I have made quite a few things using the patterns in this lace sampler examined and reworked in the book Knitting Lace – A Workshop with Patterns and Projects by Susanna E. Lewis*
Tams, scarves, mittens, handbags, a card case, historical reproductions,
etc., and now this dainty little bag using two repeats of Pattern Number 48.
The yarn, Cravanella, in an ivory shade, is a blend of 75% wool and 25% rayon, and, most likely,
twenty or more years old. I
remember buying it, a slightly unraveled skein, in a remnants’ bin a long time
I knit the bag in two pieces on 3.00mm/ 2 ½ US needles, with a series of
four rows of stockinette stitch and one row of purl at the top. The
gauge/tension is 7 stitches to the inch. The interior of the bag is lined with
a double layer of muslin. The shoulder strap is made of strong white synthetic
cord, by lucet, and then run through a spool-knitted cord in Cravenella. The
lucet cord was made for me by a young friend, two years ago, his first project
made with a newly acquired techinique and tool.
The bag measures 6 ½” wide and 6” high, and the cord Is 36” long. Two buttons with an I-cord loop fasten
the bag at the top.
*Knitting Lace – a Workshop with Patterns and Projects, Based on a Sampler
from the Brooklyn Museum, Susanna
E. Lewis, Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, 1992
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