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famousamos9787
« on: July 01, 2004 07:42:32 PM »

The Sophie pattern from magknits.com seems to be a popular pattern and I happen to be making my 2nd one for my mom right now so I thought I would start a knitalong. I can't wait to see your pictures!
Here's the site for the pattern: http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/sophie.htm
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2004 03:52:48 AM »

i am also starting my second one - for my sister! (so this could also be a family gift knitalong!)
i'll try to post a picture soon...
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2004 06:10:58 AM »

I'm going to try to make another one this week myself. It is such a cute bag and knits up very quickly!
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2004 08:24:56 AM »

I'm working on my first - for my aunt. here's my yarn, and my sophie so far:

i'm using manos del uruguay - it's taking more than 1 skein.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2004 10:02:45 AM »

Yay! I just started working on this last night!  I'm hoping that I'll be able to use it as my bag for a wedding I am attending in August.  I have a few reservations though - I have had some issues with felting Cascade 220 (the yarn I'm using). I used this type of yarn to previously make "Fuzzy Feet" and the "Suki" bag, but was not impressed with the felting - I didn't think my stuff shrank enough, but couldn't get it to go any farther!  We now have a new washer, so that may help.  Any tips?
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2004 11:04:33 AM »

Hi BeccaU,

For felting fun, try this craftster thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5874.0

it has some tips and links and advice.

i used cascade 220 for some fuzzy feet and they felted pretty well.  your new washer might help.  it also depends on the color - white yarns don't felt as well, from what i hear.    the knitty article mentioned in that thread is excellent reading.

not to repeat what others have said/linked to, but i use a zippered pillowcase thing and hot water, a squirt of dishsoap and a pair of old jeans (not towels).  i was always afraid things would shrink too much, but it seems like sometimes the process takes longer to get going than you think it would.  and then suddenly, shrinkage!

i'm itching to start some sophie bags myself.  i've made a booga bag, a free pattern by the same designer, so i'm excited to try out a new design by her...

hope this helps,
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2004 06:42:11 AM »

I finished the knitting for the bag last night- now I just need to do the felting.  Sadly, the bf did laundry while i was still knitting, so there are no dirty jeans to be thrown in with it.
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famousamos9787
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2004 04:01:44 PM »

melidomi--I love your yarn. It's got such great color.  I can't wait to see everyone's purses when ur done! I'm getting close to the top of mine and soon I should be able to start the handles.
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2004 11:27:48 PM »

well, i finished 2 more! the one for my sister is the yellow and blue one on the right...i used a smaller yarn, and the bag itself is smaller (i think it came out pretty cute  Wink) and i added a button to keep it closed.

i love the one on the left - maybe i'll keep it! i used a tahki magic yarn, the color is called sand and sea...
i look forward to seeing all of your bags...
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2004 10:55:24 AM »

Here's my mom's purse. I'm getting a head start on x-mas presents!
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2004 10:17:45 AM »

i just finished my second sophie (still have to felt it) and i have a question - has anyone else had a problem with their handles winding up a little off-center?  it could be me and some mis-counting, but it seems like the handles don't match up to the sides.  i blocked the first bag but not fiercely, so usually it winds up that the handles are above the opening of the bag instead of being on the sides, which actually is cute too.  this next one i felti may just block the heck out of to get everything lined up...anyone else notice this?
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famousamos9787
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2004 07:34:20 PM »

my first bag I didn't really have a problem but I kinda did it by eye.   My second when i didn't use any instructions, my handles were really off center.
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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2004 06:54:58 PM »

I finished 2 sophies

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool Grey Mix & Burgandy


Yarn: Cascade 220 Quatro 9439

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famousamos9787
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2004 04:23:47 PM »

I love your purses. They are so cute! How long did it take you to make each one? It takes me so long!
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2004 05:21:43 PM »

I have about 136 yards of bulky handdyed wool, is that enough for a smaller bag?
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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2004 07:36:58 PM »


Mine weren't off center-I used DPN's (one needle for each side)...

BUT...my handles seemed like they're rather thin where they meet the bag (I used Noro Kureyon & it took about a skein & a half)

They work up so quickly! Mine only took a day...

Great pattern!
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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2004 11:05:24 PM »

I took longer to knit the first bag as I made some mistakes and had to find a guru to save me. The second one took about 3 days to finish (just while watching tv at night).

