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Bridgetown Belt-Bag

Knitting
March 2006
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 43 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
216 yards (198 m)
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Pattern description from Interweave Knits, Spring 2006: “Laura Irwin lives in the city, where she commutes to work by bike. She needed a convenient carryall for her wallet and keys while riding so she fashioned this stylish remix of the fanny pack. Worked in two separate pieces, the belt and pouch are sewn together, the then hardware--a zipper and heavy belt-loop rings--are added. The belt is worn low on the hips and can be adapted for any body size.”

Finished Size: Belt measures 34.5 inches (87.5 cm) long, not counting D-ring loops; zippered purse compartment measures 4.5 inches (11 cm) tall and 8 inches (20.5 cm) wide. To fit waist circumference from 27 inches to 31.5 inches (68.5 to 80 cm)

Notions: Stitch holder; tapestry needle; 7” (18 cm) zipper; four 3/4” (2-cm) D-rings (available from Clover Bags and Totes Accessories; www.clover-usa.com); sharp-point needle and matching sewing thread.

Note about Gauge: .Exact gauge is not critical for this project, but gauge should be deliberately tighter than usual to produce a firm fabric.

Notes from Interweave Knits, Spring 2006:

  • “Waist size can be adjusted by adding or subtracting length to the main belt section before dividing for straps. D-ring closures need at least 3” (7/5 cm) of strap length to hold the belt securely. Remember to purchase extra yarn if making a longer belt.”

  • “Belt begins at decorative V-shaped end and then divides at the other end for working the two straps separately. The rectangular purse front is worked as a separate piece and sewn to the belt during finishing.”