Monday, June 18, 2018

Moondoggie Bag

A free knitting pattern


For the longest time I have been wanting to make a knit version of the Copy Cat Bag. I have it ready for today. So I will need to explain the name a little. I wanted the name to go along with the crocheted version, I thought whats the opposite of cats, (well dogs), and I liked how the colors I chose reminded me of the beach, which reminded me about the movie Gidget and her man was named Moondoggie. So there you go; that was my thought process on the name for the bag.

I changed a few things. The biggest being that I used worsted cotton yarn for the bag instead of Lustersheen. With the larger yarn, it's able to be worked up quickly over the weekend.

This bag is the perfect size to throw your kindle or tablet in and small project to go relax at the park or beach to find your own Moondoggie. I lined my bag and added handles. All of these things are totally optional. Try different things to really make it your own.


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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Bernat HandiCrafter 100% cotton 2 skeins colors coral and navy
Needles: size 9 (6.0 mm), I switched to a size 7 (4.5 mm) 24 inch circular needle for the brim of the bag.
Notions: yarn needle to weave in your ends, liner fabric, fabric for handles, thread, sewing machine
Size: 10 in by 10 in
Gauge: 15 st for 4 in and 20 rows
Stitch terms: 
k: knit, p:purl, kfb: knit front and back 

Copyright:
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact me through e-mail.



Instructions 

Middle of bag

Cast on 80 stitches using your favorite cast on method

Row 1: With color A, p (80 sts)
Row 2: p (80 sts)
Rows 3-8: repeat rows 1 and 2
Rows 9-16: Change to color B, continue repeats rows 1 and 2.
Rows 17-24: Change to color A, continue repeating rows 1 and 2.
Bind off.

Sides of bag (make 2)


Cast on 12 stitches using your favorite cast on method
Row 1: Wtih color A, p (12 sts)
Row 2: k 3, kfb, k 2, kfb, k3 (14 sts)
Row 3: p
Row 4: k4, kfb, k2, kfb, k4 (16 sts)
Row 5: p
Row 6: k5, kfb, k2, kfb, k5 (18 sts)
Row 7: p
Row 8: k6, kfb, k2, kfb, k6 (20 sts)
Row 9: switch to color B, p
Row 10: K7, kfb, k2, kfb, k7 (22 sts)
Row 11: p
Row 12: k (22 sts)
Row 13- 16: repeat rows 11 and 12
Rows 17-24: change to color A, repeat rows 11 and 12
Rows 25- 32: Change to color B, repeat rows 11 and 12
Rows 33-40: Change to color A, repeat rows 11 and 12
Rows 41-48: Change to color B, repeat rows 11 and 12
Bind off



Sewing your bag together. 

  • First fold the sides in half  long ways so stitch 1 is touching stitch 12. Wip stitch row 1 together. Repeat on the other side piece.  
  • Then fold your middle piece together to find the middle stitch and mark it.
  • Put one side piece and middle piece together with the knit sides facing together. 
  • Wip stitch them together, it won't be stitch to stitch for every color change you will need to skip a stitch for it to come out even. 
  • Repeat on the other side. 
When all the seams are sewn together, add a Rim
Pick up each stitch around the bag opening with color A using circular needles, knit 5 rounds and bind off.
Weave in your ends.

Add the lining and handles to your bag.
Go enjoy the beach!

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer Festival Clutch

A Free Beginner Friendly Crochet Pattern 


I've got a great beginner friendly pattern for you all today. The only stitches in this clutch are sc and sl st. It doesn't get easier than that. I have been noticing a trend for the summer of circular clutches and baskets for hand bags. I love the artisan look that is being developed in fashion as of late. So here is my take on the trend. 

This is a little clutch is just the right size to have your bare essentials. My girls love it to put their little special things in. I used Bernat Handicrafter for the yarn. I love the color that I chose. It makes it look more like a basket and I finished it with a simple embroidery design. of long stitches to make the flower. I added some lazy daisy stitches for the leaves in a secondary color. 



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Designer: Julia Schwartz

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter variegates cotton yarn color: Sonoma Print. 400g / 14 oz, 650 meters / 710 yards

Hook: H/8 5mm

Notions: yarn needle, Button, Sewing thread, 2 colors of embroidery thread

Size: 17 inches circumference 

Gauge: 13 sc and 14 rows with sc st. 

Stitches Used: sc, sl st

Notes: The clutch is made by making the front and back peices, and the side piece is wip stitched to both front and back to make the wrist strap. 

Copyright:
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.


