Avonlea Shoulder Bag

A part of Operation: Use Up Stash
(except for the part where I had to go buy more yarn, but then I ended up not needing the new skein, but I still ended up adding to the stash)

Yes, it’s been a long time, and yes, I have things to share, starting with the Avonlea Shoulder Bag. I started working on this what seems like a very long time ago – March, I think. I actually finished the knitting very quickly, but then I got to the point where I needed a zipper, and well, it took me a long time to get a zipper.

This project is free on Ravelry from Melissa Walshe. And so begins the backstory…(a point of warning – pay no attention to the excessive amount of cat hair)

Original bag

In this first picture (right), you can see I finished the bag as per the directions. The skein of yarn I was working with was from some frogged project of yesteryear, and I wasn’t even sure the brand, let along the yardage. Needless to say, it was not enough, and I ran out of yarn after completing the body of the bag. So, I found another yarn at the store that I thought matched pretty well (as long as it’s not in direct, natural light), and finished the handles as shown.

This is where I started to doubt the bag. Up to this point I was really in love with the construction, texture, size, basically everything (really awesome pattern, Melissa). The handles are double-knit, which provides great support, but if I were to wear this purse in the summer, my shoulder would be sweating in minutes. Gross. Plus, I thought the proportion of the handles didn’t work with the proportion of the body (the body ended up being a little smaller as I was trying to conserve a my yarn with unknown yardage).

What to do, what to do? I had to go to the store to get a zipper anyway, and stumbled upon purse handles, and BINGO! My answer to avoiding sweaty shoulders!

Strap attachment detail

So I cut (eek!) the handles and knitted a thick cable strap at each corner for the handle loops (left). Sorry, the photo is a bit blurry, but you get the idea.

Overall, I’m really please with the way this turned out. I still need to sew a lining, but I’m taking baby steps with this whole sewing thing. Getting the zipper sewn in was traumatic enough.

And to finish this post…a slideshow!

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View this project on Ravelry.

3 thoughts on “Avonlea Shoulder Bag

  1. Pingback: Knitted Style « theresacouch

  2. Love to see my work out in the world getting mods and showing what the creative commons is all about! The handles are definitely a challenge and not for everyone, style-wise. How you pick up the stitches changes the proportions of the finished project. It took me three tries to get it right. Nice modification. : )


    • Thanks! I really love the pattern! I think the handles were also not working for me because the red was such a deep color and the handles seemed overpowering. Your bag also ended up with better proportions! I wear this purse all the time a love it. Like I said , I still need to work on a lining…

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