1 Jun 2022

A new shoulder bag for the summer

Weymouth Shoulder Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

I love knitted bags. They're great for teaming up with all kinds of different outfits for a totally unique look. 

So for the up-coming summer season, I have designed a new bag with crisp cotton yarns in strawberry, apricot and lemon ice colours. As soon as I held the yarns together I was reminded of summer holidays down on the beach, with raspberry ripple lollies and lemon ice pops from the ice cream stand – always a high-point of the day. 

And that's the inspiration for the new Weymouth Shoulder Bag, named for Weymouth Beach in the south of England with its long arc of golden, powdery sands and, yes, yummy ice cream!

Weymouth Shoulder Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The bag features long knitted shoulder straps and is a great size for a summer tote, with space for all the little extras for a day at the beach. The handles are also a generous width so the bag is comfortable to carry on your shoulder.

Both the bag and the straps are lined with a co-ordinating cotton fabric to make a lightweight but sturdy bag which can be used for either a handbag or a tote. 

Weymouth Shoulder Bag by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The Weymouth Shoulder Bag is worked in Embossed Check Stitch from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. This is a strong stitch with a distinctive patterning and texture, so is a good choice for bags such as this. The stitch is also easy to work, with sharply-defined colour transitions for the different colour stripes.

The shoulder straps are worked in a co-ordinating pattern, Double Moss Stitch, which gives an interesting contrast of texture and patterning.

Southampton Collection by Moira Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The Weymouth Shoulder Bag is available as a stand-alone pattern or as part of the Southampton Collectionwhich now has patterns for five fabric-lined bags!

Full step-by-step knitting and sewing instructions are included in the pattern and it is available for immediate download from my website.

If you would like to read more about our Reversible Knitting Stitches E-book and see examples of other double-sided stitches included in the collection, then please click here

Until next time, happy summer knitting!


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