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bkellya
Warming Up

87 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2005 :  4:31:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit bkellya's Homepage Send bkellya a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Licensed2Cook

Kelly, you might need a bit of help with some of the aspects of the bag especially if this will be your second knitting project. The cast on is a bit tricky for a newbie and some knitters need help with the grafting of the handles but please don't let new techniques keep you from knitting Lucy. Just ask for help when you need it. Learning new techniques as you go is a great way to advance your knitting knowledge.

Dee
~Licensed2Knit
www.Kneatles.com




Dee, thank you for your encouragement! I know this will be more of a challenge but I think that with the help of people here, and I know that a couple of the ladies at my LYS have done it, I should be able to figure it out by trial and error. I understand there is a crochet option for the bottom? Has anyone done this? I am much more proficient at crochet than knitting so this might be a good bet for me.

Kelly in Michigan


Website: http://www.walkingthewall.com
Craft Blog: http://www.walkingthewall.com/knotted-thread/

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Licensed2Cook
Permanent Resident

USA
3554 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2005 :  9:33:45 PM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I used the crocheted beginning.

Dee
~Licensed2Knit
www.Kneatles.com
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ahoi
New Pal

Canada
1 Posts

Posted - 03/21/2005 :  1:30:35 PM  Show Profile Send ahoi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love the Lucy bag! Dee your bag looks amazing!

Does anyone know where I can get this pattern? It is out of stock everywhere and I really need a side project to the baby blanket I'm knitting that's taking forever (baby's not due until June, plenty of time)! Much appreciated!

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LaurieJeanne
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 04/19/2005 :  11:35:51 PM  Show Profile Send LaurieJeanne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am a new'ish knitter. I am working on the Lucy Bag and I have a couple of questions. I have 120 stitches cast on for the body of the bag. It doesn't seem that it will be big enough after it is felted. Any input on that? Can I increase the number of stitches and figure out the # of stitches to bind off in order to do the straps? I am a little confused by the instructions for the straps also. Hints?!
Thanks for any help.
Laurie
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bkellya
Warming Up

87 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2005 :  07:37:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit bkellya's Homepage Send bkellya a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Laurie, I'm a new knitter as well and working on a Lucy Bag, I'm 34 rows up the bag and I thought it looked too small as well. When I switched from 24" to 32" (the 24" just felt too tightly packed for me) I was able to really see that bag was bigger than I thought it was. From my other two felting experiences, I found that wool seems to shrink down in height more than it does in width.

I looked at the strap instructions and I find the first part a little confusing, but I figure when I get there, I'll just follow it step by step and not try to worry about understanding it as a whole.

BTW, what yarn are you making yours with? I'm doing mine in Pymouth Galway in a pretty almost Kelly Green.

Kelly in Michigan


Website: http://www.walkingthewall.com
Craft Blog: http://www.walkingthewall.com/knotted-thread/

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LaurieJeanne
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2005 :  09:29:33 AM  Show Profile Send LaurieJeanne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Kelly,

I am working with Cascade 220. It is a brownish-taupe color. Not very exciting I suppose but I wanted it to be neutral for the most versatility. I am probably worrying too much about the bag. I should just knit it "as is" and felt it. Once I see the first bag done, if I don't like the size I can always alter the next one. I have my quilting guild meeting tomorrow night. Several of my friends are avid knitters. I will take my pattern to the meeting and have them look it over for strap advise.

My other question about the size is that I have lots of yarn still. The large bag called for three skeins. I am just finishing the first skein and I am 14" up from the beginning. Does that seem right to you?

Thanks for the note!
Laurie
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bkellya
Warming Up

87 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2005 :  12:38:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit bkellya's Homepage Send bkellya a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm a very tight knitter, Laurie, so you are getting more out of your yarn than I am, I am about finished with one skein and am only up 7 inches...BUT, I did modify the bottom and knit the bottom in a square w/garter stitch and then picked up the 120 stitches around it, so that might have used up more yarn? I don't know, LOL. That's great that you can take it in for some in person help!

Kelly in Michigan


Website: http://www.walkingthewall.com
Craft Blog: http://www.walkingthewall.com/knotted-thread/

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LaurieJeanne
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2005 :  09:12:31 AM  Show Profile Send LaurieJeanne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi again Kelly.
I had friends look at my Lucy Bag last night. I didn't check my gauge since it was "just a purse". I am using #10 needles, since I already owned those. A little detail I forgot. My circumferance is only 30" instead of 34" so it is going to be smaller than the pattern. They encouraged me NOT to rip it out. Their advise was to finish the pattern as written and if needed change the next bag. They also said that different yarns felt differently. One gal said she has had the same yarn in different colors felt differently. That would never occur to me. She said the dyes can make the yarn act differently. I found that interesting. Maybe one should make a small sample for gauge and felt it to see what percent it shrinks. I have a felted vest pattern that I want to knit but I want it to fit! I'll have to wait until I have more experience. I'm trying to do only simple things this year. My daughter and son are both getting married this summer... three weeks apart!! My goal is to stay calm, stay calm, stay calm. Simple knitting and quilting is for me!

