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Bag Style: 20 Inspirational Handbags, Totes, and Carry-alls to Knit and Crochet (Style series) Paperback – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680432
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"[The patterns] are unique, functional, and, as all things from the world of Interweave, interesting to knit." - Knitty.com

"There are plenty of patterns here to satisfy a knitter looking for a break from the 'will it fit?' grind." - McClatchy-Tribune information services

"This book gives knitting and crochet even more of an artful edge. Projects are as fresh as they are functional." - Arizona Republic

"Fab designers." - The Oregonian

"There are lots of interesting purse designs in this book, more than in many other handbag books on the market." - Knitting News

"Some really innovative styles...some are knitted, some crocheted, some felted. I want to make them all." - The News & Observer

"If you love to knit bags, this book is a must-have." - About.com Guide to Knitting

"Innovative patterns for all skill levels." - KLIATT

About the Author

Pam Allen is the editor in chief of Interweave Knits and the author of Knitting for Dummies, Lace Style, Scarf Style, and Wrap Style. Her designs have been published in many magazines and were featured in Knitting in America. She lives in Portland, Maine. Ann Budd is a senior editor of Interweave Knits and the author of Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. In 2000, she received the Master Knitter certificate from the Knitting Guild of America. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Customer Reviews

This, however, falls short by a long way.
Emma
This book has so many great ideas for my purse making business, although I don't knit I can crochet so it it really has some great patterns to follow.
Karen Miller
If you only crochet, as I do, don't be taken in by the fine print in the title.
Muriel L. Ellis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By S. Orr on September 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this book. Out of the 20 patterns there are only 2 that I would never knit. I was a huge fan of scarf style having made 90% of the patterns in that book but wasn't really happy with wrap style so when I saw this book I was hesitant. But it turned out to be a great collection of patterns. I have already cast on for my first bag and I just got the book 2 days ago. If you like making bags you should check out this book.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I liked more than half of the patterns. It has a nice variety--book bags, messenger bags, a clutch, a tote bag, bags to knit, bags to crochet, dressy bags, casual bags, girly-girl bags, tomboy bags, easy bags and experienced knitter bags.

My first project was the Knitting Bag. I'm a beginning knitter on the verge of being an intermediate knitter. After I figured out how to do the trinity stitch, this bag was a slam dunk. And, regardless of what the pattern says, this bag NEEDS to be lined to be useful. The instructions for the Knitting Bag were clear and correct.

I planned to do the Lace Market Bag next but the lace pattern is SO HARD. It's teeth-gnashingly frustrating. Making a mistake in the lace pattern usually meant ripping out 4 rows and throwing the bag across the room. It requires full focus and no knitting while watching TV. WAAAAAY too much work for something I'm gonna stuff groceries in. I went with the Saturday Market Bag pattern available for free on Ravelry instead (and knocked that bag out in 8 hours).

I'm currently knitting the Fair Isle Book Bag. It's not particularly interesting to knit, but I like the bag and it's a great way to learn Fair Isle. The instructions are fiddly but accurate.

Aside from the patterns, the thing I like about this book is that it talks about how to design a bag--shapes, how to construct a sturdy bag--all sorts of considerations for bag design. So after I complete the Boot Bag (featured on the front cover), I'm gonna design my own bag!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kate on January 6, 2008
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This book is full of super cute and trendy bag/purse projects. Out of all the knitting books dedicated to handbags, this by far is the best one I've found yet. I can sincerely say I like just about every single pattern. I made one of the bags for my best friend and she said she gets compliments all the time. One note: I'm in my twenties and think these are adorable. Granted if you are older or just simply have more traditional taste, you may not like some of these patterns but I find them all to be just the right mix of trendy, sophisticated and classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Notoneedles on March 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Hoped there would be a few beautiful bags in this book. There were, but they were all knitted! The crocheted bags are HORRIBLE! If you're looking for bags to crochet look elsewhere! Really!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen Ji Hye Yi on October 11, 2009
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I intentionally got this book for a reference to different bag designs I was trying out at the time. I love the patterns of the many different bags that are featured in the book. And, I like that it has a section where you yourself can design your bag any way you want to.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. White on November 19, 2007
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I am a huge fan of Scarf Style; it truly has a scarf for everyone (I've made for 3 different people already, and have others in the works). So I was very excited to order Bag Style, and pretty disapointed when I finally got to thumb through it. Out of the patterns, there are only 2 I remotely liked, the one on the cover (but it turns out you have to felt it, which I can't stand doing) and a cute little purse that incorporates a wooden knitting needle. The other patterns were just too kitschy or too far from current fashion trends for me to consider. I would have liked to see a few more "classic" styles, as well as some more realistic trendy selections, to round the collection out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane White on October 30, 2013
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I made the felted bag that is on the front cover and it looks exactly like that. It came out perfect. Plan on trying some of the other bags in the book. Great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Muriel L. Ellis on June 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If you only crochet, as I do, don't be taken in by the fine print in the title. This book is for knitters with a couple of very ugly bags to crochet. Crocheters don't waste your money. There are plenty of patterns for us elsewhere.
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