Created April 20, 2015

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Because it finally got warm in Michigan, I got out my clothespins. Unfortunately last fall my old clothespin bag disintegrated and I had bought a new one. Too small!

So I made one. I couldn't find a pattern for one online except crochet and with my dislocated finger, too much crochet is just not possible.

Here is how I made it:

I made this on the Bond USM/ISM with keyplate 3 and leftovers of Lily and Sugar and Cream and some very old old Red Heart 4 ply cotton.

The striped yarn is on the back the leftover I had from making a soap bag and the front was a whole 2 oz skein that I didn't need for the soap bag. The white is leftover from a soap bag too and the back blue was some old something and the front blue was that old Red Heart cotton.

I cast on 65 stitches of waste yarn and then I knit (the back) until I ran out of the striped yarn.

I continued with the blue yarn until that ran out and used white until I had 78 rows of 65 stitches.

Then I did the decrease for the mini clothes hanger thing that came with the too small clothespin bag. It is 21 rows like this:

Row 1 decrease from 65 stitches to 61 stitches. You can do the decreases any way you want but I did mine by moving the third stitches from the end to the 4th stitches. Then move the end stitches to the next needle and move both of those stitches to the needle where the 3rd from the end stitch used to be.

Row 2 decrease from 61 to 59 stitches.
Row 3 decrease from 59 stitches to 55 stitches.
Row 4 decrease from 55 stitches to 53 stitches.
Row 5 decrease from 53 stitches to 49 stitches.
Row 6 decrease from 49 stitches to 47 stitches.
Row 7 decrease from 47 stitches to 43 stitches.
Row 8 decrease from 43 stitches to 41 stitches.
Row 9 decrease from 41 stitches to 37 stitches.
Row 10 decrease from 37 stitches to 35 stitches.
Row 11 decrease from 35 stitches to 31 stitches.
Row 12 decrease from 31 stitches to 29 stitches.
Row 13 decrease from 29 stitches to 25 stitches.
Row 14 decrease from 25 stitches to 23 stitches.
Row 15 decrease from 23 stitches to 19 stitches.
Row 16 decrease from 19 stitches to 17 stitches.
Row 17 decrease from 17 stitches to 13 stitches.
Row 18 decrease from 13 stitches to 11 stitches.
Row 19 decrease from 11 stitches to 7 stitches.
Row 20 knit across 7 stitches.
Row 21 knit across 7 stitches.
Bind off (this is the top where your hole for the hanger will be).

For the front:

I used the whole skein of striped yarn for 57 rows (it was almost used up, the 2 oz skein).

Then, I knew the opening to put the pins in the bag had to be like making a sweater, so I finally figured out to do the next rows like this:

BTW, I was not happy with the opening this way so I did a crochet around it when it was done, to make it a little smaller. So you might want to adjust your stitches to something else.

Row 1: bind off the middle 15 stitches, knit 25 stitches on each side.
Row 2: just knit across each of the set of 25 stitches.
Row 3: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 24 working stitches on each side and 17 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 4: just knit across each of the set of 24 stitches.
Row 5: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 23 working stitches on each side and 19 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 6: just knit across each of the set of 23 stitches.
Row 7: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 22 working stitches on each side and 21 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 8: just knit across each of the set of 22 stitches.
Row 9: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 21 working stitches on each side and 23 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 10: just knit across each of the set of 21 stitches.
Row 11: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 20 working stitches on each side and 25 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 12: just knit across each of the set of 20 stitches.
Row 13: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 19 working stitches on each side and 27 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 14: just knit across each of the set of 19 stitches.
Row 15: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 18 working stitches on each side and 29 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 16: just knit across each of the set of 18 stitches.
Row 17: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 17 working stitches on each side and 31 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 18: just knit across each of the set of 17 stitches.
Row 19: decrease 1 stitch each middle side (so you have 16 working stitches on each side and 33 empty needles in the middle of the piece.
Row 20: just knit across each of the set of 16 stitches.
Row 21: just knit across each of the set of 16 stitches.

The next part was really hard for me. If I did it again I would somehow figure out how to hang waste yarn and knit a row of 65 stitches that I would graft onto the front part I'd just made.

What I did was knit the 16 stitches on the left "by hand" (manually on the machine is what I mean), ewrap the empty 33 stitches in the middle, then manually knit the 16 stitches on the left. The hard part was the next row to pick up those e-wrapped stitches. I am not good at that.

Then I had to do the decreases for the top, just like on the back. It actually makes the front piece 1 row longer than the back piece because I didn't plan enough for the 21 rows of the hold for the pins to go in the bag, but it worked out ok.

So to finish the front you just do the rows 1-21 like you did on the back piece:

Row 1 decrease from 65 stitches to 61 stitches. You can do the decreases any way you want but I did mine by moving the third stitches from the end to the 4th stitches. Then move the end stitches to the next needle and move both of those stitches to the needle where the 3rd from the end stitch used to be.

Row 2 decrease from 61 to 59 stitches.
Row 3 decrease from 59 stitches to 55 stitches.
Row 4 decrease from 55 stitches to 53 stitches.
Row 5 decrease from 53 stitches to 49 stitches.
Row 6 decrease from 49 stitches to 47 stitches.
Row 7 decrease from 47 stitches to 43 stitches.
Row 8 decrease from 43 stitches to 41 stitches.
Row 9 decrease from 41 stitches to 37 stitches.
Row 10 decrease from 37 stitches to 35 stitches.
Row 11 decrease from 35 stitches to 31 stitches.
Row 12 decrease from 31 stitches to 29 stitches.
Row 13 decrease from 29 stitches to 25 stitches.
Row 14 decrease from 25 stitches to 23 stitches.
Row 15 decrease from 23 stitches to 19 stitches.
Row 16 decrease from 19 stitches to 17 stitches.
Row 17 decrease from 17 stitches to 13 stitches.
Row 18 decrease from 13 stitches to 11 stitches.
Row 19 decrease from 11 stitches to 7 stitches.
Row 20 knit across 7 stitches.
Row 21 knit across 7 stitches.

Now you have to seam up the sides (you can see, I am not good at that either!), and if you're ok with the hole opening, you're done. I personally wasn't, and so I did that one row of single crochet (I did 1 sc, 2sctog, 1 sc, 2 sctog) to make the opening smaller.

It holds a lot more clothespins than the bag I bought!