Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Lovin' Had Me A Blast: Purse HDK bag

Don't look too closely. 
There may be a garter mistake or two, but I was all about the finish throughout this purse project. 
I may crochet an edge around the top today. 
It is not called for in the instructions but I think I may, anyhow. 
Because now that the pattern and I are pals, I feel I can take liberties with it.

I'm overjoyed with the results. 
I went to My LYS sidewalk sale looking for some yarn for this baby.
I found the perfect yarn: Classic Elite's
 Wool Bamboo. 
This is pretty remarkable because when I substitute a yarn I often get into trouble.  Irreversible mistake trouble. 
Find it in the bottom of a bag a year later trouble.
Not this time. 
 Also, It was half off.  So I paid 30 dollars for this cutie. 

I used 5 skeins to make my little summer bag purse.
You make 4 strips of garter and join them in a magical way as clever Eva Varpio lays out in her pattern. 
Ravelry shows the pattern as HDK Bag by Eva Varpio. 
I think it was a five dollar pattern. 

I Will make another. 
Next time, however, I'll crochet the body's 4 panels. 
It is faster and I won't make garter mistakes. 
Maybe I can even sew a liner inside the next one after the panels are mad.  Oh my, I"m getting cocky. 

I give this pattern an A plus.  The pattern comes with a headband pattern also and wrist warmers.   That's a bang for my five bucks. 

Have you fallen for a pattern lately?


Tired Teacher said...

Very nice, and I love the color, too.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Very cute purse/bag! Love the colour too
No new patterns for me - I'm trying to focus on what I've got on the needles already!

Judy S. said...

Nice! I seem to fall for more patterns than I can ever knit/make! (There are ALL kinds. LOL)

knitterbeader said...

Cute bag! You are very creative.

KSD said...

Fantastic! You can never have enough bags.

Nancy Kay said...

Hey, it looks great! I think a crocheted edge on top would look very nice. Well done!!

Katherine said...

Oh yes, I went ga-ga over the Zip baby sweater! I love the bag and I love to knit with bamboo. Great job Kathy!

Dee said...

Looks like the perfect "beachy" bag. I love that color! Congrats on the perfect finish!

Mereknits said...

I am loving that bag, the color is perfect. Garter stitch always shows flaws much to much! Love it and I hope you make another one.

Araignee said...

I am a bag fanatic and I think that is a great one. You are right about taking liberties with the pattern. The possibilities seem endless with that clever design.
I fell in love with a lined hat pattern last winter because now I can use up all that itchy handspun on cute little hats that don't make your scalp crawl. I just need a break in this weather so I can get my knitting mojo back. Man, it's hot here.

Teresa Kasner said...

I found a few moments to visit my blogs! Yay! Love the bag and I think crochet edging will be awesome! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

elns said...

It looks great Kathy! I think lining the individual pieces is unnecessary, but really could send it to the next level. I think you definitely got your moneys worth!

SissySees said...

Love it!! Kudos. I'm not knitting much and hurt my thumb yesterday so I can't even finish the baby blanket I'm past due (crocheting) on...

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