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tim & tam Knitting Pattern

tim & tam

The bright and bold felted fabric of Tim & Tam will surely put a smile on your face

TIM

Using the 4 mm hook, make 30ch. Turn
? Round 1: (2ch, 2dc) in first st, then, working along the foundation chain, 1dc in each st to end. Now work a further 2dc in last st, then 1 dc in each st along the opposite side of the foundation chain. Join with sl st to first 2ch. 64sts
? Round 2: Remember that at the beginning of every round you will need to work 2ch in place of the first dc. Work 3dc in to the next st, work 1dc in each st of previous round until last st, work 3dc in last st. Join with sl st to first 2ch. 68sts
? Rounds 3, 4 and 5: repeat round 2. 80sts
? Work 30 rounds of dc in each st without further increases and changing colours every few rounds to create stripes
? Fasten off yarn

Buttonhole flap

Find centre of the back and count three sts on either side. Rejoin yarn to third st from right of centre and work seven rows of dc on these seven sts
? Next row: Make button loop, 1dc into each of first two sts, 4ch, miss three sts, 1dc in each of last two sts
? Fasten off


Handles, make two

Count seven sts to left of buttonhole flap. Rejoin yarn to eighth stitch. Each handle is worked in rows of 3dc; so, working on this and next two sts to left, work 60 rows of dc
? Fasten off


To make up

Join the end of the handle to the top of the bag on the other side of the flap, either using the crochet hook and sl st, or stitching in place using a tapestry needle, leaving a gap of seven sts.

To felt the bag, wash it in the washing machine at 60°, with a short spin. Remove from the machine at the end of the cycle and, if necessary, gently pull into shape. Leave to dry flat - do not hang up.

Stitch a button in place to correspond with the buttonhole, sewing the smaller button on top of the larger one, for decorative effect.

TAM

Using the 4 mm hook, make 10ch. Turn
? Round 1: (2ch, 2dc) in first st, then, working along the foundation chain, 1dc in each st to end. Now work a further 2dc in last st, then 1dc in each st along the opposite side of the foundation chain. Join with sl st to first 2ch. 24 sts
? Round 2: Remember that at the beginning of every round you will need to work 2ch in place of the first dc. Work 3dc in the next st, work 1dc in each st of previous round until last st, work 3dc into last stitch. Join with sl st to first 2ch. 28 sts ? Rounds 3, 4 and 5: repeat round 2. 40 sts
? Work 11 rounds of dc without further increases and changing colours every few rounds to create stripes
? Fasten off yarn

Make flap
Turn and work one row of 20dc. Turn
? Next row: Skip first st, work one row of 18dc. Turn
? Next row: Skip first st, work one row of 16dc. Turn

Continue in this way, decreasing one st at either end of each row until 8dc

? Next row: Buttonhole. Skip first st, work 2dc, 4ch, skip two sts, 1dc in each of next two sts

Fasten off and weave the end of the yarn through the sts of the last row, to help create a neat button loop

To make up
Felt the purse, following the instructions given for the bag. Sew on buttons, with the larger one beneath the smaller one

Getting started

Most crochet patterns begin with a ‘foundation’ chain, made up of a number of chain (ch) stitches. On subsequent rows, the first stitch is also made up of a number of chain stitches – so, for example, if you are working a row of double crochet (dc), the first stitch in the row will usually be 2ch, in place of the first dc.

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