Archive for purses

Felted Autumn Messenger Bag


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This is my latest felting creation. I used the same pattern that I made for another felted purse. That pattern might be in my blog. I saw the idea for the design on the front cover of a knitting magazine. That picture of the front of a sweater just used the two colors of the purse for the leaves. It needed more color so I made my leaves in fall colors. I put swivel hooks on the strap that disconnect. I have a short handle and a longer handle in case someone wants to have a messenger bag. I also put a brown sport zipper in the top for total closure. I also have felted acorns hanging from the hook on the left side of the purse. I had a woman that bought a purse from me with those on it and she said everyone she got a comment from on the purse said they liked the acorns. When I showed her the purse when I first finished, she told me to put the acorns on. The color of the purse is Natures brown and Oatmeal. It is really hard to get a picture of the brown yarn. For the diagonal design I knitted intarsia, decreasing every two rows. I decreased one stitch and knitted two rows, then I decreased two stitches and knit two rows. I continued that way so that the diagonal would go all the way to the right corner in the number of rows I had to work with.

Small Felted Fling Purse


 

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TWO INSIDE POCKETS

TWO INSIDE POCKETS

I am trying to get some things done for my etsy store and decided to share this little purse with you. It is called the fling purse and it is a hand knitting pattern that I bought from Carol Bristol Designs. I made one plain and then I decided to use up some of the incomplete balls of yarn that I had to make diagonal stripes like I did on another purse. On this purse the diagonal colors are only on the front and they wrap around the side since the sides are knitted while doing the front piece. The reason I did this is because I wanted 20 stitches for each stripe width and there were 59 stitches.(I increased to 60)

Things started out okay but drew a blank on how to do the fourth diagonal. It finally came to me after about three days. lol   I finished it , sewed it together and felted it and was sick when I opened the washing machine. I had one beige color that was not wool!!! All that work, time and yarn wasted. So I went back and did it again. I made up several knitted leaves in all colors and felted them. I had knitted this oak leaf first that is on this bag but it was way too large. When the little leaves looked funny I decided to felt the large oak leaf and it came out the perfect size. I only put one leaf on and one acorn.

I put two pockets on the back piece inside. In my directions I explain how I attached it while knitting the back. You have to knit the pocket first to do this. I like the size and the way they both came out. I needle felted a chickadee on one bag and used an “I” cord for the flower he is sitting on.

Here are my directions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. These are fun to make.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o1jhffjq8tczgqk/AABjRIm2mi7qVwqX_GT6b7Jva?dl=0

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolors Felted Bag


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My friend Sheila was getting rid of three bags of yarn and asked me if I wanted it. I would be glad to take it off your hands Sheila,  🙂 Inside one of the bags was a hand knitted pattern kit for this felted purse. It is called Watercolors Felted Bags by Annie’s Hook & Needle Kit Club. (Annie’s Attic) 2008. The toggle button was included. It gives both versions of  knit or crochet.  Of course, I converted  to machine knit and I love how it turned out. The pattern calls for three rows of garter stitch at the top and for the 22 bottom rows. I have a chunky garter bar but decided it is faster to knit on needles. So I knitted three rows of garter stitch on size 11 needles and then transferred them to the machine. You start on one side and increase from the top down, knit 22 rows of garter stitch (I used garter bar for the bottom) and continue up the other side and decrease  and end with three rows of garter stitch and then bind off. The first time I ever came across this and I think it is unique is that the handle and the tab are knitted sideways. For the strap you just cast on 88 stitches and knit five rows and bind off. I believe the reason this is done is because you get more shrinkage in length instead of width. I wish I would have measured the strap before felting. The finished size of this is 9 inches in width and 8 inches in height . The handle is 24 inches. The yarn is size 5 chunky. It did not take the whole ball of yarn but I did not weigh the ball of yarn before I started. lol

Here is my converted pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zpcjk688axh0l21/AADyPLyyE3isUgTOpCmzoRyba?dl=0

 

My Knitting Day Disaster


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I went into my knitting room to start a swatch for a project and this is what I ended up with. It took me the whole day deciding what to do and doing it. Not to mention the disaster my knitting room and house were in after I dragged everything out.

