Tag Archives: knitted purse
11 Apr

I made this purse when I was in grad school roughly 5-6 years ago.

Seascape Blues PurseI love the colors! The purse is stockinette stitch with two strands knitted together. One strand is a plain blue; the second is a shaggy yarn with shades of aqua and lime. The “wrong” side of the stockinette stitch is facing outwards. The inside is lined with a light-weight, lime green cotton fabric.

I wanted to replicate this round shape with some lovely “surf blue” merino wool. This was the result of months of testing:

craftfailFinally, I got something approaching the rounded, bubble shape from which I was aiming. I knit this purse in the round, using increases and decreases to create the rounded sides.  I still don’t quite have the smooth curves I’m working on.

Surf Blue Bubble PurseThe purse is lined with a navy blue linen blend fabric, and the handles are recycled from a thrift store belt. The top edge is finished with a simple crochet stitch.

closeup of surf blue purseSurf Blue Bubble Purse, second view

 

 

 

Old Freestyle Fashion

18 Oct

Sometimes I wonder if I haven’t given away all of my best work to birthdays, holidays, and weddings. Other times, I worry about small (or medium) imperfections in gifts. Yesterday, I was surprised at how much I liked an old gifted project. The case in point:

 

When I made this purse with a “pull through” closure, I wasn’t crazy about the look. It was too bulbous and unstructured, and the strap was a little unwieldy. The closure is a large knitted handle that passes through a small knitted handle. Is there a proper name for this type of clasp/handle? There should be.

 

 

 

On second look, the colors are great and the materials feel wonderfully soft in your hands. The inside is lined in soft purple corduroy.

Mom’s feedback confirmed the handle is too long and a little squishy. Also, the dark lining makes it hard to find items at he bottom. But several years later, she still loves it and uses it.

She is probably biased.

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