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Monk's Travel Satchel

May 16, 2007
Views: 51,373
Downloads: 8,076
Comments: 5
File Size: 300.5kB

Designer: Vicki Square
Published: May 17, 2007
Technique: Borders, Edgings, Button bands, loops and buttonholes, I-cord, Seams
Skill Level: Intermediate

The religion of Nepal is a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism and the monks who traveled southwest China, Nepal, and Tibet traditionally carried large bags. Some were brightly colored, some were faded by time—but beautifully toned, nonetheless. The monks carried all their earthly goods in these bags, so pockets inside and out were a useful feature. Since I love the organization that pockets provide, I designed this bag with five separate spaces in addition to the spacious capacity of the main compartments.

Finished Size: 16" (40.5 cm) deep and 19" (48.5 cm) wide.

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% wool, 215 yd [197 m]/100 g): #005 cavern (A), 3 skeins; #880 twilight green (B), 2 skeins; and #930 candy apple (C), 2 skeins.

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular (circ)—2 pair each 29" (73.5 cm) long (for border of the back of the bag). Size 4 (3.5 mm) set of 2 double-pointed (dpn)—I-cord. Size 5 (3.75) or larger—for binding off. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle; long straight sewing pins with colored heads.

Gauge: 22 sts and 34 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st. 22 sts and 36 rows = 4" (10 cm) in seed st.

Skill Level: Intermediate.

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eskimo wrote
on Sep 29, 2009 5:46 PM

For those who thought the bag too big and perhaps too loose a knit (if things keep poking out)....

Has anyone tried making this in a yarn which can be felted?  This should make the bag both smaller and tighter woven, hopefully solving both issues.

kate@112 wrote
on Aug 15, 2009 1:13 PM

This bag is huge! Be aware of that. Also, for my purposes, the handle is much too long. If you put much in the bag, it droops down way too far and is unuseable. Once you get the bag completed, it's not easy to adjust the length of the handle, because it also forms the gusset around the bag. I eventually, cut the handle in half at the top, ripped back both ends at least 6 inches and then reknitted them together.

To be useful at all the bag also really needs to be lined, since it doesn't have much shape. All that seed stitching almost drives one nuts, too. I'm glad I can sew, because I really needed those skills to make a lining.

I used the recommended yarn and it turned out very well except for the above issues. I enjoyed the colors. The Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece yarn is very nice.

I was disappointed in this pattern after all the work that's involved.

I've also made the Market bag from the same book. It suffers somewhat from the same problems. Droopy, handle too long, etc. I think I will probably create a washable lining that can be removed. Stuff pokes through it a lot.

c.j. wrote
on Dec 8, 2008 3:07 AM
I love it. It a lot of fun..!!!
Captn-Sama wrote
on Oct 26, 2008 7:33 PM

I love messanger bags. This may turn out to be my favorite one!

RosemaryP@2 wrote
on May 23, 2008 5:11 AM

What a lovely bag! I will feel better equiped for my journey  through life with this bag by my side. Rosemary, London, UK.