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#140 Pretty Bauble Evening Clutch

Knitting
Tilli Tomas Superwash Whistler
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in The gauge above refers to the pre-felted gauge. The felted gauge (or for an unfelted bag) should be 24 stitches & 32 rows in 4 inches.
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
285 - 420 yards (261 - 384 m)

These little evening bags are as versatile as they are beautiful: Dress up with a single tassel, make in embellished yarn, felt them or make them unfelted. The frame allows the bearer to carry them by the handle, or take the handle off and carry the bag as a clutch. Leave the top unruffled, or follow the ruffle instructions for extra poof.

If you make it in unadorned yarn, you can hand bead using my favorite method: Use 2mm seed beads and drop/scatter over the bag. Pin the beads where they fall, and then sew on using nylon beading thread and a thin-gauge sewing needle. You may want to knot after each bead (on the inside) and then travel to the next bead in the felt.

The ruffled construction of this bag accommodates maybe a little more than compact, lipstick, keys, and cash, and allows it to go from day to evening to day. A terrific bag to give as a gift!

The pattern is designed for the intrepid beginner, and requires knowledge of knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round on circular and double pointed needles.

Felted Version

  • 420 yds/384 m of worsted weight, feltable wool

  • US 8/5 mm 16”/40 cm circular needles 

  • Tapestry needle, sewing needle, and like-colored sewing thread

  • Stitch markers

  • 1 6.8”/17.25 cm (SN) snap purse frame (available at your LYS via Noni)

  • 1 large purchased tassel

Unfelted Version

  • 285 yds/260 m of DK or light worsted weight yarn

  • US 4/3.5 mm 16”/40 cm circular needles
  • Tapestry needle, sewing needle, and like-colored sewing thread

  • Stitch markers

  • 1 6.8”/17.25 cm snap purse frame (available at your LYS via Noni)
  • 
1 large purchased tassel

Fiber Options
The embellished, unfelted bag was made with Tilli Tomas Superwash Whistler in Ruby Wine on a US4/3.5 mm.

The felted bag with beaded ruffle edge was made in Plymouth Galway in Chocolate, color 757, and has Tilli Tomas Flurries in Chocolate Cherry just at the top.

The unembellished, felted bag was made in Plymouth Galway in Chocolate, color 757.

For a list of stores that carry this pattern (or can order for you), please visit NoniPatterns.com/store_locator.php.