The cap had jiggled off. The tube inside had twisted upward and my medium pink lip color had smeared over everything! I guess the answer to the HUGE mess I had at the bottom of my purse would have been to decide never to wear lipstick again, but . . . that isn’t the option I went with.
I decided to knit a lipstick caddy instead. It’s big enough to hold just one tube, but at least the cover can’t jiggle off anymore!
Three things influenced me as I designed this little case. 1) I have a collection of Anchor Hocking Blue Moonstone table wear – and the dressing table powder box in the photo, too – so I like the hobnail look. 2) I like vintage textiles in darker colors. 3) I found a set of craft mirrors at a thrift shop for a song! If I had purchased them at a craft store, I might have had to dance, too.
I used the Trinity Stitch for this piece. It is also referred to as the Astrakhan Stitch. It can be what some knitters would call fussy work, especially the P3 Tog. I understand why. It can throw off the thythm of knitting, but I like the outcome, so I think it’s worth the patience.
Width: 3 ½”
Height: 2 ½’
#3 (US) straight needles
worsted weight cotton yarn in color of choice
blunt end yarn needle
5/8″ diameter snap
thread in color to match yarn
small mirror with self-adhesive backing
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
CO 20 stitches
Row 1 – Wrong Side: (K1, P1, K1 in one stitch), P3 Tog
Row 2: P
Row 3: P3 Tog, (K1, P1, K1 in one stitch)
Row 4: P
Repeat rows 1-4 until the piece measures 6 inches.
Bind off in P on either the 2nd or 4th row whenever peice measures 6 inches.
The finished knit piece can be evenly divided as follows – two inches for the front of the caddy, two inches for the back of the caddy and two inches for the fold-over flap.
Fold the piece accordingly and sew the two side seams.
Weave in yarn ends.
Attach snap pieces – one to the inside of cover and one to the front of the caddy.
Remove back from self-adhesive mirror and attach to the inside of the cover, just under the snap – centered on the fold-over flap.
Goodnight saw mine and wants one for herself. “Not black, though. Okay, Gram?” ;-)