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« Reply #200 on: February 08, 2006 10:38:04 AM »

Oh, okay!

Well, if you want to have more space/longer handles, you can just cast on more stitches than you did to originally make the bag, for one.
- Let's say your bag is 60 stitches wide on one side.  When you're ready to do your handles, you might knit 5, bind off 50, and knit 5.  Then on the next row, you could knit 5, single cast on 50 (or more than 50 here to make your handles longer), and knit 5 to finish the row.
- Those 5 stitches that you knit on either side to anchor the handles?  The less of these anchoring stitches you have, the more stretch your handles may have.  More stretch, longer handles.  Actually, my single cast ons always seem too loose and floppy, so if your single cast on is too loose like mine, you might not need to cast on extra stitches to make longer handles.
If the body if your bag is heavier than your handles can support, your cast on edge might stretch out, so your handles will be longer.
- The number of "anchor" stitches you have can affect this
- Also the type of yarn you're using (some will sag more, or others will have more elasticity and will bounce back despite the stretching)
- The type of stitch you use will also affect the stretch (you might use seed stitch if you want more stability/less stretch: http://icklenet.com/blog/images/little_purse.jpg)

Hope that helps, and sorry if I told you stuff you already know!
« Reply #201 on: February 08, 2006 12:52:33 PM »

Thanks that actually helps a lot! If I don't get enough space between the handles and bag I think I am going to try casting on a few more stitches than I will need for the actual body, and then not casting the full number back on so I can use seed stitch for stability but still have long handles  Smiley Thanks again!

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« Reply #202 on: February 08, 2006 11:28:33 PM »

Those are awesome, I love the cabling, I haven't quite got the hang of it myself.

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« Reply #203 on: February 09, 2006 08:43:59 PM »

ooh, i <3, i <3!  Must get this on my needles pronto.  The pattern reminds me of the irish hiking scarf.

« Reply #204 on: February 18, 2006 08:41:44 PM »

I saw this thread and had to give it a whirl... (please click links to view images)



of course this was my first cable project, but I'm very pleased with the outcome. 

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« Reply #205 on: March 13, 2006 01:42:04 PM »

Another gift for another friend's 30th birthday!


« Reply #206 on: March 19, 2006 09:11:02 PM »

Here's my take on the bag....today in the grocery store two little old ladies came up to me and asked me a ton of questions about the bag and how much they loved it. It was so sweet and made me feel pretty good about myself. This is my first time making anything other than a garter stitched scarf!!
« Reply #207 on: March 20, 2006 12:00:39 AM »

Ooh, braided cables!

Can't you just imagine those two ladies casting onto their own cabled handbags? ^_^
« Reply #208 on: March 20, 2006 07:21:43 AM »

I love the braided cables as well! They look great! and it is a nice variation on the pattern.

I would like to swap my knits (or amigurumi stuffies) for your handmade journal...pm me!

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« Reply #209 on: March 20, 2006 08:02:51 AM »

this is my first post in this forum.  here's my version:

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