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« Reply #50 on: May 19, 2005 08:43:08 AM »

This is my first post here, so greeting to all of you crafty people!

I have been dying to make a purse like this, especially after seeing this one in Sex and the City:

I hope that picture went through!  If it didn't, you can find the link at:


If you click on season 4 for Carrie, it is picture 22 of 30.  Sorry that I'm not picture-savvy yet!

Anyway, I haven't learned how to cable yet, so I would love to try making just a stockinette stich version of this purse.  Is it a matter of just knitting a large rectangle and folding it over?  I tried making one on circular needles, starting with a rectangle base and picking up stitches around to make the body, but it came out funny looking - I'll try to post a pic when I get home from work.

Any suggestions/advice/help would be greatly appreciated in terms of needle size, type of yarn, etc.  Thanks!

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« Reply #51 on: May 19, 2005 08:58:19 AM »

I am so impressed!!  These adorable bags have inspired me to learn how to knit something other than baby hats!  I'll make it my mission this summer to learn how to cable knit if it kills me!


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« Reply #52 on: May 19, 2005 12:49:03 PM »

Wow, these are very cute, and simple enough to figure out too!  I have to try it soon!  Thanks so much for the great idea, Pretendingsanity  Wink

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« Reply #53 on: May 21, 2005 01:25:44 PM »

I am hoping someone hasn't already explained and I didn't see, but how do you attach the handles??? After looking back thru this post I really want to make one of these.

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« Reply #54 on: June 06, 2005 02:48:15 PM »

This has got to be my next project!

Thanks for the instructions. I'm finally gonna get the books out and learn cables.

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« Reply #55 on: June 08, 2005 10:22:26 AM »

i new to knitting and i would love to make this bag, but i am not completely sure what cable knitting is. is it difficult to do? i really want to figure out the one in the Sex in the City picture
« Reply #56 on: June 09, 2005 12:22:47 PM »

I can't believe you beat me to it!  I just finished the larger looking margaret nicole bag, but I made my own pattern (so it looks like the margaret nicole bag).  It is really the simplest thing I've ever made and I just taught myself to knit two weeks ago!  I just have to finish the lining and add the magnetic closure, and voila.  I'll post a picture as soon as I finish it!  Hopefully by this weekend.

Here's the margaret nicole purse: http://www.margaretnicole.com/MargaretNicole2/homepage/index.htm

Here's the pattern that inspired me on how to change it so it looks like the expensive one: http://www.yarniverse.com/page.htm?PG=FreePatterns

JoAnn's now has a bigger purse handle selection and you can now find wooden handles too.  I just used a yarn needle to connect the handles, and it was a sinch.

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« Reply #57 on: June 12, 2005 12:39:58 AM »

Ok.. even though these bags just aren't my style - I don't do cutesy... I know lots of people who do, and I had to give them a shot - I can either give as gifts, or sell them to those people. Here's the 2 I made today while sitting in front of the TV.

Another view that I just love how the photo came out...

And some straight on views:

I haven't lined them yet because my mother has my sewing machine and I refuse to hand sew anything unless my life depended on it - and even then I'd have to think about it first.  Grin The bows are a little crooked - can anyone point me to a tutorial on how to tie pretty perfect bows??

OH... and one is hand knitted, the other is on my bond knitting machine. I wanted to compare how long it would take me to do each way - suprisingly, it worked out to about the same for each one with all the hand manipulation involved on the machine knit version. Without my saying which is which, can anyone tell the difference? I'd be curious to see if anyone can tell which one was machine made.

I did take a tip from the machine knitting process and cast my hand knit one on with some waste yarn. That way I picked up the stitches from where I started the actual color onto another knitting needle and unravelled the waste yarn. All this  then got transferred to my 'home made double pointed needles' I attempted to make from the other thread that the tips just weren't working out smooth enough for my liking. They're a little long for the purses, but they'll do.


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« Reply #58 on: June 14, 2005 02:29:12 PM »

i don't know the name of the yarn (i brought it all back home to cali!), it's a canadian brand of merino wool, bought at smiley's manhattan sale

If it's a Canadian merino wool, sounds like it could be Mission Falls?  I love that stuff, it's very easy to knit with and nice and soft Smiley.  I must try knitting a cabled handbag too.  Oooh, my first shot at cabling...this should be interesting!
« Reply #59 on: June 14, 2005 03:29:33 PM »

i'm totally going to make those as gifts. not my style- but i know tons of people who would die for them. thanks for posting the instructions!
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