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Peony Little Purse

Difficulty: Easy

This is the lunch-sized companion to the Clematis Shopping Bag. A stylish alternative to the typical plastic lunch sack, it can be made striped and adorned with the Peony flower for an eminently feminine look, or try rugby stripes or solids (without flower) for a great-looking but entirely unisex and utilitarian tote.

Felted bags are well-suited as lunch totes because they are naturally insulated, don't lose their shape or their immense carrying capabilities when wet, and withstand even harsh treatment, all the while looking fantastic.

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    Peonies beguile us every Spring: their round buds glisten and require the assistance of small ants to open. Alas, they are gone too quickly as Summer approaches.

    Now you can carry the lushness of peonies with you all year: they look complex to make, but this pattern is deceptively easy to knit. Use them to embellish your lattice bag, your carpet bag, or put pins on them and switch between bags, coats, denim jackets, and hats. A beautiful flower for any occasion.

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    I have been thinking a lot about hope as winter begins. For me, hope can be a small thing, but always with you. We tuck it away. Hold it tight in our hands or worry it with nervous fingers. Small hope gets us through. Hope is big. This tiny bag, is the little big bag that carries hope.

    As any knitter knows, the knitted gift is always more than its physical self. It is hours of thought, a meditation often, of love. Of hope. This tiny purse is no different, even though it is quick to knit and easy to finish. This tiny purse is perfect for small treasures. It is a re-usable gift box for a lovely gift. Or it is the gift itself. It is a bodacious stash buster, too, requiring only 20 yards of feltable worsted weight yarn. You don't have 20 yards of one color? Stripes are fun. Maybe more fun. Make several for tiny precious surprises or as a happy container for your stitch markers and other small knitting notions. Attach a key chain and carry it with you.

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Finished Dimensions

Little Purse Lunch Bag

9" (22.5cm) wide across the front/back at bag bottom
6" (15cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
12" (30cm) tall

Peony Flower

4 1/2" (11.25cm) from edge to edge of flower
5" (12.5cm) long stem
1 1/2" (3.75cm) diameter bud

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid beginner: Requires knowledge of basic crochet stitches, increasing and decreasing, working in the round, and some simple hand-sewing.


Pre-felted gauge: 11 stitches and 13 rounds = 4" (10cm) with a double strand of worsted weight yarn.


Yarn Requirements 

Lunch Bag: 579 yards (529m) Orange
                 579 yards (529m) Canteloupe

Peony Flower: 50 yards (46m) Lime
                     185 yards (169m) Fuchsia
                     10 yards (9m) Fizz in pale yellow

Hooks and Other Materials

Sewing needle
Tapestry needle
Nylon sewing thread 
Size L (8 mm) crochet hook for lunch bag
Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook for peony flower
4 bag rings (optional-not pictured)
4 - 6 Noni 24mm bag feet
Amazing Magnetic Snap (for use with optional closure tab - not pictured)
13.5 x 22.5 in sheet of stiffener
Locking stitch markers

No errors have been reported for this pattern.