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Lucy Fan
11-26-2006, 04:14 PM
I love this purse and want to make it. http://knitwise.typepad.com/Victoria_knitted_bag.pdf Although when I looked up the Phildar yarn I came across sites from overseas. I'm not sure I'd be able to locate the yarn in the states and I'm wondering what yarn (s) would be a good substitute. Can anyone help me? I'm quite a novice and am not too familiar with different yarns or how to shop for yarn.

Thanks!

gardenmommy
11-26-2006, 04:41 PM
Looks like it is about 51% wool, 49% acrylic blend, so look for something that will give you a similar gauge, the pattern says 16 stitches over 10 cm/(about 4 inches) with a 4.5 mm (about US size 7).

Something like Plymouth Encore worsted or possibly Encore Chunky might work. Since it's a bag and not a sweater, gauge wouldn't be THAT critical. Encore worsted gauge is 22 st/size 8, Encore chunky is 14 st/size 10, so going down to a size 7 needle would probably get you pretty close to 16 sts.

Lucy Fan
11-26-2006, 04:44 PM
Thank you so much!

gardenmommy
11-26-2006, 04:47 PM
Wool-Ease Chunky might work too, if that is easier for you to find locally.

misstialouise
11-26-2006, 04:56 PM
I'd look at yarn content and guage, and find something similar...

:D

luv2knit
11-27-2006, 05:39 PM
I saw that also and thought it was a nice pattern. I see in the picture that it is knitted with beads, does anyone know how you would go about positioning them correctly on it, the pattern doesn't mention beads at all.

Lucy Fan
11-27-2006, 07:38 PM
luv2knit- She has a blog... http://knitwise.typepad.com/knitwise/2006/05/index.html From the sounds of it the beads were hand sewn on.

luv2knit
11-27-2006, 10:30 PM
Thanks! She has a nice website!

Lucy Fan
11-27-2006, 11:54 PM
I just ordered my yarn! I ordered from knitpicks. I'm not sure on the guage so I'll have to play around with it when I get it.

I've decided to go with a coral main color and a cream top. I'll have to go to hobby lobby and get the rest of the materials.

IndianPrincessSIP
12-02-2006, 01:37 PM
Just wanted to thank you Lucy Fan for posting this pattern. I grabbed an odd remnent of leftover acrylic 'torquise' that was laying around, (I think I picked it up at a second hand store ages ago) My Addie 1s and went to town several days ago.
I love the diamond pattern.
Of course my 'bag' is not to size, but I don't mind. I cast off my first side in black picot (knitted) rather than crochet that the pattern calls for, and I have to say that
I'm in love with the little thing!

:teehee:

Lucy Fan
12-03-2006, 07:00 PM
I'm so glad Indian Princess! I'm just waiting for my yarn to get here to start. It should be here soon. :happydance:

Lucy Fan
12-04-2006, 01:23 AM
I should learn to check my mail more often. The yarn was sitting in there, it must have come yesterday! I've gotten about 16 rows done so far. I'm really enjoying it. I have to learn how to picot soon. I have no idea how to do that.

Lucy Fan
12-04-2006, 04:08 PM
Here's what I have so far.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid220/pa7fbe755dad8bb72b82fc60b0091610d/ebc2e33f.jpg

KnittinMitchie
12-05-2006, 04:01 PM
That looks SO neat. I think I'll have to try my hand at it. What weight of yarn did you order from KP?

Lucy Fan
12-05-2006, 04:55 PM
knittinmitchie, I wound up buying the shine worsted from KP.

IndianPrincessSIP
12-07-2006, 08:55 PM
Here's what mine turned out like.

I was very close to running out of yarn so I made a different sort of handle, and my own 'button'. I also made the gusset one piece versus three different parts. I'm not going to line it either. I like looking at the inside pattern.

Thanks again for posting the link. I'll be adding some more photo's to my blog shortly.

Tita
12-07-2006, 10:56 PM
I have no words! I love that pattern. You have made me start yet another project..but oh does it look fab!!! :heart:
Sorry, I have no other comment! :oops:

KnittinMitchie
12-08-2006, 02:44 PM
Cool I like that. I might just get the yarn so I can knit it on the way to see the inlaws in florida.

Lucy Fan
12-10-2006, 04:45 PM
Indian Princess, your's turned out great!! I love it!

Here's what I have so far. I knit the picot edge too and it was my first time ever doing a picot so I'm not sure I did it correctly. :shrug:

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid220/p3a1b5da84284061962153b9c38ca9c3c/ebaef396.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid220/pe7a5ce1331080a82d278f3c2da62eb44/ebaef37f.jpg

mum2caden
12-10-2006, 08:41 PM
I want to attempt this pattern- but I have only been knitting about 2 weeks (I have that grandmothers fave dishcloth mastered, lol).

I don't want to do the picot edge though, I want to add my tatting. Think that will work out okay? And think I can handle it at all?

Lucy Fan
12-10-2006, 10:45 PM
Mum2caden, yes I think you can handle it. All it is is knitting and purling. Theres not really any complicated stitches except for the picot edge. I'm not sure what tatting is, but I'm sure it'll look great!

mum2caden
12-10-2006, 11:00 PM
Tatting is a form of lace. And I think this bag would look fab with it around the edges..

Nourgihan
12-12-2006, 12:59 PM
For posting this pattern and helping to crush my attempt to knit something other than handbags. :teehee: What a beautiful pattern and everyones bags are so amazing. :happydance:

Lucy Fan
12-18-2006, 09:34 PM
I'm still working on this. I finished all of the pieces finally. Here they are blocking. I set the front on top of the back for the picture although the back is the only one blocking. The front has already been blocked. I have the fabric for the liner too. I haven't bought any beads yet because I couldn't find any that I liked.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid221/p2aeae3827941682fb42ff45129536d77/eb8f319d.jpg

After the two ends, the bottom, and the handles I am very tired of seed stitch. I'm glad to be taking a break from it. :teehee:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
12-18-2006, 10:28 PM
does it say in the pattern how much yarn you need??? Did I miss it? Am I an idiot??

Lucy Fan
12-18-2006, 10:45 PM
No, it doesn't say how much you need. I wound up emailing her before I bought my yarn asking her. I can't remember how much she said. But I wound up ordering 5 balls of yarn and didn't need that much. I used just over 3 balls that each contained 75 yards of yarn. So 4 balls would do it.

Lucy Fan
12-20-2006, 12:23 AM
OMG, I've never really seamed this much before. I've discovered that not only is seaming a PITA, but I'm not so good at it. The good news is that most of it is seamed together. I just have one more side to seam which I'm going to wait until tomorrow to do. Then I have to work on the lining.

Lucy Fan
12-22-2006, 12:49 AM
Finished!

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid221/p4de8f3a34665be204d80d08a89f31cfe/eb83e7ea.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid221/pbcfaacc908cfba27c4db9b0d3766cbd9/eb83e7cb.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid221/p33e0583e7a2c7ea0cd0fa149420cdd65/eb83e7b5.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid221/p6e60a542e15b82cf2737d499f3f48b2c/eb83e79c.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid221/p5faadf6dc772a016480f22b72e069fa2/eb83e785.jpg

IndianPrincessSIP
12-22-2006, 12:52 AM
:cheering:
Absolutely Gorgemous!!!