Saturday, April 08, 2006

Okay, here's the instructions for the hazelnut stitch:

Work over a number of sts divisible by 6 + 2.

Row 1: *P2, K1. Repeat from*, ending with P2.
Row 2: *k2, p1, k2, (k1,p1,k1,p1) all in the next st,* repeat from*, end with k2.
Row 3: *P8, K1. Repeat from* end with P2.
Row 4: K2, *P1, K8, repeat from*
Row 5: Same as row 3.
Row 6: *K2, P1, K2, p4 tog. Repeat from* end on k2.
Row 7: *P2, k1. Repeat from* end with p2.
Row 8: *K2, (k1, p1, k1, p1) all in the next st, k2, p1. Repeat from*, end with k2.
Row 9: P2, *K1, P8. Repeat from*.
Row 10: *k8, p1, repeat from* end with k2
Row 11: same as row 9
Row 12: *k2, p4 tog, k2, p1 repeat from* end with k2.

Repeat these 12 rows until desired length. Bind off all stitches.

For the purse that I made with this stitch, I cast on 38 stitches, worked for 7 1/2 inches, ending with row 7. I knitted 2 1/2 inches, then bound off all stitches. I made the back the same way, then knitted a strip about 1 1/2 inches wide that went around the edges between the front and back. I lined the purse, making my lining pattern from the knitted pieces before sewing them together. I installed a zipper on the top between the front and back, sewed the strip all around and added handles. Voila! Raspberry purse. I used worsted weight yarn.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Here's another bag created from my "Madame Dupaix" bag pattern. It's knitted and then felted. I also needle-felted a gecko to it this time. I like how the colors work together. It seems like each new bag I make with this pattern becomes my new favorite! I'm not sure why this picture is smaller than the other ones. The bag itself is larger!

This little purse is supposed to be one of those that goes with an easter dress. I made it out of cotton yarn, with novelty yarn carried along for the handle and top of the purse. Inside, I have sewn plastic canvas to the front and back to give it more stability.

Back in March I posted a picture of this purse in progress. It's made from a stitch pattern called the hazelnut stitch. As I mentioned before, I think it looks like raspberries here! I put a zipper in this purse; my first zipper, I might add. Worked out just fine. I also lined it because there are holes in the tops of all the "raspberries." I was working with just one skein of yarn, and just barely had enough to finish it.