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11  Braided Tote **Now with pattern** in Knitting: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: July 06, 2007 07:54:46 PM
I made this as part of the Cable-Along.

Pattern: my own
Yarn: one skein Red Heart Super Saver in color 0382 Country Blue
Needles: US 8
Dimensions: 11.5" X 9.5" without handles

The fabric pictured is what I'm thinking of using for a lining. I'm not sure, though.

I really enjoyed making this bag, but I have so many bags, I don't think I'll ever use it.  Cheesy Anyone want to swap??


I did the best I could at writing up a pattern. I kept detailed notes, but the handles are kind of tricky. I explained what I did as thoroughly and simple as I could, but if you have any questions, feel free to pm me.

Braided Tote Pattern:

~One 7oz. skein Red Heart Super Saver--0382 country blue
~US 8 needles
~cable needle (or dpn)
~stitch holders (large safety-pins or spare yarn works fine)
~yarn needle
~4 stitch markers (optional)
~lining (optional, but highly recommended)
~magnetic clasp/snap (optional)

~twist A = place 3 sts on cable neeld, hold in back, k3, k3 from cable needle, k3.
~twist B = k3, place 3 sts on cable needle, hold in front, k3, k3 from cable needle.
~pm = place marker.
~slip markers as you come to them.

Pattern (make 2):
CO 14, pm, CO 9, pm, CO 20, pm, CO 9, pm, CO14 (=66 sts total).
(1-ws) p13, k1, p9, k1, p18, k1, p9, k1, p13.
(2) k13, p1, k9, p1, k18, p1, k9, p1, k13.
(3) repeat row 1.
(4) k13, p1, twist A, p1, k18, p1, twist A, p1, k13.
(5) repeat row 1.
(6) repeat row 2.
(7) repeat row 1.
(Cool k13, p1, twist B, p1, k8, p1, twist B, p1, k13.
Repeat rows 1 through 8 a total of eight times.
(65-ws) p1, *k2, p2* 3 times, k1, p9, k1, *p2, k2* 4 times, p2, k1, p9, k1, *p2, k2* 3 times, p1.
(66) k1, *p2, k2* 3 times, p1, k9, p1, *k2, p2* 4 times, k2, p1, k9, p1, *k2, p2* 3 times, k1.
(67) This is the tricky part. Basically you bind off all sts in pattern except the cables and 1 st on either side of each. So, you'll BO 13 sts, p9, k1, BO 18 sts, p9, k1, BO 13 sts (= 2 sets of 11 sts each).
Place one set of 11 sts on a stitch holder. Work the other set for six repeats of the cable pattern. On the right side the edge sts will be purled. On the wrong side the edge sts will be knit. Work the cable in stockinette st (and the edge sts as usual) for 2 rows. Place on a holder. Do the same for the other set of 11 sts.
This is another tricky part. I wanted the handle to look like the braides sort of morphed together to make a smaller cable at the very top. The only way I could produce this look was to alternate running the yarn through one stitch from each cable stip until all 22 sts were enterlocked on one peice of yarn. I did this holding the two cable strips together with right sides facing one another. Then, I whipped stitched into the row jsut below to make a stronger seam. You'll end up with a section of stockinette wider than your cables. So, I pulled together the two "points" of the seam just created and stitched them together on the back of the handle to create that thinner, rounded-off look.

Using mattress stitch (or method of choice) to seam together the sides of the front and back pieces. Turn inside out. Crochet (slip stitch, or method of choice) the bottom closed.
Add lining and magnetic clasp. Be sure to line the handles as well, to prevent stretching.

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12  Re: Cable Along? in Knitalongs by eatyerhartout on: July 06, 2007 03:25:08 PM
Progress pic:

I still have to finish the other handle and I might add a small outside pocket to one side. Not to mention the lining and clasp.

Any suggestions on a clasp? I've considered an inside magnetic clasp, or a toggle on the outside with a loop to go over it. What do you guys think?
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13  I got a little carried away...(img heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: July 03, 2007 12:57:07 PM
These are the first stitch markers I've ever made. Once I got the hang of it, I got a little happy.  Cheesy There are 61 in all.


I used this tutorial:

I apologize for the semi-crappy pics. It was the best I could do.
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14  filet hearts baby blanket ~ **Tutorial added** in Crochet: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: June 25, 2007 08:50:36 PM
Pattern: my own
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft--2.5 six oz. skeins
Hook: US G (4.25mm)

Close-up of individual hearts:

Close-up (folded in half):

Draped over a kitchen chair to show size:

There are 5 hearts on either short side with the "pointy" ends toward the edge. The middle section is simple mesh. It's about 30" wide and (approximately) 45 inches long. This was a lot of fun and only took me a few days. It's for my neice who's due any day now.

Thanks for looking!!




  • To follow chart:
    Start at bottom right corner (or bottom left if you are left-handed).  
    O = open space: ch1 between dc's.
    X = closed space: dc between dc's.

  • Turning ch counts as 1 dc.

  • There will be one extra dc on either side throughout.

  • Open mesh = *dc, ch1, skip next st* repeat form * to *, end with dc.

ch 135.
Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across (= 133 dc)
Work 2 rows of open mesh.
*Follow chart for 5 repeats across,* repeat from * to * for 9 rows.  
Work 2 rows of open mesh.
Dc across.
Work open mesh for 40 rows.
Dc across.
Work 2 rows of open mesh.
Turn chart upside down. *Follow it for 5 repeats across,* repeat from * to * for 9 rows.
Work 2 rows of open mesh.
Dc across. Cut yarn.

