The perfect ‘wallet’ would be big enough to hold my checkbook, pocket calendar, cel phone and an altoids box full of ID and various cards, but still small enough to fit into a handbag. The one I have would be perfect if it didn’t have a zipper (really, it’s just that much too small to slip my check book into easily), so I’ve decided to make a new one.
I found a beautiful pattern, the ‘Cleo Clutch‘, which is gorgeous but may be too big. May not be (it’s felted, so who can tell for sure?)
Of course, I can never leave a good thing alone, so I’m working a pocket into it, for bills. I’ve altered the pattern after the two garter stitch rows.
After the first eight stitches on the next (RS) row I placed a marker, then took my second color and cast on one stitch, then with the second ball of yarn in back I worked a stitch in purple, then cast on another teal stitch (with purple yarn held in front) and so on. Eight stitches from the end I placed another marker and worked the rest of the row, in purple, as per the pattern.
So each row I ‘double knit’, holding the non-working yarn in front or in back (depending on whether it’s an even or odd row), and just do both at once. I make sure to ‘wrap’ the teal and purple, as though working intarsia, twice on each row, once before the first and once after the last teal stitch.
The cabling is a bit tricky. I actually work without a cable needle, but you could do the same thing with one. For a C4B (for example) I knit the last teal stitch before the cable, then slip four purple and three teal stitches off the left hand needle. I slip the second ‘free’ purple stitch onto the left hand needle, holding it in front of the third and fourth (just as I usually would for a cable in front) then I swing the left hand needle around in back and slip the third teal stitch onto it, then back in front of the work and slip the first purple onto it, then in back and get the second teal stitch, then the fourth purple, first teal, third purple. Now I’ve got my cable all set up and ready to go and I work it as per normal.
I hope this makes sense. I’ve got some WIP pictures here. If anyone wants more info on the cabling please leave a comment.