We all have stuff that we need to schlep around – keys, wallet, cell phone, small knitting project, lipstick, which makes a good bag a necessity of life. While reusing the bag that you got from the grocery or department store is great, why not make a bag that is not only reusable (and therefore environmentally friendly) but pretty too?
The Olympia Bag from Color by Kristin, Book Four is a great tote. It’s not too big that it couldn’t double as a purse, but would also make a great book bag for your favorite student who will be heading back to school soon. Or how about a knitting bag for yourself!
It is knit using Color by Kristin in 2 balls of 3232 Raspberry and 3235 Lady’s Mantle, and 1 ball each of 3255 Rock Henna & 3220 Blue Thyme. The bag is begun with a short i-cord. It is then increased from the center out to make the bottom of the bag. From there the bag is worked in the round, which makes the Fair Isle pattern quick and easy. The geometric pattern is easy to memorize and the garter stripe at the top gives it a little added flair. Color by Kristin comes in 26 colors, which makes the color combinations endless!
If you are looking for a smaller bag, something to carry your keys and lipstick in for either a quick trip to the grocery store or a day out, check out the Plumage bag in Chesapeake from the Falling Leaf book.
Knit on the diagonal, the stripes add a pop of color to any outfit. Since it is a small bag, it goes really quickly. And while there is some finishing, it is minimal. I love the 2 tone twisted i-cord; it gives the bag an added sense of whimsy.
This would make a great first purse for any little girl. Pick colors you know she will like or have fun and pick the colors together. Either way, she’ll love having a big girl bag of her own for carrying her lip balm and gum.
Another great bag for a little girl, or maybe the little girl inside you, is Pear Blossom from the Mesa book. The lace detail on top gives this simple bag an air of elegance. I think it would look great knit up as is in Mesa, but also in our new yarn Ava as an evening bag. Just the right size for a lipstick, a cell phone and a small wallet.
If you are worried about a knitted bag being functional, you can always sew a simple lining into the bag to give it added support and structure. We have a great tutorial on this process here.
Have you ever knit a bag? We would love to see it! Share it with us on our Ravelry group.