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Title: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: fangedplotbunny on May 25, 2007 11:33:17 PM
I've just started this great project after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and wonder if anyone would like to join me.  Here's a link to the free pattern with picture:
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/knitlikeapirate.html
(pattern is a pdf file)

I'm a little nervous since I've never done double knitting but have found a couple videos on line that show how it's done.  The bag is first double knit, then felted, and it's reversible.  A great project for the yarn pirates in your life :)



Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: cmc_aust on May 26, 2007 01:21:55 AM
I'll be up for a knitalong :D  I haven't seen the movie yet, but it's on the cards for next weekend.

I know my sister would love this bag!


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: eatyerhartout on May 26, 2007 03:28:32 PM
Ah! Awesome! I won't be able to join the knit-a-long as I have several other projects going at the moment, but this is being added to my "to knit" list. thanks for the link.


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: PimpernelSmith on May 28, 2007 07:41:04 AM

OhMAN!  Or, more appropriatly, AARRRRRG!  I need to make this -- but I've never done double, and I don't actually know how to do color patterns......

Guess I'll watch and drool....
                                     and maybe finally bread down and spend the money on a color-change class....


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: fangedplotbunny on May 30, 2007 03:55:28 AM
I learned to do color patterns just by watching a free video online.  It sounds a lot more scary than it is.  Give a look see to:  http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/ (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/) (about halfway down the page)

I found how-to vids for the double knitting there, too.  I'm probably an advanced beginner knitter, but my best friend (who just learn to knit a month ago!) tried the color knitting and had no problems. 

And if you're looking for yarn for this, I'm using Wool of the Andes from KnitPicks.com at $2.49 a skein.  Shipping was only $2.50 as well.  God Bless Knit Picks!


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: cmc_aust on June 03, 2007 10:15:23 PM
Well, I'm up to the bottom of the little skulls.  I am doing this as a stash buster, so I'm using an acrylic (I know, it won't felt.  I'm doing a small guage instead).  I have a few mistakes in it where I haven't wrapped the yarn properly, but given it's my first attempt at double knitting too, I think it's good.  Plus it's taken me so long to do that I'm not about to rip it out to start again!

Here's a couple of photos of how it's progressing (please excuse crappy quality of photos):
Outside:


Inside:


I think I did something wrong at the picking up stiches around the base stage because I've been knitting with the inside facing me instead of the outside . . . but it's working, so I'm not too worried about it.  How's everyone else going?


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: fangedplotbunny on June 06, 2007 11:41:12 PM
Oh, this looks great!  And this is your first double knit project?  Well done indeed! 

Knitting in the round--don't get me started.  I'm never completely sure I've got a project coming off the needles the right way,  so I'm glad you said something about the picking up stitches at the base stage.  I'll be extra careful.  But I can't see how anyone could tell you had trouble.  Looks all nice and tight and perfect from here.

I am still pacing the floor, waiting on my yarn to arrive in the mail, so I haven't even cast on yet.  Wish I'd thought of using this as a stashbuster project, though.  I'd think you could substitute any repeatable image/motif for the skulls, if a person wasn't very skully-oriented.  Hmmm.  The possibilities...

Can't wait to see how your skulls look in the variegated yarn.  Looking forward to your next picture and thanks for sharing your progress.


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: stitch and stones on June 07, 2007 12:57:32 AM
Oh man I would love to attampt this... but my knitting skill is basically knit, purl and decreases. Would this be a wise choice to jump into this project to learn? I am pretty comfortable with what I know and I keep looking fr something a little more challenging because a lot of people on this site say that you can only get better with challenge. I just don't know if this is it haha.  :D


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: punk is the new blog. on June 07, 2007 10:18:40 AM
in the spirit of pirat-ti-tude, can it be an option to make this, as well?

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/skull_knitting_bag/


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: cmc_aust on June 07, 2007 09:56:23 PM
Yupp, I reckon so long as it looks like a pirate, it probably is!  ;D

I ended up ripping out the bottom two rows of the skulls because something went wrong in there.  The second time I did it, I have marked each pattern repeat with a bit of scrap yarn.  This has helped a LOT to make sure that I have the correct number of stiches for each repeat and to make sure that it's all lining up correctly with the rows below.

