Free Pattern: Double Seed Stitch Sling Bag May 26, 2013Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Crochet, Free Pattern, Tutorial, Tutorials, Yarn.
Tags: Bag, Crochet, double seed stitch, handmade, Knit, Knitting
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My friend Mei Yee’s mom was looking to buy a bag to use when she commutes (for her wallet, phone & card holder), but couldn’t find one that’s the right size she wanted. So I offered to make her one.
I asked her for the measurements and she wanted something that 6 by 6 inches. I played around crochet & knit bag ideas, tried some trial patterns, until I finally settled on this.
I used a mercerized cotton yarn (EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10), the texture & sheen when completed was so pretty. I started with a turkish cast on for the base of the bag (a popular technique used for toe up socks), knitted 1 inch of stockinette stitches before starting with the double stitch stitches. Complete the final few rows with stockinette again, 1 row of seed stitch and cast off.
The strap was crocheted because it’s a whole lot faster to crochet straps. If you can’t crochet, you can use the knitted i-cord but I can tell you it’ll take a long time.
Added bag lining and a zipper. I’m very pleased with the result! And so is she!
Yarn – EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10 (about a skein + slightly more)
3.5mm circular knitting needle (with long enough cable for knitting in the round)
3.5mm crochet hook
Turkish Cast On – 80 stitches
- Knit in stockinette stitch for 1 inch
- switch to double seed stitch (double seed stitch – row 1 & 2, knit 1, purl 1 in the round, row 3 & 4, purl 1, knit 1 all around)
- Repeat the 4 rows of double seed stitch pattern for next 4.5 inches
- Switch to stockinette stitch for another 0.5 inches.
- Switch to single seed stitch for 4 rows (if preferred), cast off, cut yarn and weave in yarn end.
- Attach yarn to side of the pouch with a crochet hook with 4 single crochets. Chain 1, Turn and sc into next 3 stitches (4 sc on each row) , repeat till desired length of strap is achieved.
- Pull yarn through the last sc and stitch the strap onto other side of the pouch.
You can add lining and a zipper to the bag if you wish.
And here’s my model with her new little bag! (edited for privacy )
Finally, my ribbed lace bolero November 9, 2012Posted by misscraftyfingers in Blog, Crafts, Knitting.
Tags: Bolero, Knit, Knitting, lace
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After a few years of procrastination, I finally decided to try knitting the Ribbed Lace Bolero which I loved so much as to make a crochet version of it (because back then, I didn’t know how to knit. )
So, here it is! Alas, it became bigger after 1 wash. LOL. I used TLC Cotton Plus, I guess I should have made it slightly smaller because this yarn has a bit of drape and the design is very stretchy.
I will give it to my friend Suanie now because it is too big for me to wear!
My Android Hat! October 14, 2012Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Free Pattern, Knitting.
Tags: Free Pattern, Knit, Knitting
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WOW! been a while since I made anything!
With all the law suits going on with Apple suing Samsung for their Android phones in the past month, being the big fan of Android as I am, I decided to make myself an Android hat (in case I have to go to some Halloween dress up party, I can go as an Android green robot). And the great thing about Androids as opposed to Apple is that, you can make cute things out of the green robot but you can’t really make anything cute looking like that half eaten fruit! :p
I made the hat twice. First time, I tried with the top down method. Knit a flat circle then extend downwards. But it didn’t fit me very well. MY HEAD IS TOO BIG! So I tried a 2nd time. This time just a bottom up basic beanie.
After some adjustments, it is finally wearable! YAY!
AND NOW, I AM SHARING THIS FREE PATTERN WITH YOU!!!!! :):)
What you need
4.5mm double pointed & cable knitting needles
Green yarn (TLC cotton plus solid in kiwi)
White yarn (TLC cotton plus solid in white)
some white felt
sewing needle with some white thread
CO 108 stitches on the cable knitting needles, join the round.
