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piper Knitting Pattern


Combine vintage ribbons and pictures with modern style to create this fun little tote

Knitting your own accessories is a great way of making a personal style statement, and can jazzup any outfit in no time. Piper is the perfect project for adding your own decorations to and customising – starting with which colourway you’ll make it in. Jamieson and Smith’s Shetland Wool is available in over 100 beautiful shades, both bright and neutral, so there’s almost bound to be something that suits your tastes.


Front /Back (make two)

Cast on 40 sts
? Work eight rows in garter stitch (knit every row)
? Next row: k2tog, knit to last two sts; k2tog
? Carry on working in garter stitch, decreasingevery eighth row, until 28sts rem
? Work 16 rows without further decreases
? Cast off

? Cast on 40 sts
? Work 16 rows in garter stitch
? Cast off

Sides (make two)
? Cast on ten sts
? Work 66 rows in garter stitch
? Cast off

Handles (make two)
? Cast on five sts
? Work 130 rows in garter stitch
? Cast off

Making Up
Stitch the base to the cast-on edges of the Back and Front. Stitch side pieces in place, and attach the handles, sewing the ends about 5mm below the cast-off edge.

To felt the bag, put it in a washing machine on a 40
degree cycle, with a very short spin. Once finished,
remove from the machine and, if necessary, gently
pull into shape. Leave to dry flat; do not hang up.

1. Print or photocopy your picture onto a sheet of transfer paper. Follow the manufacturerfs instructions closely and be sure to print a mirror image of the photograph, or the original will be reversed when you come to transfer it to fabric (see panel below).

2. Trim the transfer, leaving a thin white margin all round the image. Place it face-down onto a piece of white cotton fabric (leaving a border of at least 2cm all round) and press with a hot iron, according to manufacturerfs instructions. Leave to cool, then carefully peel away the backing fabric.

3. Fold the raw edges of the fabric back under themselves (to the wrong side) and stitch the motif in place on the bag with white thread, using running stitch. Add a border of narrow pink ribbon, and stitch buttons onto each corner.

4. Cut a length of velvet ribbon long enough to go round the top edge of the bag, plus 3cm. Pin the ribbon in place, with the two ends meeting at the centre front of the work. Slip stitch the edges of the ribbon to the bag. Turn under the ends of the ribbon and stitch neatly in place, then attach a button on top to hide the join.

Transfer Tips

Inkjet transfer paper works by using a heat source (i.e, your iron) to transfer an image (which has has been printed onto the paper) to fabric. Commercial papers will print on a variety of textiles, including synthetics such as nylon. Papers are available now from Lazertran, priced £6.38 per five A4 sheets.

The image printed onto the paper melts into the fabric once heated and when fixed, it’s there to stay (with a little care and attention!) - most wash at 40 degrees with no risk of fading or deterioration.

To make your transfer picture perfect, you’ll need to ensure that the image is reversed before printing – the transferring process ‘mirrors’ your design.This is easier to do than you may think – if using a graphics programme such as Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop, simply flip the picture on screen. If you aren’t able to use software to change your picture, don’t fret – you should be able to do it straight from your printer.

On pressing ‘print’ to get your image, go into your printer’s ‘properties’ and find the ‘mirror image’ setting. Most printers will have this feature. Select this option and your designs will print out, mirrored and reversed.

The Need For Speed
It’s sometimes important to speed up the drying process when felting an item, and tumble driers can be used. It’s wise to only tumble-dry each item once, as some yarns may shrink or crease slightly – felting and drying is risky business!

24cm (width at widest point) x 19cm (length), after felting

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