Saturday, February 24, 2007

Zakka pouch

Knitted base

You'll need: 50g Rowan 4ply cotton (2 strands held tog); set of 5mm (US 8) DPNs

Tension: approx 5sts/in

Using 5mm DPNs and holding 2 strands of yarn tog, CO 88 sts. Divide evenly on 4 needles and join for knitting in the round.

Rnd 1: K
Rep rnd 1 until piece measures approx 6cm.

Next rnd: *K2, P1, K to last 2 sts on needle, P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 84 sts rem.

Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14: K

Rnd 3: *K3, P1, K to last 2 sts on needle, P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 80 sts rem

Rnd 5: *K4, P1, K to last 2 sts on needle, P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 76 sts rem

Rnd 7: *K5, P1, K to last 2 sts on needle, P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 72 sts rem

Rnd 9: *K6, P1, K to last 2 sts on needle, P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 68 sts rem

Rnd 11: *K7, P1, K to last 2 sts on needle, P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 64 sts rem

Rnd 13: *K8, P1, K to last 2 sts on needle, P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 60 sts rem

Rnd 15: *K9, P1, K to last 2 sts on needle, P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 56 sts rem

Rnd 16: *K to last 2 sts on needle; P2tog; rep from * for rem 3 needles - 52 sts rem

Rep rnd 16 until 12 sts rem (3 sts per needle). Break yarn, leaving an 8" (20.5cm) tail. Thread tail through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off on the WS. Weave in ends.


You'll need: main fabric and lining; drawcord (ribbon, braid etc); tapestry needle and thread

1. Measure the circumference of the base and cut main fabric and lining accordingly (allow 1.5cm seam allowance). Use contrasting fabric for pockets and sew onto the lining.

2. Place main fabric and lining with RS facing each other and machine sew all the way around, leaving a 5cm gap at both top corners (for the drawcord) and a 15cm gap at one of the bottom corners.

Tip: Cut fabric with pinking shears to avoid over-locking the sides or fiddling with French seams.

3. Push/flip through the larger opening so that the RS is now facing you. Use a knitting needle to push the corner out and hand stitch closed. Do not stitch the 2 x 5cm gaps at the top.

4. Draw cord tube: Machine sew approx 4cm down from the top (from one gap to the other).

5. Iron the fabric before attaching it to the knitted base.

6. Hand stitch the fabric onto the knitted base, bringing both sides around to form a circle. Join. Hand or machine stitch closed.

7. Measure and cut drawcord/ribbon (ensure you have enough length to tie). Fasten a safety pin onto one side of the ribbon and push through the tube.

:: An alternative to the knitted base is a basket:


Repeat steps 1 - 5 (above)

6. Before affixing the fabric onto the basket, try and pin it into place (as best as you can). Thread a tapestry needle with 3 strands of embroidery cotton and with RS facing you, sew the fabric onto a single ridge (weave) of the basket. Be careful not to snag/snap the cotton. Repeat approx 3 - 4 times for each stitch, threading the needle between the main fabric and lining to the next ridge, until you've sewn all the way around the basket. Join both sides together and hand stitch the seam closed.

7. As for knitted base (above).

Black Dog Knits


emily jan said...

Wow, these are GORGEOUS. Did you screenprint the fabric as well? Love the aesthetic of your site. I've just started a knitting blog as well – if you feel like it… anyway totally lovely. Love the plain sweater below as well.

Anonymous said...

Emily: the fabrics are by Etsuko Furuya (an old favourite from last year)!

Anonymous said...

Nora, you amaze me. Your impeccable taste, precise work, clean lines, incredible photography - what more can I say?

Kirsten said...

Fantastic pattern Nora! Thank you for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful Nora! Thanks.h

Anonymous said...

I made one in crochet but I love your knitted base - thanks for the tutorial !

picperfic said...

Nora, you are an angel sharing all these wonderful designs...I think I need to send my daughter n this direction too...thank you, you clever thing! I just love your work!

pamela wynne said...

THanks so much for sharing!!

Linda said...

Everything you create is just beautiful Nora


Thanks a lot for tutorial, Nora!
I think after I move next week I will try to make some, they always make great gifts for your knitpals!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Nora for a fantastic project idea. I changed mine up a bit, but what a great pouch!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nora, I was going over some of your other items to do and came across this basket-purse. It is so easy to do with material. I use to make this same type ofpurse out of material that I had made either a dress or a skirt. I had a matching purse. This was between 1949 and 1953. Great idea to bring back.
Barbara T.

catsmum said...

I keep meaning to tell you that I have a gorgeous little vintage Japanese bag that is very much in the same spirit as these pouches... purple shibori silk attached to a wee woven cane basket and lined in cotton. I use it constantly

Cassie said...

If it's alright I'g like to link to this post on my blog tomorrow. I made a giant Zakka Pouch and want to credit your tutorial (which has been haunting my to do list forever!!)

Make handmade said...

Pretty pouch, i will have it. you are Great crafter. thanks a lotss....

elnorac said...

Wow! I'm so glad I stumbled onto your blog, which I did by typing "zakka" into Google. Lovely aesthetics, and I'm itching to have a go at one of those bags. Thanks for sharing your outrageous talents!

ikeuchiaya said...

hello there..ure really cn u recommend me what type of pattern should i make for a scarf with striking pink and blue yarn?