Posts Tagged ‘Carol Bristol Designs’

Small Felted Fling Purse






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.






Felted Purse-Machine Knit

Okay, you know what they say. The third time is the charm. I added ten more stitches to make it wider. By doing this I was able to have wider straps. I like the width. I did add 20 more rows to the length of the strap. The following pictures will show how I made it. I started with the base of the purse49 stitches e wrap cast on and knitted 20 rows. Then I pulled the work forward and did a crochet cast on in front of the work(what would show on the outside) I then ewrapped 12 stitches on the right and left for the sides and hung light weights on those stitches. I knitted 66 rows and took off all stitches on waste yarn. On the back I rehung the bottom. I crochet cast on in front of the work and knitted 66 rows . I took off on waste yarn 18 stitches on each side and continued to work on the flap. I knit 19 rows and then decreased one stitch on each side 3 times and bound off. Will explain bind off later. I then mattress stitched the sides. I rehung the sides with bottom with right sides together and bound those stitches off.

The picture on the left shows the bottom with the crochet cast on so that both edges look the same.

I then rehung 18 stitches from the waste yarn on one side of the front. I rehung 12 stitches for the side and 18 stitches from the one side of the back. Total of 48 stitches. I knitted two rows and decreased every other row until I had 14 stitches on the bed and knitted to row 76 and took off on waste yarn. I then did the other strap on the opposite side. I kitchner stitched the two bands together. I then rehung the stitches on the back (13) that were left on waste yarn and I crochet cast on in front of the stitches and then I bound off using two strands of yarn and then the  purse was ready for felting. This is what it looked like before felting. It is actually pretty by itself but I am going to needlefelt a design just because it is fun to do! The bind off for the closure I bound off using a passap technique.COR and cut off yarn end about 8 inches. On the right hand knit one stitch using this yarn and pull the yarn all the way through after knitting it. Take the next stitch and hand knit through and pull the yarn all the way through. Continue until the last stitch and pull the yarn through. you won’t have a thick edge or knots showing from the last bind off. The finished size is 11 inches wide by seven inches long . If you go to the archives in my blog for February you will see how I finished this purse.

Machine Knitted Felted Purses

Okay, so now I know why I don’t write patterns! I bought a hand knitting pattern  from Carol Bristol Designs and decided I would try to convert to the knitting machine. This is my first purse. I used the stitches and rows from her patterns because I did not want to do a tension swatch.(lazy) I knitted the bottom , sides(all four) seperately and then knitted the handles in two parts joining at the top of the band. I also joined all of the seams . Well, it looked similar but I knew what I had to do to change it.  I would make the strap wider and you can see my joining seams and I don’t like that. So I set out to make another one and wrote that pattern up too.  The next picture is my second one. It is better but not the way I want it yet.

On this purse I knitted the bottom first. Then I rehung it and knitted the front and sides all in one to eliminate the front seam from showing. That worked . I also rehung the top to do the band sides and they are wider in this one. I decreased every other row until I got to the width of the band I wanted  and on the first one I decreased every row. This is more like the picture. Now I am going to make a third one and it will be perfect for what I want. I am going to needle felt patterns onto these once I get the pattern right. The next picture shows how I knitted the bottom and bound off. Then I rehung the bottom and knitted the front and sides. I know what you are thinking. Knit circular. I don’t like circular on my Brother Bulky because of the tension adjustments from one bed to the other.

The picture to the left shows how I knitted the bottom and then rehung the bottom and knitted the front and sides all in one. Then I just had to attach the sides to the bottom which did not take long. Now I am going to work on purse number three and it should come out exactly the way I want it. I need to make it wider also but I like the length of the ones I made. Click on these two pictures to make larger.