This is my first major knit bag, that I can remember. The handle (which you can't see) is a long knit cable. Crazy part: I knit the body of the bag as a rectangle, which means I had to pick up stitches from the edges to knit the side segments. Trust me, it was crazy, especially since I was winging it. Never had a lesson. I added the hot pink on the inside for a blast of color; it was getting too blue.