Thanks for the input.
Laurie
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bkellya
Warming Up

87 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2005 :  10:28:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit bkellya's Homepage Send bkellya a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Laurie, that's great you got that input, and I agree I sure wouldn't rip it out, you can control the size to some degree by how many times you run it through the washer :) I actually did sit down and make swatches of the three kinds of wool I have to felt with...I did it mostly to learn how to purl before I get to the straps! Now I just need to felt the swatches and then I'll put them away with their before, after, and washing info so I can have a better idea in the future how things felt before I start the project :)

One thing to think of, from what I understand, the tighter the knitting (the smaller the needle size) the less it will felt. In order to make something felt more, you actually go up needle sizes. So since your needle size is a bit smaller than called for, that will help balance out the finished size, so you might be able to get it pretty close to target. But, this is coming from a newbie ;)

As for your two weddings! PHEW! Def. focus on the staying calm and simple projects! Good luck with them!

Kelly in Michigan


Website: http://www.walkingthewall.com
Craft Blog: http://www.walkingthewall.com/knotted-thread/

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tejer
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
410 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2005 :  8:05:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit tejer's Homepage Send tejer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
knitwitts has a bunch of their patterns: http://www.knitwitts.com/detail.asp?Cat_ID=80&Prod_ID=1991

My blog: http://kristijo.blogs.friendster.com/my_knitting_blog/
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Licensed2Cook
Permanent Resident

USA
3554 Posts

Posted - 09/25/2005 :  06:27:07 AM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My LYS owner just made this bag with three shades starting with a dark purple on the bottom, then switching to a medium purple and ending with a lighter purple for the top and handles. It looks spectacular!!!!! Perhaps I'll be making another one sooner than I thought I would.

Dee
~Licensed2Knit
www.Kneatles.com
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elspethm
Chatty Knitter

USA
323 Posts

Posted - 09/25/2005 :  07:31:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit elspethm's Homepage Send elspethm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I made this bag last year and think it is fine for a beginning knitter. I think I had only made the Booga bag at that point too. The only problem I had was starting the bottom with all the dpns, but it came out all right. I loved this bag at my LYS and made it out of Manos variegated yarn. However, when I finished I decided it was too floppy and that would drive me nuts so I gave it to my mom. I haven't made a felted project since. If you're interested, photos are here:

http://www.picturetrail.com/ladybug326

It actually felted better than it looked in the photo and the colors matched better.



Elspeth
Silicon Valley, CA
http://ladybug326.blogspot.com
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luvrbucks
New Pal

USA
28 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2005 :  05:03:46 AM  Show Profile Send luvrbucks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Your Lucy bag looks gorgeous. All your projects look gorgeous. I only dream of having that kind of talent!
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KAMAOR
Chatty Knitter

113 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2005 :  07:46:58 AM  Show Profile Send KAMAOR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm on my 6th Lucy bag. I can't go anywhere without somebody falling in love with it. The first couple I used Lambs Pride with and the rest I have done with a Lambs pride bottom up 26 rows on the side then switching to a varigated Mano's for a wide stripe in the middle then the last 17 or so rows and handles are a solid Mano's it felts quick and looks fantastic with the wide stripe in the middle the first one I did was the large pattern Wow did it end up big! My DD uses it to hall her books to school it is so sturdy.
Karen
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Cath
New Pal

USA
8 Posts

Posted - 12/25/2005 :  2:17:37 PM  Show Profile Send Cath a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I made a Lucy bag with some Apple Green Manos. It was gorgeous! I donated it to the local Breast Cancer fundraiser/silent auction (Catwalkin' for a Cure) and it went for $185!!! They have offered to buy the yarn for a friend and I to make a whole bunch more for next year. That would be great....just knitting with someone else paying for the yarn. And a good feeling to do it for a worthy cause.

Luv all of your gorgeous Lucys, btw! Just had to share my little Lucy bag story....Cath
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Licensed2Cook
Permanent Resident

USA
3554 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2005 :  4:06:39 PM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cath,

That is a great story, I love hearing stories like yours! Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Dee
~Licensed2Knit
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knitterbug42
New Pal

USA
39 Posts

Posted - 01/14/2006 :  6:10:12 PM  Show Profile Send knitterbug42 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I absolutely love the Lucy!! I have to make one ahh-- where exactly do I go to find the pattern??
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suek137
Chatty Knitter

340 Posts

Posted - 01/14/2006 :  7:21:07 PM  Show Profile Send suek137 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
here you go, Knitterbug42....enjoy -:)

www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/patternFinder.fcgi?search=Search&searchText=lucy+bag
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Inkmama
Seriously Hooked

891 Posts

Posted - 05/06/2007 :  6:54:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The strap of the bag...does it stretch? I'm considering doing the entire thing in garter stitch. I'd love to hear what y'all did.

Barbara

Writing blog: http://penonfire.blogspot.com

Knitting blog: http://knittingonfire.blogspot.com
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suziew96
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
350 Posts

Posted - 05/07/2007 :  2:47:27 PM  Show Profile Send suziew96 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dee and Kellann -just saw your photos of your respective bags and know it was a couple of years ago that you guys originally posted but if you're both still around - great bags and photos - thanks for sharing!
better late than never?

Mean People S*ck
JW
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