East Meets West Satchel by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence

East Meets West Satchel

September 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
4851 yards (4436 m)
16" w x 9" h x 5" d
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Inspired by rich Russian and Chinese florals, this bag is worked in the traditional stranding techniques of Europe. But there’s a twist--short rows, intarsia and duplicate stitch help to make this bag truly unique.

This satchel is created in three pieces and sewn together. The strap is knit first, with a section of short rows to widen the bag’s base. The front and back are knit as one piece and then cut apart to be attached separately to the strap; the front flap is knitted on last. The strap and front/back are both knitted in stranded colorwork, while the front flap is intarsia. An i-cord border finishes off the piece. For stability, this bag should be reinforced and lined.

Finished size is 16” w x 9” h x 5” d with a 25” long strap.