Little Mermaid Purse by Brenda K. B. Anderson
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Little Mermaid Purse

December 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in sc worked in turned rows.
2.75 mm (C)
150 - 300 yards (137 - 274 m)
Purse measures approximately 51⁄2" (14 cm) wide x 31⁄2" (9 cm) tall x 2" (5 cm) thick.

Say you’re going to a party hosted by your big crush. Problem is, you lost your voice so you can’t just tell him how funny, intelligent, and otherwise awesome you are. If you could just get his attention… body language could certainly do the rest. So how do you attract attention without looking like a crazy mime? Accessorize with something beautiful, smart, and sparkly that reflects your mermaid-like fabulousness of course!

Note: I had only a couple yards left over, so I would suggest buying an extra skein to be safe.

There is an error in round 6. The repeat should be “sc in each of next 3 sts, ch 1, pp, ch 1, sc in next st”. There really are 18 paillettes in this round. Sorry for the confusion!


Purse frames can be hard to find. I bought this purse frame in the Frameyourbag store on Etsy (item # f12.5/199). It can be found here!

  • Small rectangle of plastic canvas about 11⁄4” x 4” (3.2 x 10 cm). Wait until you have made bottom lining of purse before you cut canvas to size.

  • Yarn needle.

  • Fray check.

  • 20 mm (0.79”) mussel shell paillettes (also called mussel shell drops) in the following colors and amounts: 36 dark blue, 54 teal, 48 grey, and 36 natural. Substitute with plastic metallic paillettes if you prefer.

  • 5” (12.5 cm) purse frame. Antique brass chain, 4’ (122 cm).

  • Sewing needle and matching thread.

  • Four short pieces of wire (to be used to hold purse frame to purse while sewing them together).