I saw a nice knitted bag at a LYS on Monday. I bought all the yarn I needed to make it and the wooden handles and the pattern. I could see that the lady that knitted the one in the shop changed the bag by using wooden handles and not knitted ones like the pattern called for. I really LOVED how that bag looked. So after spending $79.00 on all the supplies I started knitting the bag the very next day.
Well today I am done with it but I realize now that the lady changed a few more things other than just the handle from the original pattern. The bag calls for a gusset of 4 1/2 inches. Well now I can see my bag is not like the one in the yarn shop. She must NOT have used that big of a gusset. This store is about a 45 minute ride from my house so I can't get there right away to go check and "compare".
I put the lining in my bag this morning and it coordinates so nicely but I'm so disappointed
that my bag does not look as well as the one in the yarn shop. My knitting is good and I followed the pattern except for the handles. I guess I'll use it as a tote for some of my knitting projects but I really wanted an every day bag to use and be proud of. That was a lot of money just to have "another" knitting tote bag.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can be sure I don't make this mistake again? I've only been knitting for about a year so I know I have a lot to learn!! If I had known then what I know now I would have sat down with a tape measure and measured the bag and compared it to the what the pattern calls for. Thanks for listening.