Thursday, July 24, 2008

Glamorous Evening Purse

Here is the little black purse I worked on before the New York trip. It was completed just in time for the wedding.Not bad for 2 bucks. It was absolutely perfect for toting my lipstick and camera around in - not that I took too many pictures. Was having too much fun, drinking and talking.
The bag went with all my other accessories - black, with a little sparkle.

I wondered about the handle. Should I make it i-cord, should I sew something inside it to make it round. As it was, the stockinette stitch curled up so nicely, it didn't need a thing.

Then I added the rose, just to make it a little fancier. I made more roses, but they would have just been, erm, too much.

So here is the pattern, should anyone want to replicate.
Yarn: I used Lion Brand Glitterspun, on sale at Joann's for $1.97 a ball :0) The gauge was 18st x 26 rows with a 5mm needle over 4" square.
Front, bottom and back:
Cast on 25 sts
Work 5 rows of 1x1 rib, working the 2 sts at either end as k2 (or p2) to make stockinette for seaming later.
Work 21 rows of stockinette stitch. Start and end with a knit row.
Next row, knit so that a row of purl bumps appear on the right side.
Work 7 rows of stockinette stitch. Start and end with a knit row.
Next row, knit so that a row of purl bumps appear on the right side.
The 2 purl bump rows defin the bottom of the bag.
Work 21 rows of stockinette stitch. Start and end with a knit row.
Work 5 rows of 1x1 rib, as above.
Bind off in 1x1 rib.
Sides and Handle:
Cast on 9 sts.
Work 110 rows in stockinette stitch. Work more rows if you want a longer handle.
Bind off.
Finishing:
Mattress stitch the sides of the bag to either end of the handle strip.
Add any embellishments you like.

3 comments:

Bezzie said...

Swanky!!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Fabulous!! Just perfect..actually, it would have been perfect for the wedding I went to last weekend!

hearthead said...

Super cute, I love it! Great size! I could use one like that for the Christmas Party my hubby's work puts on every year. Thanks for adding the pattern.