Thursday, 21 August 2014

Knitted Bags - Scandi style and KnitPro Spectra Flair

Hi everyone. It's been a very "knitty" week for me as I've been working hard on my current knitting projects and trying to finish them asap. Today I have finished my 3rd knitted bag and they are ready to be presented to the public :) So here they are: the three Scandi-style knitted ... bags ... pouches ... favour bags ... gift bags, name them all...

The knitting pattern for these pouches comes from Knit-and-Crochet Garden book by Arne & Carlos. I've kept my eye on this knitting project for months and finally I got round to do it! I even managed to buy the recommended yarn - Vipe from Dalegarn. It's a thin mercerized cotton with a sleek satin touch. It knits well and smooth and creates that nice knitted pattern so typical of cotton yarns. I just love it! 

I'm pleased with how they turned out. When knitting your colourwork, you have to stretch your knitted fabric every so often so that it doesn't pucker on the surface when you've finished. I tried to avoid that at any price otherwise the pouches wouldn't look nice. 

The bags are knitted on double pointed needles. It took me well over a week to knit all three with 2-3 hrs knitting daily. They are about 12-13 cm in height and larger than the Christmas balls (julekuler) I knitted in the past. The Vipe yarn is thinner than Heilo wool and there are more stitches to work through but all is done in almost the same way as you knit the balls. The pouches are finished off with a crocheted frill on top and a string / ribbon drawn through the yarn-over loops.  

I really love the floral designs on these bags - they are my favourite and there's a Scandinavian vibe in it. It's the whiteness and simplicty of the design I love in them most.

This what the bags look like when spread flat. You can use a crochet chain or a decorative ribbon or even a tape according to your preferences.

These cute bags are very versatile. You can use them for many purposes. They can be scented pot pourri bags, seed bags, jewellery bags, gift bags, favour bags, Easter treats bags, bags to keep coins or beads or spools in or even any beach treasures - sea shells, stones, sea glass etc. In my case, they are going to hold my jewellery pieces safe. I already know I will be knitting more of them. Would love to try out new colour combinations and perhaps use different patterns on them. Oh, I may even try knitting some festive ones and give them away at Christmas. My mum is a keen gardener and a fan of scented sachets, she's likely to ask for a couple of them too!

I really enjoyed knitting those bags. It was great fun trying new yarn and working out the new patterns. There will be some more coming in the future.

Now on the shopping-tool front line, this is what my postman left for me today in the mailbox - a set of 5 funky pink double pointed needles! :) I love them! So girly.

They are the KnitPro Spectra Flair Acrylic needles :) I love all KnitPro products.

I didn't even know such existed! I only came across them as I was browsing through eBay offers searching for some 9mm dpns. This is my first acrylic needle set from KnitPro and my first acrylic knitting needles ever. Hope it knits well with them. If you have got any of these yourself, please, feel free to share your opinions in the comments. I'd love to hear from you.

Girls love pink. I'm gonna have fun knitting with them! :D

Thanks for reading and even more thanks for your comments x X x

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  1. Hi Martha,
    your knitted Bags are so pretty! Lovely for tiny things, lovely for wrapping a little gift ...just wonderful!
    Happy knitting weekend ,
    Love and hugs

    1. Thank you Claudia x x
      Yes, the bags are just right for nice trinkets and bits & bobs :)
      I also love the idea of using them as a gift wrap

  2. Wow those bags are lovely!!! I really wish I could knit, projects like these really make me determined to try again sometime!! x

  3. So cute :)

    Have a great weekend,

  4. They are really pretty, I think the one with purple is my favourite pattern. All of my needles are bamboo, so ordered bamboo dpn ones too just haven't got round to learning how to use them yet.

  5. Hello Martha

    Oh WOW your knitted bags are gorgeous, they look to be so intricate. Wonderful patterns and colours.
    A wonderful gift bag.


  6. What lovely bags. You could use them for lots of different things. Those knitting needles are wonderful, what a fantastic colour.
    Ali xx

  7. Hello

    Just found you!
    I love the bags they are so pretty. I'm not good at DPNS but those pink ones look great!
    Happy weekend (:

  8. These are really lovely and will make great gifts (especially if filled with chocolates, lol!). Xx

  9. What a lovely idea....much better than paper gift bags that end up in the bin!! Am loving the funky pink knitting needles too!! xxx

  10. Your bags are rather cute, perfect for so may different uses:)

  11. Your knitted bags are so cute. I love them.

  12. Love the bags they are fantastic! I like the flower one best but i could be being biased as i love purple <3
    Brilliant new needles too xx

  13. I love your knitted bags, the designs are fab!! Loving the pink needles too...! I found you via Handmade Harbour x

  14. These bags are beautiful, SO much work, they are really stunning.
    I have knitting needle envy now, those pink beauties are gorgeous. It's nice to treat yourself to beautiful things to help you create beautiful things.

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog!
    I love your bags, they look wonderful! The flower patterns are adorable.
    And I had no idea needles like that existed either. I have to say I am a little jealous, even though I really don't like knitting on dpn's. But these are just so.... pink! *squee*

  16. Wow! Lovely to be back visiting your blog by the way! Your knitting is amazing I can't believe your doing intarsia and knitting in the round. You are just such a talented lady! x

  17. Aww your bags are so cute! I love the scandi style :) x

  18. Beautiful bags! I'm sure they were so much fun to knit, too.

  19. I like your knitted bags. I have them already knitted and like them very much.

    Liebe Grüße,

  20. Hello, Lovely blog! When I first saw the picture, my immediate thought was Arne and Carlos, hehe! These bags look really lovely! What a fantastic idea for a present, or to contain another present! :)
    PS: I got a pair of bright pink/purple Knit-Pro knitting needles, they came in a set (with a cable), they are great, enjoy working with them.
    Ingrid x

  21. Your little pouches are just fab! They are so versatile and can be used for so many things

  22. Wunderschön sind die kleinen Beutelchen (bags)!

    ♥liche Grüße,


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