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It all started when I was pregnant with kid #3. I had been using a Winnie the POO (pun intended) diaper bag for 5 years strait and the thought of lugging it around for another 3 years WAS ...
It all started when I was pregnant with kid #3. I had been using a Winnie the POO (pun intended) diaper bag for 5 years strait and the thought of lugging it around for another 3 years WAS UNBEARABLE!!! At the same time, I noticed a woman with a cute over sized bag and asked about it. When I found out how it was made, I thought, I can do that. And I did! Then all of my neighbors wanted one.
I am completely a self taught knitter. When I was an EXTREMELY BORED kid, I fashioned some needles from the dowels I pulled off of a couple of wooden coat hangers. I used an encyclopedia to learn the knit and purl stitches .
I did not touch another pair of needles again until I was 34 and needed that diaper bag. Since then, I have sold hundreds of bags, over 2,000 patterns. Although I mostly self publish, my designs have been included in bestselling books, magazines and knitting calendars.
Cute little handbags with ?clutch? style handles are always in fashion.
The pattern has instructions for the fur collar included. The photo with the flowers is another option. I provide the flower instructions as well. The rose pattern is available for free through my Craftsy listings.
OPTIONAL FUR COLLAR!!!I have developed a unique technique of attaching the novelty yarn to the body of the handbag so that it will elegantly drape around the rim of the bag just like a little fur collar. Most patterns will have you knit the novelty along with the wool in to the bag?s body. I really dislike that look. It reminds me of bad hair plugs and doll baby hair.
You can also keep it simple and have no embellishment at all around the rim. Its all up to you! You could embellish the rim with buttons or shells as well? Just have fun with it!
The pattern requires a little over 420 yards of wool and just one regular skein of novelty eyelash yarn (about 55 yards/optional) to create this chic pattern.
It is knit with size 10.5 strait and circular needles which will cause all of your stitches to disappear after you have felted your clutch. My patterns use size 11 or larger leaving visible stitching. When people examine my handbag up close and I tell them that it is actually hand knitted, they get this funny little confused look on their faces because if the lack of visible stitches.
The finished bag measures 8.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep and about 8.5 to 9 inches high. I easily carry around my 2 average sized wallets, my cell phone, 3 mini photo albums and sunglasses within this purse.
You can find the handles at most craft stores and everyone?s favorite superstore. My personal favorite are these awesome little black plastic bamboo handles from Darice.com. They are very on trend and retail for around $5.00 for a pair. I have even found them on Ebay!
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch