Magic of the Circus Bag

Magic of the Circus Bag

This has been a very exciting week!  Firstly I have machine and hand knit work in an exhibition (see here and here).  Then I returned home from the Private Preview for the exhibition to find the latest issue of The Knitter magazine had been delivered.

The Knitter issue 64 coverNow, the mittens are lovely, but the reason I’m really, really excited is the small image at the top, second from the right, because I designed that bag!  And it’s the first time that I have had a design published by someone else, so I hope you understand my excitement.

Let’s take a closer look.  The bag is called ‘Magic of the Circus’ and is inspired by the shape of the big top at the circus.  It is knitted using a variegated yarn from Noro, Silk Garden Sock; the colours are so cheerful, which seems appropriate for the spectacle of a circus.  If you have used Noro’s yarns, you will know that the colour changes make them a joy to use.

Magic of the Circus bag from The Knitter, p. 38

The front flap is knitted first, using a modular technique.  Each hexagon is knitted in the round, one at a time, with more hexagons joined on by picking up stitches.  The front and back of the bag are knitted in the round, from the top, and the lower edges joined using a three needle cast-off.  So the knitting is seamless.  I love this technique!

Here you see the back of the bag and the flap (apologies for the blurry image – I didn’t check them before I sent the bag off).

Magic of the Circus bag - flap & back

And here you can see the bag open, to show the front and the flap lining.  I would recommend lining any knitted bag; this stops the bag stretching and will help it last longer. In this case, the lining is attached to a thick interfacing; I used the thickest one available from the dressmaking department at John Lewis.  The lining was bought at a patchwork shop.  The lining is machine stitched to the interfacing, then attached to the bag by hand stitching the narrow facings over the lining.

Magic of the Circus bag - inside flap

I really enjoyed designing and making the Magic of the Circus bag.  If you have not tried modular knitting before, it does take a little concentration at first, but you will be surprised at how quickly the hexagons accumulate.  The zig-zags are fun and quick to knit.  I am looking forward to seeing this bag made in other colourways of Noro Silk Garden Sock.  It would also work in Noro Kureyon (which  has been discontinued, but is still available in some yarn shops).

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8 Responses to Magic of the Circus Bag

  1. Nicky Barfoot 19 October 2013 at 18:02 #

    Lovely design, both colourful and textural. Well done.

    • Being Knitterly 19 October 2013 at 18:07 #

      Thankyou Nicky! Double congratulations to you; just read that you came second in the Rowan design competition, as well as the silver award at the UKHKA Open Category – fantastic!

  2. Loraine 18 October 2013 at 19:02 #

    This is fab Nicki – well done, no wonder you are excited.

    • Being Knitterly 18 October 2013 at 19:21 #

      Thank you Loraine, your tuition has been invaluable!

  3. Ellen Kapusniak 17 October 2013 at 20:40 #

    Sooo excited and pleased for you! Well done, and a beautiful bag :-))

    • Being Knitterly 17 October 2013 at 21:03 #

      Thank you Ellen!

  4. margueritedesigns 17 October 2013 at 19:51 #

    Hello – your bag is fab! I buy ‘The Knitter’ on a now and then basis, but was curious to see what you’d done so made sure I had this issue. I’ve just been using a Noro yarn for some of the lace exercises in C&G Module 8. I was wondering if you might be interested in doing a mini interview on my craft blog about the course and how you’ve made the change from biologist to knit designer. It’s ok if you’re busy – I’m just trying to increase the knitting content on there and thought yours was an interesting story. I’m at http://www.margueritedesigns.blogspot.co.uk Hope to hear from you!

    • Being Knitterly 17 October 2013 at 21:03 #

      Would love to Diane. Email me with the questions.

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