Monk’s Travel Satchel

Designer: Vicki Square
Published: May 17, 2007
Technique: Borders, Edgings, Button bands, loops and buttonholes, I-cord, Seams
Skill Level: Intermediate

The religion of Nepal is a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism and the monks who traveled southwest China, Nepal, and Tibet traditionally carried large bags. Some were brightly colored, some were faded by time—but beautifully toned, nonetheless. The monks carried all their earthly goods in these bags, so pockets inside and out were a useful feature. Since I love the organization that pockets provide, I designed this bag with five separate spaces in addition to the spacious capacity of the main compartments.

Finished Size: 16" (40.5 cm) deep and 19" (48.5 cm) wide.

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% wool, 215 yd [197 m]/100 g): #005 cavern (A), 3 skeins; #880 twilight green (B), 2 skeins; and #930 candy apple (C), 2 skeins.

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular (circ)—2 pair each 29" (73.5 cm) long (for border of the back of the bag). Size 4 (3.5 mm) set of 2 double-pointed (dpn)—I-cord. Size 5 (3.75) or larger—for binding off. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle; long straight sewing pins with colored heads.

Gauge: 22 sts and 34 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st. 22 sts and 36 rows = 4" (10 cm) in seed st.

Skill Level: Intermediate.

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