How many times have you wound the yarns and ended up spending countless hours untangling it? Well if you are like me who wind your yarns a lot before crocheting or knitting, here are some tips for you. This technique is especially useful when you work with a slippery yarns such as nylon or a certain type of silk. I would call this method making yarn donut casing. With this method you are encasing each ball and pull one end while the ball stay inside the case. It will make your yarn ball hair and dust free too.
You need a plastic pocket in the size to fit the volume of your yarn ball, not too loose and not to tight. Umbrella yarn winder and a ball winder is needed but it is not a must. If you are manually winding your yarns, just make sure to put something hollow to temporarily hold your yarns such as a bathroom tissue paper holder.
First method: Cut the base of the plastic pocket, slide it into the ball winder then tighten it with a rubber band. Wind yarns as usual. When finish, remove yarns from the winder then pull out one end of the plastic pocket gently and fold it around the yarn enveloping it inside safely.
Second method: Wind yarns as usual. When finish, remove yarns from the winder, slide in the precut plastic pocket through the hole then pull out one end gently. Fold the plastic around the yarn enveloping it inside safely.
Green Method: I have not tried this but maybe a a crumpled old magazine paper might work as well as a wrapper.
Don’t forget to reuse and recycle the plastic containers.
As soon as this yarns came I thought I must immediately make something with it or otherwise I will be buried in other WIPs which never seems to finish again for a long time and the idea soon will evaporate and I will forget about it. I know, I am making excuse again for not finishing my works on time (sigh)… But I promise myself making this purse doesn’t take much of my time .
To do this you need:
1 ball of yarn, 100 gr/DK size, a crochet hook (I used smaller hook because I crochet very loose). 4 mm hook is the usual one for this type of yarns.
A metal frame, mine is an oval 10 cm in diameter.
A sewing needle.
A thin nylon thread to sew the purse to the frame which can be purchased from a bead store. Something like a nymo will work.
A piece of fabric for the lining (optional) depends on the type of stitching you will choose. If you are going to do single crochet motif only all the way you may not need to line your purse.
A sharp scissor.
The Math Thingy
Measure the circle of your frame. With the frame wide open and using a measuring tape, measure the inside circle. Let say the inner circle is 30 cm. Let’s divide this number with 2 so 30:2 = 15 cm. this is the width of the bottom of your purse.
Using the stitch pattern of your choice (mine is inspired by Wheat Stitch Baby Blanket on Ravelry) and it is a free pattern (thanks to DankFiber), make a purse taking into account the width of the base as measured above. You can make it as tall as you like but at least the height must be the same length as the base to give enough room for the pocket when the frame is sewn later.
The finish pocket and the frame.
Cut and hand sew the lining. Pinch the two corners and sew.
Flip the purse inside out and slide into the lining.
Pin and baste the lining to the purse.
Arrange the opening around the frame, tuck in the fabric and lining and spread evenly.
Sew the purse into the frame starting from the corner, from outside into the inside, insert needle just about 1 mm below the edge into both fabric and lining and sew back into the same hole in the frame. Pull tight each time so the stitches are hidden inside the slot in the frame.
Sew several times into the fabric, cut off thread and burn the nylon careful not to burn your hand or the purse. Just be save with all you do.
You are done!
NOTE: You can make the bottom of your purse as wide as you like but the opening has to match the size of the frame unless your fabric is thin enough to fold inside the opening when the frame is shut, then it doesn’t matter.