Ribbed rows – white yarn
knit 2, purl 2 around, repeat till the ribbed rows are about 1 inch
use a stitch marker to mark start of each row.
Stockinette rows – green yarn
switch to green yarn and work in stockinette stitch till the stockinette stitch rows are about 4 inches.
Reducing rows – switch to double pointed needles
After the 4 inches of stockinette rows, start reducing every 12 stitches around
ie. knit 10, knit 2 stitches together, knit the next row
reduce row – knit 9, knit 2 together, repeat till end of row, knit the next row
keep reducing every alternate row, ie. reduce row, k8, k2tgo, repeat till end, k next row, k7, k2tgo, repeat till end, k next row, k6, k2tgo … etc …..
reduce till you are left with 9 stitches, pull yarn through the remaining 9 stitches and sew ends in.
My gauge is 5 stitches per inch. I have a large head, so the above measurements matches my head! It may be too big for you! Alternatively, you can use any other basic beanie pattern you prefer, in your preferred type of yarn and needle size to fit your head!
pick 3 stitches at 1 side of the yarn, icord for 10 rows, bind off on 11th row
repeat on other side of hat.
cut 2 round circles of white felt and sew onto the hat slightly above the ribbed rows.
Sew in all yarn ends.
Note: You can customize the size of your hat with your preferred yarn choice. Do check out my next post for instructions!
There you go! AN ANDROID HAT! YAY!
p/s: I’m not an Apple basher … I have 4 iPods! :p
A Knitted Flower (with pattern) November 25, 2010Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Free Pattern, Knitting.
Tags: Free Pattern, Knitted Flower, Knitting
I joined a swap on brooch swap on ravelry and has been trying my hands on making a knitted flower. This is my first knitted pattern!
DK weight yarn
3.5mm needles (straight or circular, doesn’t matter)
Sewing thread (matching colour as yarn)
Beads, pearls, buttons or sequins of your preference
Optional (if you’re making it into a brooch):
small piece of felt
Safety pin or brooch pin
CO – Cast on
k – knit
p – purl
sl1k – slip 1 knit wise
sl1p – slip 1 purl wise
k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
p2tog – purl 2 stitches together
YO – Yarn Over
BO – Bind off
Petal (make 6)
Row 1: sl1k, k7
Row 2: sl1p, p7
Row 3: sl1k, *K1, YO* (repeat from * to * till end of row) (14 stitches)
Row 4: sl1p, P to end
Row 5: sl1k, K to end
Repeat rows 4 and 5 till the work is around 1.75 inches.
Start to reduce on a knit row as follows:
Reduce Row 1: sl1k, k2tog, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Reduce Row 2: sl1p, p2tog, p to last 3 stitches, p2tog, p1
Repeat Reduce Row 1 & 2 till you have 3 stitches left on a knit row. BO all 3 stitches, weave in ends.
Thread your sewing needle with thread. Hold the base of the petal and sew it tight for each petal so as to create the “crease” so the petals will curl. Sew all 6 petals together.
Sew on your beads, pearls, sequins or a button to the centre of the flower.
To make a brooch, you may sew the flower onto a small round piece of felt that fits the underside of the knitted flower and sew on a safety pin or brooch pin onto the felt. You can also sew or hotglue this onto a hairband.
With DK weight yarn (I used Sirdar Wash ‘n’ Wear double crepe DK), my flower came to about 4 inches or so. If you are using a thicker yarn and larger needles, you can CO less stitches. I tried with Caron Simply Soft yarn and CO only 6 stitches. It works too. I find it easier to sew with sewing needle and thread rather than tapestry needle and yarn for assembly. It’s really up to your own preference. But with sewing needle and thread, you will have to make sure that the stithces sewn are very tight otherwise the petals will come loose.
I suggest using yarn that has a bit of sheen, especially if you are putting pearls in the middle. It make the flower a lot prettier!
Hope you enjoy this pattern! have fun making flowers! I did!