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  • Elspeth
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Practise your colourwork skills with Luise Roberts' gorgeous Elspeth bag

This charming tote shows how just one band of colourwork can really bring a project to life. The simple motif uses just three colours and is a classic example of traditional Fair Isle design. The technique involves carrying or stranding the different colours across the wrong side of your work and is the best method for working smaller, more intricate motifs.


Pattern Instructions

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  • ELSPETH PATTERN - Front

    BOTTOM SECTION
    Using yarn A, 3.25mm needles and the long tail method, loosely cast on 73 sts
    NOTE: the first row is a purl row so in this pattern the RS rows are even-numbered
    [] Row 1: p
    [] Row 2: k2, * sl1, k1, rep from * to last st, k1
    [] Rep the last two rows 27 more times
    Change to 3mm needles
    [] Row 57: p5, (p2tog, p6) six times, p2tog, p to the end of the row. 66 sts
    [] Rows 58-93: starting with a k row work in st st, ending on a p row
    Change to 3.25mm needles
    [] Work from the chart
    Change to 3mm needles
    [] Rows 109-125: starting with a p row work in st st, ending on a p row

    BUTTONHOLE
    [] Row 126: k28, cast off ten sts, k to the end of the row
    [] Row 127: p28, cast on 12 sts, p to the end of the row
    [] Row 128: k27, ssk, k9, k2tog, k to the end of the row

    TOP SECTION
    [] Rows 129-145: starting with a p row work in st st, ending on a p row

    TURNOVER
    [] Rows 146-147: p
    [] Rows 148-160: starting with a k row work in st st ending on a k row
    [] Cast off loosely

  • Back

    [] Work as for front but do not work the buttonhole, instead cont in set patt

  • To make up

    Weave in ends. Pin and block both pieces to measure 22cm x 37.5cm. Position and punch the eyelets 28cm from the cast on edge and 1cm from each side edge on both front and back. Using a tapestry needle and mattress stitch, sew up the two side seams. Fold Turnover to the WS and slip stitch in place. Using mattress stitch, sew up the bottom edge. Secure the horseshoe handle hooks through the eyelets. Attach the bag handle to the horseshoe handle hooks.

Pattern Instructions

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ELSPETH PATTERN - Front

BOTTOM SECTION
Using yarn A, 3.25mm needles and the long tail method, loosely cast on 73 sts
NOTE: the first row is a purl row so in this pattern the RS rows are even-numbered
[] Row 1: p
[] Row 2: k2, * sl1, k1, rep from * to last st, k1
[] Rep the last two rows 27 more times
Change to 3mm needles
[] Row 57: p5, (p2tog, p6) six times, p2tog, p to the end of the row. 66 sts
[] Rows 58-93: starting with a k row work in st st, ending on a p row
Change to 3.25mm needles
[] Work from the chart
Change to 3mm needles
[] Rows 109-125: starting with a p row work in st st, ending on a p row

BUTTONHOLE
[] Row 126: k28, cast off ten sts, k to the end of the row
[] Row 127: p28, cast on 12 sts, p to the end of the row
[] Row 128: k27, ssk, k9, k2tog, k to the end of the row

TOP SECTION
[] Rows 129-145: starting with a p row work in st st, ending on a p row

TURNOVER
[] Rows 146-147: p
[] Rows 148-160: starting with a k row work in st st ending on a k row
[] Cast off loosely

Back

[] Work as for front but do not work the buttonhole, instead cont in set patt

To make up

Weave in ends. Pin and block both pieces to measure 22cm x 37.5cm. Position and punch the eyelets 28cm from the cast on edge and 1cm from each side edge on both front and back. Using a tapestry needle and mattress stitch, sew up the two side seams. Fold Turnover to the WS and slip stitch in place. Using mattress stitch, sew up the bottom edge. Secure the horseshoe handle hooks through the eyelets. Attach the bag handle to the horseshoe handle hooks.

Elspeth

Pattern Instructions

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  • ELSPETH PATTERN - Front

    BOTTOM SECTION
    Using yarn A, 3.25mm needles and the long tail method, loosely cast on 73 sts
    NOTE: the first row is a purl row so in this pattern the RS rows are even-numbered
    [] Row 1: p
    [] Row 2: k2, * sl1, k1, rep from * to last st, k1
    [] Rep the last two rows 27 more times
    Change to 3mm needles
    [] Row 57: p5, (p2tog, p6) six times, p2tog, p to the end of the row. 66 sts
    [] Rows 58-93: starting with a k row work in st st, ending on a p row
    Change to 3.25mm needles
    [] Work from the chart
    Change to 3mm needles
    [] Rows 109-125: starting with a p row work in st st, ending on a p row

    BUTTONHOLE
    [] Row 126: k28, cast off ten sts, k to the end of the row
    [] Row 127: p28, cast on 12 sts, p to the end of the row
    [] Row 128: k27, ssk, k9, k2tog, k to the end of the row

    TOP SECTION
    [] Rows 129-145: starting with a p row work in st st, ending on a p row

    TURNOVER
    [] Rows 146-147: p
    [] Rows 148-160: starting with a k row work in st st ending on a k row
    [] Cast off loosely

  • Back

    [] Work as for front but do not work the buttonhole, instead cont in set patt

  • To make up

    Weave in ends. Pin and block both pieces to measure 22cm x 37.5cm. Position and punch the eyelets 28cm from the cast on edge and 1cm from each side edge on both front and back. Using a tapestry needle and mattress stitch, sew up the two side seams. Fold Turnover to the WS and slip stitch in place. Using mattress stitch, sew up the bottom edge. Secure the horseshoe handle hooks through the eyelets. Attach the bag handle to the horseshoe handle hooks.