I've been wanting to post this one for awhile. This is probably what I consider to be my crowning achievement design-wise; maybe tying with the crocheted twin-size American flag blanket I designed for my brother when I was 13. What do you call intarsia for crochet? It was genius. Back to this design! This is a messenger-style bag designed for a friend and coworker whose fiancee has a love affair with the movie Lilo & Stitch. Apparently she has almost 100 stuffed Stitch dolls and loves to collect Stitch paraphernalia. He approached me about doing something Stitch for her, and after discussing everything from a pillow to a full-blown quilt, we settled on a messenger bag.
I give you: Stitch!
I designed everything about this bag, from the bag shape, to its construction (knitted fabric, wool felt, plastic canvas, and fabric lining) to the intarsia chart for Stitch's face. It took me three tries to get my knitting graph paper to match the gauge for my yarn. It also took an unbelievable amount of time to put together after the knitting was done. Oh, and this thing is HUGE. I told Scottie I wouldn't go near making one of these again for less than $200. (He paid handsomely.)
Here's a shot of the perfect lining I found for this bag: blue-grey Hawaiian print, complete with palm trees, surfboards and hibiscus flowers. Oh, the cleverness of me!
If anyone is interested in purchasing the chart for Stitch, please E-mail me at SarahLois@msn.com and let me know. I've been thinking about starting an Etsy store, so if anyone wants this chart I will go ahead and make it available there.
Till next time,