Zeeby's Bag (S 'n B) -- in the round?

I’m making the Zeeby’s Bag from Stitch 'n Bitch for my sister. I want to do it in the round and am pretty sure I know how. The bottom of the bag and up the sides are one piece in the pattern, so I figure I can just knit the bottom flat, then pick up stitches around placing markers along the way so I can do garter stitch up the sides and stockinette for the front and back. Make sense??

So here’s my dilemma. I want to do the bottom and up the sides in one color, and the front and back in another. How is this possible in the round? Would I have to re-join and break yarn EVERY ROUND??? :shock: There must be an easier way, or maybe no way.


The first time around the yarn goes to the other end of that color, right?

The second round, knit to the color change, slip the ‘new color’ stitches, knit a few into the next section , trap the yarn from the front color then slip back to the first stitch of the new color, purl those, the slip everything back. Get it? I posted an intarsia in the round somewhere, which also covers it. It’s something I recently learned and I was SO HAPPY :happydance:

I wish I would have thought to do it in the round. I did this bag…Have all the pieces knitted and it sits in my project basket just waiting to be sewed together.

I’m having a hard time envisioning this. I think your directions make sense to me Ingrid, but a few more questions.

The bag is basically a rectangle, two long sides in my main color (I’m going to make it approx 12") and two very short sides in my contrast color(approx 2"). So obviously I can’t carry my yarn from one contrast section to the next because that would waste a lot of yarn. So I’m thinking I will need to use two balls of contrast yarn, one for each side of the bag. Is this right??? And what about my main color? I’m thinking that I can knit up to the color change in my main color, then carry the yarn over that short section to the other side of main color…but then I’ll have all these rows of loose yarn draped across on the inside of the bag, know what I mean???

Am I making ANY sense here?? :??

(By the way, I’m finding that knitting is very good for brain function – it keeps me on my toes, especially since most of the rest of my day involves changing diapers, naps for the kids, playgrounds, etc…pretty no brainer stuff!!! :lol: )

OK I’m trying to work this out, but no matter what I come up with you end up with your mc yarn in the wrong place since it’s not a part of the stripe. When I did it on my sweater, it was part of a blue and white snowflake, so both stiches traveled across the pattern. I know this will keep me up tonight, and I will try to work out a solution. (I take care of my g’kids so my much older brain is a bit fried, too.) It has become my mission. I’ll get back to you.

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OK, I broke out my shortest circs and tried this. I can figure knitting things out better if I actually try it. The only way I can see to do this without loops of mc across the back of the stripe is to incorporate the main color into the stripe itself. I tried with a speckled pattern and it looked nice. The first row is easy. You just have a ball of cc at each stripe and take turns with the colors across the stripe, then continue around with the mc. The next round is where you have the problem. The cc is at the wrong end. At this point you would knit the mc stitches and slip the cc stitches, turn, purl the cc stitches and slip the mc stitches you just knit and then slip the whole lot back. You would only have to do this every other row, when the cc yarn is at the wrong end of the stripe. If you want the stripe to be a solid color and you want to knit in the round, you’d have to loop the mc yarn across the back of the stripe every other row. You could trap it when you knit the row where the cc stripe is in the right place. WHEW!!!

Wow Ingrid, thanks for all the help. I think this is something I’m going to have to experiment a bit with too. I still can’t quite envision it, though the theory is there, it will (hopefully) become clear when I actually do it. One thing I am for sure unclear about is…are you suggesting using my strand of main color and my strand of contrast color together for the stripe? (ie. double strand?). I think that’s a neat idea, just wanted to be sure that’s what you meant. Here I go to experiment…


Ingrid, I just looked at Amy’s intarsia video, and though it seems like the in the round method as you describe is somewhat different to what she shows because she’s working flat, there’s all the business about twisting the yarns over when you change colors, etc. and I’m wondering if this also applies in the case of doing it in the round?

OK, when I said to use both yarns in the stripe, I meant one at a time, alternating colors the way you would alternate stitches for a seed stitch. One row could be ababab and the next could be bababa and you would end up with a speckle. Or you could do a stripe, or you could make a thin MC stripe in the cc stripe, but you would get some small loops every other stripe.

As for the intarsia directions, they would still apply as you go from one color to another so you don’t get a hole. You’re still doing intarsia, just only on the knit side.

I found that actually doing it in the round really solidified it for me once I kind of understood the theory behind it.

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! :cheering:

I let you know tomorrow how it comes out. I’m just about at the picking up stitches stage and then I’ll be experimenting away!! Maybe it won’t be as tricky as I imagine it to be.


Well after all this scheming and dreaming (YES, last night as I was trying to :zzz: ), I realized that there was NO WAY I would be able to pick up stitches around such a long skinny rectangle and work in the round. It was just physically impossible. :doh: So I’m back to doing this as per the pattern (ie. not in the round :frowning: ) but I think I will still try my hand at a bit of intarsia by adding a skinny stripe down the middles of the side panels. Of course it will be done flat, which may be better to practise that way anyhow.

Thanks again Ingrid, I’m sure I’ll use the other method someday too, just not on this project unfortunately.

Yeah, I guess when you do something “in the round,” it should be kind of roundish. Actually, it gave me something to ponder over and figure out, something I’m sure will come in handy in the future. :waving:

I’ve changed my mind…AGAIN… :rollseyes:

I’m going to do a CABLE strip down each side of the bag - my first cable attempt! :happydance: I’m doing it on 18 stitches so it is only about 2" wide which is perfect for this bag. I have about 6 ‘twists’ done and it looks great!! AND not as tricky as I expected it to be.


Sounds like a GREAT idea! Cables are no sweat–my biggest problem is remembering to do the next one on time. :doh:

:XX: I see you, knitting your bag!