Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Finale



Mystery Knitted Bag – Sewn In Lining Instructions

Written by Wendy Poole. 
Copyright © Wendy Poole 2013. For personal use only.


Mystery Knitted Bag – Sewn In Lining

Strap 


Measure the length and width of your strap. Add ½” (1.3cm) to width and length and cut fabric to this measurement. Fold over a narrow hem all the way round. Press and slip stitch to the strap.


Main pieces – Cut 2


Measure the width and depth of the bag and add 2.5cm (1”) to allow for 1.3cm (½”) seam allowance all around.  Cut 2 pieces of fabric to this measurement.


Gusset – Cut 1

Measure the width of the main piece of the lining once (before seam allowance) then measure the height of the lining twice (before seam allowance). Total these three measurements and you have the gusset length.

Measure the width of the knitted gusset for the gusset width.

Add one inch to the measurements and you will have the finished length. 

Cut one long strip to this measurement.

With the right sides together, join the bag front and back lining to the gusset. 
Turn the top over ½” (1.3cm) and press.

    


Stitch the strap to the lining and then insert the lining into the bag. Slip stitch around the top edge of the bag.

 

Finally hand sew the zip along the top borders.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Mystery Knitted Bag - Making Up


Mystery Knitted Bag – Making Up Instructions

Written by Wendy Poole. 
Copyright © Wendy Poole 2013. For personal use only.



1.     Stitch lower pocket fronts to the centre under placket.



2.     Pin both upper-pocket/back, side front sections to the placket and stitch the upper front sections only to the centre placket.

3.     With the wrong side facing, slip stitch the pocket linings to the central placket.  At this stage do not stitch the bottom pocket lining edges or the outside pocket edges in place.



4.     With the right side facing, make a couple of stitches to secure the upper outside corner of the pocket to the pocket lining.  Do not stitch the side and lower front pockets to the pocket linings at this point.



5.     Stitch the 2 narrow moss stitch bands along the top edges.


6.     Stitch vertical stag horn cable trim to the top and bottom of the bag, then slip stitch on the wrong side of the strip  at the inner edge of the garter stitch band , along the sides  of the under placket on each side.


7.     Measure the gusset band into 3 sections, Section 1 =12”, section 2 = 15’, Section 3 = 12”.  Or Depth of bag, length of bag, depth of bag.

8.     Stitch the bottom edge of the front bag to one side of the central section of the gusset band.

9.     Stitch the side fronts of the bag to shorter sections (top and bottom section) of the gusset bag as follows:- Stitch the outer edge of the lower pocket front to the gusset band (do not stitch the lower pocket lining or side of pocket lining) ensuring that both sides of the pocket are the same length.

 Then stitch the outer edges of the upper front sections to the gusset band.


1 Now, on the wrong side of the work, stitch down the pocket lining sides and bottom edges into to the seams.

1 Stitch the back of the bag in the same manner, matching the corners to correspond with the front sections.

During the first week in December I will be posting the final instructions on how to make a sewn in lining, attaching the strap and inserting the zip.

Best wishes 

Wendy xx





Mystery Knitted Bag - Part 7


Lower Front Pocket, 2 Top Edgings and Strap

Written by Wendy Poole. 
Copyright © Wendy Poole 2013. For personal use only.


Lower Left Front Pocket

Using matching shade to pocket lining Colour C, (mid-neutral shade, grey) cast on 38 stitches

1st, 3rd, 13th and 15th row
K1, (edge) *Purl 3, knit 6, purl 3* to last stitch, knit 1.

Second and every alternate row Knit the stitches in the manner they present.

5th and 9th row
Knit 1 (edge) * Purl 3, knit 2 cable 4 back (slip the next 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold at back of work, knit 2 from left hand needle, then knit the 2 from the cable needle), purl 3* repeat from * to * last stitch, knit 1 (edge).

7th and 11th Row
Knit 1 (edge) * Purl 3, cable 4 front (slip the next 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold at front of work, knit 2 from left hand needle, then knit the 2 from the cable needle) knit 2, purl 3* repeat from * to * last stitch, knit 1 (edge).

These last 16 rows form the pattern.

Repeat rows 1 – 16 until total length measures 5 ½ inches (14cm).

Change to 3.25 knitting needles and work 6 rows of rib. (knit 1, Purl 1), then cast off.

Top Edging strip – Make 2.
With Dark shade cast on 7 stitches.  Row 1 – Knit 1, Purl 1, rep to end.
Work this row until work measures 15 inches or total width of bag, cast off.