Also, before I started the skulls the second time, I decided to reverse the way I was knitting in the round so that the black (outside) side of the bag was what I could see as it provides a better contrast for the pattern.  Does this make sense?  I'll post some more photos when I finish the little skulls, they're quite cute!


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: fangedplotbunny on June 25, 2007 12:04:09 AM
Stitch and Stones,

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  I don't think I'm much farther along than you in knitting experience.  I'd say, google some tutorials on double knitting and try a swatch with some scrap yarn to see how it works for you.  I kept hearing that double knitting looked a lot harder than it is and I picked it up right away, so I'm pretty confident you could, too.  But give the test swatch a shot and see how you do.  Have you knitted in the round before?  If you haven't, I'd definitely advise you to consider going with Punk's project.  Don't want to challenge you so much that you get frustrated and give up. 

Cheers to Punk Is The New Blog for finding such a great alternative pirate bag pattern. 


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: fangedplotbunny on June 25, 2007 12:15:14 AM
Sorry I've been absent for so long.

Can you believe my yarn arrived, finally, just yesterday?  The original package of yarn made it only as far as Atlanta before disappearing in the bowels of the main post office.  KnitPicks was so kind about taking care of it for me and sent a second package via Fedex.  So I just cast on tonight and I've only made it as far as the middle of the sixth row of the bag base.  It's pretty cool, this double knitting thing, but the yarn fingering is driving me nuts so I'm doing it my own way, carrying both color strands together and letting the tip of my needle sort out the right strand for knitting and purling.  It's a little slow,  but much faster than me fumbling around the way the pics tell me I should hold the yarn.

I'll remember to hunt up some stitch markers when I get to the skulls pattern repeats, too.  I'm also not wild about the handles and am thinking of modifying things a bit and putting in metal or plastic handles instead.  Not sure yet.  Might be cool if I could find some that looked like actual bones.  Or would that be too creepy?



Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: cmc_aust on June 25, 2007 02:31:28 AM
Oooo, I think bone handles would be the BOMB! LOL  Try looking in op shops or thrift stores to find old bag handles, they often have some great ones.  If you can't find bone, try looking for bamboo ones and painting them white - the nubbles will look like bones joined together I reckon!

This project has taken a back seat for me at the moment.  I had some issues when I got to the large skulls because I changed the direction I was knitting, so I had to rip out 12 rows of double knit and then pick up all the stitches  :o  :'(  So I'm back to having just finished the little skulls.  But my last exam is tomorrow and, once I've fixed the socks I knitted for a friend's birthday (one foot is 10 rows longer than the other  ::)) I will be attempting to finish this off.  Or at least post some more progress shots!


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: fangedplotbunny on June 27, 2007 03:33:44 AM
" I had to rip out 12 rows of double knit and then pick up all the stitches "

OMG!  Horrible.  That's about how many rows I have now after 3 days' work (see, told you I'm a slow knitter). So by the time life has given you time to start on the bag again, I might be caught up to where you are now :D  

Anywho, here's my progress so far, in case someone's interested.. (and since I haven't posted enough yet, I can only give you the link to click) 

http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/3354/2381850000062913288S425x425Q85.jpg (http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/3354/2381850000062913288S425x425Q85.jpg)


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: corbeau64 on July 23, 2007 11:45:17 AM
Hello all!

I realize I might be jumping into this a bit late, but what else is a pirate to do?

I have a quick question for all who are knitting this: Are you twisting the sides of the knitting closed for the base of the bag or are you leaving them open? Does it affect your picking up of stitches for the sides either way?

Thanks!
~Julia


Title: Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag
Post by: Dulcinea on November 19, 2007 11:05:45 AM
I think I did something wrong at the picking up stiches around the base stage because I've been knitting with the inside facing me instead of the outside . . . but it's working, so I'm not too worried about it.  How's everyone else going?

I don't think you did anything wrong - I'm making it for a xmas present, and had the same thing - I think it's how the pattern is written - I found a couple of minor errors (like knit rows 1-20 in DK, then knit rows 11-26 with the small skulls)

no biggie - but yeah, mine is inside out, too