It's About Time! DK by Jeanette Sloan

It's About Time! DK

February 2023
DK (11 wpi) ?
15.5 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Moss stitch stripe (before felting)
US 9 - 5.5 mm
427 yards (390 m)
One size
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Why the name? This design was first conceived way back in 2017 after I designed On The Tiles - a felted clutch bag knitted in The Grey Sheep Co’s Hampshire Chunky. The designs unusual stitch texture caught the attention of company owner Emma Boyles and the two women decided to collaborate.

The brief? To create a bag combining my eye for innovative construction and stitch with yarn reared, spun and dyed by Emma. Well, what with one thing and another it’s taken almost exactly 5 years to launch this design which comes in two sizes; the large knitted in Hampshire DK doubled and this smaller version knitted in a single end of Hampshire DK. We’re really excited to finally share this design with you. It is about time, but we think it’s been worth the wait. Enjoy!

So how’s it made?
The bag begins with provisional cast on before knitting a narrow section of moss stitch stripes in rows. Stitches are then picked up down each side and across the cast on edge which sets up for working the rest of the bag in the round. This forms a rectangular shaped piece that, once grafted at the sides and felted (fulled), is interfaced with plastic mesh to keep it rigid and finished on the inside with a woven fabric lining.

This design was originally conceived to be a clutch but I found some rather fantastic straps that give you the option of turning it into a handbag. This is entirely optional.
The pattern for knitting the bag combines charted and written instructions. Finishing & Making Up instructions are written and supplemented with an illustrative tutorial for adding the strap. There’s also a Resources section that includes links to stockists for both bag straps and mesh.

Skill Level
Intermediate / Advanced

Finished Measurements
The finished bag measures 30 cm wide x 15.5 cm long x 4 cm deep (11.75 in wide x 6 in long x 1.5 in deep) after felting. Want a larger bag? Then why not check out the It’s About Time! Chunky version.

Materials - Yarn
You’ll need 390 m of DK weight yarn in three colours i.e. 130 m each of Cols 1, 2 & 3.

Shown in The Grey Sheep Co Hampshire DK, 130m / 60g (142 yards / 2oz). For reference the sample shown was knitted in Barafundle - Col 1, Moutarde - Col 2 and Dragonfly - Col 3.
Yarn quantities are approximate and allow for test swatching and felting to achieve stated gauge.

5.50 mm (US 9) interchangeable circular needle fitted with a 150 cm (59 in) long cable
120 cm (47 in) long interchangeable cable (See Pattern Notes)

Cable connector

5.50 mm (US I-9) crochet hook for cast-on (See pattern Notes)

Also needed
Small amounts of contrast colour yarn in the same weight for provisional cast-on

Stitch markers (or use small amounts of contrast yarn)

One large plastic cross stitch mesh (7 holes per inch) size 52cm x 33cm (20.5 inch x 13 inch) bag mesh. Click here for stockists info

One piece of co-ordinating lining fabric approx 35 cm x 50 cm

Matching sewing thread - Large pair of scissors -
Darning needle for sewing in ends - Feature button
Dressmaking pins - Sewing machine
Steam iron - Tape measure or ruler - Fabric or marker pen

For adding optional bag strap
2 pieces of lining fabric 5 cm wide x 12 cm long (2 in wide x 4.75 in long)

One 3.8 cm wide x 135 cm long (1.5 in wide x 53 in long) replacement bag strap with clasp fastenings. Bag shown uses this one from Oliver Bonas