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How to Buy
Garden Maze Garter Stitch Pouch
RELEASE DATE: November
1998, Revised July 2001.
This is a drawstring pouch knitted in a combination of
back-and-forth and circular garter stitch with lots of very complex
increases, decreases, bind offs, and color changes. I "unvented"
the technique as an evolution of Elizabeth Zimmermanís wonderful garter
stitch projects. The name "garden maze" I credit to a sister
knitter (thanks, Barb!). And sheís right, since it not only looks like a
maze, it knits rather like one, too! The pouch starts with a small square
at the bottom and ends with the scalloped top edge. This pouch is a good
project to learn this complex technique that can be easily adapted for use
in afghans, sweaters, and other projects.
size of the pouch will vary with the yarn and needle combination you
select. The thicker the yarn and needles you select, the larger the pouch
will be. One of the samples in the photographs is made of fingering weight
yarn and size 3 needles and is about 4x4x4 inches in size.
ADVANCED. This is such a complex technique that it sometimes
confuses even ME, the designer! So try to put your logic aside and follow
the directions exactly as written. The directions may sound crazy,
but youíll get there. And by the time youíre done, the technique may
even make sense.
- YARN: The
pattern is written for 4 colors of the same weight yarn of any size
and any fiber (I used white, red, gray, and black for colors A, B, C,
and D, respectively), although you can try using just two colors if
you like. Itís best to use SOLID colors, not multicolored (heathered
colors are OK). The amount of each needed is small. This is a great
project to use up partial skeins or small amounts of handspun yarns.
The thicker the yarn and needles that you use, the more yards that you
will need. The sample worked on size 3 needles required a
total of about 90 yards of yarn.
- NEEDLES: One set of double point
needles AND a short circular needle of the same size (pick a needle
size that is compatible with the yarn you have selected ó check the
yarn label for advice on the best size). A set of five double point
needles is better than a set of four, but four will work. The circular
needle length is not critical, but 24 inches works well, and if youíre
using fine yarn, a second set of double point needles could substitute
for the circular needle. Iíve even found that a 5-needle set of
double point needles can be enough for making a pouch out of fine yarn
such as the size 3 sample pouch (a 4-needle set is NOT enough).
- Darning needle to weave in ends
- End of round stitch marker
- Stitch holders
- (optional) electric mixer
Depends on the size yarn you select. Use a needle size that gives a firm
feel to the garter stitch fabric, but that isnít too stiff. Check the yarn
label for a suggestion of what needle size to try first, then make a garter
stitch swatch and adjust to larger or small size needles if necessary to
achieve the fabric feel you want.
3 pouches, one worked in only 2 colors
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