Thursday, March 10, 2011

Handmade Knitted Purse

Have you ever wanted to create something useful? I had an idea in the back of my mind to create something useful, with a little flash. I have really gotten into knitting lately so I thought I would design my own purse. I was thinking  more of a clutch type of purse instead of the big diaper bag type, that I use to own in the 70's.
I decided to place beads on the outside of the purse for decoration. I placed a button in the front for closure. I lined the inside with fine material. and used cardboard for structure. Do you like my handmade knitted purse?  Let me know.

150 yards thin sock yarn 75% acrylic 25% wool Encore D.K color of your choice
Size 4  circular knitting needles
1 large button
1 blunt large hole needle
Card board
Tacky glue
Glass beads your choice of color.
Regular needle, and thread
Material for lining the inside of purse, matching your out side color

Cast on 15 sts. Work Seed st (k1, p1 ) all the way across.
Next row  (p 1 , k1) knit this way till it measures 2 inches.
Cast on 25 st at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
Work  the 65 sts till the body measures 5 1/2 inches.
Next row bind off 6 sts. from the beginning of the next 2 roads.
Knit till it measures 2 inches.
Cast on 6 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
Work the 65 sts til it measures 51/2 inches.
Bind off 25 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
Work on the 15 sts until  it measures 2 inches.
To make tab for button closure. Cast  8 sts
Knit for 12 rows
Next row button hole, knit 4 bind off next 2 sts finish rest of  of sts.
Next row knit all 8 sts. for next 10 rows.
Next bind off first sts at each end of the next 6 row to form triangle.

This is the finished purse body.
The purse handles are wooded capital D's. I sanded them, and painted them a dark brown, and sealed them with glossy clear varnish.
This is where the fun begins for me. I sewed the brown glass beads on every other row.
Cut card boards 5x9 1/2 inches.Middle board  2x10 inches. these will be glued later on to lining material.
Sew end of purse close, leave L shape open.
Then sew the L flap closed. This will give the purse a flat bottom on which to stand up on.

This is the purse sewed, before the lining is applied.
Glue the cardboard with tacky glue to the lining.
I picked a lining with navy blue, and light browns, and beige color that is in the yarn color.
Sew the lining into the purse with light beige thread.
Sew the wooden handles, and the tabs on to the purse.
Sew the closure button. Enjoy your purse, I'm thinking I might want to add more beads, but I don't have the right one right now. If I add more I will add the picture later for you to see.