Lambe

Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Project Type: 
Bags
Designer: 
Melba Clapp

Lambe is a cabled handbag with bamboo handles and tassel details.

One size


Finished Measurements

Approximately 11” wide x 10” high (Not including handles)


Materials

3 Hanks Berroco Ultra Alpaca (100 grs), #6251 Green Olive

Straight knitting needles, sizes 6 (4.00 mm), 10 (6.00 mm) and 10 1/2 (7.00 mm)

Cable needle (cn)

Two bamboo handles approximately 6” wide x 4” high with straight bar across bottom

2 St markers


Note

There are no gauge requirements for this project. 


Stitch Glossary

CB4

Sl 2 sts to cn and hold in BACK, k2, then k2 from cn

CF4

Sl 2 sts to cn and hold in FRONT, k2, then k2 from cn

CB6

Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in BACK, k3, then k3 from cn

CF6

Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in FRONT, k3, then k3 from cn


Pattern Stitch

Row 1 (RS):  K1, (p2, k4) twice, p2, place marker, k15, place marker, p2, (k4, p2) twice, k1.

Row 2 and all WS rows:  K the k sts and p the p sts as they face you.

Row 3:  K1, (p2, CB4) twice, p2, k3, (CF6) twice, p2, (CF4, p2) twice, k1.

Row 5:  Rep Row 1.

Row 7:  K1, (p2, CB4) twice, p2, (CB6) twice, k3, p2, (CF4, p2) twice, k1.

Row 8:  Rep Row 2.

Rep these 8 rows for Pat St.


Body of Bag

With size 10 1/2 needles, using 2 strands of yarn held tog, cast on 45 sts.  Work even in Pat St for 2”, end on WS.

Inc Row 1 (RS):  Work in pat as established, work M1p in center of each p2 section across – 51 sts.  Work in pat as established, (working p3 instead of each p2 on RS rows) until piece measures 4” from beg, end on WS.

Inc Row 2 (RS):  Work in pat as established, work p1, M1p, p2 across each p3 section – 57 sts.  Work in pat as established, (working p4 instead of each p2 on RS rows) until piece measures 6” from beg, end on WS.

Inc Row 3 (RS):  Work in pat as established, work p2, M1p, p2 across each p4 section – 63 sts.  Work in pat as established, (working p5 instead of each p2 on RS rows) until piece measures approximately 9” from beg, end on Row 7 of Pat St.

Bottom of Bag:  Next Row (WS):  K to first marker, work Row 8 of Pat St to next marker, k to end.  Continue to work in Garter St at each side and in Pat St between markers until 6 Garter St ridges have been completed, end on Row 1 of Pat St.  Beg with Row 2, work all sts in Pat St (working p5 instead of each p2 on RS rows) until piece measures 3” above last Garter St ridge, end on WS.

Dec Row 1 (RS):  Work in pat as established, work p2, p2 tog, p1 across each p5 section – 57 sts.  Work in pat as established, (working p4 instead of each p2 on RS rows) until piece measures 5” above last Garter St ridge, end on WS.

Dec Row 2 (RS):  Work in pat as established, work p1, p2 tog, p1 across each p4 section – 51 sts.  Work in pat as established, (working p3 instead of each p2 on RS rows) until piece measures 7” above last Garter St ridge, end on WS.

Dec Row 3 (RS):  Work in pat as established, work p1, p2 tog across each p3 section – 45 sts.  Work in pat as established until piece measures 9” above last Garter St ridge, end on WS.  Bind off.


Side Gusset (Make 2)

With RS facing, using size 10 needles and 2 strands of yarn held tog, pick up and k6 sts along side Bottom of Bag (Garter St ridges).  Work even in Garter St until gusset, when slightly stretched, reaches to cast-on and bound-off edges of bag, end on WS.  Bind off.  Sew sides of Gusset to edges of body of bag.  Repeat on the other side of body of bag.


Finishing

Top Edging:  With RS facing, using size 6 needles and a single strand of yarn, pick up and k31 sts across center 31 sts on top front edge of bag.  Beg with a k row, work even in Reverse St st for 5 rows, end on WS.  Bind off.  Repeat on top back edge of bag.  Fold Reverse St st bands over bar at bottom of handles and sew to inside.

Tassels (Make 4)

Cut one 10” long strand of yarn and one 8” long strand of yarn.  Wrap yarn multiple times around a 4” long piece of cardboard.  Cut the lower end to free wrapped strands.  Tie the center of strands with 8” long strand.  Fold strands in half over tie and wrap 12” long strand around all strands 1” down from top.  Tie and draw ends into center of tassel.  Tie one tassel between each pair of outer cables at each side of bag front and bag back.