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Italian Fringe

Difficulty: Beginner

I confess I've always wanted a pair of chaps . . .  I secretly tried on a pair that belonged to a boy I knew and if they had not been too big, I would have wanted to take them on a permanent loan basis. Even as a little girl, I loved the crushed velvet white fringe on the bottom of my scarlet red full cowboy skirt (I know, crazy oxymoron, but there you are) and the matching scarlet cowboy shirt that went with it. I envied the girl in my English Novel class her black leather jacket with the fringe dangling from each arm and across her back. I don't remember the class. Only the jacket. 

If you are, like me, secretly dreaming of blue jeans with fringe decking the outside seams and knitted coats with fringe decorating the sleeves from shoulder to cuff, you will love carrying the Italian Fringe bag.

The dove gray leather fringe is made from Italian leather soft and supple as a horse's nose. Punched at regular intervals, it is easy to apply to the top of your bag with either double-capped rivets or cabochon rivets. The bag closes with an ingenious use of the Amazing snap closure. Clip beautiful USA-made leather handles to the handle brackets on each side of the bag and you can start filling it with all your favorite things. Or use it as the coolest knitting bag around. Simple and fast to knit, the finishing is pretty easy, too. What makes this bag special, and will make some ladies dash across busy streets to ask you about it, is the fabulous hardware and handle and the fabulous leather fringe! 

Click on the Additional Details tab for more information about dimensions, yarn amounts, and materials. Hardware kits available without the fringe as the fringe is no longer available.  

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Finished Dimensions

Small Bag

11" (28cm) wide
4" (10cm) deep
14" (36cm) tall

Large Bag

12" (30cm) wide
5" (13cm) deep
16" (41cm) tall

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, picking up stitches within the knitted fabric, knitting in the round, and decreasing. Hand-sewing and riveting are required for the finishing process.


Pre-felted gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn.


Yarn Requirements

Small Bag: 1000 yds (914m)

Large Bag: 1250 yds (1145m)

Needles and Other Materials

Size 11 (8mm) 24" (60cm) circular needle
4 stitch markers, 1 of a different color
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Nylon beading thread
4 seed beads to attach Noni label
Leather punch (optional)

Noni Italian Fringe Bag kit AVAILABLE without the leather fringe
3 ft of premium Italian leather fringe SOLD OUT
Noni Amazing Snap
'A Noni Design' label
Pair of handle brackets to attach handle to bag
Double capped rivets to attach fringe around top of bag
JUL Twin Cities 18" (46cm) handle

Pictured samples

Both of the samples pictured were created using Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool. The small cover sample was made in Granite. The large sample was made with Storm.