My #12 Finished Knit of 52in52-2011 Challenge and #12 FO of the month.
Inside of unlined Bedoulin Bag in medium size
The pattern makes for an interesting, ridged texture.
Consumed 753 grams or 1665 yards of Shepherd’s Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mill, in Pewter
While Noni patterns may look polished and sophisticated, this Bedouin bag wasn’t difficult to knit. With a project like this one that has a ton of stockinette stitches, I knitted back and forth between English and Continental styles (for knit stitches) and purled in Norwegian style to keep my knitting tools sharp.
On huge Size 11 needles and double-stranded worsted yarn, it wasn’t too fiddly and done up fast
Before felting, it measures 8″x15″ bottom, 28″ body height, & 50″ circumference
Each 17-row pattern repeat is 3″ tall
all in a day’s worth
Once felted, bottom piece came to 7.25″ by 13″
When laying naturally, it does give me the 8″ depth per pattern.
Top Opening: 38″ circumference
Body Height: 21″
The pattern called for a 13″ width. After a 55-minute full-cycle, 9 more minutes in second cycle, a 16-minute rinse & spin in my front loader, and rigorous body upward stretch, I got mid-section down to 16.5″ from 25″ (pre-felt.) I seriously questioned the 13″ body width and have emailed Nora Bellows, the designer on same. My guess: It is for the bottom-piece measurement.
Looks great, doesn’t it?
Only if you can reach out and touch…the wonderfully softest, irresistible pin-drafted Merino top, reasonably priced and felts like gangbusters. It is a beautiful thing.
The spin of the wool produces a smooth, almost shiny fiber
It’s a delight to handle.
Here is what it would resemble once the hardware and strap are put on by the shop:
courtesy of Noni
I absolutely LURVE the felted/well-padded fabric and highly recommend both the pattern and deliciously soft Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool, available at Knit-Purl–all for under $80. (I would use the wool in any of my projects where stitch definition is a must; this one loves intricate patterns!)
Where you’re instructed to increase stitches, I knitted front & back of every 3rd stitch–perfectly spaced.
The handbag is very well-padded and cushy. Personally, I would do without the optional lining.
It’s very roomy, but, that means it holds too much stuff…well, to each his/her own!
Be sure to check out the complete store sample at your next visit to Knit-Purl
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!