Saturday, March 8, 2008

No Seam Bag

This is a really simple and fast knit. I've used the yarn Østlandsgarn, it's great for felting.

Needle: US 10/6.0 mm
Yarn: DK/8 ply (11 wpi) 100% wool

Cast on 50 stitches on a pair of circular needles. Knit 22 rounds in garter stitch. Pick up and knit 10 stitches along the short edge, 50 stitches along the CO edge and another 10 stitches along the short edge.

Slip a marker onto the needle. Knit 60 rounds. After 60 rounds, bind off 50 stitches after the marker, knit 10 stitches, bind off 50 stitches, knit 10 stitches. Remove the marker.

Start knitting the handle in garter stitch on the 10 stitches where the yarn now is. Knit as long as you want it, then attach it to the 10 stitches on the other side of the bag using three-needle bind-off.

Weave in the ends, reinforce the handle where it meets the purse if needed. Felt it in the washer on 90 C. You can embroider some flowers after felting if you want to.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Felted Slippers

Needles: US10/6.0 mm
Yarn: Gjestal Østlandsgarn (DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) 100% wool)

Cast on:
Woman: 19 sts, knit garter stitch 38 rows pr square
Man: 22 sts, knit garter stitch 44 rows pr square
Child: 14 sts, knit garter stitch 28 rows pr square
Baby: 10 sts, knit garter stitch 20 rows pr square

Knit squares, alternating colors. See diagram. The easiest way is to knit a contiuous strip of the first 6 squares, alternating colors. Then pick up and knit the stitches for the "flaps" at the sides of the strip.

Sew the slipper by joining matching colors from the diagram, red against red, blue against blue etc. 

Felt in washing machine, 60-90°C. Put a pair of jeans in the washer with the slippers to felt them more.

I've recieved some comments that the colors of the diagram are hard to separate when printed, so I've added another diagram with letters instead of colors for people without color printers.