A Swift in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon Swift with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black 1050 Ballistic with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Steel (dark grey) 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Steel (dark grey) 1050 Ballistic with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack.
A Swift in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon Swift with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Nordic (blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black 1050 Ballistic with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Coyote (brown) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Steel (dark grey) 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Steel (dark grey) 1050 Ballistic with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic with Iberian (red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Black 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Wasabi (green with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Ultraviolet (purple with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. A Swift in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior and Yarn Stuff Sack. The padded handle of the Swift. The Swift standing upright. A reverse shot of the Swift. The top of the Swift folded over to reveal the clear urethane zippered pockets. A close shot of the zippers on the clear urethan zippered pockets. A loadout shot of the Swift with a couple knitting projects and a couple organizer pouches full of knitting needles and other tools (e.g. scissors). A person knitting out of a Swift. A person laying in a hammock knitting out of a Swift. A person on a ferry carrying the Swift over their shoulder. A person on a ferry carrying the Swift over their shoulder. A person at a bench on a ferry knitting out of the Swift. A Swift in a ferry seat with at knitting project in a Yarn Stuff Sack beside it. Thumbnail for a video showcasing the features of the Swift. Thumbnail for a video with Amy Singer of Knitty.com using the Swift.
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Swift

$95.00

Designed for knitters by knitters.

15.5 liters (950 cu. in.)

Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
The padded handle of the Swift. The Swift standing upright. A reverse shot of the Swift. The top of the Swift folded over to reveal the clear urethane zippered pockets. A close shot of the zippers on the clear urethan zippered pockets. A loadout shot of the Swift with a couple knitting projects and a couple organizer pouches full of knitting needles and other tools (e.g. scissors). A person knitting out of a Swift. A person laying in a hammock knitting out of a Swift. A person on a ferry carrying the Swift over their shoulder. A person on a ferry carrying the Swift over their shoulder. A person at a bench on a ferry knitting out of the Swift. A Swift in a ferry seat with at knitting project in a Yarn Stuff Sack beside it.

Description

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 backed with our Japanese Halcyon/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 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 Halcyon/nylon ripstop 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.

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

The remaining interior of the Swift is devoted to space: lots of it. For custom organization, add Clear Organizer Pouches or Clear Quarter Packing Cubes. 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.

Materials

Specs

Sewn in USA with globally sourced materials 100% finished seams

Dimensions: 12.6" (w) x 13.4" (h) x 7.5" (d) / 320 (w) x 340 (h) x 190 (d) mm
Weight:
525 high tenacity ballistic nylon: 1 lb 2.9 oz / 535 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 1 lb 1 oz / 480 grams
Volume: 950 cubic inches / 15.5 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
What's Included:
1x 8-inch Black Webbing Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
1x Medium Clear-Bottomed Yarn Stuff Sack (Color Corresponds to Interior Color of Swift)
Total O-rings: 6 (4 in the main compartment, 1 in the front clear pocket, 1 in the back clear pocket)
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Sewn in Seattle

Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?

Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

THE BIHN Guarantee

Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business for over 30 years and we stand behind what we make.

If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.

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Rated 5 out of 5

Best ever

I've had my Swift for about 10 years. Hands down it is the best bag and I prefer it to all other knitting bags. In fact, once I bought it, I stopped buying knitting bags altogether. It still looks like new despite being dragged on countless road trips. I have a Maker's bag and prefer the Swift to it for knitting. I like that it stands up on its own. I appreciate that I can put multiple projects in OR a sweater project and the bag doesn't feel over-full or bursting. I can slide in my iPad or Kindle and still have plenty of space.

Just now, after 10 years, I am considering a second Swift; not because my current one is worn out but because I want a second one to hold small projects and my original one for sweaters.

My only wish is for a pouch inside to hold my water bottle. Like in the Maker's bag.

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best bag ever

I bought it few years ago, and I still use it! It is the best bag and I can put lots of things in it without hurting my shoulder like other bags! I believe it is 8 to 10 years and still excellent shape.

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i'm not crafty

Full disclosure, I do not knit. I was looking for an upgrade to the shop bag that I had been using as a purse and the Swift was a perfect fit. It is extremely comfortable to carry and doesn't get heavy on the shoulder even holding an absolutely amazing amount of stuff. I'm currently carrying a side effect, small snake charmer, PIKA, size 1 & 2 stuff sacks, 2 small organizer pouches, two eyeglass cases and there is still room to spare. I'm always shocked at how much stuff fits in there. My only quibble (and it is a minor one) is that I don't love the plastic pockets on the sides, which occasionally stick to things. If they were halcyon as well this would be an absolutely perfect bag for me, but I see how the clear pockets would be useful for crafters. I also love the yarn stuff sack, which I don't use in the Swift, but around the house to corral my A6 traveler's notebook, Kindle, pen pouch, and airpods. These don't fit well in the travel stuff sacks with the oval bottom without going up to a really tall size, but are perfect fit in the round bottom yarn sack.

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Rated 5 out of 5

Are you sure it’s just a knitting bag?

I ordered this bag in June 2018 after the movers inadvertently packed my knitting backpack and three projects I was working on at the time. After three weeks of looking, and out of sheer frustration, I pulled the trigger on my ballistic Aubergine bag. And added a few zippered pouches and a few extra yarn bags.

Holy freakin’ cow!

Not a few days after receiving this bag, I had it up and rolling. Bad enough that I made my husband take me to the yarn store to fill it up!

At the end of that July, my husband and I were flying back to Wisconsin to attend a memorial service for my mother-in-law, who had just recently died. This bag immediately became my carry on bag - and did it carry on! Not only did I have room for three separate projects, but also medication and medical supplies, a light pullover, my 10.1” iPad in its hard case (get the Freudian Slip - it’s the land of pockets!), chargers for everything, and still had room for a 1 liter water bottle. And the poor agents from TSA had to disassemble the bag, twice, all of them remarking on how nicely organized it was, to find an unopened bottle of iced tea that I had entirely forgotten about. And TSA has seen plenty of bag disasters! So I continued on with said bag and a waist pack, and was good to go! Packed back up in a minute and nothing missed.

After I received my bag and noting the interest my husband gave it, I surprised him with his own Maker’s Bag. He just loves it. You folks won us over immediately! Bravo!

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The best knitting bag!

The Swift is the perfect knitting bag and although the cost may be a bit off-putting at first, it's really comparable to what you'd pay for high end, handmade knitting bags from several fiber superstars out there today. But technically, the Swift is actually TWO bags, because you get a yarn stuff sack with it. The Swift is a large bucket bag that for me, is ideal for sweaters, shawls and blankets. I appreciate that it closes with a button and strap, rather than a zipper as this eliminates my yarn getting snagged. It's easy to see and access your project and it stands upright on its own. I have both a ballistic Swift and a halcyon Swift. For this bag, I slightly prefer the ballistic version as it seems to stand up just a bit better when I'm knitting from it. I also like the padded handles. While my knitting is not heavy, the handles feel good and they're substantial. The yarn stuff sack is the perfect size to hold a smaller project like a pair of socks, a hat or a cowl. It's very squishy and can literally be stuffed into small spaces like your purse.

While the Swift is a great knitting bag, I think it's also a really great everyday bag. When I first got it, I felt like it was too pretty to just use at home for my knitting. I used it as my "work" tote until I got a new laptop that was too big for the Swift. It's really sleek and professional looking, in my opinion. So, if you're not a fiber artist, don't automatically assume the Swift couldn't be a great bag for you.

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