I have to say…I’ve been really enjoying this little loomy get-together and project! 😀 It’s just a straight forward little dealy-bob, but it’s very satisfying the way all those little pieces and steps just fall into place, isn’t it? I hope you’re all enjoying it as much as I have been.
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Remember those “options” I spoke about, way back in Part I? Well, let me tell you that I’ve explored those options to the fullest in my most recent Winter Whimsy excursion, lol. Remember this little baby? This is something that has been lingering on my blue loom…I’m ashamed to admit…but, it’s been there since January 2008! This is 2 years, folks. 😛 Well…I decided to rescue this very nice project, but neglected just the same, and put it to another purpose.
You guessed it! I made this baby into a Whimsy!
Because it’s made with Lion Brand Thick and Quick, a super bulky #6 yarn, I definitely didn’t want a lot of extra layers to contend with, so I went with the option of having the 2nd panel made of fleece. (A super cuteness choice of pattern on that fleece too! You can’t get much cuter than monkeys, lol!)
Because I didn’t have a double layered panel, I didn’t have that “middle” allowance to thread my I-cord through invisibly, so I created 2 little casing (or tube) panels, in which the I-cord is threaded through, and can be pulled freely from one side to the other.
In case you want to know exactly how I did this, I pulled 5 stitches up through my loom and onto the pegs, from about 5 stitches in from the outside edges at my middle-2.5″ measurements (*see Part II), so that I would be knitting toward the direction of the outside edge. Then I panel knit 6 rows. I pulled up the stitches onto the loom that were directly in line from the original ones pulled up, at the 2nd stitch from the end (just like you would for the brim of a hat), and then I used a Basic BO on all pegs, lifting 2 loops over 1. This is an excellent way to create a casing for any of your projects. **Please Note! The number of pegs used and rows knitted will need to be adjusted for different gauges of yarn!!
Alright…that brings us the the next steps for the actual Pattern Part III. 🙂
- As you’ve probably noticed in the picture above, you’ll need to create a couple little anchor tubings for your I-cord to travel through at the top of the Whimsy, near the flap. This step really helps stabilize your Whimsy when it’s being used as a Pocket Purse. You’ll want to place the anchors about 1.5-2″ below the base of the flap, so that when the 2 panels are placed together, with the bottom (furthest away from flap) edges even, they will sit unseen, just under and inside the top edge of the Whimsy.
- In order to create this anchor tubing, you may use just a simple crocheted chain, or a whipstitch tubing, as described in Part II…just make sure that your I-cord can still be pulled through all of the casings freely.
- Assemble your panels, as hinted at above, with the bottom edges, which are the edges furthest away from the flap, aligned. You will be stitching them together along the 2 long edges, leaving the ends open, and the I-cord free. You may choose a variety of ways to do this: you may single crochet them together (as in the original sample pictures), or whipstitch them together, or use a decorative blanket stitch (as I have used in my newest sample in the completed project pics below).
The neat thing about this process of blanket stitching for me this time, is that I’m intending on giving this Whimsy to my daughter on her 18th birthday coming up in April. It will go perfect with these! This yellow embroidery thread I’m using was originally used to embroider her nursery items when I was still expecting her arrival! How cool is that? 😀 Yes…I do tend to hang onto things for a long time. Have I mentioned that I have a little pack-rat tendencies, lol? But, I’m ever so glad in this particular case!
- Now for the final touches… adding the buttons! You’ll need to close up your Whimsy, as you would for both the bag, and the cowl, and decide on the best placement for your buttons. Mark those places while your flap is held in place, so that it doesn’t get lost once you’ve repositioned for sewing. Stitch your buttons on securely, making sure to only be sewing through the top panel.
- You’re all done! 😀 It’s time to go try it on in front of the mirror, and play with all the different ways this project can be used…To use as a Bag, you just slide the strap out of it’s hide-y-hole and button the pockets closed. To convert back into a snuggy Muff or Cowl, just pull the strap back inside by reaching up through the bottom edge and pulling the strap back into hiding…neat!
- Now, it’s only up to your Whimsy how you’ll Wear it!