Capture the beauty of the Sonoran Desert with this pretty bag!

Tackle intarsia colorwork with this beginner-friendly bag

From: The August 2017 issue of I Like Knitting
Skill level: Intermediate

Glory in the rich colors of the Southwest with this handy, fun-to-knit bucket bag. The Sonoran Desert Bucket Bag is a bright accessory that will complement your summer wear beautifully.

This bag is designed to carry a big load, whether you take it to the farmer’s market or to the beach for the weekend. Everything you need will fit.

You’ll use the intarsia technique on this bag, which is a great way to add color to your knitting projects. Unlike stranded knitting, one yarn is dropped and another picked up when you change colors. Using intarsia, you can literally knit any image into a project!

The key to successful intarsia knitting is to twist the yarns when you switch colors, bringing the new color under the old color each time. This locks the two strands together at the transition and avoids unsightly holes in the work. In intarsia charts, each stitch is represented by a colored square; these charts are super easy to follow.

Intarsia is a fantastic technique for this type of project, where iconic shapes are knit in a color-block style. The stair-step and mountain shapes are so classically Southwest, aren’t they? And the colors are spot on, down to the sand-colored bottom section.

The Sonoran Desert Bucket Bag pattern includes:

  • A list of necessary yarn and tools
  • Row-by-row instructions
  • A downloadable colorwork chart
  • Pattern notes to explain bag construction
  • Detailed photography

As usual, designer Emily Ringelman has incorporated so many perfect details into this project. The bag bottom is a beautiful swirl of decreases, reinforced on the inside with needlepoint mesh. The handles are simple lengths of rope or cording fastened on through grommets, which adds both strength and style. And the top is finished off with a flawless ring of applied I-cord.

This bag will take you places, so cast on now!

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