Iklé Birds Knitted Bag Pattern

The elegant and intricate design for Chris Laning's purse is based on the Iklé fragment found in Egypt and dated to the seventh to ninth century a.d.

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This bag is inspired by the pattern of birds and diamonds on the Iklé fragment described and shown in the preceding article. Since the original fragment likely was worked in nålbinding, the bag is not a reproduction, but it does have some echoes of knitting history: Knitted fragments worked in elaborate color patterns in both wool and cotton are known from eleventh-century Egypt, and a shape similar to this bag is known from sixteenth-century Europe. This bag is worked from the bottom up, but the color pattern stitches are oriented the same way as in the original version in nålbinding.

Finished Size:15 inches (38.1 cm) circumference and 9 inches (22.9 cm) tall
Required Materials:

  • Halcyon 3/2 Pearl Cotton, 100% cotton yarn, 180 yards (164.6 m)/mini cone, 1 mini cone each of #121 Wine (MC) and #112 California Gold (CC); www.halcyonyarn.com
  • Needles, 1 set of double pointed (or circular), size 1½ (2.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Grosgrain ribbon or cord for strings, ¼ inch (6 mm), 1½ to 2 feet (0.5 to 0.6 m) long
  • Stitch markers, 4
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 8 sts and 12 rows = 1 inch (2.5 cm) in St st
Originally Published: PieceWork Sept/Oct 2013

SKU: EP8835

Author/Speaker/Editor: Chris Laning

File Type: PDF

Format: Pattern