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  • Tolt Folded Bag with Veronika

    One of my most favorite sources of eye candy when I need a creative burst of energy is Pinterest, as I'm sure it is for many. I love to take elements of garments and shapes that are not necessarily knit items and make them come alive in my projects. I've managed to stumble upon different varieties of a sewn and simple folded bag in recent months, and thought what a perfect shape for knitting in all of the beautiful cottons and linens we have at the shop. One of the first versions of this bag I found was this lovely blog post. Our friend Shannon Cook over at Very Shannon has a sweet tutorial for an Origami Bento Bag that is sewn out of 3 fat quarters. So cute! Also, Karen the blogging queen over at Fringe Association has these darling Bento Bags, if sewing is not your thing and you want to just grab one up. I just love the shape and ease of these bags that I had to make a knitted one! Here's a little recipe to make one of your own:



    Hoooked RibbonXL - 250 yd (garter version)

    US 15 needles & US 10 needles for optional extended handle

    Gauge: 12 sts / 24 rows in garter stitch on larger needles


    Quince & Co. Kestrel - 304 yd (stockinette version)

    US 8 needles

    Gauge: 20 sts / 28 rows in stockinette stitch



    Garter Version:

    Using US 15 needles, cast on 30 sts (approximately 10” width). Work in garter stitch (knit every row), using the following selvedge: with yarn in front, slip 1st stitch purl wise at the beginning of every row. Work in this manner until piece measures three times the width of your work. For example: if your gauge is the same as mine at 10”, you will work in pattern until piece measures 30”.


    Bind off.


    Fold bag as shown in pictures and sew up sides using mattress stitch.


    For the garter version, I chose to knit and add on an additional handle at the top to widen the opening. This is optional. If you like the length of the handle when held together at the top, sew the two tips together using whip stitch and you are done. If you would like to also extend your handle, follow these instructions:


    Using US 10 needles, cast on 6 sts. Leave a longer tail for sewing to bag at the end.


    Work in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), until piece measures 7” long. Bind off, leaving a longer tail for sewing to bag again.


    Using whipstitch and longer tails, sew ends of handle to top tips of bag.



    Stockinette Version:

    Using US 8 needles, cast on 60 sts (approximately 12” width). Work in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), using the following selvedge: on RS rows - slip 1st stitch and last stitch knit wise, on WS rows – purl across row. Work in this manner until piece measures three times the width of your work. For example: if your gauge is the same as mine at 12”, you will work in pattern until piece measures 36”.


    Bind off.


    Fold bag as shown in pictures and sew up sides using mattress stitch.


    Using whip stitch, sew the two tips together to create the handle. If you like the length and look of the handle, you are done.


    For the stockinette version, I chose to sew on some leather over the top of the handle after sewing the two tips together. I did this by cutting out a rectangle piece of leather approximately 5” X 2”, I then punched matching holes on the ends of the long sides of the leather and used a thick cotton button thread to sew the leather onto the handle with a criss-cross stitch pattern.  As I was sewing the leather into place, I would grab a stitch of the interior knit fabric to secure.



    Happy knitting!



  • LYS Tour 2014



    This was our first year participating in the LYS Tour and we had an amazing weekend!  The fun started on Thursday with our first visitors arriving right at 10am and it did not stop until we closed our doors last night just after 6pm.  It was so nice to meet new people and to also see so many of our locals joining in on this great event.  My only complaint is that I was not able to sneak off to visit all of the other great yarn shops in the area and to see their beautiful patterns.  If you were unable to participate in the tour you can now go to Ravelry to see and purchase some of the featured patterns, our very own Rutherford and Entwistle are available online.


    Rutherford hat by Veronika Jobe


    Rutherford, our knit pattern, is a reversible ribbed hat designed by Veronika Jobe.  This hat can be worn slouchy or with a rolled up brim and looks great on both men or women.  Rutherford is knit with Veronika's own yarn, YOTH Yarns, in the DK weight, Big Sister.  Veronika's brother Danny and his girlfriend Jane were the models for our pattern photo shoot and they were also in the shop this weekend modeling the hats and stamping passports.


    Entwistle cowl by Tif Fussell


    Our lovely crochet pattern, Entwistle, was designed by Tif Fussell, who you may know as Dottie Angel.  Tif, a Brit, chose Erika Knight Maxi Wool for her appliquéd crochet cowl.  Tif's beautiful daughter, who was visiting from London, was our model for the pattern photo shoot.  Here at Tolt we love Japanese craft books and wanted to have a similiar look for this patterns' photos.  

    Both of our LYS Tour featured patterns were named after streets that run through our little town.


    Thank you so much to all of you that made the journey to visit us this weekend.  Also, thank you to all the other yarn shops in the area for your kindness and help, and for inviting Tolt to join in this wonderful event.  One more HUGE thank you to our amazing staff and their families, I love you all!

