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Holly Knitting Pattern

Holly

Designer: Amanda Walker

Create vintage glamour with Holly, Amanda Walker's gorgeous sari ribbon evening bag


If you’ve blown your budget on the outfit and have nothing to carry taxi fare and lip stick, don’t panic! Amanda Walker is here to show you how to make your own evening bag! She combines a strand of Rowan’s fuzzy Kidsilk Haze with one of Louisa Harding’s shimmering Sari Ribbon yarn in a simple moss stitch for a dense, textured fabric. The purchased metal frame gives Holly a professional finish. It’s the perfect accessory for a romantic winter soiree!

HOLLY PATTERN

Bag panel (make two)
Using 5mm needles and yarn A, tightly cast on 30 sts Join yarn B, and cont working with yarn A and B together
? Row 1: * k1, p1, rep from * to end
? Row 2: * p1, k1, rep from * to end
These two rows form moss st
? Rep Rows 1 and 2 four times in total
? Row 9: p1, p2tog, cont in moss st to last three sts, k2 tog, k1. 28 sts
? Row 10: k1, p2tog, moss st to last three sts, k2tog, p1. 26 sts
? Row 11: p1, p2tog, moss st to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 24 sts
? Row 12: k1, p2tog, moss stitch to last three sts, k2tog, p1. 22 sts
? Row 13: p1, p2tog, moss st to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 20 sts
? Row 14: cast off two sts, moss st to end of row. 18 sts
? Row 15: cast off two sts, moss st to end of row. 16 sts
? Row 16-19: work four rows in moss st
? Row 20: p1, p2tog, moss st to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 14 sts
? Row 21: k1, p2tog, moss st to last three sts, k2tog, p1. 12 sts
Cast off

To make up

With right sides facing, yarn B and back stitch, sew the two sides of the bag together, beg at the two cast off stitches, around the curve, along the base, up around the opposite curve to the other two cast off stitches. Using yarn B, sew the top of the bag to the two sides of the metal frame with running stitch, first in one direction, then in reverse for optimum security. Finally, weave a length of yarn A through the chain and attach the chain to the frame.

Break the rules
For this project, Amanda has used needles much smaller than the 8mm ones suggested for use with the Sari Ribbon (and even added in a second yarn!). This, combined with moss stitch, has created a dense fabric that will hold its shape when the purse is used. It has even removed the need for lining! Why not experiment with your free 5mm needles on yarns that are not usually knitted up on this size and see what effects you can create?

13cm x 20 cm (across widest point; frame is 12.5 cm at widest point)

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