to see details of the Back-to-Nature Bag and all my other bag patterns. Also see my next blogpost for details about another bag in this collection, the Sarasota Shopper.

Happy Knitting!


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