Shoulder Strap
With Dark shade cast on 13 stitches Row 1 – Knit 1, Purl 1, rep to end.
Work this row until work measures desired length, cast off.

Mystery Knitted Bag - Part 6


Top Front Panel and Lower Front Pocket
Written by Wendy Poole. 
Copyright © Wendy Poole 2013. For personal use only.


Front Top Left Panel - Cells

Continue working on one of the lower pocket linings and
Still keep working on the 32 stitches

Change yarn colour to colour A (Light neutral) Cream

Next Row – Knit, increasing 10 stitches along the row, (42 stitches).

Next row- Purl

Row 1 – Knit 1 * Cable 4 back (slip the next 2 stitches on a cable needles and hold at back of work, knit 2 from left hand needle, then knit the 2 from the cable needle), then Cable 4 forward (slip the next 2 stitches on a cable needles and hold at front of work, knit 2 from left hand needle, then knit the 2 from the cable needle)* repeat to last stitch, knit 1.

Row 2 – Purl

Row 3 – Knit.

Row 4 – Purl.

Row 5 – Knit 1 * Cable 4 forward (slip the next 2 stitches on a cable needles and hold at front of work, knit 2 from left hand needle, then knit the 2 from the cable needle), then Cable 4 back (slip the next 2 stitches on a cable needles and hold at back of work, knit 2 from left hand needle, then knit the 2 from the cable needle),* repeat to last stitch, knit 1.

Row 6 – Purl.

Row 7 – Knit.

Row 8 – Purl.

Repeat rows 1 – 8 until total length measures 12 inches, cast off.

Lower Right Front Pocket

Using matching shade to pocket lining Colour C, (mid-neutral shade, grey) cast on 38 stitches


First Row – Purl 10, knit 18, purl 10.

Next row- Knit 10, purl 18, knit 10.

These 2 rows set the pattern, continue in this manner and work the cable instructions on the centre 18 stitches only.

Row 1 – * Cable 6 back (slip the next 3 stitches on a cable needle and hold at back of work, knit 3 from left hand needle, then knit the 3 from the cable needle),* repeat from * to * twice.

Row 2 – Purl

Row 3 – Knit.

Row 4 – Purl.

Row 5 – Knit 3* Cable 6 forward (slip the next 3 stitches on a cable needle and hold at front of work, knit 3 from left hand needle, then knit the 3 from the cable needle) Repeat fro * to * once, knit 3,

Row 6 – Purl.

Row 7 – Knit.

Row 8 – Purl.

Repeat rows 1 – 8 until total length measures 5 ½ inches (14cm).

Change to 3.25 knitting needles and work 6 rows of rib. (knit 1, Purl 1), then cast off.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Mystery Knitted Bag - Part 5


Hi Folks

Here's Part 5 of the Mystery Knitted Bag.

In this section you'll be making a centre front strip to sit under the Staghorn Plackett, 2 pocket linings and one of the front upper sections.

Please note:- For Part 6, you'll also need a pair of 3.25mm knitting needles.

Enjoy and happy knitting.

Best wishes 

Wendy xx

Written by Wendy Poole. 
Copyright © Wendy Poole 2013. For personal use only.


Centre under placket Strip.

This piece will sit underneath the “Staghorn Strip”.
Using Colour B (light colour) Lilac, cast on 16 stitches.
Work stocking stitch, (1 row knit, 1 row purl), until piece measures 12 inches.
Cast off

Lower Front pocket linings – Make 2

Using Colour C (Mid Shade) grey,cast on 32 stitches.
Work stocking stitch, (1 row knit, 1 row purl), until piece measures 5 inches.
Leave stitches on a spare needle

Front Top Right Panel - Dainty Diamonds

Continue working on one of the lower pocket linings and

Still keep working on the 32 stitches

Change yarn colour to colour A (Light neutral) Cream
Row 1 – Work right cross on first 2 stitches * Knit 4, work right cross* repeat from * to * to end of row.

Row 2 – and all uneven numbered rows – Purl.

Row 3 – Knit 1, *work left cross, knit 2, work right cross* repeat from * to * ending with Knit 1.

Row 5 – Knit 2 * work left cross, then work right cross, knit 2*, repeat from * to * till end.

Row 7 - Knit 3, *Right cross, knit  4* repeat from * to last 3 stitches, ending with Knit 3.

Row 9 – Knit 2 * work right cross, work left cross, knit 2* repeat from * to * to end.

