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A miniature Easter nest to knit.

You will need:
Assorted remnants of differently textured yarns in nesty colours. I used two strands of a remnant of double knit bouclé yarn (so ancient I have no memory of the fibre content), one of Ganpi Abaka, and one of a shiny rayon embroidery thread in greys, greens and golds
4 x 5mm double pointed needles
Tiny feathers and little sugar eggs

Cast on 33 stitches (cable cast on is recommended).
Distribute the stitches evenly across three of the double pointed needles and close the round, being careful not to twist the knitting. Place marker and work five knit rounds. Remove marker.

Next, continuing to knit around, work the following decrease sequence:
k1, (k2tog, k9) x3, (k2tog, k5) x7, (k2tog, k3) x7, (k2tog, k2) x2, (k2tog, k1) x2.
12 stitchs remain.

Thread the working yarn through these 12 sts, turn the work inside out, pull the yarn tight to close and sew in the end.

Voilà, one miniature, reverse stocking stitch nest.

Tiny tsutsumi gift bag

You will need:
Noro Ganpi Abaca tape*, 20 g
2 x 3.75 mm needles
1 x 4mm needle
Length of narrow ribbon or fine cord

The bag (you can read more about it here) is knitted flat, in one piece from the top down, and when finished is just 10 cm wide and 12 cm high.

Cable cast on 43 stitches. This creates a firm edge for the top of the bag.

Row 1 (wrong side), and all odd numbered rows, purl.
Row 2 k1, *yo, k3, pass first knit st over the other two, repeat from * to end of row
Row 4 *yo, k3, pass first knit st over the other two, repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 6 k2 *yo, k3, pass first knit stitch over the other two, repeat from * to the last 2 sts, yo, k2, pass first knit st over the second

Repeat these 6 pattern rows 5 more times

Row 37 as row 5
Row 38 (right side) k20 k2tog, 21 sts on right hand needle, 21 sts on left hand needle

Bind off/seam using three needle bind off, as follows.

Fold right side of work on right hand needle back against right side of work on left hand needle, then ktog 1 st from each 3.75 mm needle using the 4 mm needle, repeat, pass first st on 4mm needle over second, continue to end, leaving final loop on 4 mm needle or secured on a safety pin. Do not break yarn.

Using 3.75 mm needle and starting at cast on edge pick up 25 sts evenly along left side of work, making sure they are aligned knitwise. Repeat with other needle for right side of work. With right sides together the yarn will be in position to now bind off as above, passing the st retained on the 4 mm needle over the first k2tog. Draw yarn through final loop and cut. Weave in ends on inside of seam.

This finishing method helps to give the bag body.

Thread ribbon or cord through the eyelets.

*Correct tension is not important for this simple bag but as the Noro Ganpi Abaka tape has been discontinued it may help you if you are looking for an alternative to know that 50g of the tape measures 225 meters. Although this pattern has been designed for paper yarns it is perfectly possible to knit it in any other yarn of similar weight, although the effect and finished size will of course be different.

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