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Friday: Fiber History

October 30, 2009

First let me thank everyone who has commented with a suggestion about a fiber artist so far. My first few e-mails will be going out today.

Because I want to kick start the Friday Fiber Artist collectively, today will be dedicated to Fiber History. (Because, well, why not?)

I have been knee deep in Victorian historical research for the past week. In that vein I wanted to give you a couple of Victorian patterns that I have come across (and admired.)

First the Princess Crocheted Workbag. Not only is it gorgeous, but Mary Schlueter also provided translation, making the pattern workable from a modern day American perspective.

princess crochet bag

Doesn’t it look incredibly intricate? The instructions aren’t terribly complicated, and now I have a serious case of bag-envy. That seems to be a natural state for me though.

Second, from the same site: Infant’s Knitted Bootee . Unfortunately there is no gauge or yarn or needle size but hey, that just adds to the adventure!

Looking at them though, I wonder if it wasn’t done with sewing thread, because these look like terribly intricate booties to fit on a infant foot. Hmmm. Betcha if you use worsted weight and sz 5’s you could make an “Adult’s Knitted Bootee”

knitted_bootee_small

Free Pattern: Knit Cube Sachet

August 6, 2009

So today’s free pattern is a sachet, besides making your clothes smell fresh, sachets that hold lavender or cloves also protect wool of all sorts from moths. With that in mind I made a small sachet that is quick to make and small enough to easily be thrown in either a draw, project bag, or storage bin.

Why a cube, because while knitting the mitered squares, I remembered a bit of oragami I once did, where I had to fold a cube out of one continuous piece of paper (don’t worry, it’s fun!)

sachet 1

Materials: 1 ball of Sugar ‘n Cream tumbleweed or another worsted weight cotton yarn

US size 4 needles

Tapestry needle

Gauge: 1 mitered square is about 2″ x 2″ but  the important thing about gauge is that it should be tight enough to keep the lavender buds or cloves from falling out.

cube

Here’s the basic cube assembly, the color coded sides will be knit together in the pattern, the other sides must be sewn to each other after the fact.

For Square 1:

Cast On 14 sts

Row 1: Purl across

Row 2: Knit 5, SSK, K2tog, Knit 5 (12 sts)

Row 3: Purl across

Row 4: Knit 4, SSK, K2tog, Knit 4 (10 sts)

Row 5: Purl across

Row 6: Knit 3, SSK, K2tog, Knit 3 (8 sts)

Row 7: Purl across

Row 8: Knit 2, SSK, K2tog, Knit 2 (6 sts)

Row 9: Purl across

Row 10: Knit 1, SSK, K2tog, Knit 1 (4 sts)

Row 11: Purl Across

Row 12: SSK, K2tog (2 sts)

Row 13: Purl across

Row 14: K2tog (1 st)

Square 2:

Leaving the stitch on the needle pick up and knit 6 stitches along the right side of square 1 and cast on 7 stitches using the cable method. Repeat rows 1-14

Square 3:

Leaving the stitch on the needle pick up and knit 6 stitches along the right side of square 2 and cast on 7 stitches using the cable method. Repeat rows 1-12

Row 13: P2tog (1 st)

Square 4:

Leaving the stitch on the needle pick up and purl 6 stitches along the left side of square 3 and cast on 7 stitches using the cable method. Knit across all sts then repeat rows 1-14

Square 5:

Leaving the stitch on the needle pick up and knit 6 stitches along the right side of square 4 and pick up and knit 7 stitches from the side of square 3. (14 sts) Repeat rows 1-14

Square 6:

Leaving the stitch on the needle pick up and knit 6 stitches along the right side of square 5 and pick up and knit 7 stitches from the remaining side of square 3. (14 sts) Repeat rows 1-14

Break yarn.

For the assembly should be fairly apparent at this point, and all you have to do is turn it inside out,  sew all but one of the sides closed, flip it right side out, fill it with either lavender or cloves and stitch that last part closed.

Voila! A cube sachet.

sachet 2