Saturday Night Purse

In addition to the Celtic Love Knot Scarf, I also made a purse for my friend Jenny’s fundraiser for her mission trip to Kenya.  I found this beautiful purse on cogknition’s site.  The pattern is freely available on the site.

Unfortunately, I did not have time before the auction to try to get the beautiful custom handles and leaves.  Instead, I was forced to purchase plain black bamboo handles from my local JoAnn. For the purse itself, I had a very difficult time achieving the crisp herringbone pattern shown in the picture.  The pattern is achieved by slipping some stitches from the left to right needle while holding the yarn in front of the stitches.  The purse is knit very tightly so that it is quite sturdy; however, I had a tendency to hold the yarn too tightly resulting in a non-existent herringbone pattern.  I ripped out my first attempt and started placing an extra needle under the yarn as I passed it in front of the stitches.  This helped, but the needle wasn’t big enough.  I ended up placing an extremely large (size N, 10mm) crocheting hook under the yarn as I passed the yarn in front of the stitches.  This process slowed me down, but I did achieve a herringbone pattern.  My pattern was still not as crisp as that shown in the picture.  Also, since I didn’t have the fancy leaves to put behind the roses, I didn’t think the knitted roses really looked like roses.  I substituted this Megan Mill’s crocheted rose instead.  Either I didn’t count right while making the rose, or the pattern had a problem.  It wasn’t necessary for the pattern to be exact, so I didn’t go back to see why I didn’t have the correct number of stitches left as I reached the end of Row 3.  I finished off and sewed the rose onto the front of the purse.

The purse turned out beautifully.  It is quite sturdy and both larger and heavier than it appears.  The knitted section of the purse ended up being about 8 in. tall and 10 in. wide.

Saturday Night Purse

Difficulty:  Moderate

The purse was constructed of a modified stockinette stitch, so the stitching wasn’t difficult.  The herringbone pattern was difficult to achieve as noted above.

Time Required:  8 movies

I didn’t like how the pattern was turning out, so I repeatedly knitted and ripped out stitches.  It would have taken less time if I hadn’t ripped out so much.

Overall Experience:  Good

The purse turned out really cute and sturdy.  I would make it again.

Celtic Love Knot Scarf

My friend Jenny is going to Kenya to work in an orphanage as part of a year long mission trip.  She held a silent auction to raise money for the trip and asked me to make a couple of things for the auction.  Since we are in Houston and it is ridiculously hot, I chose to try my hand at a love knot scarf.  I had seen some love knot items floating around Pinterest but didn’t really fall in love with a scarf until I found this free pattern on Ravelry.

I’ve been crocheting since before I can remember, but I had never made love stitches before.  Lucy Croft, who wrote the pattern, really covered all of her basis.  She included pictures with instructions for both left and right handed crocheters with both written instructions and a chart.  The directions were clear and easy to follow.  She used a light-weight yarn in her example that clearly showed loops (for lack of a better term) between the actual knots.  I used a heavier weight yarn (normal four-ply yarn) which resulted in less defined loops.  The final product was still a beautiful, light, summer scarf.

Love Knot Scarf

Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  1 Movie

Overall Experience:  Excellent