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Boho Bag in 3 sizes

A soft, easy-to-knit bag in a modern silhouette

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Difficulty: Beginner

These BoHo bags were inspired by unstructured shoulder bags that combine elements of modernity, tribal artistry, and practical functionality. The bags have a sleek silhouette, making them ideal for both casual outings and fashion forward ensembles. Leave unembellished save for their closures so they become a stunning backdrop for your personal style. Or decorate with elaborate trims or worn leather belts with mismatched buckles. These bags are a true canvas for your creativity as you make them a part of your accessory wardrobe.

All three bags are easy to make and finish, making them an ideal bag for the beginning knitter and those new to felting. The bags are pictured with the poseidon turnlock, an antiqued turnlock that is as lovely as it is functional. But the turnlock is only one of many closure options. I have dressed these bags with JUL leather Locks on both sides. Finishing takes only minutes and the end result is modern and chic. Also consider the JUL Mod-loop closure as well as two leather JUL Latches. All of these options give the bags a different look and vibe but maintain the bag's ability to expand to fit its contents.

The small bag is perfect to use as a handbag that contains only your essentials. A grab and go bag you can keep by the door. It is also ideal for small knitting projects. With a ball of yarn inside, it will sit up and works much like a yarn bowl.

The medium bag is a wonderful shoulder bag just right for every day. If you make a quick trip to the market on the way home, you can unlock the lock and put your purchases inside for a reusable bag you don't have to remember to bring with you.

The large bag is deliciously huge. I took mine with me to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and got all my loot in one bag. I have used it for overnight journeys. Other times, I want its drama so just put my small Boho inside all by itself because I wanted to carry only what I needed in my little bag. No hunting around: just grab the handle of my little bag and I've got my wallet and keys at the ready. 

Choose the size that suits you best or make all three!

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  • Metropolitan Bags with Forager Handles

    JUL Forager Handles

    (JUL-FLH-)

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    Beautiful JUL leather Forager handles add style, durability, and versatility to your handmade bags.

    All JUL leather handles are made to order in the USA: every pair of handles is created by hand for your unique project.

    The Forager rolled leather handles attach with screws for quick attachment. They can also be rivetted for more permanent placement. If you are attaching with screws, please apply a small amount of clear nail polish or fabric glue to the inside of the screw so that it does not leave you.

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  • Poseidon turn lock

    Poseidon Turnlock

    (PTL-AB-)

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    I fell in love with this turnlock when I discovered it. Not only is it terrifice to close a bag with a small or large flap, but I use it to close garments, such as the Ela coat or even fabric coats I already own. I alrernate the position of the lock so the weight is even on both sides. It is, I have to say, the coolest way to close a coat or jacket. I have a green fabric coat, for example, that is going to be sporting the small ones soon.

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  • JUL Latch Closure

    JUL Latch Closure, pair

    (JUL-LC-)

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    JUL's beautiful leather Latch closures (sold in a 2-pack) are made here in the USA, with each latch hand-assembled at the JUL studio in Maryland.

    The Latch, small and simple, evokes the rustic and homey hinge on a barn door and gains its visual power in numbers. Imagine 8 of them adorning the opening of a Milk Chocolate Flamenco Ella, turning that coat into the preferred garment of a wood nymph or Joan of Arc. Picture several lined up down the front of the Original Ella coat, or 2 to close the Orient Express Collar, or only one to adorn a split cuff such as the one on Ella Learns to Tango.

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  • Lock Toggle Closure

    JUL Lock Toggle Closure

    (JUL-LTC-)

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    Made in the USA of genuine leather and hand-assembled in the JUL studio in Maryland, this leather closure screws into knitted garments or felted bags making it a striking alternative to conventional closures.

    The leather makes the closure relatively light considering the size of the Lock and its screw-in snap closures. The tongue on one side of the Lock comes up through the slot in the other side, doubles back on itself and 'locks' in place with a snap, making it extremely secure.

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Projected Finished Dimensions

Finished sizes vary with fiber choice, needle size, gauge, and felting time.

Small BoHo Bag: 12" (30.5cm) high and 14” (35.5cm) wide

Medium BoHo Bag: 20" (51cm) high and 20" (50cm) wide

Large BoHo Bag: 28" (71cm) high and 28" (71cm) wide

 

Difficulty Level

Easy: Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, 3-needle bind off, and weaving in ends. Rivetting with the use of superglue required during the finishing process. 

 

Pre-felted Gauge

12 sts and 16 rows over 4" (10cm) using a double- strand of worsted weight, feltable yarn on a size 11 (8mm) needle or needle size to obtain gauge.

 

Yarn and Materials

Yarn

All three bags made using worsted weight feltable wool. Pictured bags are made with Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool.

Small BoHo: 600yds (550m) in Sun Yellow or Fuchsia
Medium BoHo: 1500 yds (1372m) l in Zinnia Pink
Large BoHo: 3000 yds (2742m) in Sun Yellow

Needles & Other Materials

All Bags

Size 11 (8mm) 24" (60cm) circular needles
2 stitch marker in different colors, one to mark the side seem and the other to mark the other side seam/beginning of the round.
Tapestry needle
Locktite Superglue Extra Time Control

Small Bag Only

1 Noni BoHo Bag kit:

  • 1 Noni label
  • 2 small Poseidon Closures in antique silver or antique gold
  • 1 JUL 16" (40cm) Single Flat Strap Forager with Chicago Screws to apply to the bag.

Medium and Large Bags Only

1 Noni BoHo Bag kit:

  • 1 Noni label
  • 2 small Poseidon Closures in antique silver or antique gold
  • 1 JUL 24" (60cm) Single Flat Strap Forager with Chicago Screws to apply to the bag. 


Pictured Samples

All of the bags pictured were created using Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool. The small BoHo was made in Fuchsia, the medium in Zinnia Pink and the large in Sun Yellow. 


No errors have been reported for this pattern.