Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pot of Gold entrelac knitted purse

"Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor: For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit." - The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, scene iii, William Shakespeare

As I've already mentioned, I love Entrelac knitting. Here, I used it to make a purse, which was a little complicated but turned out well.

You will need:
  • Yarn: about 300or so yards of a primary, dark color and 100 yd. or less of gold color. Yarn weight: worsted
  • U.S. size 9 or 10 knitting needles
  • Purse handles
  • Darning needle
  • About 1/2 yd. Polyester mix fabric for lining, in complementing color
  • needle and thread in corresponding color to fabric
  • Optional: crochet hook and button for making purse closure
 Cast on 36 stitches. Knit in sections of 6 stitches for this entrelac pattern. Follow the directions on this link, but take heed to my directions below for obtaining the color changes.

After knitting the first three rows, on the fourth row - knit one section of 6 stitches in the primary color, cut primary yarn and attach gold yarn, knit four sections. Cut gold yarn and reattach primary yarn, knit last section of 6 stitches.
Knit two rows of entrelac in primary color, repeat as with gold yarn. Knit two more rows of entrelac in primary color, then repeat as with gold yarn one more time.
Knit fifteen more rows in primary color, then bind off according to the directions above. Fold knitted panel over face-down with the wrong side out, and sew the left and right sides together using the darning needle and primary color yarn. Turn purse right side out. Take polyester mix fabric, measure and cut for the purse lining, place fabric panels facing each other, wrong side out, and sew sides together - Do not turn right side out. Place lining inside purse, turn top edge of fabric over, and sew to inside edge of knitted purse using regular sewing needle and corresponding thread. Attach handles to purse using darning needle and primary color yarn to sew into place.
For purse closure: Sew button on one edge of purse, in the middle of the space between the sides of the purse handle. Using primary color yarn and a crochet hook, create a crochet chain long enough to reach the button from the opposite edge of the bag. Sew the two ends to the opposite side of the bag, across from the button, and place this loop over the button to close the bag.

Good luck!

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