I decided to first put away some books laying on the floor that I don’t know where to file. Yep, that got me started. I saw this little picture of a purse that was hand knitted and had a lace edge on the flap and beads. I drew up a pattern for the machine and of course, it had to be felted. I took my stitch and row gauge and started on my pattern. I decided to make the flap with the fun fur I had that had shades of black and grey. Well, my mistake was that I used the stockinette gauge for the fairisle gauge. Wrong! During felting I checked it and the flap was not felting like the bag. The flap was way too long. After felting I trimmed the flap and it looked okay but the edges felt flimsy. I hated to scrap the purse because it felted perfectly and I liked the size. Scissors, here I come. I cut the flap off totally. Now how do I put a closure on with no flap? Can’t. So I get out sewing supplies and I have a 7 inch black zipper. I have done zippers before and they are not fun on felted fabric. Okay, let’s line it. Dig out my fabric from storage box under the bed (see how I am messing up my house?) Now I have to get my sewing machine and put it somewhere where the light is good. Dining room! (house is getting messier). But before I do the lining I have to figure out handles. Went through more sewing supplies and saw my grommets. Put the grommets in the sides in no time. Didn’t want to felt a handle since I had so much time in this already. Went through box of all cording and ribbon. I found a red nylon cord. Okay, that will not be hot to hold in warmer weather  and its strong and the red sets the purse off. Once the handle was done,  I sewed the lining pocket to the zipper and then had to put the zipper in by hand.  Ooops, can’t felt anything because the lining is in. I made a large knitted flower, used a red button and knitted a center and sewed the flower on. Done! Here is the pattern in my drop box if you just want to make this without a flap. It is knitted all in one piece .

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pij6q6v6opd5eqy/AACWZxuHG_7etXjmBEq_YViaa?dl=0

Now, here is the picture of what I started with before felting!

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I learned something new today


 

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On my last posting of my felted purse the colors looked like they bled into the background. It was not the case.  The handles did not turn pink. I happened to be going through some files in my felting book and saw an article about shaving the fibers after felting. They said to use a sweater pill shaver. So I did this and it looks much better.(to me anyway lol)

Felted Fun Fur Purse to Match Jacket


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Just doing some quick gifts before I see my sister tomorrow. I made her a felted wristlet purse to go with the jacket I made her.  The pattern directions are  a couple of posts back.  This can be made so easily in a couple of hours or even an hour. It only takes ten minutes to felt .  If you don’t like the fun fur you could do weaving with any yarn that you like. You would just have to remember to reverse the fabric if you just do weaving at the top.

Smaller Felted Pocket Purse


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This is the size I was working for. I made it the same as the last one except that I only cast on 24 stitches for the bottom. I added six stitches on the sides for the front only and knitted 52 rows. It will hold a cell phone, keys, credit cards without all the size and bulk. I used the Biscuits and Jam stripe generator web site that I love. Here is the link. If you want the complete written directions let me know. This is a great way to use up little bits of wool yarn left over from other projects. The finished size is 6 inches by 6 inches.

http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker_wt.php

 

Here is the link to my pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tjey7k38sax2irx/FELTED%20SMALL%20POCKET%20PURSE%206%20INCHES%20BY%20SIX%20INCHES.docx?dl=0

Passap E6000 Water Bottle Sling


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Well, my husband is back in the hospital again so I have to put the vest that I am making on the passap  on hold. I do have both fronts of it done . I have the back to do and a collar so I did not want to rush it.

Anyway, awhile back I saw this pattern for a water bottle sling and thought how nice it would be since I am always carrying a bottle around. The pattern is by Nell Abshire, The Afghan Queens and it is in Machine Knitters Source  Sept/Oct of 1998 Vol 15, no. 86. This holds a 20 ounce bottle of water.

