Modified Wallet Pattern

Celowin's picture

I gave a lot of background in my blog that I won’t repeat here. The upshot of it is that this was my first design project for knitting, and only my second knitting project ever. I’m proud of the way it turned out, but don’t expect anything incredibly elaborate.

The design uses the same yarn and stitch as the wallet in Michael del Vecchio’s “Knitting with Balls” book. Basically every dimension has been changed and I’ve thrown in some new techniques, so I’m willing to call this my own design that is inspired by his.

For experienced knitters, I hope you chime in and tell me what I could have done better. For less experienced knitters, I’ve tried to spell out some of the details that I wish I would have known when I started.

Yarn: Berroco Suede 100% nylon, Shade 3717. 1 ball should be sufficient, but buy a second one to play with.

Suggested needles: US size-7 straight.

Other supplies:
Embroidery floss, “Dark Coffee” shade. (this is a bit too dark, but it was the closest I could find)
Tapestry needle.
Plastic freezer bag, any size.
One-hole punch.

Gauge: 16 stitches and 28 rows is 4”x4” in stockinette stitch. 20 stitches and 32 rows is 4” x4” in linen stitch.

Notes on Linen Stitch: (worked with an odd number of stitches in a row)
Right Side Rows: K1 *S1 with yarn in front, K1*, repeat between * to end.
Wrong Side Rows: P2 *S1 with yarn in back, P1*, repeat between * to end, purl last stitch.

Advice for beginners on linen stitch:
Aside from the two purl stitches next to each other at the beginning and end of the WS rows, the yarn moves between front and back between every stitch. This has the effect of wrapping the yarn around the slipped stitches.

Credit Card Pockets (2 needed. Dimensions are 4” wide by 1 7/8” tall.)
Cast on 21 stitches (recommend cable cast on)
Knit 1 row
12 rows linen stitch starting with RS.
Knit 1 row
Bind off all stitches

Pouch Pocket (1 needed. Dimensions 4” wide by 3 1/2” tall.)
Cast on 21 stitches
Knit 1 row
24 rows linen stitch starting with RS.
Knit 1 row
Bind off all stitches.

Advice for beginners on pockets:
Getting the final dimensions right is far more important than the exact number of rows. Even with the small credit card pockets, I think I had 12 rows of linen stitch on one pocket and 14 on the other, even though they were the same width. Making sure your width matches is critical, however.

Also, I did a lot of measuring without a tape measure. I would hold up pieces to each other to check that they matched, or would pull out a credit card to make sure that the piece was wide enough.

Main Body of Wallet (1 needed. Dimensions see below.)
Cast on 21 stitches
Knit 1 row
2 rows linen stitch, starting with RS.
K1, (S1 wyif, K1)x2, K16

Knit bind off stitches until 5 stitches remain on left needle. P1 and bind off. P1, S1 wyib, P2. (There should be 5 stitches on needle.)

16 rows linen stitch, starting with RS.
K1, (S1 wyif, K1)x2, cast on 16 stitches. (Back up to 21 stitches on needle.)
P18, S1 wyib, P2
5 rows linen stitch, starting with RS.
Purl 1 row.
P21, cast on 26 stitches. (47 stitches on needle.)
Knit 1 row.
24 rows linen stitch, starting with WS. (Right side and wrong side switch here.)
Purl 4 rows.
24 rows linen stitch, starting with WS.
Knit one row.
Bind off all stitches.

Diagram of Main Body:

4”
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****************** 0.75”
*** 3.25”
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*** 2”
*** This section RS visible
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****************** 0.75”
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------------------ purl rows for fold (below here WS vis.)
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******************************************************** 3.5”
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******************************************************** v
-------------------------------------------------------- purled
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******************************************************** 3.5”
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******************************************************** v
9.5”

Assembly:

(I’m not sure how well this will make sense to someone other than me. I follow it because I know what I’m trying to do, but if something doesn’t make sense just let me know.)

Cut from the freezer bag a piece of plastic of a size to cover the id-window, with about 1/2” margin behind the knit border. Use the one-hole punch to put holes all around the piece you just cut, on the three borders that will be behind the knitting.

Fold the window border along the purl lines, so that the right side of the window border is visible, and the right side of the main wallet is visible as well. (Do not fold the two sides of the main compartment yet.) Place the punched plastic into the window space. Using the tapestry needle and the embroidery floss, stitch through the window border, into the holes in the plastic, and then through the main compartment wall. Continue going around the outside this way until the pieces are stitched on all three sides. (It is a good idea to measure with your identification, to be sure that you are leaving enough room for it.)

Take the large pouch and one of the credit card pockets. Align them together with both having the right side visible, and roughly center the credit card pocket on the large pouch. Measure with a credit card to be sure that it will not stick out of the wallet, then stitch the bottom edge of the credit card pocket to the pouch with embroidery floss.

Fold the main body back. (At this point, all WS stitches should be on the inside.) Place the main pouch with attached credit card pocket on the opposite side from the id window. Align the other credit card pocket with the bottom of the large pouch.

I whipstitched everything into place in one go, working in a clockwise spiral. Start in the upper right of the id window. Whipstitch down (attached right side of window border to main body, and seals the two halves of the compartment), then left (seals bottom edge of id window), continue left across the little gap between window and pouch, continue left to attach lower credit card pocket and large pouch to main body, follow the edge up (seals left side of main compartment, attaches all three pockets to main body), turn right (only go through front side of main compartment and the pouch), finally turn down along the inside of the large pouch, sealing the right sides of the credit card pockets to the large pouch.)

Fill the thing up and you’re ready to go!

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MMario's picture

*phew* Looks like you did a

*phew* Looks like you did a lot of work! I'll have to peruse this at some time when my brain is functioning...

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.