Posts Tagged ‘Paton’s wool yarn’

Felted Wristlet, Lined with Needle Felted Retro Design


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I was having fun making the quilted wristlets and decided to sew one instead of trying to write up a knitted pattern and sew it together before felting. I had fun making this. The finished bag is 9 inches wide by 7 inches tall. It is lined with a grey black and white fabric. To make this I took one ball of Paton’s classic wool in gray .(3.5 ounces) I cast on 30-30 on the bulky machine and then knitted until I almost ran out leaving enough to cast off. I used loosest mast tension and tension 9 to knit. I felted it in the washing machine and came out with a piece of wool about 10 to 11 inches wide  and  about 15 or 16 inches in length. I cut two inches off of side to use for the strap. The other piece was used for the body of the bag. I used a rotary cutter to square it up. I love the way the zippers are done on the quilted wristlets and I decided to do it the same way on the bag. What a breeze to do. It is easy when the zipper is not at the top for opening.  I did not top stitch since I don’t like the way the stitching looks and it is hard to sew in a straight line on felted fabric. I had the lining together with the fabric when I sewed in the zipper. I needle felted a retro design that I purchased from the  web site Dreamstime  before sewing the side seams. The only thing I did not like is that  after you have the zipper in you turn it inside out and sew the side seams with right sides together. That means that you see the raw edges on the inside. To remedy that, I took a 1&1/2 inch piece of lining fabric and cut it the height of the seam. I folded it in half lengthwise and pressed it. Then I opened it up and folded each raw edge of the material to the fold line and ironed it. I enclosed the side seams in by folding it over the seam and top stitching. The inside looks nicely finished.  The handle is a cut piece of wool and it looked unfinished as a strap and I did not want rope handle. I just took black wool yarn and overcast up and down both sides of the strap. I know a lot of you are not into felting and sewing and this is a lot of work. If you want the directions for the zipper just go to you tube and look up quilted Zipper bag and you will find a lot of tutorials. I can’t find the link for the pattern that I have that shows it step by step.

Small Felted Fling Purse


 

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I am trying to get some things done for my etsy store and decided to share this little purse with you. It is called the fling purse and it is a hand knitting pattern that I bought from Carol Bristol Designs. I made one plain and then I decided to use up some of the incomplete balls of yarn that I had to make diagonal stripes like I did on another purse. On this purse the diagonal colors are only on the front and they wrap around the side since the sides are knitted while doing the front piece. The reason I did this is because I wanted 20 stitches for each stripe width and there were 59 stitches.(I increased to 60)

Things started out okay but drew a blank on how to do the fourth diagonal. It finally came to me after about three days. lol   I finished it , sewed it together and felted it and was sick when I opened the washing machine. I had one beige color that was not wool!!! All that work, time and yarn wasted. So I went back and did it again. I made up several knitted leaves in all colors and felted them. I had knitted this oak leaf first that is on this bag but it was way too large. When the little leaves looked funny I decided to felt the large oak leaf and it came out the perfect size. I only put one leaf on and one acorn.

I put two pockets on the back piece inside. In my directions I explain how I attached it while knitting the back. You have to knit the pocket first to do this. I like the size and the way they both came out. I needle felted a chickadee on one bag and used an “I” cord for the flower he is sitting on.

Here are my directions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. These are fun to make.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o1jhffjq8tczgqk/AABjRIm2mi7qVwqX_GT6b7Jva?dl=0

 

 

 

 

 

My Knitting Day Disaster


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I went into my knitting room to start a swatch for a project and this is what I ended up with. It took me the whole day deciding what to do and doing it. Not to mention the disaster my knitting room and house were in after I dragged everything out.

I decided to first put away some books laying on the floor that I don’t know where to file. Yep, that got me started. I saw this little picture of a purse that was hand knitted and had a lace edge on the flap and beads. I drew up a pattern for the machine and of course, it had to be felted. I took my stitch and row gauge and started on my pattern. I decided to make the flap with the fun fur I had that had shades of black and grey. Well, my mistake was that I used the stockinette gauge for the fairisle gauge. Wrong! During felting I checked it and the flap was not felting like the bag. The flap was way too long. After felting I trimmed the flap and it looked okay but the edges felt flimsy. I hated to scrap the purse because it felted perfectly and I liked the size. Scissors, here I come. I cut the flap off totally. Now how do I put a closure on with no flap? Can’t. So I get out sewing supplies and I have a 7 inch black zipper. I have done zippers before and they are not fun on felted fabric. Okay, let’s line it. Dig out my fabric from storage box under the bed (see how I am messing up my house?) Now I have to get my sewing machine and put it somewhere where the light is good. Dining room! (house is getting messier). But before I do the lining I have to figure out handles. Went through more sewing supplies and saw my grommets. Put the grommets in the sides in no time. Didn’t want to felt a handle since I had so much time in this already. Went through box of all cording and ribbon. I found a red nylon cord. Okay, that will not be hot to hold in warmer weather  and its strong and the red sets the purse off. Once the handle was done,  I sewed the lining pocket to the zipper and then had to put the zipper in by hand.  Ooops, can’t felt anything because the lining is in. I made a large knitted flower, used a red button and knitted a center and sewed the flower on. Done! Here is the pattern in my drop box if you just want to make this without a flap. It is knitted all in one piece .

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pij6q6v6opd5eqy/AACWZxuHG_7etXjmBEq_YViaa?dl=0

Now, here is the picture of what I started with before felting!

