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The Little Swift - Tom Bihn Accessories

The Little Swift is a smaller version of our Swift tote/shoulder bag. Originally designed for knitters and crafty types, the Swift was designed by Tom in collaboration with the readers of Knitty® magazine. Since its debut, the Swift has become popular among knitters and non-knitters alike seeking a uniquely styled tote/shoulder bag. Tom noticed that many of the women who work at TOM BIHN and carry Swifts didn't always need a bag as large as the Swift. On some days, a smaller version would work better. And the Little Swift was born.

The Swift Story:
In 2005, we held a contest with Knitty® magazine and asked their readers to tell us everything they would like to see in the ultimate knitting bag — from colors, materials, and style of bag to functionality, accessories, and size. We received a flood of entries and suggestions. Tom made a few prototypes and sent them off to the editors of Knitty® for review; they responded with their ideas and thoughts. And, when the final design was ready for debut, the editors of Knitty® held a naming party. Many great names were suggested, but the winning entry was chosen because it has significance to knitters but doesn't designate the bag as solely for knitting: it's a great bag for all kinds of crafts, and many folks will find its clear pockets and stuff sack useful features in an everyday bag. Special thanks go to Amy and all the editors and readers of Knitty® magazine: we (really) couldn't have done it without you.

Inside the Little Swift are two clear urethane pockets backed with our Japanese Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric. The pockets mirror each other, and they close with strong #8 YKK zippers. Above one of these pockets you'll find an O-ring with a key snap attached. On each end of the bag's interior is another O-ring. The O-rings are designed to allow you to clip the included Small Yarn Stuff Sack (the color of which matches the lining of the bag) to the left or right side of the bag. And, of course, you can clip additional Yarn Stuff Sacks to the O-rings.

The included Small Yarn Stuff Sack is made of the same Dyneema®/nylon ripstop fabric that backs the clear urethane pockets of the Little Swift. This Yarn Stuff Sack can accommodate a medium or small ball of yarn. It has a drawstring top, and it includes a feature knitters will immediately notice as indispensable: a triangular clip open/close grommet to feed yarn through.

Additional Yarn Stuff Sacks, available in a wide variety of sizes and colors, are available for purchase here.

Also available separately are Knitting Tool Pouches, which can be used on their own, or together as a system. They offer a new style of tool organization allowing for modular and expandable containment of as many or as few tools as you might use. Each pouch features an O-ring on its corner, allowing you to connect the Knitting Tool Pouches to our optional Double Carabiner (more on that below) or to a Key Strap or Handle Loop. Knitting Tool Pouches are available in several sizes and can be ordered here.

The remaining interior of the Little Swift is devoted to space for your stuff. For custom organization, add Clear Organizer Pouches or Clear Quarter Packing Cubes. The Little Swift's tote-bag design allows its contents to be easily found: you'll never have to waste time searching inside deep caverns for small, lost items. A button closure secures the top of the bag, which, unlike a zipper, won't fray yarn or projects. The handles are the ideal length for carrying in hand or on the shoulder, with the highest quality PORON® foam padding them.

Knitty® is a registered trademark of Knitty magazine, used with permission.


Depending on your selection of color/material, exterior of:
U.S. made, high tenacity 1050 denier ballistic nylon
Ultralight 400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop
.016" clear urethane inside pocket fronts
200 denier Dyneema®/nylon ripstop inside pocket backs
#8 YKK coil zippers on pockets
PORON® foam handles


Made in USA
100% finished seams


Dimensions: 6" x 9.5" x 11" / 150 x 240 x 280 mm
1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 15 oz / 415 grams
400d Dyneema®/420d nylon ripstop: 13 oz / 370 grams
Volume: 500 cubic inches / 8.2 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

Videos and Customer Photos

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See more customer photos on Flickr.

The Little Swift

The Little Swift has retired to make way for new designs. Still want a knitting or tote bag? Check out knitting and tote bags.

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Swift: $90.00
Shop Bag
Shop Bag: $35.00 - $50.00
Clear Organizer Wallet
Clear Organizer Wallet: $16.00
3D Clear Organizer Cube
3D Clear Organizer Cube: $30.00
Knitting Tool Pouches
Knitting Tool Pouches: $13.00 - $15.00