28 Jan 2019

New pattern – Westernesse Bag

I have a new bag pattern! This is the Westernesse Bag and it's a duffle-bag style with lots of space to take everything you need for a day in the country.

The colour was inspired by a walk we took around a lake in Sweden last autumn-time. The leaves had just started turning colour but already they were carpeting the walkways and drifting slowly past us as we walked. By the time we returned to our car, the sun was low in the skies and just set the colours aflame.

I was carrying one of my favourite bags at the time, a roomy canvas hold-all with a single shoulder strap. This seemed like the perfect model for a new knitted bag. 

I like the ease of a single shoulder strap. Easy to pick up, easy to throw over your shoulder, simple to slip off when you get to the far side of the lake and want to sit for a while. The one here is worked in Moss Stitch and is a tube with a fabric band inside for extra strength.

For the body of the bag, I chose the Double Moss Stitch pattern from our book, Reversible Knitting Stitches, adding an extra repeat to enhance the textural qualities of the stitch. This really emphasised the colour bands, giving a strongly graphical result.

I then lined the bag with a Waverley cotton fabric. I had forgotten how much I enjoy sewing! I don't sew much these days but it was fun getting the sewing machine out again, and even more fun getting the fluff out of the mechanism so it would actually work. You can read all about that incredible feat here!

The cotton liner was simple to make and I love the fabric I found. This one has words scripted in French – just perfect for a bag I'm going to use when exploring new places.

I finished the bag by adding a plaited drawstring which runs through the top section to draw it together. I had intended adding a cord lock to keep the cords closed, but in the end I liked it just with a simple tie so left it like that. 

Then as a final touch I sewed on a large button made from coconut, with a simple cord loop closure. Perfect. Now, where shall we go for a walk next.... I'm thinking maybe it's time to go back to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. It's ages since we were last there.

If you would like more details about the Westernesse Bag, then please click here

The pattern is also available on Loveknitting, where you can also find the yarn that I used, Lang Merino+.

Until next time - Happy Knitting!


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