I'm going to start on #3 and hopefully 2 more after that! Sophie knits up so quickly that it's great for gifts.
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2004 12:02:59 PM »

Here is my mini sophie--pre felted. I'm indecisive as to whether I want to felt it
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2004 01:04:33 PM »

Here is my mini sophie--pre felted. I'm indecisive as to whether I want to felt it


Felt It! Felt It! I wish I knew all the cool knitting stuff......like how to follow patterns lol...I SUCK at that, I'm very beginner..dang it, this is soooo cute!
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2004 01:13:10 AM »

KaJ,

Your sophie looks good! I think it'll look nice felted as well. What yarn did you use?
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2004 03:48:31 PM »

I don't know what kind of yarn it is,I just got it off of ebay it was already dyed and everything.
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famousamos9787
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2004 04:31:17 PM »

Yah.  Just don't get carried away and if you run out, you can always use a different kind of yarn for some texture at the top!
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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2004 08:34:45 PM »

 Huh I tried felting it twice...didn't work. Oh well, I still like it just want it felted now!
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SouleMama
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2005 07:41:38 AM »

I know this thread is a tad old, but it seemed like the most logical place to put my weekend creation......yes, *another* Sophie bag. Smiley I love these bags! This one is knit in a yarn I bought from ebay seller sanfelipeysantiago. I'm happy with how the colors felted, though I think I felted it a bit too much, as it's quite small.

before felting.....



and after.....

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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2005 04:32:29 PM »

SouleMama - love that yarn, and your Sophie has the cutest shape to it.  Great job!
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famousamos9787
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2005 06:21:59 PM »

i love the red thing u put on the bag. Your bag looks SO cute! I LOVE the color
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« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2005 09:46:38 AM »

That's just beautiful, SouleMamma.  I think some of my varigated yarn just found its purpose in life!
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« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2005 10:03:43 AM »

Thank you guys! I love this pattern with verigated yarn....

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« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2005 11:27:01 PM »


This is my Sophie.  It was my first non-scarf project.  All of the yarn was Cascade 220.  The bag looks cute, but I'm still having issues with it.  It ended up being too small to fit my wallet inside, and the strap is really flimsy and stretches a lot whenever I put anything inside of the purse.  Any ideas on how to correct this?  I finished this purse in October, and I still haven't lined it.

-Kate
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« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2005 08:53:13 PM »

Hi, Kate

I'm de-lurking to ask you more about your probs with this purse because that was on my "to do" project list. What size did your purse turn out to be after you felted it? And is anyone else out there in forum-land having the same problems with the straps?

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« Reply #30 on: January 26, 2005 09:18:16 PM »

My finished felted Sophie bag is...5.25" tall, 8" wide at the bottom, and 6.5" wide at the top.  It went through 2 complete cycles in the washer to make the fabric more dense (I thought that it would make my bag less stretchy, but it ended up very small) and to make my garter stitch bumps disappear entirely.  I didn't take any pictures before felting it, but I remember that it was big enough to fit on my friend Steve's head as a hat, and it could be pulled down over most of his face.  So felting makes the bag considerably smaller.  If I were to make the bag again, I'd double strand the yarn on the base and handles of the bag to make them thicker.  I'd also increase the number of rows between decreases to make the bag taller overall.  I'm going to try lining the bag with some fabric and maybe reinforcing the thing with either cardboard or fusible interfacing.  Sophie is still a cute pattern though.
-Kate
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« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2005 10:25:07 PM »

Thank you for your insights, Kate

I like the idea of trying to double-up on the yarn to reinforce the bags and handles. I'm a newbie, so this is probably a silly question, but...if I were to do that, would I still use the same size needles or would I need to do something different?

