Wow! I loved knitting this bag! I was worried about felting something this big, but it was a piece of cake. I contacted Laura and Nora at Noni Patterns with questions that I had and they were more than willing to help me!! All I had to do was email the and I had an answer most times within the hour if not before. The last page of the Adventure Bags has their web address, the site has loads of useful information. I used the Cascade220. I will knot the smaller versions!!
I just finished knitting the Noni Adventure Bag- the Urban/medium size. The instructions were very clear and walked me through each step with ease, although I did have to go look up how to make an I-chord for the handle (it turned out to be very easy to do). I was a little disapointed in the end result. The overall shape of the bag is what I didn't like. Mine turned out very rectangular and oblong, much more so than in the photograph on the pattern. The longer shape made it feel a bit awkward on my body. I was expecting it to come out a bit differently, I was hoping for a more square shape. In the end, I decided to cut it up and use it for another project! But, I would definately give the bag another go. Perhaps the yarn I used didn't aggree with the pattern! I would like to try making it again, just making the base and outter dimensions a bit shorter in length.
I just loved making this bag. I am NO seamstress, but the pattern talks you through putting the zipper in. With a little patience, I did it. I added purchased leather handles instead of the knitted ones. I have read about people using decorative napkin rings for the purse rings to add some flair.
This pattern wasn't explained clearly when to use certain lengths with circular knitting needles. The I-cord technique wasn't explained clearly either. I'm an intermediate knitter and figured it out, but others might find it hard to understand. The pattern doesn't tell you how to attach purse straps.