#173 Fancy Party by Nora J. Bellows

#173 Fancy Party

Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
190 yards (174 m)
one size
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This pattern is available from store.nonipatterns.com for $8.50.

Maybe it’s New Year’s Eve and there is a dinner dance celebration. The Fancy Party felted handbag will look beautiful as a complement to any outfit with her understated, vintage vibe. She looks amazing accompanying a tailored suit, a flippy skirt for those fast turns, a fashion-forward frock, a pair of flared pants and a tuxedo blouse. Dress her up with a few sparkles, or make her dazzling with a lot. Cabochon rivets or spikes give her a more industrial edge that is an interesting contrast to her classic styling.

Not to be overlooked is the versatility that the Elegant frame gives this bag: the little handbag handle need only be squeezed gently at its base to come out of its housing and you’ve got a clutch. Turn the little purse chain loops to the outside of the bag and the frame is a shoulder bag with the addition of a 27” (67.5cm) Classic Purse Chain. Clip on a shorter chain and her personality changes again to match your mood.

Paired with Little Gems or Just the Change felted purses in matching attire and you’ve got a lovely ensemble.

Pattern Difficulty Level

Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles, some hand-sewing and easy beading during the finishing process.


Pre-Felted: 20 sts and 28 rounds = 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch

Finished Dimensions

6” (15cm) tall from base to frame
6” (15cm) width at frame top
8.25” (20.5cm) wide across front
3” (7.5cm) deep at bag bottom


Elegant Hardware Kit is available for this pattern and includes:

1 Elegant purse frame
1 27” (67.5cm) Classic purse chain
6 24mm Classic bag feet
1 Noni Label
Stiffener for the bag bottom

You may want to also purchase a 40-pk of sparkle rivets in a color to match your yarn.


190 yds (175m) worsted weight feltable yarn

Needles and Other Materials

Size 8 (5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles
4 stitch markers to mark corners, 1 in a different color to mark round beginning
Sewing needle
Tapestry needle