Feel free to pm me with any questions.
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15  breast-feeding cover-up -- received!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: June 21, 2007 07:05:19 PM
My brother and his girlfriend are having their first baby soon. She's planning to breast-feed, but is nervous about feeding in front of people. so, I offered to make her a small lacy cover-up. Here's what I came up with:

I placed the button in the corner so she can hook it to her bra strap and keep it from falling. I used a G hook and Caron Simply Soft in orchid. It's 17" square.

Here's the link to the motif pattern: http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/Gelenka/crochet/b182022f.jpg. The pattern isn't mine. I got the link off another forum a few years ago, but I don't remember where. It was used to make a beautiful black shawl. I fell in love with it, but I never wear shawls. I'm glad I finally found a reason to use it.

If you have any problems deciphering the graph, just let me know and I'll help you out. It's really simple.

Edit: She loved it! I gave it to her yesterday and she said it was great. I'm now working on filet heart blankie that will be posted soon! Thanks again for all the great compliments. I'm glad everyone liked it.
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16  One skein mini tote in Crochet: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: June 19, 2007 02:58:26 PM
I made this mini tote bag using one skein of Lion Brand Homespun in color-way Baroque. And by one skein I mean one skein. I used every little bit with none to spare.

The color is great. It has shades of dark purple, white, gray, and dark rose/burgundy in it. I love it. The bag itself is about 11.5" X 8.5" (29X22cm) not including handles. I plan on lining it with some plain white fabric and maybe adding a magnetic clasp to it.

Thanks for looking! Any and all comments/constructive criticism is welcome. If anyone would like the pattern I'll be glad to post one.  Smiley

Edit: to add that the handles aren't really crooked. They just look it in the photo. and sorry if it's a little blurry, it was the best pic I could get.
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17  Cabled Cardi --- 1st knit garment in Knitting: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: June 04, 2007 06:54:34 PM
First of all: I am so proud! This is my first big knit project as well as my first knit garment. Now on to the pics!!

Please ignore the bright pink shirt. I'll probably wear this with a pair of jeans or long blue-jean skirt and a white tank (as shown).

Here's the front:

And here's the back:

The wishbone cables are present on the collar, cuffs, hem, along the front and down the back.

I used 5 skeins Caron Simply Soft (yes, it's acrylic, but so soft and holds up very well) in Light Country Blue. The back view, above, shows the color very well.  

The pattern is from a book I found in my library. It's called One-Piece Knits that Fit: How to Knit and Crochet One-Piece Garments by Margaret Hubert. It was copyright 1978, so the sizes aren't exactly modern. I made the medium size, which fits me well, except in the front and hips.

The instructions said to crochet a button band from just below the collar to the bottom of the hem. If I had done this, I wouldn't be able to button it at all. That's why I made the button loop. I chained (crocheted) a loop and attached it to the right front, sewed a button over it and to the left front. It works fairly well.

If I was to do this again, I would probably make a hood rather than the collar (I like the up-turned collar look, but I'm partial to hoodies  Cheesy ). I would also start the hip increases an inch sooner and increase at least once more.

Overall, this was an easy pattern. It was a top-down raglan, btw, so a great first garment. It was also easily modified. The only trouble i had were with the sleeves. They were too short when I followed the pattern exactly, so I increased the number of rows between the increases. I also had help from AWynkoop on how to do the increases.

Thanks so much for looking!!

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18  floral tote -- petunia in Knitting: Completed Projects by eatyerhartout on: May 27, 2007 11:02:23 PM
I fell in love with the Petunia bag from IK Spring '07 issue, but that was really the only pattern from that issue that I wanted to make.
So, instead of buying the issue, I decided to design my own. I created the 2 flower chart on my own and changed the design a bit. It was knit in the round, but I was running low on yarn, so I didn't make a bottom. I just slip stitched (crocheted) the bottom, added a handle, lining, and some cute tassles, and viola...

Stuffed with my current knitting project (my 1st wearable):

Close-up of a flower:

This bag is huge. Really. The bag itself is roughly 20" tall by 17" wide. The cardi I'm currently making takes up only half the bag. I know it looks like more in the pic, but it's deceiving. When I throw it over my shoulder, it goes to my knees!!! The handle is double knit, but to be safe, I lined it too, which you can sort of see in the picture.

Other specifics:
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver color Pale Plum
Yardage: roughly one and a half 7oz/364yd skeins
Needles: US size 9 (5.5mm) circulars
Time to knit: roughly 2 months, off-and-on knitting. It got really boring after the first repeat of flowers, so I went on to another project, and picked this up again later.
Link to the original mag picture: http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/Galleries/bonus/spring_2007/petunia.asp

Thanks for looking!! And sorry for typing so much, I'm just glad I've finished this.  Cheesy It's the perfect knitting bag.  
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19  Re: Petunia bag from IK in Knitalongs by eatyerhartout on: May 24, 2007 06:38:47 PM
Here's a close-up  of one of the flowers:

I'm using Red Heart Super Saver in Pale Plum. It's a soft lavender color. Here's a better representation of the color: http://www.craftsetc.com/Storage/ProductImages/764944.jpg.

Thanks for lookin'!!
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20  Re: Design Your Own Bag--along! in Knitalongs by eatyerhartout on: January 17, 2007 03:17:42 PM
Finished Pics:

Ignore the junk inside, please. I was just testing it out.

I really like this bag. It's the perfect size, shape, everything for everday carrying. If anyone would like the pattern, I'll be happy to post it. I still haven't written it up, but I took plenty of notes.  Grin
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