I can’t sew. I knew this and yet I still choose a knitting project that involved me having to sew. Perhaps I was in denial�??I must have thought the bag would sew itself once the knitting was done.
It all started when Kara put some gorgeous yarn in my stocking at Christmas. Classic Elite Miracle in this cool orange color called Cuban Sunset. On a whim I choose the Accessories Pouch pattern from Handknit Holidays and started knitting over the holiday. The two panels knit up pretty quickly and they turned out great I thought. Then I was faced with the inevitable reality, I had to sew it. Oh, I distracted myself for a time with buying the lining and zipper but then I had to buckle down and actually do it. I enlisted the help of a friend who sews and sat down to her sewing machine. She started by guiding me and then she stepped in to fix a mistake of mine and then she just took over and did it. I was thrilled with this set-up. Only problem was that the zipper was the first part that was sewn and it was done by me and it was done poorly. Initially I thought I could live with it but I took the clutch home and stewed over it and then my perfectionist tendencies took over and I knew I had to fix it. Or, erm, I should say, my friend had to fix it because goodness knows I couldn’t do it. Anyway, months later the clutch is finally done. My friend returned it to me yesterday and I was able to seam it up last night.
Here it is:
Pattern: Accessories Pouch
Source: Handknit Holidays
Yarn: Classic Elite Miracle, #3385 Cuban Sunset, 2 skeins
Needles: US 5
Alterations: I added a third row of the scallop pattern to make it more of a “clutch” and less of a “pouch.”
Notes: I love it! The yarn is perfect since it has these great yellow undertones to it that give the scallops a lot of depth. Plus it feels very silky. Perfect for a night time clutch.
I tried to get an action shot but I am taking pictures during lunch at my cubicle so all shots of me holding the clutch turned out miserably. I was going to ask someone for help but really, how do you explain why you need an action shot of your knitting for your knitting blog to a casual co-worker.
Take a look at the inside (complete with sample items the clutch could potentially hold one day):
I love how it turned out. I would make more…you know, if I could sew. Someday maybe…someday.
The following 10 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
That’s the way to do it–knit it and make someone else sew it! It looks gorgeous!
I cross-stitched Christmas stockings for my sister and her husband 4 years ago and they are still not finished because I don’t know how to sew them!
Sewing takes some practice (unfortunately) but I’m with you on finding a friend who can do a good job right off the bat. The clutch is perfectly fabulous!
Fabbity fab fab! And the yarn is AMAZING! 😉
I love it! You’re so lucky to have a go-to sewer.
The bag looks great! 🙂
That is beautiful. The colour is gorgeous!
It’s gorgeous! I love it. I’m putting that on my wish list of things to make.
Gorgeous! Even if you didn’t do the sewing yourself, the bag looks amazing : D
Oh things like this make me wish so much that I could knit ~Damn my sewing skills I want to knit!