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Old 11-26-2006, 04:14 PM   #1
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Victoria Knitted Bag
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.

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Old 11-26-2006, 04:41 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:44 PM   #3
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Wool-Ease Chunky might work too, if that is easier for you to find locally.
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:56 PM   #5
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I'd look at yarn content and guage, and find something similar...

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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.
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Old 11-27-2006, 07:38 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:30 PM   #8
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Thanks! She has a nice website!
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:54 PM   #9
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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.
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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!

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