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Intarsia Squares Felted Purse


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I found this intarsia design in a magazine for hand knitters called Creative Knitting March 2005 issue. I just started the design with out planning what the purse would be like. Big mistake. I think it was more work for me that way. I started with the smaller block without black around it . I started on waste yarn and used 45 stitches. There are ten stitches for each color and one stitch of black between them.  I did four rows of blocks and each color block was 12 rows with two rows of black between them. I knitted ten rows of black at the top to fold over for a magnetic closure. I wanted a bottom on it so I rehung the stitches I started with on waste yarn . I knitted 18 rows for the bottom but I also cast on 12 stitches on each side for the sides. Mistake! Should have added those stitches when I started the back and not on the bottom. I have a triangular fold on the inside to make the bottom square. No big deal though since it came out okay. I did not want to do the back in intarsia but the stitch gauge would have been way off. I was up to the third row of blocks and I forgot to knit the two rows of black between the rows of blocks!!!!    Rip out time ! It was good that I ripped out because that is when I was thinking of what to do for a handle. I knitted using fairisle technique and changed colors every twelve rows. I decreased from the sides up so that the handle would not be wide. Total number of stitches for the band at the thinnest part of it was 6 for the  top colors and  8 on the bottom ( two stitches for seaming) in the black.  I felted a cord and put it under the flap and through the purse to gather a little to pull the opening in. I then tied the two pieces into a bow that I will sew so it stays straight. I also am putting a magnetic closure in. On the bottom I have four little silver ball “feet”. Since I am using  plastic canvas on the bottom to keep it square, I may line it also. It will be for sale in my Etsy store soon.

The colors in the Intarsia are light gray, dark gray, cream and natural.

Intarsia Woven Cable


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OMG what fun this was to try. I can’t believe how much I still have not done on my machines. This is from the book by Susan Guagliumi called Hand Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters. It is an excellent book. If you get your hands on one it will be well worth the money. I feel her book is like Voque sewing patterns versus McCalls sewing patterns. You are expected to know a lot without a detailed explanation in Voque patterns. Below is the graph she gives you to follow. Now when you get to the top the numbers are 1324. But if you start over from the bottom the numbers don’t match. I finally figured out that you will work back down the graph instead of starting at the bottom again. You are not told this in the book. Maybe there is still some hope for my brain. 🙂

The design is just four stripes 3 stitches wide and it is knitted with the Intarsia carriage. I did this on the Bulky machine but I was not worried about the quality of the knitting on either side. This took me about a half hour.

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Felted Calla Lily


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Well, I went back and knitted and felted a wool calla lily just to see how it would felt . Okay…..so now what do I do with it?  lol  IF I made another one I would connect the stem at the same time. This stem is not felted a lot but you can get the idea.

Felted Slippers for my Niece


My niece loves my slipper socks so I told her she would love these more. I finished them up and have to put the spray on the bottom so she does not slip. The colors are cranberry heather and pink.  I knitted them in cranberry at the start until the middle of short rowing on the heel. Then I changed to pink. This helps to sew the items up and adds the second color to match the flower. And best of all , it stretches the main color so you don’t run out. These are made from Paton’s wool

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Felted Christmas Bell with Cardinal


DSC00100I found this pattern on the internet called Knitted Christmas Bells By Jane Lake. It was a hand knitting pattern so I looked at it and it was so simple to do on the machine. It is just 15 stitches and 28 rows-no increases or decreases. I cast on the 15 stitches and you knit one row. Then on the next row you purl the first five stitches and knit the rest. So I transferred five stitches on the end to the ribber and knit one row. Then I transferred up to the main bed and knit a row. You continue those two rows for the pattern. If you want it longer, you add stitches to cast on. When you finish 28 rows you bind off and sew up seam and gather the end opposite the purl stitches. I just used a larger tension because I wanted to see what would happen when I felted it. It came out two inches high and two inches wide at the bottom of the bell. If you want the instructions, you can email me or google them.I did not save the link.  When I make this again I am going to cast on with waste and ravel and take off on waste and kitchener stitch the stitches together so I don’t have a seam even though you can hardly see it on this bell. I just did an “I” cord . It could use a little red bow. I just had fun doing a needle felting design on it. Just for the heck of it I am going to put it in my Etsy store.

Felted Black and Gray Purse with Mirror Image Tree


  • I wanted to try my Intarsia carriage on the Bulky Brother so I made this black and gray purse. I needle felted the tree in the opposite color as the background color. I used four metal grommets to hang the purse handle. The purse handle is 24 inches long and nice for an over the shoulder purse. I used a metal closure in silver. The bottom is slightly wider than the top. When I started the bottom I did half in black and gray and the other half in gray and black since the bottom becomes the front and back. However I did not allow for this on the top. I meant to fold down the tops for the closure but then the squares would not be the same. That is why I made grommets and used a handle. I knitted a seperate piece of felted fabric for the back of the clasp so it does not show on the outside.DSC00087 The tree roots look like Bullwinkle’s horns. LOL!!!
  • It is for sale in my Etsy store. I made this over a week ago but have been so busy selling and running to the post office. Will be glad when the holidays are over. 🙂DSC00082

More Felted Jelly Holders


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I swear I am employed by this woman that keeps buying these wine and jelly covers from me. lol!  It is a good thing though. This pattern is half of the size of the wine bottle covers. This is 49 stitches wide . I knit a picot edge and then knitted 20 rows. I transferred half of the stitches to the ribber and knit circular for 40 rows(80 circular) Tension dial was 8..

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