#121 The Medallion Travel Bag by Nora J. Bellows

#121 The Medallion Travel Bag

September 2007
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with yarn doubled
US 13 - 9.0 mm
2600 - 3000 yards (2377 - 2743 m)
15 tall x 20 wide x 5" deep
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No need to tote boring luggage again! Spacious and visually luxurious, this bag will mean that no one will have trouble spotting you in the airport.

Picture yourself carrying this bag while wearing a long black coat or a short red leather jacket walking through a snowy park, the trees in dark silhouette. There is no way you could not feel brave and beautiful carrying this bag, as if you are going somewhere unimaginably exotic, even if you are not.

On the other hand, there is no telling what could happen when you go away with your things packed in such a gorgeous travel bag. Make two in the same colors but switching main and contrast colors and you have a beautiful matching set. For a smaller coordinating bag, work in a single strand.

The Medallion Travel bag is knit from the bottom up, beginning with a stockinette, Fair Isle bottom. Stitches are picked up around the bottom and then the body of the bag is knit Fair Isle in the round.

Little finishing is required: put a zipper in the top opening, stiffen the bottom and then attach bag feet, and, finally, attach a rolled leather or other handle to the built in handle tabs and you are ready to set off for the weekend.

Finished Dimensions
20 1/2 - 21 1/2” (37.5 - 38.75cm) wide
5 - 5 1/2” (12.5 - 13.75cm) deep
15 - 15 1/2” (51.25 - 53.74cm) tall

Pattern Difficulty
Intrepid Intermediate to Advanced Knitters: Requires knowledge of knitting and purling in Fair Isle color work with careful attention to maintaining an even tension, knitting in the round on circular needles, and picking up stitches.

Pre-felted gauge: 10 stitches and 12 rounds = 4” (10cm) in St st with double-strand worsted weight yarn.

Yarn Requirements
1300 yds (1188m) (A) White or Black
1300 yds (1188m) (B) Black or White

Needles and Other Materials
Size 13 (8.5mm) 32” (80cm) or longer circular needles
Tapestry needle
Sewing Needle
Noni 30” (76cm) custom YKK zipper with 2 bottom stops
’A Noni Design’ label
2 30” (76cm) rolled leather handles with O-ring (pictured)
10 - 12 Noni 24mm bag feet
2 13 1/2 x 22 1/2 in sheet of stiffener

Pictured Samples
The bags pictured where created using Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool in Black and White.