Thursday, March 31, 2011
I love this purse--not only is it stylish but it's so easy to pack. All of which make it an ideal spring/summer purse. I've knit this purse from cotton, raw silk, linen and hemp/cotton blend yarns.
Knitting needles: one set of straight needles 4.50 mm (US 7/UK 7) and two double point needles
Tension: 1" = 5 stitches
Cast on 45 stitches
Row 1: knit one, *slip stitch as if to purl (bringing yarn forward), knit one, continue from * to last two stitches, slip stitch, knit one
Row 2: knit one, *knit one, slip stitch continue from * to last two stitches, knit two
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern.
Cast on 4 to 6 stitches (depending on how thick you want your strap. The more stitches the thicker the strap.)
Once you've knit the first row don't turn your work. Instead keep the right side of the work facing you and slide the stitches to the other end of the needle. Bring the working yarn forward. Continue working in this manner until you begin to create a "tube". During the initial rows of I-cord the wrong side may resemble little ladders. Fear not, the laddering will disappear as you continue to work while maintaining tension.