A tote for knitters and crafty types.
- Open-top tote, spacious main compartment, secured with button closure
- 2 flat clear urethane interior pockets
- Flat bottom that allows bag to stand on its own
- Includes one Medium Yarn Stuff Sack that matches interior of the bag, clipped into O-ring
- Handles with PORON® foam padding for extra comfort
The Swift is available in multiple colors and fabrics, although the features, layout, and size remain the same in all versions.
Want to know the Swift's origin 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 couldn't have done it without you.
Knitty® is a registered trademark of Knitty magazine, used with permission.
Open-Top Tote, Secured with Button Closure
The Swift is an open-top tote. Looking at the profile view, you will see that the top sides are V-shaped, giving the bag a nice wide opening. The main compartment is spacious and can easily fit a big project, such as a chunky sweater. The top of the tote is secured with a button closure. We deliberately chose to omit the use of a main zipper so that you don't risk snagging your yarn when loading and unloading your bag.
An O-ring is situated on each interior end of the bag right below the "V." The O-rings are designed to allow you to clip the included Clear Bottom, Medium Yarn Stuff Sack to the left or right side of the bag. You can also clip the additional Yarn Stuff Sacks or other optional organizers to the O-rings.
On the interior front and back of the main compartment are two flat clear urethane pockets. The pockets mirror each other and they close with strong #8 YKK zippers. We kept these pockets flat to minimize the space in the main compartment. This is a great spot to put anything that you want to keep in sight. The pockets also flap up, allowing you to easily access them even when the main compartment is fully loaded.
Above each clear urethane pocket is an O-ring for additional pouches. One also has an included and attached Key Strap.
We designed the Swift to be able to stand on its own. You can feel at ease putting the bag down in front of you on the plane or next to you at a café or park without worrying about the contents of your bag spilling out. (We've heard that balls of yarn rolling out is about the worst thing that could happen.)
The flat bottom of the Swift is made with our heavy duty 1050 denier Black Ballistic fabric. If you tend to put your bag on the ground, you don't have to worry about the bottom tearing since the fabric is quite strong. And the dark color will prevent any dirt from becoming easily visible.
PORON® Foam-Padded Handles
The handles are the ideal length for carrying in hand or over the shoulder, with the highest quality PORON® foam padding.
Clear Bottom, Medium Yarn Stuff Sack
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 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.
8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.
We include on Yarn Stuff Sack, but you can always add more and clip them onto the O-rings.
Similar to the Yarn Stuff Sack but oval bottom. Comes in 4 sizes.
Store smaller supplies.
Perfect for a ball of yarn.
We know knitters like to have access to their patterns. We also think the Swift can double up as a work tote. Store your tablet or up to 14" laptop in a Cache for extra protection, then slip it inside the main compartment.
Add five additional pockets of organization — three zippered pockets on one side and two large open-top pockets on the other.
- Christine C.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Versatile, High Quality Finishings1 year 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!
- Elizabeth C.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size7 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Good Storage SizeRated 5 out of 5 starsMy mom wants one too!
Been my project bag, everyday carry, gym and catch all bag in one. A little on the larger side (fits thick sweater knits, shawls. 12/10 for upright standing on its own!!! Would want to get the Little Swift in Aubergine in a restock. Love the burnt orange, a bit more muted and earth-tone-burnt-pumpking-pie colour. Yarn pouch fits a whole ball of Noro (Ito) yarn!
Interested to see how this compares to the Pop Tote.
- Shelly R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, Sewn in USA1 year 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!
- Maggie B.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Versatile, Good Storage Size, Sewn in USA, Thoughtful Design11 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…
- Margaret M.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship11 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!
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