Sunday, 4 August 2013

Plait Cloche Knitting Pattern

I knit. I would knit more than I do if I could. I love designing from scratch and have a MISI site with some of my designs for sale. Yesterday evening I decided to start typing up my handwritten patterns. This one is for a ladies hat. Cosy and warm, made from chunky wool and pulling right down over the ears. With a single cable plait on one side it has a quirky extra to it. I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing it...

Plait Cloche

Wendy Merino Chunky 100g
5.5mm and 6.5mm Needles


Cast on 73 sts with 5.5mm needles
Row1. K 36, p2, k9, p2, k24
Row2. p24, k2, p9, k2, p36
Rows 3-8 rep. rows 1 & 2 three times
Change to 6.5mm needles
Row9. k 36, p2, C6B, k3, p2, k24
Row10. (and ev. alt. row) p24, k2, p9, k2, p36
Row11. k36, p2, k9. p2, k24
Row13. k36, p2, k3, C6F, p2, k24
Row15. k36, p2, k9, p2, k24
Row16. as Row10
Rows 9-16 set patt. rep. this patt once, then work rows 9-12 again
Shape Crown:
Row1 k1 (k2tog, k5) 5times, p2,k3 ,c6F, p2,(k2tog,k5) 3times, k2tog, k1, (64sts)
Row2. p20, k2, p9, k2, p31
Row3. k31, p2tog,k9, p2tog, k20 (62sts)
Row4. p20, k1, p9, k1, p31
Row5. k1 (k2tog,k4) 5 times, p1, C6B, k3, p1, (k2tog,k4) 3times, k2
Row6. p17, k1, p9, k1, p26 (54sts)
Row7. k1 (k2tog, k3) 5 times, p1, k3,(k2tog,k1) twice, p1,(k2tog,k3)3 times, k2 (44sts)
Row8. p14, k1, p7, k1, p21
Row9. k1,(k2tog,k2)5 times, p1, k2tog, k1, C4F, p1,(k2tog, k2) 3 times, k2 (35sts)
Row10. p11, k1, p6, k1, p16
Row11. k1, (k2tog, k1) 5 times, p1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, p1, (k2to,k1) 3times, k2 (25sts)
Row12. p8, k1, p4, k1, p11
Row13. k1, k2tog 5 times, p1, k2tog twice, p1, k2tog 4 times (14sts)
Row14. p2tog 7 times (7sts)
Make up:
Thread yarn through remaining sts and pull tight. Sew up seam with mattress stitch and sew in ends.

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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Bags of Bags

So, I've been making bags this week. Big and small, sturdy and light. I have always had a penchant for sewing bags on my sewing machine and sometimes finishing them off by hand so when I came up with an idea last week I just went with the flow. I was so impressed with the finished articles that I even went out and bought myself some new fabric!!!

My favourites are difficult to decide. I have created pouches for thin cotton bags, with printed cottons of all colours and designs ideal for stashing in the car or handbag for an impromptu shopping moment.
 Also made some sturdy bags with sides and a base, for when when extra strength is needed. These I made from upholstery fabric with a contrasting cotton lining.

The bags I have made which are more suitable to use as a handbag are small totes which are reversible. One side and the handles are upholstery fabric and the other side and the tie is made from a contrasting cotton. 
Like what you see?