Friday, March 25, 2016

Rustic Tote

Rustic Tote
A Small Felted Bag

A quick and easy pattern written as an introduction to felting for my knitting group. The bag can be customized with stripes, decorated with buttons or knit with scrap yarn.

Materials – 150 yards bulky weight wool with size 15 (10mm) 24”circular needles or
300 yards worsted weight wool double stranded with size 13 (9mm) 24” circular needles
extra needle for 3 needle bind off, tapestry needle, 2 markers

Gauge before felting 10 stitches and 13 rounds = 4 inches Gauge not critical
Size before felting 15 inches wide, 12 inches high Size after felting will be variable,
Sample knit with Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool doubled is 10 inches wide , 7 inches high

Working from the top down, with one strand of bulky or two strands of worsted, cast on 72 stitches, place marker and join to knit in the round. Knit 36, place marker, knit to end. Markers will be at sides of bag. Knit 1 round

*Knit 12, bind off 12, knit to marker.* Repeat from * to *
*Knit 12, cast on 12, using backwards loop cast-on, knit to marker* Repeat from * to *
Knit for 6 inches

*Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to 3 stitches before marker, knit 2 together, knit 1.* Repeat from * to *
68 stitches. Knit 3 more inches – repeat decrease. 64 stitches
Knit 3 more inches

Turn bag inside out. For the three needle bind-off:
Hold the needle with the ends parallel, with a third needle knit the first stitch from the front needle with the first stitch from the back needle together. Do this with the second stitches. Pass the first stitch over the second stitch to bind off. Repeat until all stitches are bound off. Cut yarn and pull through last loop. Flatten bottom of bag to make a triangle, sew across 1” from each corner to shape bottom.

Place bag in a zippered pillowcase and put in a washing machine set with hot water cold rinse, on shortest cycle. Add a small amount of wool wash and a couple of pairs of jeans for agitation. Check before machine spins. You may need another cycle. Shape and air dry.
©2016 OC Knitter

Friday, March 11, 2016

I'm Serious

This year I plan to knit a lot.  I went all through last year without buying any yarn, but it didn't make a dent in my stash. I have already knit three blankets,  my go-to project when I want to use up huge amounts of yarn.  But I had time for a fun knit.  Tina, a pattern on Ravelry by Stana D. Sortor was offered as a mystery KAL.  It was the first time I did stranded colorwork in the round. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I took Tina to a local nature center for a photo shoot.  I surprised a group of scouts when I picked up Tina after this picture.  They thought it was real!