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Knit Pouches

These well-crafted carry-all and eyeglass cases blend elegance and function. For more knit crafts, get Martha's Guide to Knitting— it’s the exclusive resource for knitters of all skill levels.

Introduction

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For Purse: Gauge: 8 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches

For Case: Gauge: 11 stitches and 15 rows = 2 inches.

materials

  • U.S. size 8 needle (for purse)

  • Medium-weight yarn (for purse)

  • 1/4 yard lightweight cotton (for purse)

  • Zipper (for purse)

  • U.S. size 6 needle (for purse)

  • Lightweight yarn (for case)

steps

  1. Knit an 8-by-11-inch rectangle in stockinette (knit one row, purl next; repeat).

  2. Fold in half, right sides facing; sew sides together with yarn needle. Turn right side out; steam flat with iron.

  3. Unzip zipper (use one that fits pouch opening), pin inside pouch, and hand-sew in place with sturdy thread.

  4. For liner, cut 8-by-13-inch piece of thin cotton fabric. Fold down short ends 1 inch, wrong sides facing; iron to crease. Fold cloth in half, end to end, right sides facing; sew along sides using 1/4-inch seam allowance. Do not turn inside out.

  5. Place liner in pouch; whipstitch folded ends to zipper tape directly under zipper's teeth. Add a tassel to zipper, if desired.

  6. Knit 4-by-15-inch rectangle in stockinette. Fold in half, right sides facing; sew sides together with yarn needle. Turn right side out; steam- iron flat. Sew snap inside; add button.

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