I have gathered five of these into a collection, the Southampton Collection, and you can read more about the first two of these here and here.
In today's blogpost I want to talk about two book bags which are also included in the same collection.
I selected a black canvas tote for the liner and replaced the short handles with long cotton webbing straps for a design that is easy to carry on your shoulder.
The outer bag is worked in a Four-&-Two Basketweave pattern from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. This really catches the light in an interesting way, giving a textural pattern of light and shade.
As a contrast to the Falmer Book Bag, this is worked in a single navy colour but instead features contrasting straps and a dyed liner. I dyed the liner at the same time as the Sarasota Shopper using Dylon hand-dyes in "Bahama Blue" which has given an attractive turquoise colour for the inner bag.
However, you could opt to work this design with a coloured bag or dye it in a more co- ordinating shade as per your preference.
Carabiner hooks come in a wide variety of colours and sizes. In the Falmer Book Bag I was pleased to find a perfectly co-ordinating black-and-red carabiner in my local hardware store and they also had a slim metallic turquoise one for the Southampton Book Bag. (You can see that one inside the previous photo of an open bag.)
The patterns for these two book bags are available separately here, or as part of the Southampton Collection, and all the patterns are available for instant download from my website.
I'll be back next time with some thoughts on how we can use knitted bags to reduce the amount of plastic we all use – just in time for Earth Day!
Until then – Happy Knitting!
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