Knit a matching mother and daughter set of plaid check purses in bright spring colors, complete with detachable daisy clip. Wear in your hair or on your lapel, the daisy clip is a fun bonus accessory that completes the springy look of this purse set.
Time: Weekend Project
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: Small (large) 24(32) cm by 20(28) cm
See schematic for details.
Gauge: 22sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking
Yarn: Drops Cotton Merino (50% Wool, 50% cotton, 120 yards [110 meters]/50 grams): White (MC, 2 (1) balls), lemon (CC1, 1 ball), orange (CC2, 1 ball), apple green (CC3, 1 ball), dark green (CC4, 1 ball).
Needles: US size 5 (3.5 mm) 24” straight and circular needles, set of DPNS or whatever size allows you to reach gauge. US size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook for pin-striping.
Notions: 6 Markers, waste yarn for provisional cast-on, tapestry needle, two crocodile clips, 2 fat quarters of fabric for lining, matching sewing thread.
Kfb: knit into front and then back of same stitch to inc 1 st.
K2tog: Knit two stitches together to dec 1 st
Ssk: Slip one st purlwise, slip one stitch knitwise, return stitches to left hand needle and k two sts together through back loops
CDD: Central Double Dec. Slip 2sts tog kwise, knit next st. Insert the left needle into the 2 sl sts from left to right and pass them over the knit st. 2 sts dec’d
I-cord bind off: CO 3 sts, *k2, k2tog-tbl, (this is the last st of the cast on and the first st of the live sts) sl3 sts back to LH needle; rep from *.
I-cord: CO 3 stitches onto DPN. Knit these 3 sts. *Slide the sts back to the right side of the DPN. Keeping the yarn at the back, k these three sts. Rep from * until your i-cord is the desired length.
Applied I-cord:With WS facing, CO 3 sts, pu 1st from cast on edge, do not turn.
* K2, k2tog-tbl, (this is the last st of the cast on and the st you just picked up), pu 1st. Sl sts back to LH needle; rep from *.
Starting at the bottom of the bag and working towards the top.
*Using crochet hook and CC3, with RS facing, pull up a loop of CC3 through the center of the first purl stitch at the bottom of the bag. Leave this stitch on the hook. Insert the hook through the purl stitch above the first stitch and pull up a loop of CC3. Pull this loop of yarn through the first stitch on the hook.
Repeat from * until no sts rem. Cut yarn and pass through final loop. This end can be woven in to the WS of your work.
Rep for one purl column of each rep.
Rep with CC4 for rem purl column in each rep.
This pattern uses a vertical fake Latvian braid technique called pin striping. Pin stripping adds vertical columns of knit stitches to a finished piece using a crochet hook. This means you only have to be concerned with the horizontal stripes when knitting the bags, adding the vertical green stripes afterwards during the finishing. The bags are worked in the round from the top down. The pin striping is worked before applied i-cord edging is added along the top of the bag. The bags can be lined with fabric for stability. Lastly i-cord handles are added and a daisy corsage to complete the purse.
With MC, CO 110 (132) sts. Join in the rnd, being careful not to twist your work.
Set up rnd: [K20, p2, pm] 5 (6) times.
Rnds 1-24(48): [rep appropriate row of check repeat pattern, sm] 5 (6) times, changing colors as necessary.
Rnd 1: [SSk, k to 4 sts before marker, ssk, p2,] 5 (6) times. 10 (12) sts dec. (100 (120) sts)
Rnd 2: [K to 2 sts before marker, p2, sm] 5 (6) times.
Rep rnds 1 and 2 five more times (50 (60) sts)
Rep rnd 1 three times (20 (24) sts)
Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn on to sewing needle and pull through live sts. Pull closed and fasten off.
Work pin striping technique in all purl columns.
Using the beginning end of the yarn of all vertical columns, pull yarn through centre hole and create a duplicate stitch with 1 st of pin striping columns.
Repeat with all pin striping columns.
With WS facing, and waste yarn cast on 3 sts on a dpn.
With CC4 k3, pu 1 st from cast on edge, do not turn. Sl sts back to LH needle.
* K2, k2tog-tbl, (this is the last st of the cast on and the st you just picked up), pu 1 st. Sl sts back to LH needle; rep from *.
Work I-cord edging all around the top of the bag.
Place provisional sts of cast on on a dpn.
Join cast on edge of icord to live sts with Kitchener sts.
Bag Handles (make 2)
Using CC4 and dpns, work i-cord for 30 (50) cm.
Daisy Corsage. (make 2)
With dpns and CC2, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Kfb [3 times]. Join in the rnd, being careful not to twist the stitches. (6 sts)
Rnd 1 (WS): Kfb [6 times]. (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Purl.
Change to MC
Rnd 3: Purl.
Rnd 4: *Cast on 8 sts. BO 8 sts. Sl rem st back to left hand needle. K2tog. Sl st back to Left hand needle. Rep from * until 1 st rems.
Break yarn and pull through st to fasten off. Join to first petal.
With CC4 and dpns work 4 rnds of i-cord. (3 sts)
Row 1: K1, m1, Kfb, k1. (5 sts)
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: K2, m1, Kfb, k2. (7 sts)
Row 5: K3, m1, Kfb, k3. (9 sts)
Row 7: K4, m1, Kfb, k4. (11 sts)
Row 9, 11, 13: Knit.
Row 15: K4, CDD, k4. (9 sts)
Row 15: K3, CDD, k3. (7 sts)
Row 15: K2, CDD, k2. (5 sts)
Row 15: K1, CDD, k1. (3 sts)
Row 15: CDD. (1 sts)
Break yarn and pull through st to fasten off.
To Make up
Sew two flowers together using yarn ends. Attach leaf to back of flower using yarn end. Glue or sew flower to crocodile clip. Weave in all ends.
Block to dimensions given in schematic. Weave in ends when dry.
Using bag as a template, draw around bag to create pattern piece for lining.
Add 1 cm to all borders of pattern piece for seam allowance. Cut out two pieces of lining from chosen fabric. Place right sides facing.
Fold over 1-cm hem for top of bag and iron flat on both sides. Sew 1-cm seam allowance all around sides and bottom of bag. Trim seam allowance.
Inset lining into bag with WS facing WS of knitting. Sew lining along top of bag, just under i-cord edging.
Sew handles in place with matching yarn See pictures and schematic for placement.
Add daisy corsage to handle.
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