This was supposed to be a fun, random, do whatever you feel like project. I wanted it to be a purse, so I planned to knit a flat panel back and forth on straight needles. I drew out what I wanted – such as, so many stitches garter, some purls and some knits to make nice stripes, a knit row on some purls to cable and make zig zags, then some big random cabled twisty whatever-I-feel-like in the middle, then repeat at the other end to make it symmetrical.
The garter stitches on the edge followed by knit rows turned out great, it caused it to have nice naturally folding sides when the two halves of the panel were stitched together. I was surprised and happy!
How to: Do whatever you want, just making sure to keep the same number of stitches per row to keep it nice and square (or rectangular if you want) until you get near what you know will be your halfway point (near the bottom of the bag if you start at the top and work down and back up). Near the bottom, decrease the garter stitches on the edge gradually to make the bottom fold together nicely without getting a saggy corner. I shot for a 45 degree angle on the garters. I started with fewer stitches at the top to fold over a handle, then increased to the desired width of the bag, then just did the same thing on the other side when I got back up to the top (decreasing into the smaller section). I used two sticks from the yard as the hard handles, then made braided ropes to tie around the sticks on the inside and pull through the small knitted section as it was wrapped around the sticks. Hardwood is best for the sticks, none of the tender bendy stuff. I left my sticks broken off and natural, but you could use coarse sandpaper to file yours down if you want something professional.
Yarn is Boku, Color 9, Plymouth yarn.
I’ve done this cabled scarf (it’s still unfinished) in the same way.
This rolls inward on the 2 outer zig zag cable rows (too much stockinette on the backside, not enough purl). So, I’m not sure if this will wind up usable unless the ends are tucked inside a closed jacket. We’ll have to see what happens after blocking. This is 4 stitches garter, a few of purl with one knit stitch cabled back and forth as a random zig zag, 1 row knit always in the same place to make the straight line, Then several rows of purl as a backdrop for some rows of knit cabled in a random pattern. Middle cables: Purl stitch used in the hole of the bottom cable, flower following a chart (see below), seed stitch done in the hole of the 3rd segment up, for the 4th and 5th, 2 knit rows cabled together on a backdrop of purls.
The flower head is done using chart #270 in Lesley Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library (Quarto Publishing plc, 1992, pg. 159., flower part only).
Yarn for the scarf is Patons SWS Soy Wool Stripes, color 70415, Natural Pink.