Pattern Review: Stowe Bag

By Cameron

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.

IMG_4341.JPG
IMG_4315.JPG

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.

FullSizeRender.jpg

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.

FullSizeRender.jpg

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).

IMG_4319.JPG

Thanks to our dear friends at Close Knit for lending me some of their needles and yarn for my photos!

IMG_4342.JPG

Have you made a Stowe Bag?