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Bags: A Knitter's Dozen (A Knitter's Dozen series) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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On my first skim-through, my imagination went wild: "I want one of those...and one of those...and one of those..." These aren't your plain-jane everyday old knit-two-squares-and-sew-`em-together bag patterns. There are different patterns here-patterns that haven't been repeated over and over in previous knitting books. There are felted bags and textured bags and fancy detailed bags. There are handbags and tote bags and beach bags. And-best of all, there are easy bags and intermediate bags and a-little-more-challenging bags. Bags features more than 20 different patterns for bags-plus a few extras, like a vest and a sweater. You'll even learn about new techniques, like needle felting.
I've already made two of the bags in the book, and I love them. They're different, and they were fun to knit. I even pushed myself and tried the intermediate patterns, and I didn't have a problem. I only ran into a few difficulties with the patterns-but you'll be able to catch them without a problem if you're paying attention.
Pick up a copy of Bags: A Knitters' Dozen, and you'll want to knit bags for everyone you know (it's never too early to start knitting for next Christmas, you know...).
Still, as a collection, is this the one book or the best book you would recommend for someone who is looking for a bag book? No - to me this is way down on the list. For one thing, of all the bags there are to knit, there are four cabled-aran choices. The tote shape occurs too often and two of the patterns could go away and no one would remember. There are way too many cool techniques out there to put in this much repetition. The one beaded bag (a very dressy bag) is quite complex and only a very experienced bead knitter could do this pattern.
Some 'basics' are missing. There is no coverage of lining a bag or adding bases to make it sturdier. The I-cord instructions are too sparse - and in fact cords and straps are not as well explained as they should be.
Pardon the pun - the book ends up being a mixed bag - I would put it on my 'like to have' rather than 'must have' list.
One other problem I encountered is that there is not a listing of places to purchase the various miscellaneous hardware items needed to finish the bags. For instance, some of the bags require a magnetic clasp and gormets, and there is no listing of places to purchase these types of items. This book has provided me with several hours of knitting pleasure.
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There are several bags in this book that I can't wait to get started on as soon as I get the yarn I ordered. The pictures are great!Published 3 days ago by Hannie
Book includes tasteful patterns for useful bags, a good variety, nothing too outlandish. A personal copy was purchased before wearing out the local library copy checking out and... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Abigail
If you want a books on knitted bags this is a really good one. I make felted bags, as in knit and wash felt. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aspiring Artist and Designer
Love this book. It has some wonderful, practical patterns. Also has a section on needle felting for embellishing the bags. Recommend this book.Published 19 months ago by ChuckMSallyM
This has been one of my favorite books with felting ideas. I think I've made every bag in here and have enjoyed the inspiration from the pictures. Great book.Published 22 months ago by Allegree
There are several bags in this book that I can't wait to get started on as soon as I get the yarn I ordered. The pictures are great!Published on January 23, 2014 by SANDRAB