Favorite knitting bag?

I currently have a large knitting bag that will hold a lot of stuff...right now it's holding all kinds of notions in different zippered pockets, a drop spindle and some roving, a couple books, and three different knitting projects. It's great for carrying a bit of everything, but I often would like something smaller that would hold just my current project as well as a few essential notions. This week I came across something called a Sock Sack which looks pretty great.

It's available as a pattern from which you can sew your own, or you can find a lot of people selling finished bags online. They come in three different sizes depending on the project that you're working on. I like that the bag has a divider in the bottom which serves two purposes.

First, if you are working on socks two-at-a-time, it will keep the two balls of yarn separate. The yarn guides, on opposite sides of the bag, keep the yarn untangled after coming off each ball of yarn. Second, the divider is also a zipper pouch in which to keep some essentials for your in-process project (markers, yarn needles, small scissors, etc...). It also has a drawstring built into the top edge which will keep everything snugly tucked inside the bag when not knitting.

I'm thinking this may be the route I want to go, but first I wanted to ask you what you may use to house an on-the-go knitting project? Do you use something handmade or storebought? Do you prefer a smaller project bag or do you miss have all your stuff with you just in case? Any thoughts on what you use and why it works well for you would be greatly appreciated!

Thans, Ken

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JRob's picture

Evening Ken, Love the bag a lot. The illustrations look like the wicked, whimsical work of Edward Gorey which makes me want to order one tonight! Thanks for sharing, JRob

Thunderhorse54's picture

I'm also a sewer, and quilter.....If anyone knows of a source for the pattern, I would love to know. I think this is a great idea. I'd like to make some as gifts for my knitting group. Some of the ladies only knit socks, and I know they'd love it.

Terry

KenInMaine's picture

Hi Terry, CLICK HERE to be taken to the pattern, which can be purchased on Craftsy. I'm thinking I may try to make one, too. I'm not the best sewist, but I have a cousin and aunt who are, so I'd have some help if I get stuck!

MMario's picture

My favorite knitting bag is the one with the current project in it.

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Thunderhorse54's picture

Thanks Ken!!! I now have the pattern. I appreciate it. If you need any help or would like to have one made, just give me a shout. I'd be glad to do whatever I can.

KenInMaine's picture

Thanks, Terry. You'll have to let me know how you make out with yours. I'd like to give it a try myself first, but if I run into any trouble you'll probably hear from me! Thanks for offering!

KenInMaine's picture

Hi Terry,

I got the pattern today and made a trip to a local store that carries fabric. Along with the fabric, I found snaps and a zipper. All my materials cost me $4.50! I started on the bag tonight and am past the "tricky bits" with the zippered divider, the lining and the guides and got so far as getting the snaps sewn on. I'm hoping to finish it up tomorrow night. Not having too much experience with sewing, it went better than I expected. And when I make more it'll go even more smoothly since I'll know what I'm doing next time! I look forward to seeing yours when it's done!

Ken

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have several bags that are my favorites. Two of the best are gifts we received at Men's Rocky Mountain Knitting Retreat: One is a zipper backpack shaped messenger bag that was a gift from Skacel promoting Addi products and the other is a project bag - crafted by a quilting friend of one of the organizers - that has a drawstring and measures about 6 X 10 inches. The latter is perfect for a pair of Magic Loop socks, notions bag, a notepad and pen. I take it everywhere and lots of comments are made about the Men's Knitting Retreat logo that is printed on it.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

KenInMaine's picture

Thanks for weighing in on the bags, Joe. A question for you on the bag that was made by the quilter... Is it the exterior of the bag pieced and quilted? I have thought that such a design could be really nice and am contemplating trying one.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

A pieced and quilted bag would be great. However, this bag is two layers of fabric: The outer later has the Logo printed on it with MRMKR to show it was for the Rocky Mountain gathering, while the inner lining was solid colors that was turned over to make the drawstring tube. My liner happened to be brown, while the outer fabric on all of them is a natural white with dark gray imprints for the design. Evidently, the quilter had the capability to print fabric and whipped up a batch.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

cacunn's picture

Here is a link to a FREE TUTORIAL || REVERSIBLE SOCK KNITTING PROJECT BAG

I could see some of those bags with the MWK logo on them as part of the MWK store.

KenInMaine's picture

Thanks for the link to the pattern, Chris. That's a nice looking bag, too!

cacunn's picture

I have been working on a sweater for my newest Grand Nephew. The yarn I purchased was one of the big skein acrylic that most big box stores carry. I like the yarn but the size was bigger that any of my project bags. As a sewer this thread made me slap my forehead, why not make a project bag to fit the skein?

cacunn project bag

This is my take on the project bag.

KenInMaine's picture

Hey, that's awesome! Really nice job on your new project bag. It's fun to have a couple for different size projects anyway, right?!

cacunn's picture

Like multiple knitting needles it is always nice to have the right tool/bag for the project.

This is a great knitting bag, Ken. I like all the details you worked into it. I have a knitted project bag pattern named "My Ex" basically a severed head that will keep everyone away from your work in progress.