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Herringbone Stitch

I’ve got a couple of handbag patterns on my desk that I’ve been wanting to write, one in Quince & Co. “Sparrow” and one in Rowan Handknit Cotton. I love herringbone for bags because it is strong, pretty and has very little stretch. I also love the woven look that herringbone produces.

Jones & Vandermeer HerringboneA little research revealed that there are many variations of this hardworking little stitch! I am especially taken with the two-color variations; the contrast really highlights the classic woven texture.

AstridKnits Herringbone

Here’s a narrower version I really like. This is the extremely popular cowl pattern from Purlbee,

Purlbee Herringbone Cowl

but I’m very taken with this stitch when it’s worked in a more open manner in a yarn with some halo.

Room on the Left HerringboneHerringbone LinenI’m working a herringbone linen stitch which shall shortly be a tote bag. I’ll be adding some brown leather straps conveniently punched with sewing holes. I’m enjoying the Rowan Handknit Cotton. It is tightly spun yet soft with a very firm tubular quality…like knitting with spaghetti. And it comes in the most unabashed color range!

Rowan Handknit CottonThis plus a planned trip to the brand new Three Dog Winery should make for a very nice weekend! Happy Friday, y’all!

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