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Felted Evening Bag with Ribbon Embroidery

Knitting
October 2006
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
4.5 mm
5.0 mm (H)
220 yards (201 m)
Approximately 9" (23 cm) wide and 6" (15 cm) tall with a 29" (73.5 cm) handle

Pattern Description from One-Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn-Shop Favorites: “The ribbon embroidery on this bag elevates it to ‘evening wear’ status. You may also embellish with rhinestones, crystals, or whatever you like. This bag is fully lined and closes with a magnetic snap.”

Measurements: Approximately 9” (23 cm) wide and 6” (15 cm) tall with a 29” (73.5 cm) handle. (Note: Exact finished measurements will be determined by the yarn and the point at which you stop felting.)

Yarn: Cascade 220, 100% wool, 3.5 oz (100 g)/220 yds (201 m), Color 8901

Needles: One US 10 or 10.5 (6 or 6.5 mm) circular needle 24” (40 cm) long and set of double-point needles same size or size you need to obtain correct gauge

Gauge: 12-14 stitches = 4” (10 cm) before felting

Other Supplies: One US G/6 (4.5 mm) or H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook; embroidery ribbon; 4 mm green and purple, 7 mm white; beads: a few bugle and seed beads; ½ yd (46 cm) lining fabric; magnetic closure; number 18 or 20 chenille needle; matching sewing thread

From the book:
This book has been created for all those knitters and crocheters who find themselves with just one ball or skein of very special yarn but only a vague idea of what to do with it. Maybe you just couldn’t resist a certain perfect color or texture - or bargain. Or maybe the yarn wasn’t a bargain - in fact, it was terribly expensive, but still irresistible and buying just one seemed okay! Your one skein could also be part of that famous (or infamous) stash: yarns you’ve been saving for a special occasion or well-loved leftovers that are still waiting for just the right project.

The patterns chosen for this collection have been generously shared by yarn shops and designers who have met this challenge with creativity and enthusiasm. From quick-and-easy projects knit with think yarns on fat needles to those worked in the finest of lace-weights, there’s something for every knitter and every occasion. Each pattern specifies the yarn used by the designer for the item photographed for the book. You can purchase that yarn for an exact replica or use your own yarn of choice. Browse through the 101 patterns in the pages that follow and let yourself be tempted and inspired by projects that will consume both your stash and your passion for knitting!

This pattern is wonderful! It is a great pattern to just lose yourself in your knitting and have everyone ask you at every party where you got that wonderful purse!

You can also adapt this pattern to your liking: I used a different weight yarn and brand with a slightly bigger needle. Therefore, I had to make the purse a little bigger, but it is still adorable. I also didn’t do that embroidery: I used felted roses.

You need to have magnetic snap. You also need double pointed needles for the strap. Your main needle will be circular. You can line it with fabric, but that is not necessary.

No matter what changes you make to this pattern, it will still be a wonderful evening bag to take to every occasion.