Row 11 – Knit 1, *work right cross, knit 2, work left cross* repeat from * to * ending Knit 1.
Repeat rows 1 – 12 until total length measures 12 inches, cast off.


Friday, 17 May 2013

Knitting & Crochet Guild Open Day




On Saturday 4th of May, I took part in the knitting & Crochet Guild Regional Open Day 2013, held in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard.

There was a lot to look forward to, including the Margaret Stove wedding gown, coat and veil, where she had both woven the cloth for the dress and and hand knitted the fine coat and veil.  Along with this we had a collection of 1950s children's knitwear which will be featuring in a BBc documentary later this year.

From this collection I had a complete turnaround of natural beauty and was astounded by the colours and the quality of the yarn used for a child's fair isle cardigan. Although the garment is over 60 years old it still looks as if it has just been purchased from a designer store.

We also had a large selection of vintage knitting patterns available for sale along with our "Rogues Gallery" featuring some interesting knitting fashions of the past!

Our patron, Debbie Abrahams came along and was a pleasure to meet.  She gave us a fascinating talk about her background and what inspires her. After which she gave us an insight along with showing us samples from her new book "Kaleidascope" co-written with Jane Crowfoot.

A yummy buffet lunch was served followed by afternoon workshops.  Debbie Abrahams workshop was based on beaded knitting, Yolande taught crocodile stitch for crochet, Judith's workshop explored various knitting techniques including cast-on edges, Jane held a project based class with lacy wrist warmers using Rowan "Kid Silk Haze" and I taught a project based crochet workshop teaching popcorns and clusters.


The day ended with tea and cake of course........ and a good old natter and catch up with friends new and old.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Mystery Knitted Bag - Part 4


Wendy Poole © Wendy Poole 2013.
For personal use only and not for re sale.


This month we finish the back section, by stitch ing up and making a braid trim to cover and embelish the vertical seams.

We then make a start on the centre front panel of the bag with the staghorn cable strip.

Next month we will be the two top squares of the bag that will sit either side of the cable strip.

Happy knitting folks and enjoy.

Wendy xx

Staghorn Cable Strip, Mock Cable Rib Trim, plus Making Up Info.

Staghorn Cable Strip


Using pink yarn (light colour) cast on 26 stitches.

Row 1 – Knit 3, purl 2, knit 4, cable 4 back, cable 4 forward, knit 4, purl 2, knit 3.

Row 2 – Knit 5, purl 16, knit 5.

Row 3 – Knit 3, purl 2, knit 2, cable 4 back,
knit 4, cable 4 forward, knit 2, purl 2, knit 3.

Row 4 – Knit 5, purl 16, knit 5.

Row 5 - Knit 3, purl 2, cable 4 back, knit 8,  cable 4 forward, purl 2, knit 3.

Row 16 – Knit 5, purl 16, knit 5.

Continue until work measures 12” (30cm) when slightly stretched, cast off in stitch pattern.


Eyelet Mock Cable Trim

Using plum yarn (dark shade) cast on 7 stitches.


Row 1 – Purl 2, Slip 1, knit 2, pass slip stitch over, purl 2.

Row 2 – Knit 2, purl 1, yarn round needle, purl 1, knit 2.

Row 3 – Purl 2, knit 3, purl 2.

Row 4 - Knit 2, purl 3, knit 2.

Continue until work measures 12” (30cm) when slightly stretched, cast off in stitch pattern.




Making up back section of Bag.


Top tip – Make up the back section of the bag now and try and stitch the horizontal seams as neatly as you can.  However the vertical seams will be covered with a knitted trim, so don’t worry if they don’t look perfect.
The front of the bag is a different design and won”t have any seams on show.

1.     Mattress stitch the bottom of the bobble square to the top of the mock cable square.

2.     Then mattress stitch the bottom of the crisscross square to the top of the cable forward square.

3.     Arrange to 2 pieces so that the bobble square is on the top right and the cable forward square is on the lower left, then mattress stitch these two panels together, making sure that the corners match neatly in the middle.

4.     Finally mattress stitch the cable back strip to the right hand side of your 4 squares to form a rectangle.  Pull the strip gently as you go, as the band looks better slightly on the tight side, rather than too loose. You can always undo a couple of rows if need be to reduce the length if needed.

5.     At this stage I would block the piece by pinning it into shape on an ironing board with the pins pointing inwards. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave overnight, to settle into the correct shape.