One of my favorite parts of my job is to prowl through patterns on Ravelry or elsewhere, looking for patterns that customers might enjoy. My personal to-knit queue is quite long as a result of this job responsibility. Sometimes, I’ll happen upon a pattern that I have to start Right. Away. I’m also always keeping an eye out for patterns that would be ideal for teaching a class. This pattern stuck me as both an ideal learning pattern and a Must-Knit-Right-Away pattern.
The Billington Bag, designed by Snowden Becker, features an enticing traveling twisted stitch motif that has a touch of modern paired with art deco. Knit in wool and lightly felted, this bag is sturdy enough to carry everything you need.
Starting with a provisional cast-on, the Billington Bag is knit from bottom up, then the cast-on is used to knit the base of the bag. The next step is to gently felt the bag, without eliminating the stitch definition. Finally, the bag is lined and handles are attached.
In this three session class, we’ll cover everything from using the provisional cast-on, twisting stitches, reading a chart, picking up the provisional cast-on, felting methods, creating the lining and attaching the handles.
The class meets Fridays August 9, 23 and September 6, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tuition is $50 and includes the pattern. To knit the bag you’ll need 660 yds of feltable worsted-weight wool, such as Cascade 220 (shown in color 8908 Anis), size US9 24″ or 32″ circular needles, and stitch markers, plus 3/4 yd of fabric and interfacing for lining, as well as purse hardware such as feet, magnetic snaps and handles.