FIRST AID PURSE
Being fabulous, creative knitters there’s nothing more exciting than discovering a new yarn. But just imagine working with something that’s not a traditional material. This gorgeous nurse purse by Jemima Schlee is created using bakers’ twine. It gives the finished piece a robust feel which is perfect when you want to store sharp things like scissors and tweezers. Bakers’ twine can be found easily at your nearest hardware store or online. It often comes in a range of really gorgeous colours, so once you’re finished being practical you can create a whole wealth of items that will match your home decor. Once tried we think you’ll love working with string!
MAIN PIECE Using yarn A, cast on 26 sts. Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2 (WS): Cast on 2 sts, p to end. 28 sts Row 3: Cast on 2 sts, k to end. 30 sts Row 4: Purl to end. Rows 5–10: Work in stocking stitch. Rows 11–25: Follow the chart on page 60, using B to work the motif and stranding the yarn not in use loosely across the back of the work. Rows 26–38: Work in stocking stitch using A. Row 39: Cast off 3 sts, knit to end. 27 sts Row 40: Cast off 3 sts, purl to end. 24 sts Rows 41–46: Work in stocking stitch. Row 47: Cast on 3 sts, knit to end. 27 sts Row 48: Cast on 3 sts, purl to end. 30 sts Rows 49–58: Work in stocking stitch, using yarn A. Rows 59–73: Follow the chart below using yarn B to work the motif and stranding the yarn not in use loosely across the back of the work. Rows 74–80: Work in stocking stitch. Row 81: Cast off 3 sts, knit to end. 27 sts Row 82: Cast off 3, purl to end. 24 sts Row 83: Cast off loosely.
BLOCKING 1 Neaten ends by threading them on a darning needle and feeding them through the back of a few stitches at the back of the work before trimming to 1cm (³/ 2 Block the knitted piece and press it using a hot steam iron.
MAKING UP 3 Fold work in half, right-sides facing, across a central fold line. Align and pin or tack the two straight side edges. Machine stitch down the two sides close to the edge. 4 Close the box corners by flattening them, positioning the side seams exactly on the central fold line. Align and pin or tack the two short edges together. Close the two gaps by machine sewing. Finish off all the thread ends by hand with a darning needle.
Making the lining 5 Cut two lining pieces from cream cotton using the template on page 60. Pin together carefully, aligning the raw edges and sew along three sides between the dots marked on the template with a seam allowance of approximately 1cm (³/ Reverse stitch at the beginning and end of the seam for extra strength. 6 Press the seams open – this is fiddly, so take care not to scorch your fingers. Working on one of the bottom corners, create the flat base by making box corners. Place your hand inside the lining and push