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Spring Beauties

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Difficulty: Beginner

Spring Beauties are a woodland ephemeral that blooms in the forests of the Mid-Atlantic region where I live. The blossoms dance atop slender stalks: tiny, pale pink flowers, each of its 5 petals painted with darker pin striations scarcely visible to the unassisted eye. I was inspired by these tiny flowers (one of my favorites since I was a girl) to design a small purse that would have their timelessness, femininity, and romance.

Because these knitted and then felted bags are quite small, the knitting goes quickly, making them the perfect choice for a gift-knitting project: the romance and delicacy of the flowers make Spring Beauties the obvious choice for a bridal purse, a place to keep and store treasures from that special day. For the traditional bride, imagine a classic, creamy clutch with same color flowers, all beaded with silver-lined white beads. Or, for the bride with a bolder, less conventional sensibility, imagine a white purse with boldly colored flowers, or make a purse as bold as a wedding bouquet of gerbera daisies: a pink purse with hot pink, orange, and bright yellow blossoms . . .

Click on the Additional Details tab for more information about dimensions, yarn amounts, materials, and purse hardware kits that include everything you need to complete this project.

 

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  • Spring Beauties Hardware Kit

    The same hardware kit is used for all Spring Beauties colorways and contains the following items:

    • 5" purse frame in nickel
    • 12" Modern (removable) nickel purse chain
    • 6 16mm nickel bag feet
    • Stiffener for the bag bottom

    Note: The hardware kit does not contain the pattern, yarn, seed beads, or thread. These items should be purchased separately for a completely custom finished product.


  • Shepherd's Wool yarn in select colors

    Shepherd's Wool, Worsted

    (SW-)

    Color:

    Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mill is a 3-ply worsted weight yarn made and milled in Michigan by a family-owned and run company. The yarn is fabulously soft, made from fine Merino top. There are 17 saturated solids from which the 38 heathers and 4 marls are created for a complete palette of 59 delicious colors. And Noni keeps every single color in stock so you can make Noni your source for Shepherd's Wool.

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  • Ella's Going Out Bags (one size).

    Ella's Going Out Bag Pattern

    (153-)

    Delivery Method:

    Ella wears clothes with no pockets to weigh her down and the Going Out Bag has the same sort of mentality. She loves to dance. She is all ruffles and flourishes.

    In white, she could get married or lead the attendants to their places. In bright mossy green she'd draw every eye on the streets of New York. In mint with blushing petals, she looks good enough to nibble. In Lilac with beaded edges, she is sweet as Spring flowers. Add blue sparkle rivets to a white bag with white ruffles and she would be a bouquet for the bride. Add spikes or cabochon rivets and she gets a little more daring . . .

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Finished Dimensions

7" (17.5cm) wide across the front/back at bag bottom
5" (12.5cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
3" (7.5cm) deep
6" (15cm) tall

 

Difficulty Level

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of knitting and purling, knitting in the round on double-pointed and circular needles, some hand-sewing.

 

Gauge

Pre-felted gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn.

 

Materials

Spring Beauties Hardware Kit is Available and Includes:

5" (12.5cm) classic purse frame in shiny nickel (no longer available through Noni - sorry! We have everything else.)
12" (30cm) rectangular purse chain
6 Noni 16mm bag feet
6 x 9 in sheet of stiffener

Yarn Requirements

140 yds (128m)
2 yds (1.8m) green for long stem (1 flower) (A)
4 yds (9m) for flower petals (1 flower) (B)

Other Materials

Size 8 (5mm) 16" (40cm) circular needles for the bag
Size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles (set) for flowers. Use smaller needles for smaller flowers.
Sharp sewing needle
Stitch markers
Paper hole punch
Locktite Superglue Extra Time Control clear-drying glue to glue bag into frame
A large-eye sharp darning needle and 26 gauge brass beading wire to wire flowers (optional)


Pictured Samples

All pictured samples were made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool. Lilac bag with Spring Green flowers, Light Turquoise bag and flowers with Lime stems, Spring Green bag with Lilac flowers.


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