This side of the bag is actually supposed to be a piece of a Monet painting. If you are a Monet fan, you might be able to tell what painting I was looking at when I was knitting this. The colors are not perfect and the shadowing on the path is missing. Anyway, j'aime ce sac.
There is a handle variation on this bag: Cast on 4 stitches. Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row, twice. (This is Purl Too's tab for sewing to the bag ) Change to I cord and make your strap the desired length. On your cast on row, cast on 28 stitches , place marker, cast on 28 stitches. Join the round. Knit 2, place marker. Now you can begin your rounds for the top band. This moves the strap to the side of the bag . Continue your bag at (3) in the Knit One's Bag of Tricks pattern.