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Old 04-10-2009, 11:05 AM   #1
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Garter Stripe Square Bag
There isn't really a pattern for this bag. It's essentially 22 garter stripe squares, seamed together in a very clever way. You can see the layout of the squares to form a bag on Ishi's Ravelry Project Page (it's her design).

I made mine from Briggs & Little Heritage 100% wool in Light Gray and Dark Gray. I used about 3/4 of a skien of the light, and a full skien plus a little bit of a 2nd skien of the dark (for the straps).

My squares, I CO 17 sts on size 8 needles and made 17 stripes/garter ridges (34 rows, with the CO and BO considered rows). I added 2 rows of crochet along the opening edge to give it more definition. To add the straps, I picked up and knit a 6 stitch I-Cord.

I added the fabric lining (serious on the outside, a party on the inside! LOL), machine sewed together/seamed and then hand stitched into the bag. There's a hidden magnetic clasp behind the lining to keep the bag closed (otherwise I found it sagged open a bit).

I don't have a hot water hook up in my washer, so I felted it by hand in my kitchen sink. It felted up well, but didn't shrink enough for my taste... so I stuck it in the dryer while still damp and prayed LOL It worked, though. After about 15 minutes it had shrunk to the perfect size and was dry, to boot!





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Old 04-10-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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That's a great bag! Love the colors you chose for it!

I bet you could do this with garterlac (entrelac in garter) and save the seaming.
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Wow, great job, that bag is wonderful!
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Hey, that entrelac is so cool! It makes my head hurt a bit trying to figure out how to put it together in the right pattern of squares, though LOL Gosh, that would be clever.... maybe I'll try and figure it out. I put the pattern in my faves to look at more closely at some point. Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:11 PM   #5
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This is really WONDERFUL! I followed the Rav links, and my o my...this is one GREAT BAG. You can do so much to modify it by the pattern you use, and the materials!

Way to go! You are a knitting goddess!!
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Angie - I totally LOVE it!! Yours came out just great .... and I love the party on the inside Thanks so much for posting the link!
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I LOVE that bag!!
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Ooh, I love it! Very nice.
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Oh, it looks wonderful! Will you bring it to the next meeting to show people? :3
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wonderful job n wel done
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