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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.
Applying beautiful and unique buttons are 'the icing on the cake' for this pattern.
The pattern requires a little over 600 yards of wool to create this chic sporty pattern.
It is knit with size 10.5 strait, circular needles (optional) and double pointed 10.5's. This size needle will cause all of your stitches to disappear after you have felted your hobo. 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 handbags 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 bag measures 4.5 inches deep by 8.5 inches long and about 9 inches high. I easily carry around my 2 average sized wallets, my cell phone, 3 mini photo albums and sunglasses within this purse.
I have written VERY detailed step by step instructions for this pattern including a stitch guide with an illustration. I am also always here for you via email!
I will soon have one of my original felting patterns featured in a nationally distributed knitting and crochet handbag book which will be available in the famous bookstores we all know and love!
It could also be used as a knitting project bag for small to medium sized projects!
You can find gorgeous buttons all over the place: at almost any craft store, fabric stores, thrift stores and on Ebay, of course! I love to find antique glass buttons.
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch