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I am an independent knitting designer enjoying lots of knitting after retiring from practicing law. I love most kinds of knitting, and I taught knitting in the Sacramento area.

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Arizona Canyon

from Cultured Purl
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Arizona Canyon
Arizona Canyon
Arizona Canyon

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit and purl, knit in the round, felt the item.

Pattern Description:

This felted purse is a great way to mix your favorite earth tones and create a one of a kind purse. It is enhanced by the stair-step flap on the front. You use two strands of yarn together, and create blended stripes by changing only one color at a time. The pattern gives you the color sequence. The relatively small amounts of yarn make this purse suitable for shopping in your stash. It is best if all the yarns are the same kind of yarn, and it must all be wool.

The felting process at the end brings everything together and makes the blended stripes especially beautiful. This is a sturdy purse which will look great with your casual outfits. It is especially pretty with a glass button in compatible colors. NOTE: Do not use super wash wool for felting.


16 stitches/ 4 inches and 20 rows/ 4 inches in stockinette stitch, before felting.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 8 inches high and 30 inches around (after felting)


  • Six colors of worsted weight yarn in earth tones. Color A: (includes purse bottom) 340 yards (311 meters); Colors B, C and D: 140 yards (128 meters); Colors E and F: 115 yards (105 meters). Size 11 (8 mm) double pointed needles, size 11 (8 mm) 24 inch circular needle.

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers, Stitch holders, decorative shank button.