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Free Pattern: Double Seed Stitch Sling Bag May 26, 2013

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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! 😀

DoubleSeedStitchBag


What you need

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

Pattern

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 :P)

bagmodel

Finally, my ribbed lace bolero November 9, 2012

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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. :P)

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!

Basic beanie calculations (bottom up knit hat) November 2, 2012

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Recently, I made the android hat which is basically a basic bottom up knit beanie with antennas attached. I realised that the measurements are to my own head size only. Depending on the size of your head and the type of yarn used, the number of stitches will be different.

So I decided to write up the basic measurement method which is easily customised to whatever headsize there is (or at least, this is how I figured out my measurement).

Basic bottom up knit beanie hat calculations

1. Measure around the circumference of your head.

Mine came to 22 inches (holy crap I have a big head).

2. Knit a gauge swatch with your preferred yarn with the corresponding size needles for the yarn. For my android hat, my gauge was 5 stitches per inch.

22 x 5 = 110.

However, my ribbed rows were 2 x 2, so I needed the cast on stitches to be in multiples of 4. So, I have to either subtract 2 or add 2 to 110 to get a multiple of 4.

In my case, I dropped 2 stitches since I don’t want the hat to be too lose as I didn’t change the needle size for the whole hat, so I got 108 stitches for my cast on.

3. Measure from your hairline to your earlobe. If you don’t have hair, just use your imagination where your hairline will be. 😛 But hairlines differ on individuals. So perhaps 2 inches above your eyebrows. If you don’t have eyebrows, use your imagination as well. 😛  ……….. don’t really know how to put this into words, but it’s from the part where your head starts rounding up to the top!

Cast on, join the round, knit the ribbed rows for an inch or more if you want more ribbed rows. Then switch to stockinette stitch or whichever stitch pattern you prefer. (If you are using some other stitch pattern that is fancier than plain old stockinette, you will have to do recalculations for the cast on. Patterns are usually repeats of a certain number of stitches, but same concept! Just have to do a little math. If you are capable of knitting fancy patterns, I’m sure you can figure this out! :P)

Knit your way up till the hat reaches this measurement then start to reduce. Use a stitch marker to mark every new row.

4. To reduce, divide your cast on stitches with the lowest possible whole number to get a single digit whole  number.

Eg. 108 / 12 =

I will reduce my hat every 12 stitches and I will do this every alternate row.

So, to start reducing, I knit 10 stitches followed by knit 2 together. Repeat until you reach row marker. Then knit the whole of next row. Then reduce again, knit 9 stitches, knit 2 together, repeat till you reach row marker .. etc. Until you have 9 remaining stitches on your needles.

5. Cut your yarn to leave a little for sewing in. Thread the end through a yarn needle and sew through the remaining 9 stitches. Pull firmly and sew in the remaining yarn into the underside of your hat.

There you go, easy peasy knit beanie calculation.  You can use this to customise any hat you want, eg. my android hat. Or … make your own PANDA hat! Or anything you want! Any colour! Any size! Anything creative you can think of!

Happy knitting! TGIF! YAY! 😀

My Android Hat! October 14, 2012

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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)

stitch marker

some white felt

yarn needle

sewing needle with some white thread

Pattern

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! 😛

Antennas

pick 3 stitches at 1 side of the yarn, icord for 10 rows, bind off on 11th row

repeat on other side of hat.

Eyes

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

Happy New Year! January 18, 2012

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Hello! Happy 2012! It’s been a while since my last post! (1 month short of a year :P)

Chinese New Year is just around the corner (next Monday) and 2012 will be the year of the Dragon. CNY is my favourite holiday! I love the celebrations. My relatives will all gather at my home on the first day of CNY and we will have a big feast! It’s always so fun!

I’ve been getting the CNY decorations on, shopped for some stuff at Chinatown last night in the very hot and humid Singapore weather!

And I’ve made some decorations too!

here are my little ang pow fishies on the wall! I got the tutorial from here!

I hope in the new year, I will be a little craftier than I was in 2011. 😛

Gong xi fa cai everyone! Happy New Year!