This pretty purse can be made easily out of oddments of feltable yarn from your stash. Add stunning felted flowers and your new bag will be admired wherever you go. You can use any colors and felted decorations, or none at all. The pictures show the techniques, but in different colors for a different effect.
Materials: worsted weight feltable wool. Note: superwash wool will not felt, avoid using it for felted projects. Shown in Bucilla Persian wool.
Each calla lily: approximately 20 yards.
The base and body:
Light teal – 60 yards
If you would like to use just one color, or different colors, it takes approximately 300 yards total to make this project.
Needles and notions: Two #8/24 to 40 inch circular needles; blunt medium-size yarn needle for sewing flowers to bag; stitch markers;
Abbreviations: k – knit; p – purl; sts – stitches; pm – place marker; sm – slip marker; inc – increase by knitting front and back of next stitch; dinc – double increase: knit front, back and front of next stitch; k2tog – knit 2 together; ssk – slip next two stitches knit-wise, return to left needle, knit tog through back loops.
Pattern Notes: The wool should be tested for color fastness. Test and felt sample swatches for color fastness and also the degree of shrinkage. If colors bleed or run, sew the lilies and stems onto the purse after felting. Avoid using different weights and types of yarn which could pull the flowers or purse out of shape due to uneven shrinking during the felting process.
To make I-Cord: Knit three stitches, slide stitches to opposite end of needle. Knit three stitches again.
Next round: k29, sm, k31, pm, k29, sm, k31, place contrasting marker on needle. This marks the beginning and end of the rounds. Switch colors at this marker and count stitches for handles from this marker. Knit every round until bag measures 10 - 15 inches from the purl row.
Cast on 88 stitches. Be careful not to twist stitches. Join to opposite side of purse edge by knitting two stitches from opposite group of 15 stitches (this counts as the first row), turn.
Continue working in garter stitch for a total of fifteen rows: six rows in natural, three rows in yellow, and six rows in light green.
When all fifteen stitches on each end have been picked up and knit into handle, bind off stitches and fasten off yarn. Work in ends.
Add floral embellishments. Pin flowers on purse in a pleasing arrangement, using the photo as a guide. Using yarn to match either the flower parts or the purse, sew loosely in place. Sew slightly under the edge of the flower by sewing through a stitch from the flower and then a stitch from the purse until you have gone around the edges of the flower and along the stem. Felting will pucker stitches and flowers if sewn tightly.
If you experienced any colour bleeding in your sample swatches, felt bag and flowers seperately. Then use a heavy duty carpet and button thread to sew flower in place with small, hidden stitches just slightly under the flower.