FIRST AID PURSE

Knit Today Magazine - - 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

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