Napalese Tote Bag
Laura’s Blog Entry
It’s finally finished! All lined and ready for fall!
I got a kit for this pattern – also know as the Sipalu Bag by Kerin Dimeler- Laurence – for Christmas. It is a Knit-Picks design. It was a serious challenge for me. I thought the color work was going to be the hard part. There was a chart to following and 17 colors to deal with. Actually I found the welting to be the hardest part. Mine doesn’t look that great, but I learned that if I pick up a few stitches at a time on a double pointed needle, it won’t bunch up. If I ever do welting again it’ll look fantastic!
My only criticism of that pattern at all would be that I am not wild about the welting in the blush color. I wish I had realized that early on and changed to a different shade. I think a darker blue, purple or black would have been better. Other than that, I like how it turned out.
The bag is fully lined, and it took me forever to get around to doing that. There was no pattern for lining it, so I had to measure and work out how to put it together. It was fun choosing the contrasting fabric. I had planned on a small print of some kind, but when I put the bag next to this purple at the fabric store, the purple in the bag really popped. So purple it was.
I am picky about the handles for knitted bags. I don’t like I-cord handles (which were suggested) and I didn’t want to put a craft store wooden handle on it. So I decided to construct a handle to match the side panels. I did a number of repeats of the side chart, added an inch or so of red on either side.
Then I lined it with a couple layers of heavy-duty iron-on interfacing and folded the edges into the center and sewed it up. I will post detailed information on my Ravelry page, for anyone who might be interested in this strap design.
Once they were sewed in place, I put in the lining.
The nice thing about the lining is that I didn’t have to weave in any ends. You can see above, I just braided them together.
I think I’m going to need a nice, new heathery grey outfit to wear with the bag, don’t you think? That would show it off well.
The kit came with enough yarn to do two bags, but I think I will use all the nice leftover Palette yarn to make mittens. Lots and lots of mittens!