In my last Blog post, I introduced a new set of knitting patterns all based around a simple idea — to take craft-shop linen tote bags and turn them into something really special. In that posting, I detailed the first bag in the collection, the Back-to-Nature Bag. Now, here is the second of the bags, the Sarasota Shopper.
This is such a versatile bag and has been in almost continual use since it was completed. In fact, I was using it to transport my next knitting project to the airport one day while the needles were still attached to the top facing! A sure sign of a winner.
In this bag, I dyed the store tote liner and was pleased to see how well it dyed up. It was quite economical too, as one sachet of dye was easily enough to dye two separate bags. The colour used here is Dylon "Bahama Blue" and gave a shade very reminiscent of the turquoise waters lapping the Florida coast.
For the Sarasota Shopper, I used a dye colour to suit the yarn I had chosen, but a contrasting colour could be used instead to add an extra degree of "zing" to the finished result.
The design features bands of Basketweave texture set into a background of Double Moss Stitch. Both of these stitches are favourites of mine and were taken from our new book, Reversible Knitting Stitches.
The final bag has a wonderfully understated elegance — just perfect for a trip to the shopping mall. It would also be an excellent choice to carry all the essentials for a day at the beach.
The patterns for all four bags can be found in my LoveKnitting store, either as stand-alone patterns or as a collection, the Southampton Collection.
I will upload photos of the final two bags, both book bags, next time.
Our book: Reversible Knitting Stitches
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