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Two Scoops

Difficulty: Easy

When I first found these purse frames, I couldn't help but think of two little round bags, slightly different sizes, and so round that they were just like scoops of ice cream. Neapolitan ice cream to be precise: Strawberry, Chocolate, Pistachio. And so I designed a bag with a little round bottom that sits atop tiny bag feet. I gave the bag lots of fullness, so that when it is full of your things, it will be a round little ball, a little scoop.

While I left my scoops unadorned, I have a mind to return to them and bead one with beads that match the beads that hold the bag in the frame. Another, I plan to decorate with a grid of gunmetal cabochon rivets, still another I may sprinkle with Pansies from my Noni Flowers book. I invite you to use your own Scoops as a canvas that riffs on one of my ideas above or takes off in a different creative direction.

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Finished Dimensions

Little Scoop

4" (10cm) wide
2" (5cm) deep
4 1/4" (10.5cm) tall

Big Scoop

5 1/2" (13.75cm) wide
2" (5cm) deep
6 1/4" (15.5cm) tall

Difficulty Level

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


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


Yarn Requirements

Little Scoop: 170 yds (155m)
Big Scoop: 240 yds (220m)

Needles and Other Requirements

2 size 8 (5mm) 16" (40cm) circular needles
Size 8 (5mm) double pointed needles (set)
2 stitch markers in different colors
Tapestry needle
Sharp sewing needle
Locktite Superglue Extra Time Control clear-drying glue to glue bag into frame

Hardware Requirements for this Pattern

Note: the hardware is not currently in stock. If you would like to order hardware in bulk, that can be arranged. Contact Nora at nora@nonipatterns.com or call 410-262-5095 to special order.

6.5" (16.5cm) half moon purse frame in gunmetal
1 10" (25.5.cm) classic purse chains in gunmetal
Beads and nylon thread
4 16 mm bag feet
1 5 x 5 in sheets of stiffener


Pictured Samples

All pictured samples were made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool using Milk Chocolate, Pink, Spring Green, Light Turquoise and Misty Blue.

No errors have been reported for this pattern.