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« on: September 25, 2007 04:37:30 PM »

Please help!

I desperately need to knit a small drawstring pouch with flames on it.  I have never made any sort of bag before (although I can knit!).  I would like to felt it, and the finished dimensions be approximately 4" x 5" (size not set in stone).  Can someone point me to a pattern or tell me the best way to construct?  I think I may be able to manage figuring a graph for the flames after I figure how many stitches (unless someone has something ready-made for an item this small).  I tried doing this on my own, but I did it with circular needles which were impossible and I ended up giving up, and I just have no idea as far as size of needles, number of stitches, etc.  I am using medium weight wool. 

Any help would be great!

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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007 07:52:25 PM »

You'll have to knit up a swatch in they yarns you're using, measuring it before and after fulling and do some math to decide how big you need to knit it. Also, your different colors could full to different sizes, so you have to take that into consideration.

You could knit a round bottom, or a square one, and knit the sides up from it, or you could knit a giant sock toe shape and knit it straight, or you could make a big rectangle and seam up the sides.

You can knit buttonholes in the top edge so that you'll have a way to put the drawstring through. When you full it, run a nonfelting string through the buttonholes to keep them open.

Good luck! Smiley

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