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« on: July 07, 2008 03:56:23 PM »

I am having the most difficult time trying to find a pattern for a clutch that isn't felted.  Does anyone know of one? 

(Something like http://www.dailyknitter.com/carrie.html that is probably easiest but I swear I've seen one that opens at the top that's sort of ribbed at the top and then a flat stitch for the rest...)

Thanks in advance for any ideas Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008 06:40:40 PM »

I made one very simply - just knit largish yarn with a small needle to make it tight - you can either knit it in the round and then bind off half, then continue knitting the other half for the top to fold over - or simply knit a rectangle and then seam it as desired. I put cables on mine, but you wouldn't have to.

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008 07:33:21 PM »

That's totally doable and was my standby plan.  Any suggestion for stitches?  I like the look of stockinette but I don't like the rolling or curling...  I'm not sure what to use instead.  Thanks!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008 12:59:09 PM »

You could always do a nice textured stitch, or even a lace one if you use a sturdy lining. To keep the fabric from rolling and to give it a nice edge, you could make the opening edges in ribbing, garter st, or seed st.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008 10:41:59 PM »

That's totally doable and was my standby plan.  Any suggestion for stitches?  I like the look of stockinette but I don't like the rolling or curling...  I'm not sure what to use instead.  Thanks!!  Cheesy
I'm doing a coat in the pattern used for "My So-Called Scarf" and it might be excellent - it is tight, sturdy, and absolutely no rolling.

I've seen very nice bags with cable down the middle and garter stitch (which doesn't roll) down the sides.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2008 07:33:02 AM »

cool, i'll look into it!  thanks Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2008 04:00:35 PM »

ooh my so called scarf would be perfect.  It is extremely sturdy when done in a bulky yarn, interesting looking, and doesn't take too long to figure out the pattern.  I believe it is only two alternating rows, although it may be four.


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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2008 07:34:51 PM »

ooh my so called scarf would be perfect.  It is extremely sturdy when done in a bulky yarn, interesting looking, and doesn't take too long to figure out the pattern.  I believe it is only two alternating rows, although it may be four.


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You're right - just two - and though it is tricky to figure out initially, I've got it down pat now! Once you learn to read the knitted piece you quickly pick up when you're on the wrong track.
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2008 12:59:28 PM »

I may try it - I googled the pattern and found a couple of videos demonstrating the stitch pattern, so hopefully those would help me out Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2008 06:37:08 PM »

What I found helped me most on the knit side - was to simply throw the yarn over the needle when putting it into the stitch to slip over - essentially what you're going when you try to follow the more convoluted instructions. (The purl side doesn't seem to give anyone problems.)

The most important thing to remember is to WATCH your knitting - you will see two stitches always hanging out together - and you need to ALWAYS be working on one stitch of two different pairs. If you find yourself working on two stitches that are naturally paired on your needle, you've missed the boat somewhere. This sounds complicated until you work it, but when you work it, you can easily see that the stitches lie in pairs.

(Hope this doesn't confuse you!)
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