Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Ort Bag That Was: A Knitting Project

Ort Bag that Was by R de Heer
This knitted cap, what in Australia we call a beanie, was meant to be an Ort Bag. Apparently an ort is the useless little bit of thread left after you have finished sewing something up. People save orts to use as stuffing, for example dolls legs.

The pattern was originally for tunisian crochet but I needed a quick project to experiment with tweed stitch. Pattern by Robynn-El Ross. It  was in a magazine in a waiting room. 

My bag/beanie is made with four pieces of knitted fabric, of 8ply yarn, each 21 stitches wide, length 4x the width.

You need two colours. I used two variegated colours per rectangle, resulting in a green-, red-, yellow- and blue-flavoured panel. For line 1 knit colour a, b, a, b, a, and so on to end, carrying the yarns at the back of the stitches. .........For line 2 knit colour b, a, b, a, b etc. again carrying the yarns at the back of the stitches. Both sides of the work will be the same. 

Sewing the project up can drive you a little crazy because it seems very contradictory when you have it about 2/3 done. At the end you may have a little ort bag, or you may have a beanie with fold up flaps. The flaps can be up or over your ears, good for cold weather. 

Pattern by Robyn-El Ross

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