"Now began the most dangerous part of their journey. They each shouldered the heavy pack and the water-skin which was their share, and turned from the light that lay on the lands outside and plunged into (Mirkwood) forest."
- "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
When Bilbo and the Dwarves entered into Mirkwood forest, they had to carry all their food and water for the long journey through to the other side. The Mirkwood bag provides additional precious storage for the supplies needed to traverse the unwholesome woods.
The Mirkwood bag features a long cabled strap that is integrated into the sides of the bag. The body of the bag is worked in a sturdy linen stitch at a firm gauge that does not require an additional liner. A cabled pocket is knit separately and sewn onto the outside of the bag. The bag is finished with a zipper closure.
The pattern includes both charted and written instructions for the cable patterns.
24 sts and 40 rows to 4" in linen stitch
18 sts to 2.5" in cable pattern
I learned to knit in 2001 while recovering from an illness and quickly began modifying patterns and then designing my own garments.
My designs have since been seen in Knitty, Petite Purls, Knitscene, and on Boing-Boing.
I started designing cross-stitch patterns when I couldn't find patterns that were the right mix of traditional and sarcastic.