However, this bag is definitely knitted. I like the idea of the woven in accent color that I had tried before with crochet. The actual weaving in and out part can be a bit tedious though, so I decided to space out the vertical lines. So, the bag is 40 stitches wide, knit on 8mm needles with 3 strands of wool! Not sure why I decided to use 3 strands, except that I thought it might turn out to be the right size for a lap-top and some extra padding would be nice.( For anyone who is interested in the actual knitting -- To make the openings for the weaving part, I did this: Right side rows:* knit 4, bind off one stitch*, repeat, Wrong side rows, purl, except where there is an opening from the bound off stitch, yarn over, to put the stitch back,)
Again keeping in the seasonal mood, I used a nice combo of lime greens as an accent. The handle was 11 stitches wide, and about 48 inches long. I just sewed the raw edges together, and then used red yarn to tack it down the center so that it wouldn't "roll" and distort during the washing.
The top edge of the bag opening I decided to do a simple rib to pull it in a bit.
Are you working on anything in seasonal colors? What?