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Medallion Travel Bag

Make a stunning felted tote and travel bag.

Difficulty: Intermediate

No need to tote boring luggage again! Spacious and visually luxurious, this bag will mean that no one will have trouble spotting you in the airport. Make two in the same colors but switching main and contrast colors and you have a beautiful matching set. For a smaller coordinating bag, work in a single strand.

The Medallion Travel bag is knit from the bottom up, beginning with a stockinette, Fair Isle bottom. Stitches are picked up around the bottom and then the body of the bag is knit Fair Isle in the round.

The required finishing transforms the bag into a sleek travel tote that turns heads whether you are traveling to the beach, by bus, train, or jet: put a zipper in the top opening, stiffen the bottom and then attach bag feet, and, finally, attach a rolled leather or other handle to the built in handle tabs or clip to handle brackets and you are ready to set off for the weekend.

Look at Additional Details below for information about dimensions, gauge, and necessary yarn and other materials.

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Finished Dimensions

20 1/2 - 21 1/2" (37.5 - 38.75cm) wide
5 - 5 1/2" (12.5 - 13.75cm) deep
15 - 15 1/2" (51.25 - 53.74cm) tall

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Intermediate to Advanced Knitters: Requires knowledge of knitting and purling in Fair Isle color work with careful attention to maintaining an even tension, knitting in the round on circular needles, and picking up stitches.


Pre-felted gauge: 10 stitches and 12 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st with double-strand worsted weight yarn.


Yarn Requirements

1300 yds (1188m) (A) White or Black 
1300 yds (1188m) (B) Black or White

Needles and Other Materials

Size 13 (8.5mm) 32" (80cm) or longer circular needles 
Tapestry needle
Sewing Needle
Noni 30" (76cm) custom YKK zipper with 2 bottom stops
'A Noni Design' label
2 30" (76cm) rolled leather handles with O-ring (pictured)
10 - 12 Noni 24mm bag feet

Pictured Samples

The black and white bags pictured are Noni originals and were created using Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool in Black and White.