Carousel Bag by Lisa Cruse

Carousel Bag

Knitting
September 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with two strands
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
220 - 400 yards (201 - 366 m)
Bag: 13 inches tall x 8 inches in diameter
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Shown with an enchanting woven braid trim and vintage military button accents from my personal collection, this bag is first knitted in the round, then fulled in the washing machine, then embellished. My mind races with other possibilities of embellishment, color, and closures for presentation as varied as the carousels that have inspired its shape. Generous in size, this carousel will perfectly house your knitting projects with room for needles—and no zippers to snag your yarn. Perhaps you will even wish to add a petite pocket to the lining for your brass ring stitch markers.

This bag pairs well with my turban-inspired hat, where subtle differences in their pointed shapes complement each other. The hat’s onion dome echoes headgear of an exotic mystery and ageless beauty, having appeared in almost every culture at one time or another throughout history. The lovely shaping works equally well for Renaissance festivals as for futuristic costume, fairy-tale charm, or a walk to the park. The knitting is truly simple enough for a beginner, and the fulling process forgives any uneven stitches. Once the blocking and drying are complete, the fun of embellishing begins.