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It all started when I was pregnant with kid #3. I had been using a Winnie the POO (pun intended) diaper bag for 5 years strait and the thought of lugging it around for another 3 years WAS ...
It all started when I was pregnant with kid #3. I had been using a Winnie the POO (pun intended) diaper bag for 5 years strait and the thought of lugging it around for another 3 years WAS UNBEARABLE!!! At the same time, I noticed a woman with a cute over sized bag and asked about it. When I found out how it was made, I thought, I can do that. And I did! Then all of my neighbors wanted one.
I am completely a self taught knitter. When I was an EXTREMELY BORED kid, I fashioned some needles from the dowels I pulled off of a couple of wooden coat hangers. I used an encyclopedia to learn the knit and purl stitches .
I did not touch another pair of needles again until I was 34 and needed that diaper bag. Since then, I have sold hundreds of bags, over 2,000 patterns. Although I mostly self publish, my designs have been included in bestselling books, magazines and knitting calendars.
Everyone has a little cell phone, ipod, mp3 player or digital camera in their purses these days. I have the cutest pattern for toting them around. You can slip the hugger into your purse, carry it around as a mini purse or use the optional strap to loop it through your belt.
It makes a fantastic drink hugger because of the insulating properties of wool.
Knit it in your favorite teams colors!
I can make one of these in a couple of hours. I am a very fast knitter but even beginners will find this an easy project to complete.
I use my scrap bits of wool and novelty yarns to create these. They are very inexpensive to make!
I like to give these huggers out as thank you gifts for my kids teachers and the school staff who make their learning so much fun. If a neighbor does a last minute favor for me, they get a cool hugger!
Leave the fur off to give it a more masculine sporty look.
Sew some sweet little felted flowers onto it for a whimsical touch! Get my free rose pattern from my Craftsy Store or use the felted i-cord daisy instructions (included).
It is knit with size 10.5 strait, circular needles (optional) and double pointed 10.5s. This size needle will cause all of your stitches to disappear after you have felted your hugger. Most patterns use size 11 or larger leaving visible stitching. They also make you use two strand of yarn which really prices up your costs. I use only 1 strand with my patterns. They are just as strong and have a very nice hand.
When people at art shows examine my felted goods up close and I have to explain to them that these are actually hand knitted. They get this funny little confused look on their faces because if the lack of visible stitches.
The finished hugger will hold any standard sized soda can.
I have written VERY detailed step by step instructions. I am also always here for you via email!
14 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch