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Topic: Giant Gryffindor scarf and whattodowhenyoustartmakingascarfanditepicfails  (Read 3017 times)
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« on: August 10, 2010 08:44:12 PM »

These are both from the HP swap (round#8); I made them for my partner (she's already received so I feel conscious-clear about posting pictures).

I'm relatively new to knitting (learning as of April) but am REALLY enjoying it. I wanted to make my swap partner something from her wist and decided on the HP scarf; I thought "how hard can this be?" thinking I could just do stockinette stitch and go back and forth (not realizing I needed to knit in the round). After I'd completed 4 bands I realized something was very wrong. Rather than pulling out my work I started again- this time in the round. I cast on 68 stitches using cascade 220, each band is 15 rounds/rows. I slipped stitched the ends together and added the fringe. The scarf is 6' long and 9" wide- it took me about 20 hours to do the whole thing but I am so proud of how it turned out  Grin

But then, after I was done, I still had that piece in stockinette stitch laying around. I decided fold it in half, seam the two sides together, crochet the top and add some handles (and a swirly flower)- alakazamavoila and I had a purse. I lined it with canvas (facing toward the knitting) and PUL facing inward (so it would be waterproof on the inside; the canvas helps the knit purse hold its shape).



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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010 10:13:14 PM »

I LOVE that purse! And it's so perfect for fall. Great job rescuing an epic fail!

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2010 01:49:18 AM »

Good rescue job & I love the bag, it is so cute with a flower on it!

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2010 05:02:42 AM »

Thank you both so much! You make me feel so good.  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2010 07:22:34 AM »

Great scarf and purse!! I really like the fringe work on the scarf.  Also-- what a great idea to turn the failed scarf into a purse.  If you hadn't said anything, I think we all would have assumed that you just designed such a great Gryffindor purse!  Wink  The crochet edging and flower was a great touch on this!
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2010 10:06:08 PM »

I love the purse. I love when crafting accidents work out in the end.

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2010 07:17:01 AM »

Nice!  I should make one, but in Hufflepuff (book colors).

Love when we fix crafty mistakes and they look on purpose!  Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2010 10:26:57 PM »

It's so funny, you say "on purpose." I kept asking my friend if the purse looked like I'd made it on purpose  Cheesy

The purse is so simple, just a rectangle folded in half and whipped stitched at the sides. I didn't whip stitch all the way up; I left 1.5" so the purse would open less awkwardly.

Thank you all for your comments  Wink

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