Mackenzie's Messenger Bag by Aurélie Colas

Mackenzie's Messenger Bag

July 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in double knitting and stocking stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
766 - 875 yards (700 - 800 m)
One size
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Towards the end of the visit of Castle Fraser, one gets to enter the vast library, created by Colonel Charles Mackenzie Fraser.

Enhanced by the multiple identical bookcases, made of dark wood, and full of ancient books, the volutes of the wallpaper stand out. The original wallpaper, which looks like stencil in places, dates from c1839 and is the inspiration behind this bag.

The flap of the bag is worked using the double knitting technique. Upon completion of the knitted part, a fabric lining is constructed. Both the lining and a shoulder strap are sewn in place.

One size:
Finished measurements:

  • Height: 35 cm (13 ¾ in) ― excluding strap
  • Width: 31 cm (12 ¼ in)
  • Depth: 3 cm (1 ¼ in)

Yarn requirement

  • Sock yarn (400 m / 437 yds per 100 g) 1 x 100g skein each of two contrasting colours.

Shown in sample:
The Knitting Goddess British Wool and Nylon 4ply (400 m / 437 yds per 100 g), 1 x 100g skein each of: (MC) in Shade Minty Green, (CC) in Shade Yellow

Needles and Notions

  • 2.75 mm (US 2) needles – 80 cm (32 in)circular (or size required to achieve gauge) (main needles)
  • 3.75 mm (US 3) needle – DPNs or circular (1 needle) (for i-cord and 3-needle bind off)
  • 2.00 mm (US 0) needle – 1 DPN or circular (for picking up sts for working tucks)
  • Darning needle, Stitch Markers
  • Sewing needle, thread and pins.
  • Shoulder strap: a piece of non-stretchy fabric, or a leather strap (approx. 2.5 - 3 cm / 1 - 1¼ in wide)
  • Lining fabric and interfacing: approximately 80 cm x 40 cm (32 in x 16 in))

28 sts and 36 rows / 10cm (4 in) over double-knitting pattern and over stocking stitch worked flat with main needles, measured after blocking

12-Page Pattern includes:
Detailed charts for patterned section.
Notes on some techniques specific to double knitting (treatment of selvedges, how to read the charts).
Photo-tutorial for invisible two-colour cast on for double knitting.
Photo-tutorial for working tucks.
Diagram and instructions to cut and sew fabric lining.

Pattern also includes a description of Castle Fraser, Scotland, and a chapter on the source of inspiration: the wallpaper in the library.