So I needed to come up with a quick gift. I pulled out all my knitting books for inspiration. Even the one skein books weren’t doing it for me today. I looked at hat patterns, scarf patterns, mitten patterns, but knew a wee bag would be perfect. Yet I couldn’t find anything that suited. So, I took a risk and winged it. Yes, me! I cast on with NO pattern. Of course, I had something easy in my mind, but wasn’t sure what it would turn out like. But here it is!
Isn’t it just too cute! The wool was hand dyed and spun by my friend Lou and has been sitting in my stash for months just WAITING for a small project like this. Lou strung beads onto the wool as well, so I used that part for the cast on edge at the top of the bag. There is even metalic thread spun in there too.
So the pattern I did:
Chunky wool, 7 mm 40cm circ needle.
CO 116 stitches.
Round 1 and 2: k1, k2tog (87 and 66 stitches)
Round 3: k2, k2tog (44)
If you don’t have 44, it’s no big deal. A couple stitches one way or the other won’t matter.
Knit in stocking stitch for 6 inches.
Round 1: K20, k2tog, k20, k2tog (42 stitches) (If you don’t have 44 when you start this round, add in a new more k2tog to get you to 42 stitches)
Round 2: *K6, k2tog* Repeat to end of round
Round 3: *K5, k2tog* Reapeat to end of round
Round 4: *K4, k2tog* Repeat to end of round.
Change to DPNs at this point. I used 5mm, but it won’t make too much difference.
Round 5: *K3, k2tog* Repeat to end of round.
Round 6: *K2, k2tog* Repeat to end of round.
Round 7: *k1, k2tog* Repeat to end of round.
Round 8: k2tog to end of round
Thread yarn through all loops and weave in the end.
Then thread two pieces of ribbon, icord, or twisted yarn at the base of the decrease rounds at the top of the bag. Tie off ribbon and you’re done! Voila. A simple, quick and very practical gift.
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