Saturday, November 11, 2006

Triangle Purse

As much as I love big voluminous purses that hold every item I could possibly need, they just aren't convenient sometimes. For those occasions when you're going to a concert or out for a few drinks during happy hour, a small purse with a long strap to hang off your shoulder is ideal.

This felted triangle purse is a unique stylish accessory that's just large enough to hold all the essentials for a night on the town.

Materials:
Lion Brand Landscapes Autumn Trails
Size 13 needles

Terms:
kfb - knit into he front and back of the stitch
k2tog - knit two stitches together
Icord - knit two stitches. Slip both stitches onto the left hand needle and knit them again. Repeat.

Pattern:

Purse:

Cast on 20 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2 and all wrong side rows: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 5: K1, kfb, K1, kfb, K12, kfb, K1, kfb, K1 (24)
Row 7: Knit
Row 9: K1, kfb, K1, kfb, K16, kfb, K1, kfb, K1 (28)
Row 11: Knit
Row 13: K1, kfb, K1, kfb, K20, kfb, K1, kfb, K1 (32)
Row 15: Knit
Row 17: K1, kfb, K1, kfb, K24, kfb, K1, kfb, K1 (36)
Row 19: Knit
Row 21: K1, kfb, K1, kfb, K28, kfb, K1, kfb, K1 (40)
Rows 22-28: Work in Stockinette.
Row 29: K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K28, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1 (36)
Row 31: Knit
Row 33: K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K24, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1 (32)
Row 35: Knit
Row 37: K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K20, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1 (28)
Row 39: Knit
Row 41: K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K16, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1 (24)
Row 43: Knit
Row 45: K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K12, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1 (20)
Row 47: Knit
Row 49: K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K8, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1 (16)
Row 51: Knit
Row 53: K1, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K4, k2tog, K1, k2tog, K1 (12)
Row 55: Knit
Row 57: (K1, k2tog) 4 times (8)
Row 59: k2tog 4 times (4)
Row 61: k2tog twice (2)

Break yarn and draw the tail through the last two remaining stitches.

Fold the fabric over and sew up the sides.

Strap:

Pick up 2 stitches at one side of the purse at the opening.



Work in 2 stitch Icord for about 5 feet (remember it will shrink considerable after felting). Attach to the other side by picking up one stitch at the opening of the purse and knitting it together with a stitch on your needle. Do the same with the other stitch. Break yarn and draw the tail through the two remaining stitches. Use the remaining tails on both sides to reinforce the strap by stitching it to the body of the purse.



Felting:

Place your purse inside a pillowcase and close the end with a rubber band or just knot it. Wash for the full cycle with some towels or other laundry for agitation. Remember to use the hot/cold cycle (the first time I tried felting I didn't realize that the temperature change was critical to the process and washed my project in cold water. I was very disappointed when it hadn't felted one bit after washing it three times).

Now you can sew on a button and make a clasp by sewing a loop of yarn to the flap.

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