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Bag Style: 20 Inspirational Handbags, Totes, and Carry-alls to Knit and Crochet
by Pam Allen and Ann Budd

Bags! Oh lordy do I love bags. Quick, small and eminently fashionable. I own a lot and have made few. In fact one of the first projects I ever knit was a little blue bag. It now serves as a project bag every once in a while.

This is another great book following the set pattern of the previous Interweave Style Books (Wrap Style, Scarf Style and Lace Style with 20 patterns. We have small and large, simple and intricate, as well as felted and fair isle. Practically something for everyone. Patterns are nice with great pictures, clear details and easy to copy pages.

Like always, there are more than a few patterns that I love. The three below were my favorites. The carpet bag is so classic from Veronik Avery, the crochet purse from Norah Gaughan and the lace shopping bag that is functional and gorgeous. But my absolute favorite, heading to the top of my queue, is actually the boot bag on the cover. I love the mix of felt and knit fabric and the beautiful round shape. The buttons are just the icing on cake.

Like all the Interweave Style books, the design section in the back is as good as the patterns. It discusses bag shapes, the need to think about a third dimension (they have to hold shit), how to make/sew gussets, different handles and straps, closures and the very important linings. Everything you need to turn your own vision into a reality!

If you like bags this is a must for your shelf. Amazing projects from some of best designers in the business and a ton of useful information on how to design and construct your own bag creation. I love this book like I love the whole series and plan to add it to my collection shortly.

Reviewed by Allison Linehan

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