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New York

A unisex messenger bag that goes from school, to office, to urban weekend trek

Difficulty: Easy

They were the picture of cool as they strolled hand in hand through the leaf-strewn streets of Brooklyn. He wore a black pea-coat and black jeans, a red cowl, his long-flap red New York bag slung across his body and toward the back so he could hold Claudia's hand. She wore black boots, a flippy skirt, and belted short jacket with a big shawl collar she had innovated by sewing together dozens of removable fur collars she scored in the many thrift and vintage stores tucked away in narrow store-fronts all over the city. Her New York bag, also red, was slung low and worn on her shoulder.

In addition to being an awesome-looking bag in either the short or long flap versions, New York is also practical: it is the ideal choice for books from the library or for that class you are taking, or for your laptop computer, or the music you might be working on, or the brief you need to prepare for tomorrow at the office.

Or maybe it is your everyday purse because you've always preferred slim profile bags and the cabochon or double-capped rivets you've decorated it with allow it to defend itself against some of the best designer bags. The long, removable JUL Prague handle allows for even tall ladies and gents to wear it over the shoulder. Particularly broad-shouldered fellows or women who like their bags really slung low or across the body might want to opt for a long JUL Lisbon handle instead.

Make this bag and you will look New York cool anywhere you go.

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    Shepherds Wool Worsted



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Finished Dimensions

12" (30.5cm) across front/back at bag bottom
3" (7.5cm) deep across sides at bottom
14" (35cm) tall

Pattern Difficulty

Intermediate: Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, picking up stitches within the knitted fabric, decreasing, and knitting in the round.


Pre-felted gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn


New York Bag Hardware Bag Kit is available for this pattern and includes:

1 JUL Prague leather handle
Pair of Noni handle brackets to attach handle to bag
Noni Amazing Snap
6 Noni 24mm bag feet
Cabochon rivets
11.25 x 13.5 in sheet of stiffener
1 Noni Design Label

Yarn Requirements

Bag with Short Flap: 1000 yds (914m)
Bag with Long Flap: 1250 yds (1143m)

Needles and Other Materials

Size 11 (8mm) 24" (60cm) circular needle
Size 10 (6mm) needles (to work narrow closure tab)
4 stitch markers
1 JUL Prague 30" handle (hr-34)
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Nylon beading thread

Pictured Samples

The pictured sample with short flap was made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool in Garnet. The sample with the long flap was made with Shepherd's Wool in Red.

No errors have been reported for this bag.