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« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2005 10:31:18 PM »

I'd use the same size needles for that.  It might make the gauge a little bigger, but it's no matter since the purse can be any size, there are the same number of stitches to pick up, and the whole thing is going to be felted anyway.  Bigger needles would just make the knitted fabric looser which would defeat the purpose of double stranding the yarn.  Sophie is good for a newbie knitter, it was the first non scarf I made, and also the first pattern I read, first time using circular needles, first time making an i cord, first time making stripes, first time decreasing, and first felting project.  I just referred back to my Stitch and Bitch and felted away any mistakes I made.
-Kate
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« Reply #33 on: January 27, 2005 03:43:39 PM »

I have made sophie using cascade 220 and lambs pride BULKY.  I liked the  finished texture of the cascade but it was floppy and I had to line it to give it shape - plus I felt like the handles were weak too.  I modified when I used the lambs pride I made the base a bit shorter and a good deal narower and didn't decrease the same, I would often only decrease 4 instead of 8 stitches one on each corner, the ones on the outside -hope that makes sense.  I did the decreases more often and knit fewer rows.  The results were a thick bag with sturdy handles and firm shape.  The yarn is twice as think as the 220 so vysewa it would be like doubling the 220, just easier and I think that Lamds pride has more fun colors.  It will stand up on its own it is so sturdy.  Oh I used bigger needles on the base to make picking up the stiches easier.  I will try to post photos someday.
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« Reply #34 on: January 27, 2005 07:23:32 PM »

i have made a few sophies or sophie-like bags.  if the bag itself seems floppy i would suggest trying to felt it more.   if the handles seem weak or flimsy i would also say felt it more, maybe not a whole wash cycle.  or you could do it by hand (tedious, but you might have more control over how much it felts)

i stupidly put an "empty" coffee cup upright intp my sophie and discovered that the soy chai was not totally finished and spilled a little sticky bit into the bag - so i re-felted it/washed it and it made the bag way stiffer and sturdier, and just a bit smaller.  this is a cascade 220 sophie.  i've also made a big tote bag size sophie following the pattern but using reynolds lopi for the yarn - it's huge!

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« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2005 10:49:34 PM »

I used Lamb's Pride as well, and I would agree - unless you're doubling up on the 220, I like Lamb's Pride better for this project - I think it makes sturdier bags.  I was worried about the twisted i-cord straps, too, plus I just didn't like the look of them, so instead of doing the i-cords, I just knitted one long strap in garter stitch.  So far it's holding up really well, although I think I want to make it even wider next time.  I posted this pic once already on the main knitting page, but here's my bag:

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« Reply #36 on: February 05, 2005 10:55:42 PM »

i made the sophie out of some australian wool(picked up at the lys--no label--and it's by weight not skein)it was huge before felting. it took one cycle in my top loading maytag----the bottom was to stretchy--but i was afraid it would be too small if i ran it thru another cycle---i put a piece of that ridgy plastic in the bottom--my daughter loves it---her friends all want it now.....



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« Reply #37 on: June 27, 2005 08:22:30 AM »

Here's a Sophie made from Patons Classic Merino-New Denim. I would have loved to make it in other colors but our store only has dull colors. I added a chain stitched loop and leather button.

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« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2005 06:21:58 PM »

Here's my Sophie bag knitted with Cascade 220:



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« Reply #39 on: July 18, 2005 08:19:25 AM »

I've made two of these, and just finished felting the third.

First, for my mom with lamb's pride:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34688.0

Second, for me with JoAnn Sensations Licorice:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37441.0

The third one (for my sister) was made with Cascade 220; two washes it felted up really fast and got really small -- I'm not sure if it is the yarn or the squirt of Dawn dish detergent I put in there (a recommendation I've heard).  I'll post pics of it soon.  It looks so good felted up that I think I may try to re-felt my Licorice purse, because I think it needs more felting. 

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« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2006 05:04:25 PM »

Sorry I'm late to the thread, but I wanted to show off my Sophie.  This is a wonderful pattern for a beginner that wants to try new things.



Details on my blog...
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« Reply #41 on: January 27, 2006 08:48:24 AM »

Yay, my first post!  Cool

Here's my Sophie; I ran short of the brown Jo Sharp yarn so I made the second handle pink and threw together some flowers to tie it all together (IMO).  This was my first attempt at felting and I was surprised how much it shrank in the washing machine, thankfully after a bit of tugging and pulling it turned out big enough to fit my essentials in.  Next time I'll twist the handles more, ever the perfectionist!

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« Reply #42 on: June 08, 2007 10:36:15 AM »

I just started a Sophie KAL on Ravelry for peeps who wanted to do one!  Figured I'd give this little thread a boost, since it's been a year and 5 months since it was last posted in.  ;-)
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