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mornnen
06-05-2007, 11:50 AM
Hi Everybody--

I am thinking of making the booga bag, and wanted to know from those who have made it, what changes you have or would make to improve on it? Would you make it bigger, wider, taller, longer straps, etc?

Thanks,

Julie

RiverDaughter
06-05-2007, 12:34 PM
I would have made mine bigger, that's for sure.

But I did add an inside pocket, a flap, and changed the strap. You can see it here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=58964).

But let your imagination go wild. With a design this easy, it really is easy to adapt it to anything you want it to be. :thumbsup:

luv2knit
06-05-2007, 03:50 PM
From hearing that the Patons SWS felts a great deal I opted to make mine bigger. Good thing, otherwise it would have been tiny! Pictures and info at my blog (http://myknittinggarden.blogspot.com/2007_05_01_archive.html). It was a good project to learn how to knit in the round and how to felt. I have another booga bag on my "to knit" list this time in Noro.

Doodknitwit
06-05-2007, 04:03 PM
I made mine larger taller wider!! :psst: I also picked the stitches around the bottom and then bound off and it made a neat edge and gave the bottom more definition :X:
:woohoo:

mornnen
06-05-2007, 04:10 PM
I made mine larger taller wider!! :psst: I also picked the stitches around the bottom and then bound off and it made a neat edge and gave the bottom more definition :X:
:woohoo:
Do you remember what your pre-felted dimensions were? Also, what do you mean by picked up and bound off? How did you knit the sides?:think:

Julie

Doodknitwit
06-05-2007, 04:50 PM
I used the freebie pattern and added about 20 st to the depth and 35 to width, I made it about 35 st taller too. I knitted it like the pattern and finished it. after I finished the bag I went back to the outside of the bottom picked up all the stitches again around all sides and bound them off... it sounds weird but it gave a great edge to the bottom!

mornnen
06-05-2007, 05:02 PM
Okay, now I get it :figureditout:
Did you still only need 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon?

Thanks! :muah:

cathoo
06-05-2007, 06:51 PM
I would put a button and a loop on it, because mine never stays closed.

I would also make a thicker bottom, somehow. I always worry that it's going to rip (but I am a worrywart)

SandraEllen
06-05-2007, 07:24 PM
i think i cast on 55 for mine and knit about 40 rows for the bottom. i made it taller too. it took about 5 skeins.

jeanius80
06-05-2007, 08:29 PM
i added a pocket inside, and made a loop with a tab on one end to make a closure. i used some left over to make a simple round felted button. i wish i had made it bigger. i am still toying with the idea of using some plastic canvas ( for cross stitch) to make the body sturdier:shrug: i made my strap 5.5 feet, which turned out perfect for me :mrgreen:

DragonTush
06-06-2007, 02:37 AM
I turned mine into a backpack. I added a drawstring at the top and put the straps at the back. It turned out pretty good. I don't have pics of the finished project but maybe I should.

Phretys
06-06-2007, 11:09 AM
On my last Booga, I sort of combined the pattern with another free pattern I saw online. I used a stocking heel stitch for the base (like stockinette except slip every other stitch on the knit row) to make the base sturdier, and then added a 3 or 4-row piping at the bottom of the sides. Piping is where you knit a few rows in the round, then pick up a stitch 3 or 4 rows down and knit it together with the current row, and do that for one round.

Debi

sue in canada
06-06-2007, 02:08 PM
I am making one now with changes that someone else had made. I think from this forum, maybe under felting.
Cast on 60 stitches and knit 40 rows. Pick up 19 stitches on short sides and 60 on long. Total 158 stitches. Knit 70 rounds. This is just a bit taller than the original and wider. I an using SWS but have not finished knitting yet. I made one with WOTA with more stitches than the original and it still is small. I hope this time around will be better. I think I will add an extra stitch or 2 on the I-cord. I think I will use about 5 balls of yarn

jeanius80
06-06-2007, 07:06 PM
ok, i was thinking for those of you who made an altered booga, what yarn and how much of it did you use? one more ball of noro? five balls of WOTA? four balls of boku? TIA

mornnen
06-06-2007, 08:48 PM
ok, i was thinking for those of you who made an altered booga, what yarn and how much of it did you use? one more ball of noro? five balls of WOTA? four balls of boku? TIA

You read my mind! That is what I was wanting to know as well!

kitkat
06-07-2007, 09:22 AM
I made it a little bigger and wider. I also used a matching yarn (not noro) for the bottom) and doubled it to give it a little more body. I used the same yarn for the strap. That way, I was able to get a bigger bag with 2 skeins of noro.

I would add some kind of loop closure to keep it closed.

I am not wild with my straps and poking them through the fabric. Not sure how I would do that differently - I just am not crazy about that.

jeanius80
06-07-2007, 10:09 AM
:figureditout: i like the idea of different yarn for the bottom and strap. i forgot until kitkat brought it up ... i don't like poking the i-cord through either, so what i did was on about row 60 i added YO's, then on row 61 i did K2TOG after i passed each YO to get back to the correct #. worked great. i think i figured on the side sections to place them centered with 6 stitches between each YO, then the front and back YOs were 7 stitcjes from the corner markers. make sense?:mrgreen:

DragonTush
06-07-2007, 12:11 PM
I used Lamb's Pride Bulky. I think I used 1 of the brown and one of the blue/turqoise (can't remember the exact colours).

Here is a pic of it on the Watcha knitting board. I don't have pics of it felted yet.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=59162&highlight=dragontush

CarmenIbanez
06-08-2007, 02:11 PM
I actually doubled the bottom to make it stronger. Just knit it twice a big, folded it over and then picked up around it, so the bottom would felt up as a doubled piece of fabric.