The inspiration for this bag came from some very yummy recycled sari silk found on eBay. Unfortunately, the silk is very fuzzy, shifts colors suddenly, and has varying weights – so can be difficult to work into items that are picky about pattern and gauge. The stitch used for the tote is very dense, so it has diminished need for lining to prevent stretching or stuff from poking out. At the same time, the slipped stitches form a pleasing hint of pattern among the strong color shifts of the yarn. Simple hemming at the top and a basic seam at the bottom, plus the use of the gauge swatch to make an inside pocket, mean you don’t have to spend a lot of time on finishing. At 8in wide by 10in tall, the bag is roomy enough for most going out uses – or to carry small knitting projects!
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Size: 8in wide by 10in tall (20cm by 25cm)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 32 rows = 4in (10cm) in Heel Stitch
- Approx 9oz (225yds) [255 grams (205m)] Recycled Sari Silk
- US 6 [4mm] needles, circular (16”), plus one more US 6 [4mm] circular needle (length not important) *or size needed to obtain gauge*
- Purse Handles (set of 2); black plastic trapezoidal; 4” on short side by 6” on long side
- Stitch marker
- DMC 355 embroidery floss (or color to match your yarn; this is for working finishing sewing and should be largely unseen on the outside)
- Darning/yarn needle
- Seaming pins
This pattern was originally available via Black Purl Magazine. It has been radically reworked and is now available in my store as a PDF.