Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Terrific Tote

Two posts in two days. I've really got a lot to show, right?! This is the Terrific Tote. The pattern is part of Kollage Yarn's "Feed Your Creativity" program - a monthly set of classes designed to encourage the expansion of your knitting skills.
my sock yarn stash does NOT runneth over :0(

This is a market bag knit with their "Corntastic" yarn, made from, you guessed it, 100% corn. A bag for the vegan in all of us. Like most of the plant-based yarns, I found it to be quite splitty. I really had to watch while I was knitting to make sure I didn't split a strand (I know, disaster, right!). That said, it was velvety in my fingers as I was knitting it, so it was a pleasure to work with. These first 2 photos show the colour best. It's kind of a seafoam green/blue.I made only one modification to the pattern. Instead of casting off all stitches at the top except the 10 bag handle stitches on one side, I also left 10 stitches live on the opposite side. This made grafting the handle onto that side SO much easier than grafting into picked up stitches.
The pattern will make a great class for a newish knitter wanting to try out cables, simple lace stitches, picking up sts and grafting (kitchener). The cable can easily be worked without a cable needle - bonus!!! I memorized the pattern after only a couple of repeats and found it to be pretty intuitive. Altogether, a neat little project.
nice bottom!


Zonda said...

hehe love that last picture! Neat tote!

~RaenWa~ said...

Your bag came out great I like the color. I didn't know they made yarn from corn that is cool.