My first Marsupial Tote question

The instructions (copyright Meema, and Debbie Stoller - go buy SnB, and all that jazz) say to: cast on 16 stiches, knit 44 rows and then place a marker. Then they say to purl 22 stitches across the long side of bag; pm; purl 16 along short side; pm; purl 22 more on the other long side; pm; purl another 16 along the remaining short side.

I’m assuming they mean purl right INTO the edge stitches that form the base of the bag - around the edges the 44 rows of garter stitch that you work in the first step…and THEN you start working in rounds of stockinette…

This is just picking up stitches…yes? and you just start working the pattern in rounds once all those purls are in place?

gulp [size=1]help[/size]… :shock:

Does it say to purl into the stitches or does it say to pu stitches. I don’t know how to purl to pick up stitches. :thinking: Unless you put your needle in the back and take the yarn from the front? If it is that you have to pick up stitches in purl, then they should have directions for it in the book anyway.

If it says pu stitches, and you interpreted it as purl, then just pick them up as norma.

it says pu sts… :??

PU=Pick Up So pick up stitches on your circ as the directions say, all the way around the base of the bag, and start knitting in the round! So you were really right about how to do the bag, just got one abbreviation mixed-up!!

The bottom might get wonky when you pick up the stitches, but it will straighten out.

Ohhhhhh I see…

Okay. I think I got it!

:heart: Thanks Ingrid! You saved the bag! :roflhard:

I think you should go back and re-read the first couple of pages of your blog to review the game plan you were going to use for learning to knit. You were going to only use the knit stitch, to master it, for a long time, making garter stitch scarves for people for Christmas. Then you were going to learn to purl. That was on October 12.

Less than a month later you’re starting a bag, picking up stitches, knitting in the round, doing drop stitch, etc., etc., etc. :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Marsupial bags are fun!!! Please, post pics when you’re done, k? :wink:



squealing with glee :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: I’m doin’ it, Ingy I’m doin it! :happydance: :happydance:

I def will Totalele! I’m enjoying it already…



squealing with glee :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: I’m doin’ it, Ingy I’m doin it! :happydance: :happydance:[/quote]

[color=blue][size=7]WAY TO GO[/size][/color] :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

marsupial is my favorite bag to make :slight_smile: I love that little twist at the corners! I do that for a lot of the bags I make now, varying the legnth and width of the bottom and sides.