    LYS Tour 2014 Passport   


    Danny and Veronika, the wonderful brother and sister team behind YOTH Yarn.





    Tif's Entwistle cowl.



    Our sweet Tif.



  • Rimrock-a-long

    Tami's swatch for her Rimrock Cardigan.


    Back in February the wonderful Jeanne Carver of Imperial Stock Ranch was here to share with us the story behind Imperial Yarn.  Jeanne brought along the USA Olympic Team sweater, yarn, and a car full of knit samples.  It was such a great day at Tolt!

    One of our favorite samples that Jeanne brought was the Rimrock Cardigan, designed by Anna Cohen and knit in Imperial Yarn Erin.  Yesterday at the shop we noticed that three of our Tolt patrons were working on their Rimrock cardigans!  It is like an unofficial knit-a-long.  Will you join them in what I am now calling the Rimrock-a-long?  




                   Images courtesy of Imperial Yarn

  • Treasure Pouch

    Working at the shop has been an enlightening and happy experience for me. Every time I come to the store, I am inspired by all the different textures and colors that surround me. I'm always stumbling upon something new or that I haven't necessarily noticed before. Along with that, we are also constantly receiving a beautiful variety of hand selected yarns in the shop. One of my favorites that was recently added was Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift. It's a classic fingering weight that is perfect for Fair Isle stranded color work, but I just love to take the classics and use them in new and surprising ways. The small marled balls of yarn are spectacular and so inviting cozied up together in our antique shop cabinet. How to choose just one or two colors... impossible. I decided a delightful pocket-sized freebie pattern to knit up would be just the thing.

    These little Treasure Pouches are so sweet and simple to make. They are worked in one rectangle piece and then whip stitched together using a contrast pop of color to give them a warm, handmade feel. Knit these cuties for all your little treasures, or tuck a small gift inside and give one to a friend.

    Left to right colors used: 112 Shaela/White (MC) & 323 Cardinal (CC), 120 Eesit/White (MC) & 150 Atlantic (CC), 111 Sholmit/Shaela (MC) & 1190 Burnt Umber (CC)



    Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift: approximately 40 yd of Main Color (MC) & 5 yd of Contrast Color (CC) including fringe.

    Small button

    US 2 / 2.75mm knitting needles

    Size B / 2.25mm crochet hook

    Small tapestry needle

    Gauge is not crucial, but may effect the yardage needed.



    Using MC cast on 20 stitches.

    Knit 5 rows.

    (WS) Purl 1 row.
    (RS) Knit 1 row.
    Continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures 2", ending with a WS row.

    Purl 1 row. (This creates a nice crease in the stockinette for your pouch to fold over on.)

    (WS) Purl 1 row.
    (RS) Knit 1 row.
    Continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures 4.5", ending with a WS row.


    This is what you will have knitted at this point.


    Knit 6 rows, ending with a WS row.

    (RS) K1, SSK, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
    (WS) Knit 1 row.
    Repeat last 2 rows 7 times more. (4 sts remain)

    Bind off. Leave approximately a 24" tail after bind off. Using the tail and crochet hook, crochet a chain long enough to fit the button you have chosen. Attach the chain to other end of flap. Weave in all ends.


    Picture shows attached button loop. 


    Putting/Sewing together:

    (Optional) The white and blue version shown above had a strand of yarn woven up and down the stockinette section of the pouch before the pouch was sewed up. Using a tapestry needle and a long strand of CC, weave the strand of yarn in and out of the fabric up along the ladders in between two knit columns and then back down the next column. Repeat the up and down weaving method until you have decorated the pouch to your liking.


    Picture shows how the yarn is being woven up a column of ladders.


    Using CC, whip stitch side seams and sew button onto front of pouch. You could alternately use mattress stitch to seam the sides for a more invisible look.


    Picture shows how the sides are being whip stitched together.


    (Optional) Cut 6" lengths of CC for fringe. Attach cut strands to bottom of pouch. One strand per opening.


    Picture shows where and how the fringe is being attached.


    Using MC and crochet hook, crochet a chain to desired length for the necklace cord. (Samples shown were approximately 30" before being attached.)

    Pull necklace cord through top flap of pouch on both edges. Cut a 12" piece of CC. Leaving a small tail, wrap tightly around end of necklace cord to secure into place. Using the two tails, tie a knot and then use your small tapestry needle to run the ends of the tails through the interior of the tube created by the wrapping. Being careful, cut remaining ends close to work.


    Picture shows necklace cord being attached and secured with wrapped CC strand.


    Tuck a love note or small treat inside your new pouch and gift or enjoy!



    Hugs & stitches,


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