Fun and quick project from Quince & Co – I used one of the new colors of Sparrow yarn (100% organic linen) named Viburnum. The pattern is Dejeuner Bag, and it’s perfect for my Saturday mornings at the Portland Farmers Market. The pattern called for 4 skeins, knit double- stranded – I had a fair amount of the final skein left over. I used US 9s (instead of the recommended US 10s) because I had them in 24″ circulars, and by keeping my gauge intentionally loose, I ended up with a nice finished fabric.
I was initially stumped by the instructions for knitting the handle – somehow, they didn’t make sense to me, and a drawing would have really helped! But I finally just gave it a go, and I think I did it right. It seemed odd to me that there was no finished edge (other than the bind-off) along the top of the bag between the two straps of each handle, but I guess that gives it an intentionally soft look.
When complete, the bag will initially look very boxy, but remember that it will stretch as soon as you put anything in it! Also, it’s important to block it – I washed it on cold in the washing machine, then tumbled it dry until it was damp, and finally hung it to dry. ‘
I’m intrigued by Quince & Co’s linen yarn – I like how it’s organically sourced, and I love the new colors that they’re experimenting with. I’m usually reluctant to knit a lot of apparel with fingering weight yarn, but this yarn is tempting enough that I think I’ll give it a try. I’m also fascinated with how the yarn changes when it’s washed and dried – I’d like to experiment with different swatches and see how hand washing / hand drying vs machine washing and drying changes the look and texture of the fabric.
Thanks Quince & Co for yet another irresistible yarn!Pin It