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5-Color Stranded Knit bag

Stranding is a classic color work technique, used to beautiful advantage in this knitted bag. It's worked flat, and can be worked with a single or double strand for thickness with each of the five colors. Finished with an attractive braided edging and strap, the color choices will inform the "flavor" of your bag--soft, light shades look like Spring, brown, white, and gray can be Icelandic, and reds and golds remind one of South America. Dimensions for the bag can vary from the basic 6" X 8" to larger by repeating the color chart across the work. Students will learn to use a color chart for flat, stranded knitting, managing color "floats," and stranding with one or 2 hands, invisible seaming, and a knitted braid. 

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Instructor: Beth Altimari
Date: Fridays, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, 4/4; 2014
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Materials Required: 

  • Cotton, wool, or blend of either, approximately 75 yards of 4 different colors, and approximately 100 yards of the background color. If you plan to felt the bag, you will need twice as much yarn in each color, and it must be 100% wool.  
  • Waste yarn, about 3 yards in the same weight as your project yarn.  
  • Straight or circular needles in a size to give you a gauge of 19-20 stitches per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch. Note: if you plan to felt the bag, you may need bigger needles for looser work and double strands.  
  • 29" circular needle for strap, 2 sizes smaller than needles used for body of the bag.  
  • Bobbins  

Gauge swatch: Cast on 18 stitches in the color that you will use as color A.
Working flat, knit 4 rows, then change to Stockinette stitch for 4 more rows, ending with a purl row. If you are familiar with stranded knitting, you may continue on the swatch as follows:
Row 5: *k1 with color A, k4 with color B, K1 with A*, repeat between *s across ending with k1 with A. 
Row 6: purl across using the colors as you see them.
Row 7: *k1 with B, k4 with A, k1 with B*, repeat between *s across, ending with k1 with B.
Row 8: purl across using the colors as you see them. 
Row 9: *k1 with A, k4 with B, k1 with A*, repeat between *s across, ending with k1 with A. 
Row 10: purl across using colors as you see them. Do not bind off. Bring to class on needles. We will continue using this swatch in class.

$80.00 each
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