Spin and Knit:
If you're a spinner or you just love handspun yarn, you might find it difficult to find patterns that are made for your individual creations or that will look good and be useful no matter what type of yarn you use.
This little handspun trinket bag -- which could be used to hold a knitting or spinning project, or as a small purse -- is great for using your own homespun or someone else's. Even if you don't have a lot of yarn you can make a small bag that shows off the handmade yarn beautifully.
- about 130 yards of handspun thick and thin yarn (or more or less for a smaller or larger bag; or use less but don't make the cord out of the same yarn) mine came from Midnight & Lulu and was a roughly meduim weight wool and mohair blend
- set of five double pointed knitting needles of a size to coordinate with your yarn (I used size 7 US or 4.5 mm)
- stitch marker
- tape measure, scissors and yarn needle
Gauge is not critical and will vary depending on your yarn, but I got about 4 stitches and 8 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round.
Size will vary depending on your yarn and needles; mine is 9 inches tall and about 14 inches around with a 3.5 inch base.
- Cast on 15 stitches.
- Working back and forth on two needles, knit in Garter Stitch until your piece is about square (in my case, 3.5 inches)
- Using a new needle, pick up and knit stitches along the side of the square, one for every ridge (every other row). Use another new needle to pick up one stitch for every cast on stitch, and a final needle to pick up a stitch for every ridge along the other side. Place a stitch marker before the second to last stitch and begin working in the round. The exact number of stitches picked up may vary; an even number is helpful later in the pattern.
- Work in Stockinette Stitch, working a round of purl stitches about every inch, or more randomly if desired. (I purled every ninth round.) Keep working in this manner until piece measures about 8 inches, or height of your choice, ending with a purl round.
- Knit three rounds.
- Next round, *knit 2, yarn over, knit 2 together. Repeat from * across, knitting any extra stitches at the end of the round.
- Knit three more rounds.
- Bind off and weave in ends.
Make a 3-stitch I-cord measuring 36 inches. Weave the cord in and out through the eyelets. Tie in a bow to secure the top of the bag.