This ‘bag lady’ has lots of bags: handbags, designer bags, shopping bags, plastic bags, ripped yarn bags, handmade bags : small ones, tiny ones, large ones, oversize ones – and if you are getting to know me, then by now you will of course understand that they have to match my outfit or mood. This evening’s colour is ORANGE. That’s because my photo group are choosing something orange as the topic. Not a colour that many of choose to wear quite frankly. It can look quite harsh, but it does have a somewhat frivolous feel to it. It can look quite cheap – but also elegant. That depends on the tint, tone or shade you choose to use. It is light-hearted.
Orange brings us creativity and fun! I am all for that. Recently I saw a lovely piece of fabric. I was drawn to the orange in the pattern and was ready to play. My creative urge again. The fabric was quite dramatic, so I wanted to soften it. I ripped it, knotted it and wrapped it into a ball of knitting yarn. I didn’t have a set idea of stitches. It was organic and just happened. I like to work that way. I also decided that I wanted the knots to show as part of the design. So if you want to create one – here’s how!
Cast enough stitches to make the row as as wide as you feel you want the bag to be — then continue knitting ( garter knit stitch is easy) until it’s long enough to be able to double up / turn up to form a pouch. If you knit an even longer piece then you can form a flap. (I left the knots showing on the right side to become a feature in the design.) Finally you stitch the sides – and then you have a small bag. ‘ Simples’ as they say! Finally stitch on some handles. ( You could knit a long shoulder bag rope style handle.) I also added some buttons and beads to enhance the design. I loved it and it gets many comments. This is the result.
close up of knitted “yarn” with buttons and beads added
This is another variation on the theme.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. I wasn’t planning to do this .. as with all my creative work it just happened when I was in the flow.