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Floral Gathering Sac

A roomy sac for a days worth of gathering.

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Inspired by a class she took from Katharine Cobey on knitting a "foraging bag," Pam Allen designed this ample sac with two shades of hand-dyed yarn and an intarsia pattern inspired by a floral motif she found in a book on Turkish rugs. The circle base is knitted in the round from the center outward. The live stitches are then worked back and forth for the body, and continue upward for the straps, which are beautifully embellished with climbing vines. The edges are finished with crochet and the bag is lined so that it can hold a days worth of gatherings without stretching out of shape. For added stability, line the strap as well.
Finished Size: About 22" (56 cm) wide and 19" (48 cm) long, excluding straps.
Yarn: La Lana Obverse Blend Worsted Weight (60% wool, 40% mohair; 80 yd [73 m]/2 oz): apassionata (MC), 8 skeins, Monet (CC), 2 skeins.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 15 sts and 22 rows
Needles: Size 9 (5.5 mm): Set of 4 double-pointed (dpn) and 24" (60-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; size I/9 (5.5-mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle; 1 yd (1 m) light- to medium-weight lining fabric (optional).
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Fall 2001

SKU: EP0050

Author/Speaker/Editor: Pam Allen

Format: eProject