Avonlea Shoulder Bag

Avonlea Shoulder Bag

My first attempt at designing a bag was a bit…over-zealous, shall we say? Seeded side panels are picked up from and sewn together with a basket stitch gusset, then topped with a wide cabled band. The pattern is designed to include a lining and a zipper, but the criss-cross construction of the sturdy, double-knit straps would make it easy to do without the zipper. ┬áThe straps are designed to be grafted at the top using a double-knit Kitchener stitch.

Avonlea Shoulder Bag

Update 1/7/2012: I’ve decided to start charging just a small amount for this pattern. The straps use some unusual techniques, which means a lot of tech support. Charging for the pattern is how I can keep enough free time in my schedule to answer questions and provide good support. Happy knitting! -MW

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Update 2/23/2013: Thanks to Ravelry user Nemotinek for pointing out a discrepancy between the picture and the instructions. Here’s the errata for the Avonlea Cable…

Row 6: k2, p2, cf, p3, cf, p2, k2
Row 14: Repeat row 6

5 Replies to “Avonlea Shoulder Bag”

  1. I absalutely love this bag. And I really want to make it for my sister in law for xmas. But I’m haveing a hard time with the way the instructions are written out. I’m new to knitting but not. I know all the stitches that are in this pattern its just I’m use to reading patterns row by row. Is there any other way that would help me understand it more also on the basket stitch you have rows one two and four are you sapose to repeat row 2? Can you please help me with this because I really do want to make this bag. Thank you

    1. I have very limited internet for a bit while I’m in the middle of moving, but I will definitely revisit this and see if I can offer you some clarification as soon as possible. Glad you like it!

        1. Finally got a chance to pull this pattern up to look at it again. The answer is in the shorthand. For the Basket Stitch, all odd rows (wrong-side, noted in Row 1 as “WS”) are worked the same as Row 1: k2, p to end, k2. Hope that helps, and let me know if I can answer any other questions!

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