Monday, May 16, 2005

My version of the Vintage Bubble Bag

I have a hard time following a recipe without adding, changing, tweaking, so why should knitting patterns be any different?

I bought the Pursenalities book recently. Thursday, when it was time to go off to my knitting group, I had no idea what I was going to take with me to knit, so I grabbed the book, some yarn and this is what I came up with.

I used Lamb's Pride worsted weight (Aztec Turquoise--2 skeins) instead of the Cascade 220 called for. Then, instead of the Noro Silk Garden, I used Lion Brand Landscapes(Pastel Meadow--4 balls). I'm quite pleased with the results.

Besides changing both yarns, I also made it a bit shorter, knitting only 10" instead of 12" before decreasing. As you can see, I also added a ruffle along the bottom of the garter stitch section. If you like this look, here's what I did:

Using solid color, double strand, (my Lamb's Pride worsted)
Pick up along bottom of garter stitch edge, 68 stitches.
Knit one row even.
Knit into front and back of each stitch, 136 stitches.
Knit one row even.
Knit into front and back of each stitch, 272 stitches.
Knit one row even.
Change to single strand of contrasting color (my Lion Brand Landscapes)
Bind off using contrasting color.

I think I would have liked the ruffle a row or two longer, or maybe not quite so ruffled, so maybe next time I will knit 2 or 3 rows after the first increase, and then knit into the front and back of every OTHER stitch and knit 2 or 3 more rows even. Who knows...I like to play around!


Kim said...

Trish, it turned out really nice -- I love the ruffle!

Jane said...

Your new purse is 'da bomb!

Michelle said...

Congrats, you tweaked it and now it looks awesome, I'd love to see what the original pattern looked like though.

Sharon said...

Trish, It's very girly and cute!

judy said...

very cute!!

JinxedMinx said...

Loving it! Especially that shade of Lamb's Pride, I mean check out the gorgeousness of the purse handles! Whoa. :)

eyeleen said...

nice purse, I love the ruffle.