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Drops 98-54 Purse

I finished the cabled purse late Saturday night. It turned out pretty neat and I found these really cute antique looking metallic buttons.

  • On Ravelry: Cabled Purse

  • Pattern: DROPS 98-54 Bag with cable pattern in Eskimo

  • Yarn: 444 m/485 yd of Novita 7 Veljestä (75% wool / 25% polyamide), color #044 (graphite gray), two strands held together

  • Needles: 4.5 mm 40 cm circular needle

  • Mods: Lots. First off, I wanted a small purse, not a HUGE bag-lady handbag. Cast on 56 s (instead of 88 s), and increased to 140 s (instead of 220 s) so that I had 14 cables instead of 22. Then I wanted sturdier handles that wouldn’t stretch so I knitted two tubes of 8 sts in circular knitting for 50 cm with a buttonhole at each end. Next: I didn’t want my stuff falling out of the purse so I sewed on a 15 cm zipper instead of 3 buttons. I also made three pockets to go inside the purse: one zippered, one for my cell phone, and one rounded pocket.

The pattern is quite simple, really, but the instructions are sparse to say at least. For example, the pattern says to increase 132 stitches evenly, but you’re left to do the math on your own.

I’m usually not into handbags and just carry stuff in my pockets. I don’t know what possessed me to knit a purse but I’m quite glad I did. This turned out pretty neat. I’ve already used it several times and I’m happy with the mods.

I also worked on my lattice socks a bit. I turned the heels, finished the heel flap on sock #1, and got about half-way through the second heel flap. Started on the cuffs late Sunday night. They’re a little loose around the ankles because the pattern has you increasing 10 sts immediately above the heel. I’m not sure it was the wisest decision but I think it’ll even out once I reach the calves.

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Susanna Winter is a knitwear designer, creating timeless and elegant pieces with clean lines. She has been knitting for over 20 years, knit blogging since 2007, and designing knitting patterns professionally since 2016.

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