Out of the loop. Literally.

Because I completely missed this knitting fad from about four years ago.

I was innocently browsing through Ravelry this weekend, trying to figure out how to use up some yarn that I’ve had stashed away for 3+ years. It’s on these huge cones in my dresser drawer and I need that space back! For more yarn stuff I already own. And that’s when I came across this:

Image source*

I’ve been knitting for awhile now, and it takes a lot for me to really fall in love at first sight with a pattern. I’m quite skeptical, knowing that most projects don’t turn out nearly as pretty as they do in the pictures.

But as soon as I saw this lovely, I knew I needed to make it. Immediately. However, that would prove to be a big challenge.

Apparently, it’s a Berocco pattern called Lorraine that is no longer available. From what I can gather, this pattern was very similar to a purse by Ferragamo that wasn’t, how do you say, cheap? And some knitters were trying to come up with patterns emulating that bag, calling it a Fake-a-Gamo. I’m suspicious that the Berroco pattern was way too similar to the Ferragamo and that’s why it’s no longer available. I have no idea if this is true, but that’s my hunch.

So why I am I even bothering to write about this, given that there appears to be no pattern available? Well, I am not to be stopped so easily. It’s not every day I find a knitted item that I love and that uses the exact yarn I need to get rid of.

Using my online researching skillz, I found that back around ’06, when this pattern seemed to be making the blog/crafster rounds, someone knitlit kate came up with a beta version for a fake-a-gamo. So I tried it out myself, got stuck at Row 5 and started over. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong, and since it was a beta pattern, I wasn’t sure if it was correct. So I gave up. But not entirely.

Instead, I decided to come up with my own pattern based on the pictures I could find on Ravelry of the Berocco version. After one false start that would have resulted in one HUGE handbag, I started again, and here’s what I have going on so far:

I’ll post pictures once I progress/finish. The real challenge, I fear, will be finding leather accessories (that don’t cost as much as the Ferragamo) as awesome as those in the photo up top. I see some thrift store hunting in my future!

*Big thanks to Meghan who so kindly allowed me to use her photo of her very aptly named Most Amazing Handbag. Here she is on Ravelry and on Flickr. Thanks so much, Meghan!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 24, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    hi there…i’m the gal behind the beta version of the fake-a-gamo. i have an updated version of the pattern if you want it. not sure what version you had that had you stuck, but the most recent one should be fine. anyhoo, email me at the addy above if you want it. :)kate

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kate! So glad you found my blog and commented. I was using the beta version that I linked to in my post. I actually ended up looking really closely at photos of various versions and working out my own pattern, but thank you so much for the offer. Currently I’ve knitted up two sides, but other projects have taken priority since. I hope to actually finish it someday! :)

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