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Labyrinth Carpetbag

Knit this carry-all in hexagon sections.

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Simple-to-make hexagons, joined as they are knitted, are the building blocks of this bag. Mitered diamonds shape the sides. Designer Sara Lucas uses just three colors in random-look stripes to create a rich, tapestry-like effect.

Finished Size: 18" wide and 12" high, after felting.   
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Wool Clásica (100% wool; 138 yd [126 m]/100 g): #V cinnamon (brick orange; A) and #41 (eggplant; B), 2 skeins each; #F stone (khaki; C), 1 skein. Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.
Yarn Weight: #5 - Bulky  
Needles:  Size 10 1⁄2 (6.5 mm): 16" circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions:  Markers (m; one in a contrasting color to mark beg of rnd); tapestry needle; chenille needle or other sharp, big-eye needle; purse handles (shown: Grayson E leather handles, 25" rolled, in olive).   
Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows = 4" in St st before felting; 21 sts and 23 rows = 4" in St st after felting. 
Originally Published: 
Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, 2008 

SKU: EP4914

Author/Speaker/Editor: Sara Lucas

Format: eProject

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Customer Reviews

Project review - seems to be a lovely bag but expensive Review by milicica

OK, first of all, if you purchase all the recommended items the materials themselves will be over $100. EXPENSIVE.
Instructions are easy to follow for an intermediate knitter. One problems is that the pattern does not specify very clearly where to pick up stitches for hexagon 2 and 3, and such, so that you may have to purl rather than knit your hexagon. No problem if you are a bit more wise knitter. Just be aware of that. Hexagon 4 seems to be a no brainer! Also, a bit of a concern is how the felting will go by the hand method. No explanation of that. If you have the new front loading washers, there is no agitator cycle, so how to felt? Read and study hand felting on the internet. Otherwise this looks like a cute project. Also wondering how I will prevent contents in the bag from falling out of the $100+ bag? No snap specified . May have to improvise!

(Posted on 11/29/13)