Basketweave Shoulder Bag
Designer: Nancy Dale
This practical bag was designed by Nancy Dale, currently Interweave’s Operations Manager, as a staff project for the Winter 2000/2001 issue of Interweave Knits. We’ve had so many requests for the pattern that we decided to offer it along with Nancy’s own description of the design process: “I knew from the beginning that I wanted my purse large enough to hold both my wallet and glasses case. I also wanted it to close securely so that I wouldn’t accidentally dump things out or be vulnerable when traveling. Originally I thought I’d knit a flap the same size as the front, but time was short so I decided on a small flap that would hide the zipper and also become a design element. I worked with the yarn doubled to make a strong, solid fabric.”
Yarn: Louet Euroflax (100% linen; 325 yd [297 m]/4 oz): #18- 2414-7 antique olive (MC), #18-2464-2 cedarwood (A), and #18-2424-6 eggplant (B), 1 skein each.
Needles: Size 3 (3.25 mm).
Gauge: 10 sts and 16 rows = 2” (5 cm) in basketweave pattern with yarn doubled.
Skill Level: Easy.