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Knitter’s Project Kit

I’m relatively new to knitting, but I’ve been fairly committed to it for a year now so I thought it was time I started making life easier for myself in terms of organising my projects and materials. What I needed was a decent sized project bag and smaller pouches for storing needles and notions. There are many versions available to purchase ready-made, but given my love of sewing I was clearly going to try using my skills to have a go at making my own….

I fell in love with this beautiful Cotton Canvas Fabric because it had a mix of a clean geometric pattern with a whimsical touch too. I used just 1m to create this entire set, including being able to pattern match the front pocket of the project bag. It’s an excellent fabric for these items because it is sturdy enough to hold up to frequent use, with knitting needles moving in and out all the time, yet isn’t too heavy or stiff. I used a series of remnants for the linings on my items; using up leftovers always gives me joy and this was a perfect means of making good use of them. The same could be said of press fasteners, of which I have about 90 left over from a gift I made, so those obviously feature wherever they can!

For my project bag, I wanted it to be big enough to hold a sweater, with pockets for notions, a yarn guide and drawstring top. I used the same dimensions as the one I had created a tutorial for previously but this time I needed it to have an external pocket as well. I find it much more helpful to be able to slip a pattern in and out of the front rather than inside with everything else. This required cutting another rectangle of fabric that matched one of the outer bag pieces exactly from the bottom to halfway plus 2 inches up. I folded over the top 2 inches and topstitched this down, then stitched the pocket together with the outer bag pieces by sandwiching it inbetween. So easy but also incredibly useful.

I used a free pattern for a mini snap pouch – available from posh peacock. From here you can obtain a downloadable pdf with comprehensive instructions – it’s so easy to follow because of the clear diagrams. I made mine a lot smaller than the measurements given as I wanted it just to hold stitch markers. However, I do think that this would be a handy project if you are looking for stocking fillers. You could easily put together a few of these in an assembly line and have a stack of personalised gifts.

The instructions for the needle case were also from an online tutorial. I followed the exact sizings on this one; although I don’t yet have enough needles to fill it, I imagine that won’t always be the case! What I particularly enjoy about making this kind of item myself is that I can adjust the pockets for the sizes of the needles that I know I tend to use. Sometimes you might only be able to store DPNs, but I also wanted to fit my circular sock needles in as well to keep everything together. After turning it out (and before adding the snap tab), I managed to insert a rectangle of sweatshirting fabric underneath the outer layer to add further stabilisation and protection. This is something I would definitely recommend as the final product feels more professional for it.

So, 1m of fabric and a whole knitting set, with left overs which will probably find their way into becoming a zippered pouch as well. This fabric is so easy to work with, these items came together in no time, and it’s not often that you can get a fully co-ordinating set!

Thanks for reading,

Laura @ www.thepetitepassions.com

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