Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Japanese Knot Bag

Cloth project bags are all the rage in the knitting world.  I usually use those clear plastic zippered bags that linens come in:  They're very practical, but let's face it, they're not cute.  Plus, they don't have handles.

There's a great tutorial with template on the Better Homes and Gardens website.   The bag is the perfect size for a small project.  In this case, I'm making Judy Marples' Knit Night Hat (yes, it's free) with a special ball of Malabrigo Rios that I bought in San Francisco in the Spring.

The downloaded pattern prints in five pieces and you tape it together.  I cut out the bag and lining at the same time with a rotary cutter.

There are handy pockets inside for small tools.

The bag is fully reversible, and I got to use a fun novelty print. 

I also finished my crocheted t-shirt rug.  In all it took 13 men's large t-shirts.  The last few did have seams, but they posed no problem: the overlocked seams were sturdy and held up to the cutting and stretching process.

Gratuitous dog picture with the rug.

Happy Holidays to all, and best wishes for a creative 2016!


margaret said...

will be downloading the pattern too looks such a useful bag. Wonder what the white things are you have on the fabric maybe some sort of weight? Knitting coming along well and the rug has certainly worked

floribunda said...

Barbara, I am just finishing up one of these bags, and the strap construction is so fiddly! So I went googling, and found another version with a very interesting construction method that looks like a winner:

I have to go do a little ripping of stitches to try to get those straps to work... probably didn't help that for some reason I followed the instruction to use batting, which is totally unnecessary for a bag like this. I do thank you for the inspiration!