Sunday, January 27, 2008

shades of blue - knitted rag bag

I received lots of positive feedback regarding the Cheerful Rag Bag… in fact, the only disappointment seemed to be the fact that it was crocheted! And there are those of you out there who have not ventured into the world of crochet as yet.

So this time around, we have the knitted rag bag… ‘shades of blue’

It is worked in the round using linen stitch, which gives it a little more structure than plain stockingette… though to be honest, not quite as much strength as single crochet.

click here to download pattern

shades of blue


shades of blue (lining) shades of blue (in and out)


shades of blue (closeup)


13 comments:

fitknit said...

Just brilliant! Thanks for all the 'how to' info too!

HobbyZu said...

Such a cute bag!!

Anonymous said...

Love your bag, but how thick are the material strips, and was the material cotton?

laughing purple goldfish said...

thanks everyone - I recommend strips half an inch wide for making bags... a little wider is okay, but experience has taught me that it will make the finished bag heavier... you could experiment with any material, but this particular bag used recycled cotton bedlinen and mens business shirts... it is lined with denim from an old pair of jeans

Anonymous said...

awesome

jodi french said...

very cute! sheets?

CrunchyBread said...

This bag is amazing. I am inspired! I've been collecting fat quarters of quilting fabric for some time, expecting one day to eventually get back into quilting again... but the bug just hasn't returned, and now I'm into crocheting. Now I can see a way to put those fabrics to good use!

Can you give any clues as to how much acreage of fabric is needed to create your bag? No pressure. If you can't remember I'll just make a "crazy ball" of various fabric strips and keep going until it looks done. But it would be cool to have a clue beforehand, so I'd know how many fat quarters to rip up.

BTW, I just found your blog this week and I'm LOVING reading all these old projects! Your creativity is a joy. Your color combinations are bold and exciting. Your commitment to recycling is inspiring, and your step-by-step instructions are so delightfully easy to understand! You should definitely compile all this info into a book. I'd buy it! :)

roberta said...

Hi, I am a very novice knitter and as yet haven't mastered circular needles. Could I do this on straight needles and just seam up the sides? I too love recycling and refashioning old clothes and household items...just lack the skills and it ends up looking like something a 2 year old left behind as a bad job! Thanks for the inspiration. Roberta

laughing purple goldfish said...

roberta...

yes - you certainly could work on straight needles, exactly as you suggested

have fun with it!

sharon

Laura said...

Hi Sharon, I stumbled on your crocheted scrap bag about a year ago, and did one up to carry my craft work around with me. A long story short, that has been the spring board for starting my own crafting business. It's not "live" yet, but a lot of the planning steps are well under way. So I just wanted to say thanks for putting your designs out into the ether!

laughing purple goldfish said...

Laura! How wonderful...

Please come back and leave a link to your work when you are ready

Sharon

Anonymous said...

I have made a good start on one of these and it is all very exciting - my first attempt at circular needles...however I do have a couple of questions

1. How big is the bag in your picture? Mine looks much smaller than I had envisaged.

2. Do you just use normal scissors to cut your fabric, or pinking shears, or something else? My bag looks nice but is quite fluffy/hairy rather than your nice smooth tidy knitted effect. Any tips would be gratefully received.

Many thanks
Camill

laughing purple goldfish said...

Hey Camill...

The bag I made it 34 cm wide and 30 cm tall. Sometimes I use normal scissors, but where possible I just tear the fabric into strips. The fluffy/hairy factor depends on the individual fabric used.

Hope that helps some :)

Sharon