Hey all!!! I finally installed the WordPress app on my phone!!! Duh! How else to upload photos??? My goodness. What took me so long? I think I may be inspired to blog more often! The only problem I have encountered so far is ‘capturing’ a photo. It just doesn’t work for me. The camera stops working every time. But, I have no problems adding a photo from my photo gallery. whew!
Here is what I have been working on . . .
Recently, I came across this pattern at Yarnspirations.com called the Lattice Lace Market Bag. which is a free Intermediate Women’s Bag Knit Pattern. (I was intrigued!) It’s not often I find a pattern I like and immediately go to my stash, and work start to finish. I pulled out a cone of worsted weight cotton yarn which has been patiently waiting to become something fabulous. 😀
If you can do these things . . . you can make this bag: Cast on; knit; purl; yo=yarn over; k2tog=knit 2 together; psso=pass slipped stitch over; ssk=slip next 2 sts knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together; p2sso=pass two slipped stitches over; sl1=slip next stitch knitwise; sl2=Slip next 2 stitches together;
The bag is worked bottom up, and I always find the beginning of center-out circular knitting so fiddly, but once started I could breathe a little easier. I altered the method of cast on, however, I don’t think I could replicate it because I didn’t write it down. I will pull out my handy Circular Knitting Workshop book if I decide to try this pattern again. (Search, closed center cast on.) Also, I think I need to try this: Circular cast-on knitting video with Jen Lucas
I found a way to keep track of the rows, and it was . . . off to the races! (What other method to you all use to keep track of your lace knitting???)
I wasn’t entirely happy with the way the top border and handles were turning out. Tearing back to the top of the bag became something of an adventure! (whoo!!!)
I decided to use my mad crochet skills to finish off this beautiful lace bag. (Ha!) First I did a normal cast off, knitwise. I found a crochet hook the same size as the needles called for (5.00mm) and crocheted on four rows of single crochet worked into the back loop. Viola!
I also decided to work the handles in crochet as well. The pattern says to cast on 75 stitches and knit four rows. So, I chained 75 and am working single crochet (also into the back loop) for four rows.
Well, there you have it! I hope you all are having the best weekend! Until I log on again . . . HAPPY STITCHING!!! ~ Love, G-Ma Ellen