Maybe it's New Year's Eve and there is a dinner dance celebration. The Fancy Party felted handbag will look beautiful as a complement to any outfit with her understated, vintage vibe. She looks amazing accompanying a tailored suit, a flippy skirt for those fast turns, a fashion-forward frock, a pair of flared pants and a tuxedo blouse. Dress her up with a few sparkles, or make her dazzling with a lot. Cabochon rivets or spikes give her a more industrial edge that is an interesting contrast to her classic styling.
Not to be overlooked is the versatility that the Elegant frame gives this bag: the little handbag handle need only be squeezed gently at its base to come out of its housing and you've got a clutch. Turn the little purse chain loops to the outside of the bag and the frame is a shoulder bag with the addition of a 27" (67.5cm) Classic Purse Chain. Clip on a shorter chain and her personality changes again to match your mood.
Paired with Little Gems or Just the Change felted purses in matching attire and you've got a lovely ensemble.
Use the Elegant frame with bag feet hardware kit to complete this project. For more information about dimensions, gauge, and a materials list, see Additional Details below.
6" (15cm) tall from base to frame
6" (15cm) width at frame top
8.25" (20.5cm) wide across front
3" (7.5cm) deep at bag bottom
Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles, some hand-sewing and easy beading during the finishing process.
Pre-Felted: 20 sts and 28 rounds = 4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch
1 Elegant purse frame
1 27" (67.5cm) Classic purse chain
6 24mm Classic bag feet
Stiffener for the bag bottom
You may want to also purchase a 40-pk of sparkle rivets in a color to match your yarn.
190 yds (175m) worsted weight feltable yarn
Size 8 (5mm) 16" (40cm) circular needles
4 stitch markers to mark corners, 1 in a different color to mark round beginning
First Edition Patterns
Pick up and knit stitches on the RS of the bag bottom as follows: *pu 50 sts across long side, pm, pu 18 sts across short side, pm; repeat from * for remaining long and short side, place round marker—136 sts.
Rounds 1 - 7: Beginning at the round marker (and a short side), join and knit in the round.