The Balloon Bag by Diane Sutliff
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The Balloon Bag

March 2006
Aran (8 wpi) ?
Stockinette Stitch
US 15 - 10.0 mm
240 yards (219 m)
One Size
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From Pattern Notes:

“A versatile shape for any yarn!

I had made this bag many, many times when I finally learned (from a colleague on Knitters Review Forum) the best way to block it was with a balloon. So now I face the arduous task of reblocking all with balloons before this year’s art fair season.

The pattern is a collection of ideas from many sources, and a nice introduction to shaping if you have made mostly Booga Bags and want to try something more sculpted.

Finished size is about 9 inches across and 7-8 inches tall.

Kureyon Alert!

This bag can be made with three balls of Kureyon - thus continuing my love/hate relationship with this yarn! Select three balls that match fairly well. Use ball #1 double-stranding (working from the inside and outside of the ball) to make the base. The colors won’t match up, but it won’t matter as much. When you get to the body of the bag, switch to balls #2 and #3, which you have selected because the color runs match as closely as possible. Knit until they are all gone. Use #1 again for the I-cord cast off, but use 4 or 5 stitches single-strand instead of the 2 indicated in the pattern. Make a 4 or 5 stitch single-strand i-cord with what’s left of #1. Felt the living daylights out of it, because Kureyon only felts after lots and lots of abuse.“