Kristin's Favorite Carry-All by Kristin Nicholas
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Kristin's Favorite Carry-All

Knitting
April 2000
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in color pattern
US 9 - 5.5 mm
889 yards (813 m)
One size

Yarn requirements: 3 balls 381 yds.) each colors A & B, 1 ball (127 yds.) color C.

**The following description is from the magazine:** More than ten years ago Kristin Nicholas was given a woven wool bag from Ecuador as a gift and ever since has been both using it and wanting to design a knitted one like it. "It's a great size," she says. "As my life has changed, it's gone from being a knitting bag, to an overnight bag, to a diaper bag." So for this issue of *Knits,* at last she has designed the knitted version of her favorite carry-all, drawing upon the motifs in Turkish carpets and Scandinavian Fair Isles for extra inspiration. Kristin worked her new bag in the round, cutting it to form a front and a back, then used a "gusset" strip to join the two pieces along the sides and bottom. She purposely chose a two-color (burnt orange and brown) motif with small repeats so that it would be easy to memorize and easy to knit, then added a dash of extra color (chartreuse) with duplicate stitch. For stability, especially when carrying heavy loads, Kristin lined the bag with cotton fabric.

Errata applies to pattern as published in Interweave Knits Summer 2000.

Pattern Description from The Best of Interweave Knits: Inspired by a woven wool bag from Ecuador that she used as a knitting bag, then overnight bag, then diaper bag, Kristin Nicholas designed this generous knitted alternative. She drew upon the motifs in Turkish carpets and Scandinavian Fair Isles for extra inspiration. Kristin worked this bag in the round, cutting it to form a front and a back, then used a ‘gusset’ strip to join the two pieces along the sides and bottom. She purposely chose a two-color motif with small repeats that would be easy to knit, then added a dash of chartreuse with duplicate stitch.”

Finished Size: About 16” (40.5 cm) wide, 18” (46 cm) long excluding handle, and 2” (5 cm) deep.

Yarn: Worsted weight (#4 Medium).
Classic Elite Montera (50% llama, 50% wool; 127 yd 116 m 100 g): #3876 pacha mama brown and #3868 ancient orange, 3 skeins each; #3835 lima green, 1 skein.

Needles: Size 9 (5.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; small amount of strongly plied yarn for seaming; one 1.25” (3.2 cm) button; 5/8 yd (60 cm) lining fabric.

Note: Chart is for one side of bag; work entire chart a second time for second side of bag.