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Two Versions of Two Felted Evening Bags

Difficulty: Easy

This sophisticated bag is decorated with five small camellia flowers on the front. Understated. . . it has a subtle dazzle. Line it with an unexpected silk brocade and you'll delight in searching for your keys.

Camellia flower instructions included.

The colors and undulating I-cord embellishment evoke the waves of the ocean, while the flash of the paillettes recalls the dash and dazzle of tiny fish swimming in unison. A great little bag in green. And just picture it in grey and black for Fall 2006!

A variation of Fish Scales, this bag, knitted in cream with pastel iridescent paillettes turning this way and that over a pastel mohair ruff, is a bit more understated. It is the perfect companion in Spring, on a hot Summer night with a pretty pastel dress, or with that white outfit you're saving for a frigid winter day.


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Finished Dimensions

9 to 9 to 9

7 1/2" (19cm) wide
3" (7.6cm) deep
7 1/2" (19cm) tall

Green Fish Scales & White Coral Bag

5 1/2" (14cm) wide
3" (7.6cm) deep
7" (17.8cm) tall

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of casting on, knitting and purling, picking up stitches in knitted fabric, increasing and decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles, and some hand-sewing during 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

9 to 9 to 9

450 yds (412m) Black

Purple Camellias

225 yds (205.75m) Raspberry

Maribou Feathers

120 yds (109.75m) novelty fur type yarn, Black

Green Fish Scale

450 yds (412m) Lime
225 yds (205.75m) Spring Green

White Coral

450 yds (412m) White
225 yds thin gauge mohair Pale Pink, Seafoam, or Cream

Needles and Other Materials

Size 11 (8mm) 24" (60cm) circular needle
Size 8 (5mm) needles
Stitch Markers
2 acrylic purse handles
600 20 mm "mermaid green" paillettes for Fish Scales
200 2mm iridescent white paillettes for Coral
Noni Best Sew in Closure for Evening Bag
11 1/4 x 13 1/2 in sheet of stiffener
4-6 Noni 24mm Bag feet

Pictured Samples

All bags were created using Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool. 9 to 9 to 9 is pictured in Black. The purple Camellias are done in Raspberry. Green Fish Scales is pictured in Lime and Spring Green. Coral bag pictured in White.

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All Four Versions

Through Fourth Edition

The bag body is worked on Size 11 (8mm) needles. CO is the abbreviation for Cast on (not Cast off).


9 to 9 to 9 With Camellias

First Edition & some Second Edition patterns

First Half of the Petal (column 3) cast on (CO) 6 stitches. Row 1. The pattern should read K4 NOT K5. Smilarly, Row 3 and higher should also direct you to K4 after you have knit in the front and back of the first stitch to reach a total of 6 stitches.

Second Half of the Petal: some patterns indicate that the number of cast on stitches to ws

A knitter let me know that one skein of yarn will make 5 (as opposed to 3) nine petal flowers when worked with a single strand and a size 8 or smaller needle as called for in this pattern. Remember, gauge impacts how much yarn you use, so very loose knitters may need an additional skein, and nervous ones (such as myself! I am always worried I will run out of yarn) may need one as well, just to feel secure.

The same generous knitter also pointed out that the second half of the petal (Column 3) should end with a RS row rather than a WS row.