Ever wondered where designers get the ideas for their patterns? Inspiration can take many forms, but for the Leafy Reticule, it began with a trip to the museum. There, I was intrigued (perhaps unsurprisingly) by the textiles. Among various interesting items were several purses, including this little one:
Later, I knitted a small drawstring bag inspired by the one in the museum. Here's how it turned out:
Although I liked the way it looked, this bag was really too small to do much with, and the drawstring didn't work very well. When I received the submission call for Jane Austen Knits 2015, I submitted a design proposal for a reticule with the same basic features but a refined concept and different color palette.
The final design, which appeared in Knitting Traditions Fall 2015, uses the same leaf color-work as the miniature bag I had initially knitted, but in a more practical size, and with drawstrings that actually work. Although quite a bit different, I think you can still see echoes of the museum purse in the finished reticule.
I'm Sarah Gomez, a 17-year-old Christian knitter, sewist, and aspiring historical costumer.
Find me on Instagram and Ravelry as aLittleBitToKnit.