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Surprise Bag (Archived)

Knitting
March 2003
Crystal Palace Yarns Iceland Solid
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
475 - 530 yards (434 - 485 m)
standard
This pattern is available for free.

“This bag was originally inspired by Vivian Hoxbro and her fascinating technique of domino knitting, with all its angular possibilities. Throw in a great bag shape that we’d drooled on in expensive leather at our local crafts fairs. Tumble finally with a bulky easy knit yarn, another great Barbara Walker stitch, and our fondness for fulling in general. What we end up with is a cute bag that’s able to carry a real load.

The surprise comes in when you unhitch the top of the bag and reveal an area of different yarn in the opening section. This is of course less of a surprise if you use an eyelash that peeks out the sides in the finished product :-). Still, it makes the whole thing more interesting.”

This pattern was rejected by knitty on the basis of being “obscene”. Maybe in retrospect the use of fake fur was a bit regrettable :-). Still remains a very functional bag though, and fully suitable for all audiences with just wool..