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Topic: Monk's Travel Satchel in Acrylic?  (Read 768 times)
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« on: February 04, 2006 08:43:55 PM »

I came across this pattern and immediately fell in love.

Looking at some of the comments made, it seems this bag has a tendency to streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch when you put heavier objects in it. And well, what's the point of having such a bag if you can't carry all your stuff in it?

But then inspiration struck.

Cotton stretches.
Wool stretches.
But acrylic doesn't (well, not permanently at least).

So my question is, would knitting this bag in acrylic eliminate the problem of everything stretching out? Would I still have to add a lining and crochet around the gusset to ensure this bag's survival?

If this acrylic thing works out, I just may have a project for the Knitting Olympics.  Cool
« Last Edit: February 04, 2006 10:58:17 PM by itsmesosa » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2006 05:02:58 AM »

felt it? o.0

« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2006 07:13:36 AM »

i made this bag in acrylic, and i also knit it at a tighter gauge so i would be tougher, i have yet to line it , but even having knit is as tight as i did it will need to be lined.

it is a very nice bag, and once it is lined i will use it all the time.
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2006 10:39:04 AM »

I wanted to avoid felting it because I've never felted anything before. When I'm not on such a pressing deadline, maybe I'll explore felting this bag, but just switching out for acrylic would make my life so much easier. Also, I think that felting would erase some of the intricacies of this bag. And that would be a shame.

Thank you for answering my question, chloe_hippy! I was thinking about knitting at a tighter gauge too. I guess lining this bag is unavoidable. Oh well, it'll be well worth it. Thanks for the help, guys.  Smiley
« Last Edit: February 05, 2006 10:46:12 AM by itsmesosa » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2006 10:47:38 AM »

That's a really cool bag!  I might have to make that, after I finish my hoodie.  Let us know how it all works out. 
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2006 09:03:50 AM »

I used that pattern as an inspiration (to be read as " I really do not like to follow direction and like to make it up as i go along") and I knit it from acrylic in my stash.  I use it as my knitting bag (before I was stashing my knitting in large gift bags). I love the fact that the body of the bag will stretch so I can stuff alot into it, that being said, it really does need to be lined cause my needles are always poking through.  I also had to sew felt onto the underside of the strap, cause it would stretch down to my knees when it was full!


I would like to swap my knits (or amigurumi stuffies) for your handmade journal...pm me!

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.~Winston Churchill
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