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« on: March 18, 2004 08:32:32 AM »

I've been looking for a pattern for a big ol' knitted bag for my knitting goodies but am having trouble finding one that (a) I like and (b) will be big enough for all my stuff...

Does anyone have suggestions for great patterns for a knitting bag?  Has anyone made a fabuloso bag for their goodies?
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2004 08:42:36 AM »

if you type "knit bag" in the search field (near the top of the page), you find some threads to explore. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2004 09:52:30 AM »

Thanks for the tip, firefly...

I also just did some hard-core web searching and found some great-looking retro-ish knitting bags at "the knitting bag" http://www.knittingbag.com/catalog/default.php/cPath/29_54/nav/left

Unfortunately, there's no patterns.  They're simply for sale...  I absolutely love the classic herringbone bag (and might even try to figure out how to make it on my own...)

I've also seen some lovely felted bags, like the one at knitty http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTfrenchmarket.html  but I just feel kind of silly buying lovely, expensive yarn and then destroying it...  (besides, the french market bag is waay too open -- I'd lose all my goodies)

And so the hunt continues for the perfect bag...



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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2004 10:06:07 AM »

could you improvise a flap that comes up over the top and buttons on the other side, i wonder?
keep us posted on how it goes...(no pun intended Wink)
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2004 10:07:58 AM »

Among some of the vintage crafts I have are a couple of vintage knitted knitting bags from the early 1960's.

They both come from the same book, and one each is pictured at the bottom of each of the following pictures:

http://twosisters.lothruin.com/crafts1.jpg
This is a stripey squat one in reds and blacks.

http://twosisters.lothruin.com/crafts2.jpg
This is a tallish square one with zip-zag stripes.

(Because my site is hosted on Yahoo, you may have to copy and past these links into your browser in order for them to work.)

If you want instructions for one or the other or both of these bags, let me know and I'll provide them.
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2004 10:56:57 AM »

I also just did some hard-core web searching and found some great-looking retro-ish knitting bags at "the knitting bag" http://www.knittingbag.com/catalog/default.php/cPath/29_54/nav/left

Unfortunately, there's no patterns.  They're simply for sale...  I absolutely love the classic herringbone bag (and might even try to figure out how to make it on my own...)

Hmm, those appear to be made out of fabric, rather than knitted.  You could make one like it with Jordy's flat bottomed bag tutorial.  It looks like the only really special part on it is the handles.  So if you could find those, or something similar enough, you'd be all set!
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I've also seen some lovely felted bags, like the one at knitty http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTfrenchmarket.html  but I just feel kind of silly buying lovely, expensive yarn and then destroying it...


Heheheh, I wondered why I just haven't felt (pun!) like jumping on the felting bandwagon!  You've put it in a nutshell.  Don't get mad, anyone, I know felting doesn't actually destroy the yarn... it's just that when you've spent your life trying to avoid the sweater-in-the-dryer disaster, it's hard to bring yourself to do it on purpose. :)

Good luck with the knitting bag project.  I wanted to sew myself one of the ones that stands alone, with the folding wooden frame, but can't find a "blank" frame anywhere.

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2004 10:56:34 PM »

I've also seen some lovely felted bags, like the one at knitty http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTfrenchmarket.html  but I just feel kind of silly buying lovely, expensive yarn and then destroying it...

Then buy fairly inexpensive 100% (or near 100%) wool and felt it!  My knitting bag is the felted marsupial tote from SNB.  I made the bag wider and deeper (plus, I had 29" circs) and it fits my stuff in fairly neatly.  Then again, I don't need a very large bag (it can carry my two projects, a lacey scarf and a heavy cotton tank top, with ease)... so it depends on how large a bag you need.
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2004 04:58:01 AM »

Reynols Lopi is about $5.50 at my LYS.  I think for 100% wool that is a fairly good price (cheaper than black sheep, but more itchy).  I have used it to make Icelandic sweaters and I am now using the remnants to make a bag that I will be felting.
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2004 07:40:10 AM »

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I wanted to sew myself one of the ones that stands alone, with the folding wooden frame, but can't find a "blank" frame anywhere.

I found several cheap old standalone knitting bags at the thrift shop...They were only $4 each! The fabrics on mine are different, but of the same style, so they match each other & my house, but I can differentiate between which bag has which project. If I didn't LOVE the tiki fabrics on mine, I'd probably rip the seams out and use the frame and make my own, using the old fabric as a pattern.

The thrift shop where I found them is in an older, higher end neighborhood, with lots of old lady stuff, not your general SalArmy... still haven't found any yarn there though Sad
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