It is such a shame the picture is not in color in the book because it does not do the pattern justice. It knitted out to be the prettiest honeycomb design.  The pattern calls for Diamonte which I have up the gazoo..lol. I chose a bright pink for breast cancer awareness. This can be made on the DM80 and other machines that have the ability to tuck stitch.

It starts with 60, 30Land 30R on both beds. Set up in one by one rib. Rib for 20 rows tension 3. Transfer all stitches to the front bed . On the E6000 the pattern used is 1000 and technique 130 . You knit 120 rows of design at tension 5 and then two rows plain. Stitches are transferred to the back bed and 14 rows are knitted of stockinette. Then transfer every other stitch to the next needle to decrease to 30 stitches. Knit two rows and decrease again to 15 stitches and knit two rows. Take off on bodkin and gather stitches for the bottom. Sew up the side.

The band is just circular rows on 8 needles(4 on front bed and four on back bed) At tension five you knit circular for 400 rows  which is 800. Nice to have a motor for that. I used tension 4.. for my cord instead of five. Attach the cord and go put a bottle in and go for a walk. 🙂

Now I want to make a ribbed one on my sock machine!

 

Another Felted Vertical Weaving Purse


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I was winding all the leftover wool yarn I had to put into a bin. I decided to make the same purse as the last and use up the leftover yarns. I knitted this with the design running all in the same direction so I could use the garter bar totally. This purse felted beautifully and the shape is perfect . But…..I am disappointed and I should have known better . I used gold, olive green and cranberry. The olive green does not show well on the darker brown on the bottom or the heather brown that is the middle color. I am so glad that I was using my left overs and did not make a special trip to buy the yarn. I will have to chalk this up as a learning experience. I even found oval rings for the handle. AND.. I put the design on the back also.

I do suppose I could needle felt a brighter green over it…..nah!

I did write the directions down if anyone just wants to try the purse to felt . You can leave the rings off and the design off if you want to just try it. Make sure you have at least 7 ounces of yarn. I actually would have been better off just doing stripes with all my leftovers. That would have been colorful.

In my drop box I have the picture of the purse, the document with the instructions and a sheet showing the graph with the increases at the beginning and the decreases as you knit up. The blue color on the side of the design is the six stitches that are added and then decreased.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oijlifv901sujtx/1DkKgcHE7t

Intarsia Squares Felted Purse


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I found this intarsia design in a magazine for hand knitters called Creative Knitting March 2005 issue. I just started the design with out planning what the purse would be like. Big mistake. I think it was more work for me that way. I started with the smaller block without black around it . I started on waste yarn and used 45 stitches. There are ten stitches for each color and one stitch of black between them.  I did four rows of blocks and each color block was 12 rows with two rows of black between them. I knitted ten rows of black at the top to fold over for a magnetic closure. I wanted a bottom on it so I rehung the stitches I started with on waste yarn . I knitted 18 rows for the bottom but I also cast on 12 stitches on each side for the sides. Mistake! Should have added those stitches when I started the back and not on the bottom. I have a triangular fold on the inside to make the bottom square. No big deal though since it came out okay. I did not want to do the back in intarsia but the stitch gauge would have been way off. I was up to the third row of blocks and I forgot to knit the two rows of black between the rows of blocks!!!!    Rip out time ! It was good that I ripped out because that is when I was thinking of what to do for a handle. I knitted using fairisle technique and changed colors every twelve rows. I decreased from the sides up so that the handle would not be wide. Total number of stitches for the band at the thinnest part of it was 6 for the  top colors and  8 on the bottom ( two stitches for seaming) in the black.  I felted a cord and put it under the flap and through the purse to gather a little to pull the opening in. I then tied the two pieces into a bow that I will sew so it stays straight. I also am putting a magnetic closure in. On the bottom I have four little silver ball “feet”. Since I am using  plastic canvas on the bottom to keep it square, I may line it also. It will be for sale in my Etsy store soon.

The colors in the Intarsia are light gray, dark gray, cream and natural.

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