Fish of Prosperity by Vicki Square
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Fish of Prosperity

October 2003
Aran (8 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch (before felting)
US 10 - 6.0 mm
254 - 454 yards (232 - 415 m)
6" (15 cm) deep, 13" (33cm) wide

From Folk Bags:
“I wanted to capture the whimsical expression found in children’s articles and I deemed the symbol for abundance most appropriate for a purse!  The shape of my Fish of Prosperity is similar to a small cotton fabric bag I saw in a folk art collection.  Chinese red is so distinctively a warm, intense hue that I chose it for the main body.  I wanted the stability of a felted bag, so I used wool for the fish, but the embroidery is all cotton, which is the material most used for bags in China.”

Yarn: Two skeins Montera (127 yards each). One skein each of four colors Provence, small amounts used for embroidery.

Additional supplies: 2 mother-of-pearl-buttons, 1” (2.5cm); 2 shiny black beads, 0.25” (6mm)

Finished size: Fish body, 6” (15cm) deep x 13” (33cm) wide

Materials from Folk Knitting, 2015:

Valley Yarns Berkshire
#15 Red, 2 skeins

Tahki Stacy Charles Cotton Classic
(1) skein each of 4 colors for embroidery