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Knitted Hand Bag (pictures above taken by my daughter, Kayleigh)
I wanted to make a bag out of yarn and practice my knitting, so I decided to pick a knitting stitch and design a bag to fit around it. I had some Red Heart Grande yarn leftover from my Knitted Red Heart Cosy Car Coat and decided to use it for this project. As always, this was another project that went to one of my children - Kayleigh. She uses it to store some books and folders in.
The finished size was 12″ (30.5cm) height by 19″ (48.2cm) wide.
The stitch pattern called for working in knit (garter) and purl stitch. These are some of the first stitches you learn as a beginner. The diamond stitch requires working alternate numbers of knit and purl to create the diamond shapes. I found the diamond stitch in “A little course in…Knitting” Dorling Kindersley (DK). I worked the handle as an i-cord, which made it very strong.
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Red Heart Grande (shade - Spearmint 00623, Wintergreen 00511).
14 Spearmint, 4 Wintergreen x 150g (5.3oz/45yds/42m) balls.
Weight category: UK Chunky [US 5/Bulky/Chunky].
Tension/gauge: 6 stitches x 8 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size UK 15mm [US 19] knitting needles.
The knitting needles I used were circular UK 15mm [US 19].
I would give the Red Heart Grande yarn a 2 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It was easy to work;
- There is only a small choice of colours available;
- The feel of it was quite soft and I found it very heavy once finished;
- You do not get a lot on a ball;
- The cost of yarn is expensive - I paid about £4.50 per 150g ball;
- Would I use this yarn again? STILL UNDECIDED.
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