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Pattern Instruction 


Front and back of bag (make two circles)


Round 1: With an adjustable loop, make 6 sc in the loop, pull the loop tight and sl st into beginning sc. (6sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in the same st, {2 sc in the next sc} Repeat {to} 4 times, sl st into beginning sc. (12 sc)
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st,  2 sc in the next sc, {sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc} Repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning sc. (18 sc)
Round 4: Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in next st, 2 sc in the next st, {1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, Repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning sc. (24 sc)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, {1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, Repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning sc. (30 sc)
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, {1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, Repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning sc. (36 sc)
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, {1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, Repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning sc. (42 sc)
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, {1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, Repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning sc. (48 sc)
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st, {1 sc in each of the next 7 sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, Repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning sc. (54 sc)
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in the same st, sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in the next st, {1 sc in each of the next 8 sc, 2 sc in the next sc}, Repeat {to} 5 times, sl st into beginning sc. (60 sc)
Round 11: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st into beginning sc. (60 sc) 
Finnish off

Side and Wrist strap

Row 1: Ch 7, sc in the second ch from hook, sc in each ch. (6 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. (6 sc) 
Repeat row 2 for a total of 75 rows or until it measures 20 inches 
Finish off

Assembling the bag

  • For the front of the bag, embellish with embroidery and add a button to the to the center.
  • Wip stitch the first 45 sts of the front piece with the first 45 rows of the side and wrist strap. 
  • Repeat with the back side. 
  • Fold the left over rows of the side and sew it together to form the wrist strap.
  • For button flap, On the back, find the middle sc of unused sts, attach yarn and ch 20, sl st into starting sc, finish off. 
  • Weave your ends

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Waterways Cowl

A Free Knitting Pattern



This Pattern gained a lot of inspiration from the color itself. The colorway is called Aquatic Speckle. I wanted to explore the different ways we represent water in knitting. I really wanted the cowl to have the look of water moving through a creek or the different stages of a storm.

It took me awhile to pin point the exact design that I wanted. I actually had the design flip flopped and the cowl was half way done. I decided it needed to be the other way.
I ripped it all out. That was a rough day.
I started again and I'm so glad I did. I love how the different textures effect how the speckles lay in the cowl giving it a striking difference in the middle block.

The pattern starts with a simple eyelet pattern, that grows into the middle cable section, and then back to the eyelet pattern.

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Designer Julia Schwartz 
Yarn: Knit Picks Hawthorne Specked color aquatic Speckle 357 yards 100g.
Needle 3,5mm/US 4 circular 24 in
Notions: Yarn Needle to weave in your ends, 1 place marker
Size: 9 in by 32 (circumference) in after blocking
Gauge: 16 k, and 28 rows after blocking equals 4 inches.
Stitches Used:
 K: knit, p: purl, yo: yarn over, RT: Right twist, LT: Left twist, k2tog: knit 2 stitches together,  pm: place marker, sm: slip marker, Left 4 st cable, right 4 st cable, B: Knit through the back loop,
Special Stitches: 

  • Right Twist (RT): Knit 2 together keeping both stitches on the left needle, knit into the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
  • Left Twist (LT): Knit through the back loop of the 2nd st, keep the stitch on the left needle, knit in the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
Copyright
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.


Cowl Instructions

Cast on 200 stitches
Row 1: pm, k2, p2,
Row 2-4: sm, k2, p2,
Row 5: sm,  k
Row 6: sm, {YO, k2tog, k2} repeat {to}for all 200 sts 
Row 7: sm, {B, k3} repeat {to}for all 200 sts
Row 8-9: sm, k
Row 10: sm, {k2, YO, k2tog} repeat {to}
Row 11: sm, k2, {B, k3} repeat {to}, k in last stitch
Row 12-13: sm, k
Rows 14- 37: repeat rows 6- 13 3 times
Row 38: sm, {YO, k2tog, RT, LT, k2} repeat {to} 
Row 39: sm, {B, k7}, repeat {to}
Row 40: sm, k2, {LT, RT, k4} repeat {to}, k2 in last 2 sts
Row 41: sm,  k 
Row 42: sm, {right 4 st cable, left 4 st cable} repeat {to} 24 times
Row 43-45: sm, k
Row 46: sm, {left 4 st cable , right 4 st cable}repeat {to} 24 times
Row 47-49: sm, k
Rows 50-65: Repeat rows 42-49
Rows 66- 73: repeat rows 42-46
Row 74: sm, k
Row 75: sm, {YO, k2tog, RT, LT, k2} repeat {to}
Row 76: sm, {B, k7}, repeat {to}
Row 77: sm, k2, {LT, RT, k4} repeat {to}, k2 in last 2 sts 
Row 78: sm,  k
Row 79: sm, {YO, k2tog, k2} repeat {to}for all 200 sts
Row 80: sm, {B, k3} repeat {to}for all 200 sts
Row 81-82: sm, k
Row 83: sm, {k2, YO, k2tog} repeat {to}
Row 84: sm, k2, {B, k3} repeat {to}, k in last st
Row 85-86: sm, k
Rows 87- 111: repeat rows 79- 86 3 times
Rows 112-115: sm, {k, p} repeat {to}
Cast off
Weave in your ends
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