Posts Tagged ‘Wool yarn’

Small Felted Fling Purse


 

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TWO INSIDE POCKETS

TWO INSIDE POCKETS

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

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolors Felted Bag


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My friend Sheila was getting rid of three bags of yarn and asked me if I wanted it. I would be glad to take it off your hands Sheila,  🙂 Inside one of the bags was a hand knitted pattern kit for this felted purse. It is called Watercolors Felted Bags by Annie’s Hook & Needle Kit Club. (Annie’s Attic) 2008. The toggle button was included. It gives both versions of  knit or crochet.  Of course, I converted  to machine knit and I love how it turned out. The pattern calls for three rows of garter stitch at the top and for the 22 bottom rows. I have a chunky garter bar but decided it is faster to knit on needles. So I knitted three rows of garter stitch on size 11 needles and then transferred them to the machine. You start on one side and increase from the top down, knit 22 rows of garter stitch (I used garter bar for the bottom) and continue up the other side and decrease  and end with three rows of garter stitch and then bind off. The first time I ever came across this and I think it is unique is that the handle and the tab are knitted sideways. For the strap you just cast on 88 stitches and knit five rows and bind off. I believe the reason this is done is because you get more shrinkage in length instead of width. I wish I would have measured the strap before felting. The finished size of this is 9 inches in width and 8 inches in height . The handle is 24 inches. The yarn is size 5 chunky. It did not take the whole ball of yarn but I did not weigh the ball of yarn before I started. lol

Here is my converted pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zpcjk688axh0l21/AADyPLyyE3isUgTOpCmzoRyba?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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Felted Slippers with Flip FLop Soles


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My husband is back in the hospital so no knitting just yet. I happened to have a pair of these slippers knitted and sewn together. I felted them the other morning  and then took the slipper to the hospital and needle felted the design on the top. I bought flip flops and decided to see if they would work for a sole for the bottom. I think they turned out cute. I used the product shoe goo to glue to the sole and they are holding perfectly. I wanted something I could walk down the driveway to get the paper or I will give them to my sister since she goes on their deck in the early morning when it is cold. I bought two other pairs of flip flops in a fuschia  color and a lime color. I only paid 2 dollars for the flip flops at Joann’s. If you want to try this, get your flip flops now since you can’t find them in the winter. I had this idea to try since last year but just now found the flip flops at a reasonable price.

I used Lion Brands Oatmeal color wool. I bought a size M flip flop.

Felted Purse with Vertical Weaving Design


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I wanted to use the garter bar to do some vertical weaving. I have known about this technique for a long time but never tried it. I decided to use it for a design on a felted purse. I started the bottom of the purse but ran into problems when the weaving went back and forth. I also wanted an uneven number of vertical weaves to add the one blue color. So I went into win/crea and came up with this design . When I started to knit and do the weaving I ran into a problem with wrapping the vertical yarns. Because my zig zags were going in opposite directions I had to wrap 4 in one direction and 3 in another. I always wrapped the middle color the same direction since it was going straight up.

I have never used the purl side for felting but I had to since the design comes out on the purl side. The sewing up of the side seams was really easy and almost invisible before felting. I call this my coffin purse. I am sure you remember hearing sweaters described that way. Only the front shows when you are in a coffin. Well, I did not want to put the work into the back since this was the first time felting using the purl side. The purse was 17 inches long   and 14 inches wide before felting and I was worried it would come out too long. After felting the size was 10 in length and 13 in width. I was amazed on the shrinkage of the length. And it turns out that I could have done the back with the weaving.

I have an electronic brother and I programmed the pattern into the machine and used the KC button. This selected the needles for wrapping and made it easy. The idea is to lift the garter bar up with the yarn and then wrap all in the same direction. Since I couldn’t do this I could use the bar to wrap three of them but hand wrapped the others. It did not slow me down much.

This last picture shows how I started by tying all the strands together.  Once the first row is knitted, it anchors the yarn and then you use the garter bar to lift the yarns up and around the needles all at one time.

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Primitive Folksy Felted Purse


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I found this hand knitting pattern and liked it. So I converted it to machine knitting but made it larger. Well…it does not look like the original. The sides were going to have a pleat but it did not felt well. So I was able to steam the pleat out and the shape is much nicer. I needle felted the circles and sewed the brown “beads” on top of each circle. Then I added a tassel of the beads to the left side. I decided to make the handle with the beads in it. I knitted 20 rows of 3 needle “I” cord and put a bead in and continued till I had 200 rows. I felted  it in my table top felter and when I took it out it looked like a native necklace! Not sure if I liked it and  then I noticed that the finish had come off of the beads and they were very dull. Can’t use that and it was just as well.  So I went back and knitted another “I” cord and started and finished each end with 16 rows of stockinette to act like a tab on each side. I added a magnetic clasp for closure so it would not look funny with a button along with the design. I was happy when I started this and wrote everything down so I could share the pattern with you …ha, ha,ha…..what a waste of time. Not worth making it like this again.

