October 24, 2007

New! The Short Row Bag Collection!


Adding extra “short rows” in the middle of a row allows knitters to add shape to a garment. You can use them to add fullness at the bustline of a sweater, or for heels and toes on socks. And they can also be used as a decorative motif!

The stitch design here first appeared in a Barbara Walker Treasury, and no doubt has been around since before then. Walker demonstrated using two solid colors, creating the impression of a cathedral window. Recently, Laura Aylor used this motif with color-changing Kureyon yarns in a block-at-a-time afghan with spectacular results. Her pattern is featured in Knitty.com.

As a long-time fan of Kureyon, my first thought was to see what happens when this motif is felted, and the result is this collection of bags. The stitch counts from the original have been modified to counteract the effect of felting so the size and scale of the units stays true. Two of the bags are worked in the round with the stripes horizontal, and two are worked flat, vertically. And place markers are used throughout to keep you on track, even when you have to put your work down in the middle of a row or round. Not much counting, in other words!

(Boy, this was a doozy! Would you like to see how many wrong bags I made before I got them right? Come to my basement!)

22 page booklet, with lots and lots of pictures and diagrams.

This pattern is available for PDF download. When you click on the button below, you'll be directed to a site where you can pay for the pattern via Paypal or with a credit card. Then you are directed to a page with full instructions for downloading.



Short Row Felted Bag Pattern Collection eBooklet
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Errata:
on page five, the "clean-up" round should read: k4, kww four times, k8
on page nine, same correction

5 Comments:

Blogger primdollie said...

Hi Diane
how hard is this bag?? and are all 3 patterns in there??? (of the pics there that are posted??) they are all wonderful but have not figured out how to do fair isle or any color charts etc!!! want to but no time yet!! anyway love this pattern if I could actually DO it!!! thanks dear!! your bags are fabulous!! HUgs Linda

6:31 PM  
Blogger Diane in Chicago said...

Hi, Linda:

There are instructions for four bags in this pattern. The fourth one is not pictured here, but it just like the bucket bag at the top with the vertical stripes, except with no straps. Instead it has a pleat-top tote closure.

There is no color changing. Kureyon does all the magic for you!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Craftybernie said...

Ok, my comment just got eaten so I hope this one works.

The short row bags are amazing! I've often thought of using the short row pattern to make a bag or cushion but have found it too daunting. Thanks for doing all the hard work!!

This pattern is going on my xmas list.

BTW, if ever you need a home for those sample felted bags cluttering up your basement.... :D

Seriously though, I'm not afraid to recycle felt from bags that I make if they're not exactly just how I want them. I imagine the test bags would cut up into 'groovy' squares - perfect for sewing into cushions (although probably a bit too thick... hmm).

Have you considered making your modular felted knits into cushion patterns?

I think that's everything!! Great work.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Bianca Velder said...

The short row bags look beautiful, I have a few balls of yarn left over. I used the short rows for a spiralling scarf, never thought that it could be used for a bag. Great colours, just what I was after as spring has sprung in Australia. Thanks Diane, great to get my knitting mojo back on track!!

4:20 PM  
Blogger lrkowalski said...

Hi, I'm wondering if you've made this design without the Kureyon? I love the Kureyon, but I'd love to try it with other yarns.

10:00 AM  

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