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Carry Your Colors With You! Knit the Rainbow Bag

This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Carry Your Colors With You! Knit the Rainbow Bag taught by Claudia Pine

Please note that this full-day class is taught in a split session; first half is Saturday morning from 9 to noon and the second half is taught Sunday morning from 9 to noon.

This eye-catching bag is knit with sock or sport-weight yarn that shows off its stripes, accented with spirals of fringe and a dramatic draped front. Beads, multi-colors, and novelty yarn all add to the eye appeal. A sturdy I-cord strap lets you carry it anywhere for any little thing – cell phone, keys, sunglasses, knitting notions – and makes it the perfect gift.

In this class, intermediate and advanced knitters will learn how to knit two kinds of integral fringe, work beads and other materials into the object as desired, finish off the top with various edgings, and add an I-cord strap.

Students should bring 200 yards of fingering (sock) weight yarn and size 0 and 1 needles, or 125 yards of sport weight with size 1 and 2 needles. Needles should either be one set of straights, or 1 circular, preferably 16” or 24”. Those who wish to also incorporate novelty yarns (shiny, eyelash, sparkly, sequined, etc.) and/or beads into their bag should bring those. For beads in the bag or on the fringe (as shown in the picture), you will need about 40. Ideally, the beads should be able to be strung onto your yarn (either over the end of the yarn directly, or using a needle), but I will also demonstrate how you can get the beads “onto” the fringe in other ways, if your choice of beads does not have large enough holes. The beads used on the bag shown in the photo include a number of the ordinary assorted glass beads from India, such as are sold in containers of random mixed beads at most craft stores.

Claudia will supply an original design for the Little Rainbow bag, including optional variations in trim and finishing, and have examples in various weights and trims. She will also have a variety of beads and novelty yarns available for purchase for students who wish to incorporate those trims and accents but have not brought their own. Please bring up to $20 additional, if you anticipate wanting to buy beads or accent yarns at the class.