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« on: April 20, 2009 07:40:17 PM »

Finally finished!


This was a complicated project. I was playing with slip stitch patterns, and thought about houndstooth and how much I love it, and wanted to try something in that pattern. I looked everywhere for a good houndstooth pattern, and ended up designing my own. I ended up using intarsia instead of slipstitch, to make a thicker fabric.

I originally envisioned making a little purse, much more shrunken and fulled. But I wasn't really feeling inspired, and the project sat in my UFO box for a good couple of years. Then I realized I didn't really need another purse, but I really needed a cute laptop bag. I finished it up, and thought I would line it, and create a laptop bag from scratch. Thinking about straps and hardware, and looking for something that would work, I found this old boring black laptop bag we had lying around that I thought I would cannibalize for parts.

Then I realized it would be way hard to line this and sew the straps on and make it sturdy, and why fix it if it ain't broke, y'know? So I just fulled this a little (by hand! What a pain!), sewed it right around the laptop bag I already had--way easier, more study and more padding! I sewed velcro on to close the front flap, and lined the flap with an orange silk I had.



It's lamb's pride worsted weight, in grey and black. I single crocheted around the edges to give them more structure, and single crocheted the two sides together (but if I did it again, I would knit it in the round--I hate purling in intarsia!).

result--laptop bag that no one else at grad school will have, and finally getting something out of my UFO box into the real world!

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009 06:56:31 AM »

Freakin cute! I love houndstooth as well, bu thave not yet been brave enough to attempt something on this sort of scale.  Great work! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2009 03:33:15 PM »

That looks so professional! Nice work. Where did you find the houndstooth pattern?
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2009 06:01:01 PM »

The bag is great! brilliant idea to sew it around the laptop bag you already have.
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2009 06:40:39 PM »

Thanks guys! Smiley

Where did you find the houndstooth pattern?

I drafted it myself--it's very easy! Each "tooth" is one stitch, then three, then three, then one. I'll try drawing it up later, but you should be able to figure it out too!
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009 03:27:56 PM »

You are so badass!  I love this!
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