Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A new bonus pattern

A chevron pattern, this is a 10 stitch repeat pattern, so you will need to either add 4 extra stitches to the basic pattern, or subtract 6. I add the 4. This bag is made of an 8 ply poly cotton blend string and then dyed with standard craft store "tie dye" dyes. I stretched the bag over a plastic bucket and selectively squirted the colors where I wanted them, yes, there will always be runoff and dye wandering where you didn't intend. I like that though.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Lunch Tote

A skein of 140 yards of Plymouth's Fantasy Naturale was used for this lunch bag. I had 42 yards leftover, which, with 10 yards from a different project was enough to make a dish cloth to wipe up the spilled coffee. The bag is from chart #6. The cloth is a bonus chart.
The repeat is 10, so you'll need to adjust how many stitches you need to start and finish.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Do I really need the double points as well as the circular...

Honestly, no. Knit the entire bottom of the bag flat on your 24" circular, for the regular bag, 12"
circular for the Lunch Tote( I know the pattern calls it a lunch bag, I just like it calling it a Tote),
before joining it into the round.
Remember though, to leave a long enough tail to sew up the entire seam, maybe 24" to be on the safe side.
I like working the handles on two of the double points, but it really isn't necessary, it's just more comfortable for me.

Errata Chart #7

I just knew it would happen... no matter how many times I read this pattern through and through I was going to find an error. In chart #7, in the non-pattern rows the purl stitches of the pattern rows should be purled. Luckily, there are only a handful out there without this info.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Paper or Plastic?

Neither, thank you, I brought my own. The Knit Mesh Market bag.
I hate the plastic bags and fully support the bans on them that are happening in places. I don't really like the idea that paper is the only other option. After looking around for a knitting pattern and a lot of experimenting I came up with this model. I had to share. i also thought it would be good if I could help local small businesses somehow so i showed it around to a couple of locally owned and operated knit shops. The response was good. Visit one of the knit shops in the links to find a copy of the pattern. I do not offer it on-line but all of the ones who have it will be glad to mail you a copy.