Our little 15 months old grandson is staying with us this week. Last night, after he went to sleep, I finally found time to sit down with my knitting. Several of you told me, both in comments and on facebook, that you would love to have a pattern for the Easter egg bag. I bought my two original ones at Turvey Abbey, a monastery north of London, and have used them to knit my own. I can easily write up a pattern in Norwegian, but in English is quite another piece of cake. But I will do my best, and please correct my mistakes when you stumble upon them :-)
I have a spiralbound notebook which I use for knitting ideas and the knitting projects I design myself. Yesterday I had it on the table in front of me, ready to write down every single step.
I used a quite thin cotton yarn, Mandarin petit from Sandnes, and needles size 2 1/2 (European size)
Cast on 42 stiches. Share the stiches on four needles and knit round.
Knit 15 rows. Then it is time to make small holes for the ribbon.
Knit one stich, cast the yarn over the needles to make another stich, knit two stiches together. Continue to do this the whole row.
Knit five rows.
Time to start the checkerboard pattern. Knit three stiches, purl three. Do this for four rows, then purl three over the knitted three, knit three over the purled three (is this understandable???). Continue till you have five checkerboard rows.
Continue with knit only, and at the same time start casting off. Knit two stiches together, knit five, knit two together knit five and so on till the end of the row. On the next row knit two together, knit four and so on. Then knit two together, knit three.......
Continue till you have as few stickes as possible on the needles. Cut the thread and drag it through the remaining stiches.......and there you are :-)
Fasten the loose threads and drag a ribbon through the holes.
Good luck, and please let me know if this is understandable or completely Greek!
And I would LOVE to have photos of your finished bags. Then I can make a special Easter Egg Bag-post.
You can send them to brittarnhild@gmail(dot)com