The Boutique

Our boutique has unique artisan quality hand knitted handbags. All our handbags are hand crafted and made in New Jersey. The handbags are all unique designs and not mass produced, but knitted by Lisa, so her boutique is the only place you can find them on the internet. Custom orders welcomed!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Florence Handbag

New Florence Handbag! Knitted in a traveling cable pattern with bobbles. I based it on a Saxon Braid cable pattern.
panel from Florence handbag
Cables are often used to make braid like patterns. Usually, the cables themselves are with a knit stitch while the background is done in purl or seed stitch. As the number of cables increases, the number of crossing patterns increases as well. Cables create various visual effects by shifting the center lines of the undulating cables, or by changing the space between the cables, making them denser or more open. 
The six-cable braid, meaning made of 6 stitches, is called a Saxon braid. This is a large motif, often used as a centerpiece of an Aran sweaters. See how the cables travel over and under each other in my picture? By changing where the cables intersect one another I can make the cable go under or over each other. Pretty cool huh. 
Florence handbag
Bobbles are the round ball like protrusions in the pattern. They are made by putting many stitches in one stitch and worked in a few rows, then put back on the needle when completed.
This lovely bag is for sale.

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