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Felted Purse With Mosaic Trim Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felted Purse With Mosaic Trim Knitting Pattern

This easy knitting pattern for a felted purse is a good introduction to knitting with more than one color. It features a mosaic trim. The great thing about mosaic patterns is that you use only one color per row!

Size:
Before Felting: Approx 15.5" tall x 16.5" wide at bottom x 12" at top
After Felting: Approx 8.5" tall x 12" wide at bottom x 10" at top

Gauge:
12 sts and 15 rows=4" in St st

Materials:
Size 11 US (8 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Snap
4 balls Fritidsgarn by Sandnesgarn
1 ball Color #1012 Off White (Color A)
1 ball Color #3082 Brown(Color B)
2 balls Color #2117 Gold (Color C)
100% wool
50 grams/70 meters/75 yards

Instructions
Body (Make 2)
With A, CO 43 sts.
Purl 1 row.
Begin Mosaic Pattern. On all even rows, with the same color just worked p the sts you knit and slip the sts you slipped on the prior row. Sts are slipped purlwise.
Row 1: With B, k2, *k4, (sl 1, k7) twice; rep from *, end k1.
Row 3: With A, k2, *k3, sl 1, k1, sl 1, k5, sl 1, k1, sl 1, k6; rep from *, end k1.
Row 5: With B, k2, *k2, (sl 1, k1) twice, sl 1, k3, (sl 1, k1) twice, sl 1, k5; rep from *, end k1.
Row 7: With A, k2, *(k1, sl 1) 8 times, k4; rep from *, end k1.
Row 9: With B, k2, *k2, (sl 1, k1) 7 times, sl 1, k3; rep from *, end k1.
Row 11: With A, k2, *k3, (sl 1, k1) 8 times, k1; rep from *, end k1.
Row 13: With B, k2, *k4, (sl 1, k1) twice, sl 1, k3, (sl 1, k1) twice, sl 1, k3; rep from *, end k1.
Row 15: With A, k2, *k5, sl 1, k1, sl 1, k5, sl 1, k1, sl 1, k4; rep from *, end k1.
Row 17: With B, k2, *k6, sl 1, k7, sl 1, k5; rep from *, end k1.
Row 19: With A, k.
Row 20: With A, p.
Rep Rows 1-20 once more.
Change to C and St st.
Inc 1 st each end every 10th row 3 times - 51 sts.
Work 5 rows even.
BO.

Handle
With B, CO 120 sts.
Knit 2 rows.
With A, k 2 rows.
With B, k 2 rows. BO.

Finishing
Seam sides and bottom together. Sew handle to inside seam. Weave in ends on WS.

Felt
Put the bag in the washer along with a pair of jeans or canvas tennis shoes. Use a small amount of detergent and a low water level with a hot temperature. Wash for five minutes. Stop the cycle and check to see if is felted as tightly as desired; the longer you wash it, the smaller and more felted it will become. If the bag is not quite felted enough, continue washing and carefully check every few minutes. When felted, remove and rinse in cold water. Blot with towel. Shape the bag; the fabric will still be malleable so don't be afraid to pull it in various directions. Once it is the desired size and shape, you can stuff it with plastic bags if needed. Allow to dry completely.
Sew on snap.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.


Also see Knit A Bit, for bag patterns by Barbara Breiter