Sweater Murse...

Hey guys! This is the sweater bag I was telling you about. The only thing I have left is the lining and to figure out what sort of closure I want to use. I got the pattern from lionbrand.com (all of their patterns are free now) and the yarn is LB Wool Ease Chunky in walnut. I used a US 8, 32" circular needle. Instead of knitting the strap as a flat piece and sewing it closed with mattress stitch, I just knitted a tube in the round on DPN's and pulled it inside out to let the rev stockinette show on the public side. Before attaching the handle I placed a 1" wide piece of twill tape inside the "tube" to prevent stretching. I'll post more pics when I'm finished the lining.

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kevslocum's picture

You could always attach a button on the front of the bag and make a button loop by crocheting a chain and attaching it to the underside of the flap. Or put the button on the flap and the button loop on the front. It looks great too, and it's sturdy, mine's lasted through rain and getting thrown around.

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ronhuber's picture

A great piece of work. Again thanks for the tip with the twill tape.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks guys!


bobshome's picture

Now that's a bag. Nice work!

CRobertK's picture

Beautiful work! Is this something you made up along the way or a pattern? I want one!

Since I joined MWK, I have seen so many projects I want to try! I have always been a winter knitter, but now that I own the full line (and I mean full line) of harmony needles from Knit Picks and have been insipred by all of your work, I have most likely become a year round knitter!

Depending on what you are going to carry around in your new murse, think carefully about what you're going to use for a closure. I say this, and you may already know this, but if you plan on using it to carry around electronic devices such as a laptop, iPod, cell phone, etc., you don't want to use something magnetic. I recently saw a bag I wanted desperately. It was beautifully knit and for sale at a craft bazaar that benefitted nonprofits in my area. I saw it from a distance and had to have it until I looked more closely and saw that the creator had sewn in a magnetic snap for a closure. Magnets can really interfere with electronic devices including erasing data and messing up software. I tried to see if the creator could remove the magnetic closure, but she had both glued and sewn in the snap which would have ruined some of the yarn in the removal process. She also told me that it was too time consuming of a project to make another for me to buy and she didn't follow a pattern. OK, that was just a really long story to just say don't use magnets eh?

Thank you Millard for sharing another wonderful project and inspiring me even more!


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TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Cory! I appreciate the commendation. Here is the link to the pattern:


Thanks, too, for the insight about the closure. I would have probably never thought of that with the magnetic closure. I will probably opt for something utilitarian. This is a great pattern. There's also a kit available on Lion Brand.
I think I knit it up in three or four evenings and I'm a slow knitter. It's pretty easy to customize for size and need as well.


TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Kevin! I loved yours and I'm glad to hear it's holding up!


oooooooo!!! I want one of these. Very cool project Mill. :)

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Nick!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Once again, quite nice work. I don't need a murse or other bags but it is a great looking one. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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