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Thistle Bag


One Size – Width 27.25cm. Depth (ex strap) 25.7cm.
Strap height (from top of bag) 48cm.

This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions and all the Alice Starmore® Hebridean 3 Ply yarn required to make the Thistle Bag in your chosen colour.

This design is available in a choice of ten colours of Hebridean 3 Ply.

Click here for a digital shadecard of the Hebridean 3 Ply range.


I originally designed this thistle motif as a knitted tribute to Margaret Tudor: the sister of Henry VIII who was married off at a tender age to James IV of Scotland. Here I have combined the motif with branching and seeded cables and worked it in my Hebridean 3 Ply, knitted doubled to give it a strong textured and sculptural look.

The finished shape is close to square with the seeded cables forming the ends and the strap. I then split the seeded cable into two separate bands to form the top opening. A zip is sewn in so that when the bag is closed the cables sit perfectly side-by-side. It is a small project which is filled with interest in both the stitchwork and the assembly.




Some of our 3 Ply Hebridean Yarn range and the Heart and Thistle Bags.