#170N Grace Kelly's Overnight and Weekender Bags by Nora J. Bellows

#170N Grace Kelly's Overnight and Weekender Bags

Knitting
May 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, before felting
US 11 - 8.0 mm
460 - 760 yards (421 - 695 m)
Small (Overnight Bag) and Large (Weekender Bag)
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Here are two great bags Grace (and you) can’t be without

If you loved the original Grace Kelly’s Overnight Bag, here is another bag to try, with as much structure and vintage styling as the original

As I re-worked the Grace’s Overnight Bag and added her Weekender Bag to the pattern in order that the bag can be made to be worn on the Elegant Frame, I, again, thought of her timeless elegance in Hitchcock’s Rear Window

I will tell my inspriation here again … I won’t reveal the story, except to say that when the Grace Kelly character insists on staying over at Jimmy Stewart’s place so she can look after him, she brings over a tiny overnight bag for a woman with such lovely outfits (you’d imagine she’d have a trunk delivered). But she is as practical as she is fashionable and pulls everything she needs out of the tiny overnight bag: stunning floor length shimmery sleeping gown, tooth brush, etc… . This is, of course, in the days of separate bedrooms or one foot on the floor fully clothed.

This bag is my version of Grace Kelly’s Overnight bag: elegant, roomy enough for a gossamer night gown, toothbrush, cosmetics, wallet.

The classic lines of this felted bag make it ideal for special events: art openings, the literary reading at the independent bookstore followed by the wine and cheese mixer. It will go beautifully to any wedding, whether with the bride, her mother, or the groom’s. It is dazzling unadorned, beaded, or bedecked with flowers: the perfect gift for yourself or for the most elegant woman in your life.

Finished Dimensions

Small
14” (35cm) wide across the front/back at bag bottom
6” (15cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
3” (7.5cm) deep
8.5” (21.25cm) tall from bottom to frame

Large
19” (48cm) wide across the front/back at bag bottom
6” (15cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
3” (7.5cm) deep
12” (30cm) tall from bottom to frame

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of casting on, knitting and purling, picking up stitches in knitted fabric, decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles, and some hand-sewing during the finishing process.

Gauge

Pre-felted Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rounds = 4” (10cm) in St st with a single strand of yarn

Materials
Yarn Requirements
Use worsted-weight, feltable yarn
Small
460 yds (421m) Misty Blue worsted weight feltable yarn

Large
760 yds (690m) Light Turquoise worsted weight feltable yarn

Needles and Other Materials

Size 8 (5mm) 24” (60cm) circular needle
Tapestry & sewing needles
Nylon beading thread
4 Stitch markers, 1 in a different color to mark round
Fabric glue (clear drying)
Awl or double-pointed needle
Long in the jaw paper hole punch
1 Noni Overnight or Weekender Bag hardware kit (HK-170N-O or HK-170N-W):

1 Elegant frame and 1 27” (68cm) purse chain in nickel, gunmetal, or antique brass
6 (8) bag feet in matching finish
1/2 (1) sheet of stiffener for the bag bottom
Nylon beading thread
Silver-lined, clear seed beads
1 Noni label