Since my last post, I have been playing around with the idea of double knitting the handbag. Below is a sample of my efforts.
Double Knit Hand bag Sample
Right side- Honeycomb
Wrong side = Stockinette
Above is the outside (or right side) knit in the honeycomb stitch.
Here you can see the lining of the handbag in white. It is knit in the stockinette stitch. It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. You only have to work with both yarns every other round. The second and fourth rounds require that you work the yarns separately, as the honeycomb stitch is purled in those rounds.
The Stuffed I-cord
Now, the next sample is the result of working out the idea of a “stuffed” I-cord. This creates a true cording that will stand up along the edge, and is worked from the back side of the fabric. In this sample I cast on 3 extra stitches, connecting the 4th st with the 5 fth by knitting them together through the back loop.
*I just knit this up on the spur of the moment so I knitted the I-cord onto a swatch I had been working on, so that’s why you see the wrong side of the fabric.
Before bringing the yarn across the back I inserted 3 strands of the purple. To keep it in its proper place, I only had to make sure to bring the working yarn(white) under neath the 3 strands before pulling it across to knit the next section of the I-cord.
Here is a top view. You can see that the tube is nicely rounded. I am definitely going to try it on one of my pillows.
I will also use the same color yarn to fill the center, that way nothing will show through. You could also use commercial cotton cording if you prefer.
Just thought I would share.
I can’t wait to get the yarn for the final version of my handbag. 🙂