Sunday, December 31, 2006

Change Purse

Materials and Equipment:
Sensations “Smania” yarn – one ball makes about 3 purses
Crochet hook size K
Fabric for lining, optional

Gauge: does not matter

Ch 15
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch. 14 sc.
Rows 2-28: Ch 1, sc in each sc. 14 sc.
Fold in half and sc closed from row 2 until fold on each side of purse. Do not crochet first and last rows. Leave first row and last row to form opening.
Drawstrings: Take 30” length of yarn and cut in half. Beginning on one side of change purse, weave in and out between stitches in unworked rows of opening. Tie in overhand knot. Trim ends of yarn. Take second length of yarn and repeat beginning on other side of change purse.
Sew in fabric lining if desired.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Felted Drawstring Purse

Materials and Equipment:
size 13 straight needles
2 straps, each about 1 1/2 yards in whatever material you like
1 scrap of ribbon about 2 yards long
safety pin
Gauge (in stockinette stitch): 6 sts - 2" and 7 rows = 2"
CO 40 stitches
Work in stockinette stitch until you have three yards of yarn left. BO and use remaining yarn for sewing seams. Fold about 1 1/2 inches of BO and CO edge to wrong side (purl side) of knitting to form drawstring tunnel. Fold entire piece in half with right sides (knit side) facing and sew side seams stopping at the drawstring tunnel. Turn purse right side out. Use a safety pin to draw ribbon through drawstring tunnel on each side of purse. Tie ends together. This will ensure that the knitting doesn't felt onto itself and close the tunnel. Felt the bag according to your preferred method. I used a combination of machine and hand felting since the yarn took so long to felt. Let purse dry and remove the ribbon. Use the safety pin to draw one strap through both drawstring tunnels and the other strap through the drawstring tunnel in the other direction. Sew or tie the ends of the strap depending on the material used for the straps. I used some vinyl stuff with silver grommets I found at Jo-Ann.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fingerless Gloves

this pattern of mine is a variation on this pattern >>>>

Equipment and Materials:
1 skein (50 grams/100 meters/109 yards) of Classic Elite Inca Print yarn in color of your choice
****I used just about every inch of this yarn making these gloves that fit a medium-sized woman's hand****
dpn size 6 (set of 4 or 5)
stitch markers (1 split ring and several locking)
stitch holder

(in stockinette stitch) 11 st = 2 inches

CO 40 stitches
Work 20 rows of k2 p2 ribbing. Use a locking stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Now work 8 rows of knit sitches.

Thumb shaping:
Inc in first st (and place locking stitch marker on first stitch), k4, inc in next stitch, place split ring marker on needle, knit the remaining stitches.
Knit the next row.
Inc in first st, knit to stitch before marker, inc in that stitch, slip marker, knit the remaining stitches.
Knit the next row.
Repeat the last two rows until you have 18 stitches between the markers.
Next row: K1, slip the next 16 stitches onto a stitch holder. Knit the remaining stitches.
Place locking stitch marker on first stitch after the thumb stitches on the holder.
Knit 10 rows.
Work 8 rows of k2 p2 ribbing. BO

Knit the 16 stitches off the stitch holder, dividing the stitches evenly among the dpns. pick up and knit two stitches from the edge between the mitt and thumb. Knit one row. On next row, dec two stitches at the joining between the mitt and thumb.
Work 5 rows of k2 p2 ribbing. BO
Weave in loose ends.

Gloves can be adjusted for larger or smaller hands. Just remember that the number of stitches in the ribbed sections must be in multiples of 4 for k2 p2 ribbing.