Welcome to day five of the Stylecraft Blog Tour! Fancy a free pattern and a chance to win a whole caboodle of yarn, regardless of where in the world you are? Read on, Macduff…
So, just for the benefit of anyone who is new round these ‘ere parts, (hello at the back, there), a few months ago I co-judged Stylecraft yarn’s competition to find a new shade for their range of Special DK. With me were the editor of Let’s Knit magazine (who waited very patiently in the car park before we went in, whilst I finished knitting the skirt I’d designed and knitted for the occasion), plus Annabelle from Stylecraft and Lucy from Attic24.
And Stylecraft, being wise, decided to produce a limited edition pack of all ten of the shades that we shortlisted. Hurrah! The duck egg (top right) was the ultimate winner, by the way. The pack will be on sale from 13th October.
So… you want to win a pack of all the yarn pictured above? ‘Tis easy! All you need to do is enter here. The link will be live today (29.09.15) from 10.15am until midnight GMT. The competition is open worldwide.
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But you’ll need something to make with all that lovely yarn, too, regardless of whether you buy it or win it, won’t you? Hmmm…. Let me think for a minute… How about… THIS SHOULDER-BAG?!!!
It has a neat flap and a little magnetic clasp to keep it closed:-
It was a lot of fun to design:-
Want to knit one? No, don’t look at me like that: it’s actually pretty quick and easy to make, as long as you’ve tried fairisle/stranded knitting before. The front and back panels are worked in the round, starting from the outside and working in with decreases on every round, so there’s no yucky purling fairisle. (Can you tell that I hate purling fairisle?) The strap, sides, and underneath are worked in one big round, too. Only the reverse of the strap and also the flap are knitted flat: but let’s not think about that.
The panels are joined with single crochet stitches (that’s double crochet in UK terms), but if you’re not a hooker, you can always use blanket stitch to attach the pieces.
I’ve put together a free pattern in case you’d like to make the bag. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IT! And you’ll find a Ravelry link HERE. And I realize that most people don’t want more than about a million photos in their patterns, so I’m going to put a few photos of the making process here, just to give you a bit of a visual aid. Do comment below with any questions or – horrors! – errata. Here we go:-
And again. See this lovely mitred corner forming?
And when things get too tight, we swap from a circular needle on to DPNs:-
The reverse side looks like this:-
Beginning the second side:-
And here are all the components, ready for joining:-
I used single crochet stitches for joining and for edges, all in Duck Egg:-
Edging the strap makes it neat:-
It’s worth the effort of lining the bag:-
And then suddenly, you’re DONE!
And the blog tour? Well next it’s The Patchwork Heart, so do scurry over there tomorrow morning to look at her design and have another chance at the giveaway.