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Spearmint Case - keep an iPod in or use as a purse + FREE PATTERN included below

I wanted to practice the knit (garter) stitch so I chose a ball of yarn that had just a small amount left and started knitting in straight rows.  As I don’t like anything going to waste, I turned the piece into a small case for my daughter and crocheted a flap so it could be closed.  The flap can be knitted instead of crocheted, I just wanted a bit of contrast (and it was quicker).  It was definitely good practice.


The finished size was approx. 4.5″ (11.4cm) x 4″ (10cm).


I worked this in Knit (Garter) stitch with a UK Double Crochet/dc [US Single Crochet/sc] stitch for the flap.


For yarn, knitting needle and abbreviation conversions click - “Knitting Conversion Charts”.


Yarn

Sirdar Supersoft Aran (shade - Pepperminty 819, Oatmeal 859)

Small amounts from 100g (3.5oz/258yds/236m) balls.

Weight category: UK Aran [US 4/Medium/Worsted/Aran].

Tension/gauge: 18 stitches x 24 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 5mm/UK 6 [US 8] knitting needles.

The knitting needles I used were single pointed 5mm/UK 6 [US 8].


I would give the Sirdar Supersoft Aran yarn a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was very easy to work;

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The feel of it was brilliantly soft, flexible and stretchy;

- The cost of yarn is not that reasonable - I paid about £3.25 per 100g ball;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES.  Although, I did have difficulty with the batch number differences on the Poncho I crocheted.  As I had bought some of the balls at different times the batch numbers were different and when I tried using them both for the poncho you could see a significant difference in colour and texture.  I had to try and source more with the same batch number.  Luckily www.loveknitting.com had what I needed.  I was able to “Live Chat” with them to confirm they had the batch number before I placed the order and they dispatched it straight away.



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FREE Belt Bag Pattern for Beginners

Materials

1 x 25g ball any Aran yarn in Colour A

1 x 25g ball any Aran yarn in Colour B

Size 5mm/UK 6 [US 8] knitting needles (or size to achieve tension/gauge you desire)

Yarn/Darning needle

Scissors


NOTES: The instructions are written in UK terms, US terms are in [SQUARE PARENTHESES].  For other countries see                 “Knitting Conversion Charts”.


Instructions

Case body

With Colour A, cast on 20 sts.

Knit 86 rows and cast off.

(IF YOU WANT TO KNIT THE FLAP INSTEAD OF CROCHET, PLACE A STITCH MARKER ON ROW 86 AND THEN KNIT A FURTHER 10 ROWS AND CAST OFF.)


Fold bag in half, inside out, and sew side seams together.  Then turn correct way in.

(IF YOU HAVE KNITTED THE FLAP, THEN FOLD BAG SO CAST ON EDGE IS LEVEL WITH ROW 86.)


Case Flap

Row 1: Attach Colour B to top right of case, ch 1, dc [sc] in each of the 20 knit sts, turn;

Row 2-10: ch 1, dc [sc] in each st to end, fasten off (20 dc [sc]).


Attach a button or ring to front centre of case and a loop of yarn to the flap, big enough to fit round the button or through the ring.  (You can use any kind of fastener to close the bag).



I hope this brings you creative joy.  You can sell anything you make using this pattern but please

do not copy or sell the pattern, nor pass it off as your own (FOR FULL TERMS PLEASE SEE OUR “TERMS & CONDITIONS” SECTION). Get yarning and please share your creations with me on social media, I would love to see them and hear from you.



ABBREVIATIONS

ch - chain;

dc - double crochet;

knit - knit (garter) st;

sc - single crochet;

sk - skip;

st - stitch.

Ooh, look at me! - Knitted Spearmint Case