8 Apr 2013

The Sarasota Shopper

Sarasota Shopper by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

In my last blogpost, I introduced a new set of knitting patterns all based around a simple idea – to make a set of fabric-lined knitted bags to combine the best qualities of both! In that post, I detailed the first bag in the collection, the Back-to-Nature Bag and now here is the second one, 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 before I had actually finished off all the ends at the top! A sure sign of a winner.

Sarasota Shopper by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

In this bag, I dyed the plain canvas 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.

DyeSarasota Shopper by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The bag design features textural Basketweave bands set onto a background of Double Moss Stitch. Both of these stitches are favourites of mine and were taken from our E-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.

Please click here to see details of the Sarasota Shopper and all my other bag patterns. Also see my next blogpost for details of two book bags which are also part of the Southampton Collection

Happy Knitting!


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