In addition to the Celtic Love Knot Scarf, I also made a purse for my friend Jenny’s fundraiser for her mission trip to Kenya. I found this beautiful purse on cogknition’s site. The pattern is freely available on the site.
Unfortunately, I did not have time before the auction to try to get the beautiful custom handles and leaves. Instead, I was forced to purchase plain black bamboo handles from my local JoAnn. For the purse itself, I had a very difficult time achieving the crisp herringbone pattern shown in the picture. The pattern is achieved by slipping some stitches from the left to right needle while holding the yarn in front of the stitches. The purse is knit very tightly so that it is quite sturdy; however, I had a tendency to hold the yarn too tightly resulting in a non-existent herringbone pattern. I ripped out my first attempt and started placing an extra needle under the yarn as I passed it in front of the stitches. This helped, but the needle wasn’t big enough. I ended up placing an extremely large (size N, 10mm) crocheting hook under the yarn as I passed the yarn in front of the stitches. This process slowed me down, but I did achieve a herringbone pattern. My pattern was still not as crisp as that shown in the picture. Also, since I didn’t have the fancy leaves to put behind the roses, I didn’t think the knitted roses really looked like roses. I substituted this Megan Mill’s crocheted rose instead. Either I didn’t count right while making the rose, or the pattern had a problem. It wasn’t necessary for the pattern to be exact, so I didn’t go back to see why I didn’t have the correct number of stitches left as I reached the end of Row 3. I finished off and sewed the rose onto the front of the purse.
The purse turned out beautifully. It is quite sturdy and both larger and heavier than it appears. The knitted section of the purse ended up being about 8 in. tall and 10 in. wide.
The purse was constructed of a modified stockinette stitch, so the stitching wasn’t difficult. The herringbone pattern was difficult to achieve as noted above.
Time Required: 8 movies
I didn’t like how the pattern was turning out, so I repeatedly knitted and ripped out stitches. It would have taken less time if I hadn’t ripped out so much.
Overall Experience: Good
The purse turned out really cute and sturdy. I would make it again.