Felted Clutch with Roses by Jennifer Pace, Pipp's Purses

Felted Clutch with Roses

January 2004
Worsterd weight wool
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
400 - 500 yards (366 - 457 m)
8.5"h X 4"d X 8.5"- 9" w
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Felted Clutch/Purse Pattern!! Rose pattern instructions included!

By Pipp’s Purses

Cute little handbags with ‘clutch’ style handles are all the rage in fashion. Your local knitting shops will tell you how handles were ‘the thing’ at this year’s trade shows. Well, here is a pattern that takes that look to the next level!

The pattern has instructions for the fur collar. The photo with the flowers is another option. I provide the flower instructions as well.

OPTIONAL FUR COLLAR!!!I have developed a unique technique of attaching the novelty yarn to the body of the handbag so that it will elegantly drape around the rim of the bag just like a little fur collar. Most patterns will have you knit the novelty along with the wool in to the bag’s body. I really dislike that look. It reminds me of bad hair plugs and doll baby hair.

ADD FLOWERS IF YOU WISH!! I have added instructions for felted roses for a touch of whimsy!

As you can see in one of the photo’s, you can sew a matching ribbon around the rim with a cute little bow in place of the novelty yarn collar. You can also keep it simple and have no embellishment at all around the rim. Its all up to you! You could embellish the rim with buttons or shells as well….just have fun with it!

The pattern requires a little over 420 yards of wool and just one regular skein of novelty eyelash yarn (about 55 yards/optional) to create this chic pattern.

It is knit with size 10.5 strait and circular needles which will cause all of your stitches to disappear after you have felted your clutch. My patterns use size 11 or larger leaving visible stitching. When people examine my handbag up close and I tell them that it is actually hand knitted, they get this funny little confused look on their faces because if the lack of visible stitches.

The finished bag measures 8.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep and about 8.5 to 9 inches high. I easily carry around my 2 average sized wallets, my cell phone, 3 mini photo albums and sunglasses within this purse.

You can find the handles at most craft stores and everyone’s favorite superstore. My personal favorite are these awesome little black plastic bamboo handles from Darice.com. They are very on trend and retail for around $5.00 for a pair. I have even found them on Ebay!

I original felting patterns featured in several publications including Interweave’s Felt 2008, a tip in Nicky Epstein’s book, Knitting Never Felt Better , the 2008 and 2009 Pattern a Day Knitting Calendar, 101 Purse to Knit and Crochet. Available in the famous bookstores we all know and love!