Sunday, April 3, 2011

Knitted Clutch Purse

I love to knit, and I love to work with beads, beads, beads. I love the way beads catch the light. There is something  so exciting to me when I see one strand of yarn turn into a purse, a sweater, a hat...  

I decided to design a knitted clutch purse in the same colors, and beads as my hand made knitted purse   I was looking for a smaller clutch type purse to take with me, for those special occasions when you don't want to lug a large purse, a small one tucked under your arm will do nicely.

1/2 inch dowel 36 inches
2 wooden balls drilled out at 1/2 inch
1 large button of your choice
1 skein yarn thin 75% acrylic 25% wool 150 yards
Size 4 circular knitting needles
1 large eye blunt needle
1 packet of glass beads 60 grams
Material of choice for lining 1/8 yard
Size e crochet hook

 Seed st (k1, p1 ) all the way across. Next row (p1 ,k1) all the way across. You will be purling where you knit and knitting where you purled.

Cast on 65 sts. Work in the seed st pattern till the body measures 5 1/2

Next row bind off 6 sts. from the beginning of the next 2 roads.

Knit across 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.
This will make the notch that will become the bottom of the purse.

After adding the beads, sew the sides up as shown in the handmade knitted purse. I lined this purse without the cardboard.
Sew the yarn around the wooden dowel after gluing the wooden balls in place. Make sure none of the wooden dowel shows.

Fold the flaps in at the edges of the the purse as you sew.

Sew the button in the front of the purse.
To make flap  chain 8 stitches.single crochet for 10 rows.
Next row single crochet 4 stitches chain 1 skip 1. and finish single crocheting the rest of that row.
Rows 11 - 12 continue in single crochet.
Row 13 decrease one stitch on each side  til your left with 4 single crochets. bind off attach to the back of purse.

The front wooden dowel will not have wooden beads added. It will fit snugly into the dowel with the wooden balls. See photo at top.

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