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

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Crochet, Free Pattern, Tutorial, Tutorials, Yarn.
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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! 😀


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


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)


Turn a small ball winder into a big ball winder November 26, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Tools & Accessories, Yarn.
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I bought a small ball winder off ebay recently. I think it’s the coolest thing ever! Now I can wind all my left over yarn into nice centre pull balls and store them neatly.

So I started to wind …… first couple of balls went ok because it was not a lot of yarn. Then, I started to wind something more and I realised that my ball winder was unable to wind a bigger ball of yarn. 😦 I don’t want to break my yarn and sometimes, I have a lot of left over yarn! 😦 I was beginning to think that I’ve wasted my money on this gadget . boo.  Oh well …. I tried to wind as much yarn into a ball anyway. Then something struck me.

When the size of the ball of yarn gets too big for the spindle to handle, the yarn overflows to the top & bottom of the ball. I thought that if I had a taller spindle, it will solve this problem.

So, here’s my make-shift spindle. 😀

It’s the paper holder for my paper kitchen towels. LOL. Somehow, this paper tube fits the plastic spindle perfectly. 😀 Well, the paper tube has to fit your spindle firmly & securely. If it’s loose, it will fly off when you’re winding. LOL.

I made a small cut at the top of the tube with a paper cutter. This is to hold the end of the yarn before the winding starts. I slide the ball of yarn out from the paper tube after the ball of yarn is wounded up.

And now, I can wind huge balls of yarn, no problem! yay!

See the picture below for comparison of the size of the balls of yarn I can wind now. The blue tweed one is about the size that can be wound up using the original spindle. The 2 larger balls are wound using the kitchen towel paper holder. 😀 Yay for paper kitchen towel holders!

from left: 1 ball of blue tweed Sirdar Click DK yarn (50 g, 150m), less than 1 original size ball of purple Sirdar Wash n Wear Double Crepe DK yarn (original sized ball is 100g, 270m), 1 hank of El D. Mouzakis Super 10 mercerized cotton (125 gr, 220m)

When I was done winding up each ball, I cut strip of paper and write the name of the yarn (if I remember) onto the strip and label the ball. 😀 I am having so much fun winding up these little balls of yarn! I like how I can store them away by stacking them up. hehe. 😀