It's hard to avoid here at Knit With Attitude that the Plystre project bags are our ultimate favourites when it comes to carrying around our knitting. We have the project bag, crossbody bag, pouch and backpack. With this post I want to take a thorough look at each model and get up close to all the amazing design features built into these bags.
Plystre is a Norwegian based knitting brand producing bags and accessories aimed at knitters. Founded in 2017 by Warunee, she set out to create well designed, fun and practical bags for knitters. Designed in Norway while working closely with their partners. The fabric is dyed in a family owned workshop in turkey, the leather is sourced from Italy and the bags are made by six talented craftswomen in Bulgaria.
First up we have the classic Project Bag and Crossbody project bag. Both these models are made from the same core bag but give you the flexibility of having a shorter shoulder style strap or a longer strap to wear over your front. The Project Bag has a strap 23cm from shoulder to bag, where as the Crossbody has an adjustable strap measuring 45-55 cm from shoulder to bag.
Both bags measure 26 x 36 x 13 cm and have a double 100% cotton canvas lining. A natural vegetable-tan leather strap and a cotton drawstring. This drawstring allows you to open the bag fully to an impressive diameter of 75cm, giving you full access to everything inside, making it the perfect project bag to sit on the floor and work from. You can even roll down the top giving you better access. Pull the drawstring tight and use it as a yarn bowl, with the crossbody you can even knit while you walk. How's that for flexibility!
Now lets look at those pockets. A roomy zip up pocket sits on the front measuring 25 x 14 x 4cm. This gives you easy access to regularly used items like your phone, keys or purse because of this the Project Bag and Crossbody bag make a great substitute for your day to day bag.
If you are wondering about capacity this bag is full of 14 100g skeins of John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK! Now that is definitely room for a jumper project or two. Or plenty of room for your next visit to a yarn show.
On the inside you have a large flat pocket perfect for your favourite knitting magazine and would easily hold the latest Pom pom or Laine Knit Notes. You then have three narrow pockets measuring 4.5 x 16.5cm. These are great for you needles, double points, crochet hooks or pens and pencils. Next to this we have a clever little pocket measuring 12.5 x 16.5cm. Perfect for notions or larger items and the genius of this pocket is it contains three eyelets. A great edition if you are working with multiple colours and looking for a little more organisation.
Next up we have the Project Pouch. This sturdy pouch is made from the same quality 100% cotton canvas as the bags. A roomy 25 x 36 cm pouch is great for projects on the go. The pouch has all the charm of the bags but in a smaller scale. That is not to say it doesn't have plenty of room for yarn, tools and notions. Let's take a look inside.
Like the bag you have pockets galore for keeping yourself organised. On one side of the pouch you have four narrow 6 x 17cm pockets for your needles, double points, crochet hooks or pens and pencils. A mid sized 12.5 x 17cm pocket which makes a great space for the larger accessories or a mobile phone. On the other side you have two more of the narrow pockets along with a large 22 x 17cm pocket. This one is great for a small notebook or folded A4 sheets of printed pattern details.
All this hangs from a 34cm vegetable-tan leather strap making it perfect for slipping over your wrist if you like knitting on the go. There is plenty of room for small projects as well as other bits and pieces. All securely kept inside by a sturdy full length zip.
Just for fun and to gauge capacity I've managed to fit 9 100g skeins of John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK! Pretty roomy for a little pouch.
For those who want to have their knitting wherever they go there is the Project Backpack. This backpack is specifically designed for knitters in mind. Not only do you get a generous sized back pack you also get pouch. How amazing is that.
Made from the same quality 100% Cotton Canvas material as the other Plystre products and measuring: 38 x 33 x 12 cm. The straps are made from a sturdy adjustable leather and cotton making it comfortable to wear an easy to fit. A roomy outer pocket is perfect for easy access to regularly used items and is fastened with a strong zip. Also it's practical to carry around when not on your back with handy handles on top.
Once you are inside, pockets include a large padded laptop pocket at the back. Making this a backpack not only for knitting, but ideal as a day to day bag, great for going to work or school. Of course that is not the only pocket, it wouldn't be a Plystre Project bag if every needle and notion hasn't been thought about. Narrow needle pockets as well as the larger eyelet pocket help keep your organised.
If you are wondering about capacity then look no further then these videos from Plystre. This is the project bag of your dreams!
Watch this space because my next post will be about the ever so exciting needle cases! Knitters gonna get organised!