Hello fellow knitter. If you are a return visitor, then you no doubt have noticed that I have had to revert the site's address back to the BlogSpot address, due to a certain domain hosting company's retardedness. Customer service sure ain't what it used to be.
Anyway, hope to get some good new patterns up soon after the frustration subsides.
I've never really been a backpack kind of person, but I had been on sort of a bike riding kick recently, and it is rather difficult to take certain things with you, on a bike, without a backpack. So, of course, I had to knit one. With an evil-looking cat.
The bag 'body' is worked in the round, and is basically constructed in a lunch bag shape, with a flat bottom, and incorporates plastic needlepoint plastic to help maintain its shape. The bag is also necessarily lined, so as to hide and secure the needlepoint canvas. So, yes, this bag does require a bit of sewing, which I admittedly detest and suck at, but hey, that's the beauty of bags: no one can see your sewing shame!
So, for this project, I used 5.0 mm double-pointed needles for both the
body and the straps, a 9wpi (worsted) yarn in 2 different colours, a tapestry needle, 2 pieces of plastic needlepoint canvas measuring 19x19cm (for the front and back of the bag), and 1 piece, for the bottom, measuring 19x6cm. Additionally, you will need enough fabric to wrap all three pieces. The fabric used to wrap the pieces can be scrap, as the pieces won't be showing when the bag is finished. The pieces are attached to the underside of the lining, which I constructed using one roughly 48-49x21cm piece, and two 8x20cm pieces.
Abbreviations Used in Pattern:
sts = stitches k = knit (so k6 = knit 6 stitches). p = purl (so p6 = purl 6 stitches). k2rev = knit
2 stitches in reverse (ignore the first stitch, knit the second stitch,
pulling it over the first stitch when done, then knit the second
With 2 of the double-pointed needles, cast on 14 sts with your main colour yarn. Work straight, as follows:
Row 1: purl.
Row 2: k1, (k2rev)x6, k1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2, 26 more times. Next, with at least 3 more double-pointed needles, pick up the stitches along the other three edges of what you've worked so far, so that you have a total of 82 sts (27x2 + 14x2 stitches). Now you will be continuing the work in the round, starting with the sts along the length/front of the bag.
These last 2 rounds are repeated throughout the bag, except where exceptions are noted.
When you have worked 18 rounds, begin incorporating the cat stitch pattern (see below). As the cat pattern is 21sts across at the widest point, start each row of the cat pattern 3 sts into each round. So, for example, for the first row of the cat pattern, you'll knit 3 stitches, then 9 stitches, then switch to your secondary, cat, colour, knit 3 stitches, and so on.
When all 21 rows of the cat pattern have been worked, work 8 more rounds. Adding Bag Strap Holes:
Next round: continue the same way as with previous rounds, except bind off the 5th, 23rd, 32nd, 37th, 46th, 64th, 73rd, and 78th sts of the round.
Next round: work 4 sts, (simple) cast on 1 stitch, work 17, cast on 1, work 8, cast on 1, work 4, cast on 1, work 8, cast on 1, work 17, cast on 1, work 8, cast on 1, work 4, cast on 1, work 4.
Work 4 more rounds.
Next round: *k1, p1. Repeat from * to end of round.
Next round: knit.
Next round: k27, k1, (k2rev)x6, k1, k27, k1, (k2rev)x2, k1.
Repeat these 2 rounds one more time.
Next round: continue the same way as with previous rounds, except
bind off the 5th, 23rd, 32nd, 37th, 46th, 64th, 73rd, and 78th sts of
Next round: work 4 sts, (simple) cast on 1
stitch, work 17, cast on 1, work 8, cast on 1, work 4, cast on 1, work
8, cast on 1, work 17, cast on 1, work 8, cast on 1, work 4, cast on 1,
Knit 2 more rounds and bind off.
Now, for the lining, each canvas piece is to be wrapped and sewed with whatever scrap fabric, since the pieces will not be showing once the bag is finished. Each piece will then be sewn directly onto the underside of the 48x21 piece of your choice of lining (see right image, and behold my crappy sewing skills (which is why I knit, right?)),
Position and attach the pieces so that the smaller canvas piece (which will be the bag bottom, rests perfectly in the center of the lining, with the other two pieces (for the front and back of the bag) on either side.
Be sure to leave just enough room between all three pieces that the lining will be able to bend nicely into a perfect "U" once inside the bag. Then, sew the smaller, 8x20 pieces of fabric to each side of your "U", and insert into your bag.
Fold the top of the bag, along the knit-purl ridge you knit along the 9th last round, down over the top edge of your lining, carefully making sure to line up the bag strap holes, as you sew the knitting onto the lining.
The straps are worked, essentially, as one long simple i-cord in two parts. With one double-pointed needle, pick up 4 sts along the bottom edge of the bag, at one of the corners, on the side that will be facing your back.
Knit each row, in i-cord, with the same colour as your cat face pattern. When cord reaches at least 90cm or so, slide the stitches onto a threaded tapestry needle, and pull the cord through all the bag holes. Slide the stitches back onto one of the doubled-pointed needles, and hold to one side for now.
Next pick up 4 sts along from the other bottom corner of the bag, and work an additional 52cm or so of i-cord.
Now, to join the two i-cord parts you've done together, alternate moving one stitch from each needle onto a third needle, so that the stitches are interweaving, and bind off.