Clear pockets for accessories + no zippers to snag yarn = your and our requirements for a great knitting bag.
The Swift is a shoulder bag specifically for knitters and crafty types, designed by Tom in collaboration with the readers of Knitty® magazine. The 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.
|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.
The Swift is available in multiple colors and fabrics, although the features, layout, and size remain the same in all versions.
Inside the Swift are two clear urethane pockets. 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 Medium Yarn Stuff Sack (Clear Bottom, color matched to the interior lining of the color the Swift you choose) 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 Medium Yarn Stuff Sack is made of the same fabric that backs the clear urethane pockets of the Swift. This Yarn Stuff Sack can accommodate a large 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. The clear urethane bottom allows you to quickly see what the Yarn Stuff Sack contains.
The remaining interior of the Swift is devoted to space: lots of it. For custom organization, add Clear Organizer Pouches. 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.
- Christine C.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Versatile, High Quality Finishings6 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Versatile, High Quality FinishingsRated 5 out of 5 starsWow!
When TB re-released The Swift, I ignored it because I am not a knitter. However, during one of the Limited Restocks, I because curious and went ahead and purchased a Swift! Mind Blown! It is very well made. The pockets are intuitive and so are the placement of the O-rings. The size is also deceiving. I didn't think it would fit the usual things I carry with me when I go to work. I can fit my lunch, 40 oz water bottle, and other odds and ends that make my life easier at work. It usually houses either an Everyday Cubelet or Side Effect, a mini Q-kit, a 3DOC organizer, a cubelet, size 3 travel stuff sack, and size 1 travel stuff sack. The handle are very comfortable, too, whether I am holding it with one hand, or doing the shoulder carry. I love this so bag so much that I went ahead and bought a second one when the opportunity came! The Swift is my favorite bag at this time!
- Shelly R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, Sewn in USA10 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, Sewn in USARated 5 out of 5 starsMy Favorite Knitting Bag!
My only wish is that this had a generous pocket on the outside. I love the clear compartments on the inside. Roomy enough for a sweater quantity of yarn! Love this bag!
- Margaret M.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship3 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality CraftsmanshipRated 5 out of 5 starsLove it
All the attachment points are very helpful for organizing gear. An extremely well made bag!
- Maggie B.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile, Good Storage Size, Sewn in USA, Thoughtful Design3 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile, Good Storage Size, Sewn in USA, Thoughtful DesignRated 5 out of 5 starsQuality quality!
I almost didn’t get this, and then almost didn’t keep it.
But turns out I **love** this bag. Not only is it high quality in construction and planning, it is easy to carry and holds way more than I expected. It has become my new personal item bag when flying- which is not a small thing! I am a knitter, yes, but I carry way more than knitting when I fly== iPad Pro in its keyboard case, larger format Bullet Journal, a roll of pencils, snacks, all my chargers (watch, phone, ipad), large water bottle, a wrap/shawl.light cardigan, small cross body purse, and my knitting project (or projects) and various tools.
It sits flat on the floor, its sturdiness provides structure (I was so worried it would be mayhem with no built-in water bottle spot. It is not!) and everything in there is easily accessible- mostly because the bag is adequately horizontally-aligned with sturdiness, but also because it’s on a clip or in a special bag.
I was so skeptical when I took it out of the package- oh, no, I thought, it’s going to be insane in there. Nope. Perfect.
For me, it is a wonderful alignment of open space and organization, sturdy fabric and quality construction while being super light and incredibly easy to carry— and find things on the floor at your feet. Thanks, Tom Bihn.
If I had a wish, it would be for an outer slip pocket for my phone, and a luggage-handle-slip thingy to slide over the handle of my rollaboard. But as it is, it remains a terrific bag for me- and not just for…
- Julie R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA, Durable, High Quality Craftsmanship8 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Sewn in USA, Durable, High Quality CraftsmanshipRated 5 out of 5 starsThe Swift
"The Swift" and "Stuff Sack" were perfect companions for traveling w/my knitting. Used it as my carry on bag and crammed it full! It's tough, it fits me on shoulder or in hand. I like how it stands on it's own. Love all the clips and see through pockets w/the bright pink interior. I wanted purple for outside color, but it was unavailable. I'm happy w/the green though. Like the see through bottom of stuff sack. Took my 'shawl in a ball' along and it all fit in the small stuff sack. Tough, colorful, functional bags!!!
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