Of Cats and Bags

I have more FOs and more patterns. In my Christmas knitting this year there were plans for a number of market bags, to be filled with sundry items (like soaps, wine, other knitted items…). Emboldened by the success of my scarves I determined to try my hand at bag designing. The resulting four bag patterns are published together in one PDF, which can also be found on the Free Pattern’s page.

Pattern: All Points Bag

Level: easy (requires knitting: in round, yo, k2tog, ssk, and s2kp and crochet: ch and afghan st)
Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (70% Tanquis Cotton, 30% Linen, 123 y/50g), 2balls, in Habor colorway
Needles: 4.5mm circ
Size: 14″ x11″ unstretched
Gauge: 4.5sts/6rows = 1” in stockinette st
Description: Bands of eyelet lace alternating with stockinette, mitered bottom, crocheted strap.

Pattern: Zig-Zag Market Bag

Level: easy (requires knitting: in round, yo, k2tog, ssk, and s2kp and crochet: ch and afghan st)
Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (70% Tanquis Cotton, 30% Linen, 123 y/50g), 2balls, in Coffee colorway
Needles: 4.5mm circ
Size: 14″ x11.75″ unstretched
Gauge: 4.5sts/6rows = 1” in stockinette st
Description: Zig-zags of eyelet lace, mitered bottom, crocheted strap.

Pattern: Lean to the Right Bag

Level: easy (requires knitting: in round, yo, k2tog, and crochet: ch and afghan st)
Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (70% Tanquis Cotton, 30% Linen, 123 y/50g), 2balls, in Royal Plum colorway
Needles: 4.5mm circ
Size: 14″ x12″ unstretched
Gauge: 4.5sts/6rows = 1” in stockinette st
Description: Continuous rightward leaning spiral (right-side up that is), spiral bottom, crocheted strap.

Pattern: Lean to the Left Bag

Level: easy (requires knitting: in round, yo, ssk, and crochet: ch and afghan st)
Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (70% Tanquis Cotton, 30% Linen, 123 y/50g), 2balls, in Harbor colorway
Needles: 4.5mm circ
Size: 15″ x12.5″ unstretched
Gauge: 4.5sts/6rows = 1” in stockinette st
Description: Continuous leftward leaning spiral (right-side up that is), spiral bottom, crocheted strap.

I’m always surprised by how much this kind of project stretches. They are fast (not one took more than a couple of days), simple enough for tv knitting, but interesting enough to be enjoyable, and each one uses only 2 balls of Cotlin. I think I’m going to need to order some more Cotlin and make a couple for myself (since apparently I can never have too many re-usable bags).

And of Cats… we got a kitten on Friday the 11th.

His name is Simon Templar (a near second place was Big Ben, but A. decided on Simon) and he is about 5mos. We adopted him from the SPCA here in Moncton. We looked at a number of others, but he was the calmest and most friendly (and given teh crazy that can happen here clam and friendly is important). We brought him home and … he promptly hid for nearly 24hrs (giving everyone a scare… imaging him trapped in wall or something). I found him when I was watching something in the theatre (at that point he was hiding behind a giant framed picture of the hands from the Creation of Adam that is leaning against a wall at the back of the theatre). I caught him and brought him upstairs where he was confined in the bathroom for a day and then gradually allowed access to more and more of the house. He is now roaming the whole house happily. He enjoys attacking the flowers on the chair in the living room and galloping the length of the house. I don’t know how he feels about Bertie trying to teach him colours and to count…

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2 thoughts on “Of Cats and Bags

  1. I just wanted to leave you a note to say thank you for a wonderful pattern, i just love these bags, they are so super quick to knit and such a satisfying project. One of the best laid out PDF’s i’ve seen too! xx

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