Knitting bags is kind of like knitting socks. You may only be able to wear two socks or carry one or two bags at a time, but that doesn't stop you from making more.
If you're one of those people who loves to make bags, you're in luck. Bag Style by Pam Allen and Ann Budd (part of Interweave's "Style" series) offers a wide variety of bags that knitters of all skills levels are sure to enjoy.
As Bag Style quickly points out, we all need and use a variety of bags on a daily basis, from our grab-and-go handbag to garbage bags and weekend bags. While we wouldn't want to pretty up the garbage bag, most of the other bags we use could be improved upon by making a handmade version.
From backpacks to carpet bags, knitting project bags to the ubiquitous iPod pocket, it's likely you'll be able to find a bag you can't resist (and, more importantly need in this book.
As mentioned, this book includes 20 patterns for bags to knit and crochet (though most are knit). Options range from a two-tone felted origami purse to a hemp market bag, a linen tube-shaped clutch to a Fair Isle book bag.
There's a gorgeous and clever round Lace Doily Purse and the whimsical and funny Knitting Needle Knitting Bag, in which the knitting needles hold live stitches (superglued down) to finish the top of the bag.
A cute Yo-Yo Hobo bag is the perfect project for a crocheter, and the Celtic Weekend tote is a good choice for a knitter who loves colorwork. The felted laptop sleeve is a good project for a new knitter, and the Surface Woven Tote takes a simple pattern stitch and makes it look complicated with the addition of embroidery after the bag is finished.
Going Your Own Way
What's really great about this book for people who love bags, though, is the design notebook at the end of the book. This section is a crash course in everything you need to know to design your own bags, from popular shapes and construction ideas to what kind of handles or straps to use.
Best of all, each part of the notebook is illustrated with pictures of the patterns in the book, so you can see how each of the design choices plays out in real life. These tips, tricks and ideas for embellishment are sure to get you thinking of new bags you need to try.
If you love to knit bags, this book is a must-have. If you're ho-hum about bags, this book might just change your mind as it opens you up to the variety, creativity and individuality that can be found in the bag.
Publication Date: November 2007.