Numerical Knitting

April 26, 2007

Tiny Tote

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 11:06 am

The girls in my knitting class this term have ambitious goals. Two are going to make Branching Out (or they are going to make large pretty messes, the jury is still out!). The others wanted to make felted bags that were like their current favorite bag. What can I say, they have expensive tastes.

So I ordered Wildflower DK for the scarves and the old stand by Lamb’s Pride Bulky for the bags and then set to work to see if I could create a felted bag that looked kind of like the model. Of course when I started the model I didn’t have an actual bag and hadn’t found the information on the web yet, so there was a lot of guessing.

I knit a base in garter stitch by casting on 24 using the LPB doubled and size 15 needles. I knit for 24 rows and cast off making a rectangle that was about 10.5″ by 5″. Then I picked up stitches all around the outside and knit in the round. One round of the dark color after the pick up and then with the lighter color until it was gone. The bag was about 5.5″ tall at that point. I divided what I had left of the darker color in half and then made two lengths of three-stitch i-cord again with the yarn doubled (ended up to be 23″ each). I sewed on the handles and had a very floppy bag! (Note Beanie Baby for scale)

Twice through the washing machine and I had a nice stiff tote. The final size was  8.5″x4″x4″. A little wider that the original, but a nice size for girls who don’t really have anything to carry around!

All in all I’m pretty pleased with my little experiment. It will be iteresting to see how the girls’ come out. I have also completed two repeats on the Branching Out to be sure I can help them. I’m thinking lots of counting and lifelines!!

In other knitting news I am up to the arms on a Wallaby and down to the arms on a raglan. Details to follow.


  1. That little purse is cute! I bet the girls will like the results.
    Branching out was my first lace project, it looks difficult but it gets easier after the first 5 reps 🙂

    Comment by Isela — April 28, 2007 @ 3:04 pm |Reply

  2. Looks great! Can’t wait to see your Wallaby!

    Comment by laura b — April 30, 2007 @ 10:17 pm |Reply

  3. The purse is very cute and sparkly! Nice. I hope the girls have good luck with it, too. And while knitting my Icarus shawl, I have discovered the wonderful-ness of lifelines. 🙂

    Comment by Nicole — May 1, 2007 @ 6:49 pm |Reply

  4. Nice! I bet the girls are thrilled with the final results!

    Comment by dobarah — May 6, 2007 @ 4:11 pm |Reply

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