The Gallileo yarn from Knitpicks really brings out the beauty of this stitch, even in black. This particular purse measures 9 by 5. Unlike the one I posted before, I chose to finish the flap edge with single crochet, stopping at mid point to chain up a loop for the button closure before moving on to the main body of the purse. I similarly joined the lining and main body together, slipping in the strap ends before closing. It worked great. No sewing.
The button was worked on a plastic ring, single crocheting around the circumference, then adding an additional round (with increases) to make it a bit larger.
The strap on this particular purse is 40 inches long, worked as a single I-cord. I contained the stretch ( to 45 inches)by inserting a strand of yarn through the tube and fastened it to the main body of the purse. Once set, it seems to hold it’s length very well. You could also insert a piece of any kind of piping or cording to accomplish the same thing.
I particularly like this length as I can wear it around my neck and drape my purse on the side of my hip, having it available at my finger tips.
You will notice that I used the silver lining yarn as my main color in the two tone coin purse. This is not as hard as it looks. It comes down to setting up with the MC (in this case silver), knitting the knit rounds of the pattern in black, and the purl rounds in silver. Yes, this is a magic loop knit, no seams in either item.
The companion coin purse measure about 4 by 3, and has a squeeze frame closure.
I found the squeeze frames at “Hardware Elf.” They have them in large and small for coin purses, and also have them for larger openings, as for the entire top of a purse.
Everywhere I go with this purse I have had may compliments. It only weighs 3.6 ounces.
I am working on the pattern and hope to have it available for you to upload soon.
This pattern includes working double knit on the flap, which give you the opportunity to connect the lining with the right side to avoid slippage. By knitting a dotted lining pattern, your outside flap will hold it’s shape. I didn’t do it on this one, but I have experimented and found I had better results with the double knitting.
This purse flap was simply stitched together by weaving in between the layers with one ply of the yarn and a sharp needle. I did try to insert some light weight plastic mesh, but I didn’t like the results-to stiff.
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