Okie-Dokie! You should by now have completed (or be close to) your 2 panels as described in the last post. Now you’re ready to create your buttonhole flap and then remove your longer panel from the loom! 😀
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Let’s just dive right in, shall we?
*You will begin your decreases at the 2nd set of pegs in from the ends (in this first row, it will be your 2nd set and your 11th set). To do this, you will lift the loops from these pegs (directions are given as a group, but you should do this step one peg at a time), move the loops which are on the ends over to these now empty pegs, then replace the held loops on top of the newly added loops.
- Knit the row with the remaining pegs, knitting two over one on the pegs with 2 loops.
The next row will be another decrease row, following the same instructions from the * but, in this case, you will also be moving extra loops to create your buttonholes. Please move the loops from peg pairs #4 & #7 to peg pairs #3 & #8 of the remaining 10 pairs.
- Knit the row with the remaining pegs, knitting two over one on the pegs with 2 loops. You will have 2 peg pairs with no loops…these you will wrap as usual, but will not KO until the next row.
- Continue to follow the decrease instructions from * (minus the buttonhole steps) until you are left with only 2 peg pairs with loops.
- Bind Off the last 2 peg pairs, trim WY, pull through last loop, weave in ends to secure. For an easy BO, follow these steps:
- Move the loops from the back side of the loom on top of the loops on the front side of the loom. KO.
- Move the loop connected to your WY to the last peg, KO. Trim yarn, pull tail through last loop, cinch and weave in to secure.
Pocket Purse Strap:
Create a 2 peg I-Cord with 8″ tails, until you reach the length of 46″ (here is a video tutorial for a re-view). Remove from loom, and keep stitches unbound (you may place on a stitch holder, or a piece of scrap yarn to secure).
On the wrongside of your longer panel, find the half way mark, not including the buttonhole flap.
Measure from the halfway mark up 2.5″ toward the BH flap. Place some type of marker (stitch holder, scrap yarn, pins, etc…) at the beginning and end of the 2.5″, at the first rows on each end of the panel. (*see diagram)
Place the CO end of your I-Cord onto a yarn needle and pull through these markers, invisibly inside the double knit thickness, so that you have one continous loop inside your panel (see diagram).
Using your I-Cord tails, stitch loop closed end to end. Weave tails in, up inside the I-Cord.
***Note: If you’ve decided to knit a single layer panel, then in order to attach this cord invisibly to the inside of your panel, you’ll need to create either two smaller panels to stitch down (as a tube) so that the I-Cord can be slipped through, or create a loose casing by whipstitching yarn around the I-Cord and into the inside layer of your panel, along the measurement lines, making sure that the I-Cord is secure, and can still be pulled through easily. Those of you with crochet skills could create a casing in this manner just as well. 😉
Okay…That’s it for now! The final instructions will be published soon!
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