Sierra Bag by Margaret Hubert

Sierra Bag

February 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
4.0 mm (G)
540 - 1188 yards (494 - 1086 m)
16" (40.5 cm) wide x 13" (33 cm) tall x 2" (5 cm) deep, excluding strap.
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The construction of this bag is unusual. It starts with 3 solid-color diamonds and one multicolor diamond to form the bottom tier of the bag; all other diamonds are built on this base as you go. Each multicolor diamond is made up of 4 small diamonds. The fill-in motifs on the sides of the bag are made up of half diamonds, which finish the uneven edges of the back and front.

For the patchwork technique, we refer to each diamond as made up of rows and each set of diamonds as a tier.

When adding diamonds to the right side of the bag, make a chain to specified number, then pick up loops along the chain, then along an existing diamond. This pick-up row counts as the forward pass.

When adding diamonds to the left side of the bag, pick up loops from an existing diamond first, then add stitches to your hook by working half hitches (see Special Stitches) to create the foundation for the first row.

Instructions are for forward pass; work basic return pass (see Glossary) unless directed otherwise.