knitscene Summer 2018: ‘Paca Bag
Let’s ‘Paca Bag and head off to the beach or a picnic; this roomy bag has enough space to hold your knitting, food, beverages, and even a blanket. Inspired by African handwoven baskets, the slip-stitch motifs mimis woven fabric; alternate the two colors per row and watch the motifs appear like magic. The alpacas running along the center are stranded in the round, so fussy finishing. Take a trip to your local LYS and pick up metal eyelets for the handles—they give the bag a polished look.
After felting this bag is sturdy and hard working, so take it for a rough and tumble weekend camping, beaching, or use it was a whimsical poolside tote. Once you’ve got all of your project plans nailed with the help of knitscene Summer 2018, where will you take the ‘Paca Bag?
DESIGNER Moira Engel
FINISHED SIZE 33″ circumference and 12½” tall.
YARN Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yd [192 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): praline (brown; MC), 3 skeins; Paris teal (CC), 2 skeins.
NEEDLES Size 8 (5 mm): 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Marker (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; four 3/8″ inside diameter brass eyelets; grommet tools (insertion tool, hammer).
GAUGE 23 sts and 27 rnds = 4″ in St st, unfelted; 23 sts and 32 rnds = 4″ in charted patt, unfelted; 26 sts and 46 rnds = 4″, felted.