Wasn't Born a Shepherd is the fourth design in my Firefly/Serenity series based on the character Shepherd Book. It is a felted wide messenger bag/satchel with a double knit colorful patterned strap and braided i-cord side attachments.
The strap is fully reversible and has a pattern with stylized crosses to help you in your mission to bring "religiosity to the fuzzy-wuzzies." I imagine Shepherd carrying his Bible and a box of strawberries in this bag (ample room for both) as he brings the word to those who need it.
The other designs from this series are: a wrap for Inara called The Ambassador, a poncho for Zoe called Big Damn Heroes, and a shawl for Wash called Leaf on the Wind. All designs in this series will eventually be released as an eBook.
- The pattern includes instructions for 2 strap lengths: shorter strap (35"/89cm) and longer strap (52"/132cm). The bag in the main photos is with the shorter strap.
- If you use something other than the listed yarn, you may want to do a test felting swatch to make sure the shrinkage will be the same. Or if you're anything like me, you can throw caution to the wind and just cross your fingers and hope it will all work out.
- The yarn in the main photos is 6 colors of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky as follows: MC - Silver 3 skeins/411yds/300g, C1 - Wallaby 1.6 skeins/220yds/160g, (C2 - Honey, C3 - Avocado, C4 - Masala, C5 - Porcini, C6 - Yonder) each 0.23 skeins/32yds/23g (for shorter strap, shown) or 0.35 skeins/48yds/35g (for longer strap, instructions provided)
- You do not have to use the full 6 colors, but you will need at the VERY least 3 colors if you would like to use to use the MC in the strap. If you choose fewer colors, just be aware that the amounts you need will change!
Thank you to my TESTERS EXTRAORDINAIRE: Kioryn, Dulseigh, LisaCinFL, lenasmom, shiomi, Garchompgirl, Laurelwoodsong, elasater, echeverialaui, Cristallynx
UNFELTED swatch on US 11 (8mm): 16 sts x 20 rows in 4.5"x4.5" (11.4cm) in stockinette worked flat, FELTED becomes 3.5" (8.9cm) wide x 3" (7.6cm) tall
800 yards of Bulky weight
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Kimberly found her love of design while knitting plastic bags into shoes and fishing nets for her Master’s thesis (for resource poor areas of the world with lots of errant polyethylene - not just for ...
Kimberly found her love of design while knitting plastic bags into shoes and fishing nets for her Master’s thesis (for resource poor areas of the world with lots of errant polyethylene - not just for funsies). She found that working with yarn was sooo much nicer and the possibilities to make beautiful things were endless. Kimberly is now a full-time designer and an aspiring knitting travel writer - it may not be a profession yet, but give her time!
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