Pattern Review: Stowe Bag
You may have already heard about the Stowe Bag pattern, a collaboration between Grainline Studios and the knitting taste makers at Fringe Association. I had certainly heard a good deal about it before finally making it. Everything you've heard is true! It's fun and quick and utterly useful and wonderful practice at applying bias tape.
There are clever pockets on either side perfect for holding knitting patterns, needles, snacks and a phone. You're all set to take your work to the park or the coffee shop.
I made up the smaller size but wish I had gone ahead with a large. The small size is perfect for small knitting projects like socks or as a lunch bag. The large size would accommodate quite a big sweater or blanket. If you left off the pockets you'd have a perfect shopping bag to tuck into your purse.
Despite sage advice from the pattern instructions, I went ahead and made my bag up in a very heavy (and beautiful!) printed canvas available in our online store. This made for some bulky seams and my poor sewing machine got a little hung up around the pockets. Oh well. Live and learn and write a blog post all about it so no one else repeats your mistakes, right? I do not regret having a bag with gold polka dots.
Here are some fabrics that you might find to be a better fit for your Stowe Bag: a lighter Japanese canvas with deer, a metallic botanical print from Cotton and Steel, gorillas in the leaves from Dear Stella, or these very sweet donkeys on gold in a cotton/linen blend (not pictured).
Thanks to our dear friends at Close Knit for lending me some of their needles and yarn for my photos!
Have you made a Stowe Bag?