Felted Slippers using Diana Sullivan’s pattern


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If you are going to try felting Diana Sullivan’s sew as you go lined slippers, here are some more suggestions. This is a woman’s medium size. I added four more stitches , two on each side to allow for more felting without getting too narrow. I will add 6 stitches when I do them again. I used tensions 7 and 8, 8 for the outer layer. I was not sure if I had enough cream color to do the whole lining so I just used it when I did the toe shaping. If you make these I would also tell you to stitch the seam closed with a piece of matching yarn so you don’t get lines. I used the seam to needle  felt the stems so they matched. The wool I used was Paton’s.  The roving is a blend of yellow, orange and green giving the petals a different shade from each other. I can’t tell you how light and good these feel on your feet. I think they feel lighter because you don’t feel side seams.  They will be for sale in my Etsy shop and will have rubber circles on the bottom where the ball of the foot and the heel of the toe are so they don’t wear out. In fact, I put the rubber circles on the bottom of the ones I made in brown with the poppy  and you don’t even feel that they are there. These slippers take about 6 ounces of yarn.

My Door Mouse….. Rat?


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My Door Mouse…..Rat?

 

My husband said this is not a door mouse but a door rat!

This pattern is from a Machine Knitting News Supplement. It is knitted and not felted in the supplement. I did not like the seam down the front of him and I love felting so I decided to see what would happen if I felted him. I just used a size 8 tension. I attached everything before felting including his little vest. As you can see, my vest does not look like the pattern.

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Everything was going well until I started to knit the vest. It did not make sense but I knitted it and it was wrong. So I did it how I thought it should be and ended up with the correct amount of rows and stitches.  100% of the time I think I am wrong but I don’t thinks so in this case. Anyway, I like how the little vest turned out. I crocheted around the vest and then I sewed the middle up the front. It did not felt small enough so I cut it up the middle and sewed a button on.

There are two reasons, well, three as to why I made this. The first is that I have a folder of things I want to try to knit and this was on the top. Second, I wanted to see how he would look felted. But the third and real reason is that my passap frustrated me so I started cleaning my knitting room and felt I needed to complete something that I coud get right! lol

So…………….now I will go back to the passap and try another technique.

 

Fingerless Gloves Pattern Corrected


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My girlfriend and I were discussing other ways to knit this glove on the machine. I revised the pattern first. I used 18-0-17 stitches on the main bed in a 2 by 1 rib set up by MaryAnn Ogres directions.  At TD 3  I knit to row 26(4 inches of rib) I placed a marker on each end stitch where the thumb would start. I continued knitting to row 44 where the thumb increases would stop . I placed a marker on each end stitch. Then I continued knitting 14 more rows(2 inches) to row 58 with the carriage on the right. I set the TD at 7 and knit one row to the left. I took a latch tool and from the right I just crocheted one stitch through the next across the bed to the end.

Now for the thumb part. I sewed the seam from the cuff to the marker where the thumb starts. With the wrong side facing you and the cuff end facing the bottom, I took one stitch from each edge and placed it on a needle. Two needles have a stitch on them. I knit two rows, skipped a side stitch and placed the next edge stitch on each side on the end empty needles for increase. Now four needles in work. Knit two rows. I continued doing this to the end marker and had 18 thumb stitches. I put those stitches on a size 3 straight needle and then did the garter stitch until the desired length.  Then I sewed the seam from the finger edge up to the thumb. then I sewed the thumb seam. Only three yarn ends to finish and the look is just about the same and a lot easier! This is Lion Brands Fisherman’s wool.

The picture below shows the thumb after it was knitted and before sewing the rest of the glove up.

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Wool Fingerless Gloves on the Passap E 6000


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My friend Sheila hand knitted a pair of fingerless gloves in Fisherman’s wool and she let me try them on. They felt like heaven. The thumb was so comfortable I told her I had to try it on the machine. The only difference is that I have a seam in my ribbing and she doesn’t. I used Maine Line Jaggerspun wool 2/8 in a peacock  color.  The pattern knits circular and on one side you start increasing for the thumb for about two inches. You then take the thumb off on waste yarn and continue knitting circular to the length you want to the fingertips.  When you finish you will rehang the thumb stitches for circular knitting and knit about 7 more rows and bind off. On my glove I crocheted the edge with two rows and the third row is a shell. If you would like to try these, I have the directions and pictures in my  dropbox. I hope I have written the instructions clearly.  Click on this link.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dsevvlhst05hbbd/0ieI81oDxQ

You will have to probably make adjustments if you use a different yarn . The glove measures 8 and a half inches from rib to fingers. The ribbing is three inches. There is one and a half inches before starting the thumb. The length of the thumb opening is about 2 and 1/4 inches. After the thumb opening, it measures about one and 3/4 inches.  I was getting about 6 and a half stitches to the inch and about 8.8 rows to the inch.

This is the first pattern that I tried to convert that  does not just leave an opening  for the thumb and then knit in a circle. The increases make it feel tailored to your thumb. No pulling when you move your hand. I am going to try the one she had and do it on the Bulky now. When I post that I will reveal the pattern and the author. It is done in rib so mine will have a seam up the side whereas my friends does not. It just might make me do some hand knitting if I don’t like how they come out on the machine since I liked them so much. 🙂 Or, DUH, I could ask her to knit me a pair!!!!! That’s what friends are for isn’t it?

 

 

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