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Knitting Case/Carrier

gwoman | Posted in Patterns on

Can anyone tell me how to locate a pattern for those bags that knitters use to store the various needles they use.  It would make a great gift for my knitter friend.  Thanks much!!


  1. NovaSkills | | #2

    I knit and have needle cases from a set of rectangular placemats. Get three of the ones that are quilted and just have bound edges, not the fancy ones with mitered hems, etc. Find some binding material that coordinates, like bias folded hem tape, and a large button.

    Cut one mat in half the short way, so that you have two half-mats that are more square. Redo the binding on each cut edge. Lay one half-mat on top of an uncut mat, matching two corners of both pieces. Stitch along the three sides of the half-mat, forming a large pocket. Repeat for other pieces.

    One of these will be for smaller sizes of straight needles, the other for larger sizes and some circular needles or accessories. Subdivide the large pocket by sewing parallel to the sides of the piece; starting from one side, sew at 1", 2", 3", 4", then jump to 1.5" spacing until you get to the other side. On the second one, use 1.5" spacing for three spaces, then leave the rest as a larger pocket.

    Sew a yard of binding closed to make tie strings, then cut off one piece that's 6" long, two that are 12" and two that are at least 18". Double over the short piece to make a loop and sew it to the mat just above the large pocket. Attach the big button on the pocket where it will help the loop keep this pocket closed. Attach a 12" piece to the right side of each mat, about half-way up.

    To find the right place to attach the long piece that will wrap around the rolled case and then meet the shorter piece to make a tie, you should just stick a few knives and forks in the pockets (or needles, if you knit), roll it and figure out where on the outside the tie should be sewn.

    To use the case, needles are inserted in the narrow pockets, the top folded down over them, if desired (depending on length) and the case is rolled up and tied. The case with circular needles will not roll as tightly, and might be rigged to fold, instead.

    Happy sewing!

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