View Full Version : 2 WIP! Rockstar Backpack & Amble Cabled Purse

09-28-2011, 01:11 PM
Hello All! I'm new here and thought I'd share my current projects (and learn the lingo. WIP FO? WTF? ;p)

First is the Rockstar Backpack from Stitch 'n Bitch, which has two patterns either for a monkey or a rabbit. I thought the rabbit was a cat, so I altered the intarsia a little bit to make it look like my cat Helo. I need my sisters help sewing the lining, and I have to figure out the zipper. Pattern called for a 9" separating zipper, which are like impossible to find! I'm hoping I can just use a non-separating, big plastic one in either gray or black.


The white was an old skein of Red Heart white or off-white that actually ran out before I was done. I had to buy another one, and the colors didn't really match so I think the old one got a little discolored somehow. It's a close enough match tho. The colors are all scraps that I had left over. The gray I think is Wool Ease from the very first scarf I made.

And here's Helo just for reference, nomming on a catnip mouse I made (pattern also in Stitch 'n Bitch!)


Second is for a cabled purse (http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/amble/amble.html) for my besty. I tried just free knitting her a purse years ago that never went any where so I looked (and looked and looked) for a nice purse pattern and settled on this one.


Thanks for looking.

09-28-2011, 02:33 PM
Those items are beautiful. I adore your kitty portrait bag!!

Jan in CA
09-28-2011, 02:35 PM
Beautiful work!! Love the kitty bag. Is that for you or one of your children?

09-28-2011, 03:26 PM
Very cute. You could also use snaps, which would be easy to sew on across the closure and would keep things "in."

09-28-2011, 07:31 PM

@Jan, it's for me. He's my "son" ;) I got a really cute pink lining with brown polka dots.

I don't think the separting vs non-separating zipper will be an issue. I'll make it work!

09-28-2011, 08:04 PM
Very nice! I think the overall cabled purse was worth waiting for. Welcome to KH and thanks for the pictures.

10-03-2011, 09:54 AM
Nice work! cute kitty!

10-03-2011, 04:02 PM
Your backpack is coming along nicely. You captured the distinguishing mark on Helo's face for sure. Little purse is going well too.

WIP= Work in progress

FO= Finished object

sometimes you'll see UFO, that's unfinished object

10-03-2011, 11:23 PM
Thank you for the compliments! I'm on the last touches for the kitty bag. My sister helped me (err did) the lining for me, so I just have to sew it into the bag, and tighten the corners. I ended up getting a bulky plastic 9" non separating zipper, which worked perfectly fine. And it was cheaper than the 10" separating one.

As for the purse, I'm probably almost half done but i keep getting holes by the cables. Any tips for getting rid of those?

10-11-2011, 01:40 AM
Great work! Thanks so much for sharing the photos with us!

10-30-2011, 11:56 PM
WOW!! Really nicely done...love the colors!! ;9

10-31-2011, 06:14 PM
You can tighten up the sts on either side of the cable a little or you can twist them on the WS. Blocking often makes them smaller too. It's a part of cabling that gets better as you do more of it.