Cleo Evening Purse
2 skeins "Cleo" by Muench Yarns (or any metallic/slub type yarn
that is 4 sts per 1" using US 8-9, approx.?125 yards needed)
2 skeins Zap (or any "fuzzy" yarn, approx. 100 yards needed)
(3 yards of ribbon - for handle if desired & tied in decorations)
With 1 strand of Cleo and US 8 needles, CO 28 sts. In reverse
st st, knit with Cleo until piece measure 2.25 inches. Add two strands of Zap
with the Cleo and knit until purse measures 12.25 inches. Drop Zap and
change back to Cleo. Knit with Cleo for 2.25 inches. Place marker on each
end of the row. Knit 1.25 inches more with Cleo. On next purl row (RS)
decrease one stitch on each end every row until 6 sts remain. (If you do not
want a button loop, you may continue on until 2 sts remain and then bind off.)
For button loop:
On next row, k1, slip next two stitches to cable needle and hold in front of work.
Knit next two stitches, knit two stithces from cable needle, knit one. Purl 1 row.
On next row, k2, yarn over twice, ssk, k2.
Purl to first yarnover and rop first loop. Purl next yarnover and remaining sts.
On next row, sssk, k3tog -2 sts remaind. Bind off 2 sts together.
Finishing: Align front edge of bag with markers on back of bag. Sew seams.
Attach button to front of bag or sew button to button loop as a weight.
Attach handle if desired (beaded, woven, etc)
Many of our customers have used chains from old necklases for the purse
handle, and wove ribbon between the chain. They have also used old
earrings or broaches for the button/weight.
***NOTE: Cleo isn't suitable for seaming. I used Zap for seaming the bottom
of the bag and black worsted to seam the top.
This project was contributed by Sarah Marie Fuchs
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.