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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cute Doggy Handbag

Fluffy textured yarns are great for kids' knits as they not only have the novelty factor but are super soft too. Eyelash yarn is a really furry, fluffy yarn which is ideal for cuddly toys and the dog on this project. The bag itself is really simple to knit and you can easily adjust the length of the strap to suit your needs.


1 ball pink eyelash type yarn (yarn A)
1 ball white eyelash type yarn (yarn B)
small amount of black yarn for eyes, nose and mouth
small amount of pink yarn for bow.
6mm needles
safety toy stuffing

Bag (worked in garter stitch throughout)
Using 6mm needles and yarn A cast on 35 sts Work 10 rows Join in yarn B, carry yarn up side of work when not in use
 Rows 1-4: using yarn B 
 Rows 5-8: using yarn A 
 Rep last eight rows until there are eight yarn B (white) stripes Cut yarn B
 Using yarn A  Work s10 rows
Cast off

Side Strip and Handle

Using 6mm needles and yarn A cast on ten sts
 Work in garter st until piece meas 66cm or desired length
 Cast off
To Make Up
Fold Bag in half, pin one short end of Side strip to centre of fold. Pin and sew each side of Bag to Strip to form side gusset. Repeat on other side of bag. Fold remaining piece in half to form handle and sew in place.
Dogs Ears (make 2)
Using 6mm needles and yarn B  cast on six sts
NOTE: worked from bottom to tip
Work in garter st throughout . K two rows
 Increase one st at each end of next and foll alt row until there are ten sts
 Work without shaping until Ear meas 8cm
 Decrease one st at each end of next and every foll row until six sts rem
 Cast off
Dogs Head
NOTE: worked from top to nose
Using 6mm needles and yarn B cast on ten sts
 Work two rows in garter st
 Next row: kfb in every st to end. 20 sts
 Starting with a p row, work three rows in st st
 Next row: * k1, kfb in next st, rep from * to end. 30 sts
 Starting with a p row, work five rows in st st
 Next row: * k1, k2tog, rep from * to end. 20 sts
 Starting with a p row, work three rows in st st
 Next row: (k2tog) to end. Ten sts
 Next row: p
 Next row: (k2tog) to end. Five sts
Break yarn and thread through sts on needle, pull tight and fasten off
With pink cast on 6sts
work in stockinette stitch for 5 cms (2inches)
Cast off.
Sew cast on and cast off ends together and wrap yarn tightly around the centre to form bow shape.

To Make Up
Sew up centre back seam of Head, add stuffing before closing. Flatten on one side so it sits correctly on front of Bag. Using picture as a guide, embroider face. Stitch an inverted ‘Y’ to make nose and mouth, make French knots for eyes and use straight stitches for eyebrows. Sew Ears to top of Head. Add bow to top of Head as shown.Place Head onto front of Bag and oversew around edges to attach.

based on pattern by val pierce