Mighty Miters Handbag


An attractive bag just large enough to hold your essentials

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Size: Finished measurements are approximately 7 inches high x 11.5 inches wide at base , after felting.

Gauge: Not crucial

Materials: Approximately 400 yards fingering weight 100% wool yarn. (I used Knit Picks Memories, 2 hanks). Knitpicks has discontinued this particular yarn, but really you can make it out of any multicolored feltable (not superwash) wool you have, using the needles appropriate for your yarn, as gauge is not crucial on this bag. The finished bag would of course vary in size.

Size 5 knitting needles.

One spare knitting needle for 3-needle bind off.

One 1-inch button.

Two 7-inch metal craft rings (or different purse handles of your choice).
































Square One:

Cast on 24 stitches.

Row 1: K 10, (K2tog) twice, K 10.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: K 9, (K2tog) twice, K 9.

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: K8, (K2tog) twice, K 8.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: K7, (K2tog) twice, K 7.

Row 8: Knit.

Row 9: K6, (K2tog) twice, K6.

Row 10: Knit.

Row 11: K5, (K2tog) twice, K5.

Row 12: Knit.

Row 13: K4, (k2tog) twice, K4.

Row 14: Knit.

Row 15: K3, (K2tog) twice, K3.

Row 16: Knit.

Row 17: K2, (K2tog) twice, K2.

Row 18: Knit.

Row 19: K1, (K2tog) twice, K1.

Row 20: Knit.

Row 21: (K2tog) twice.

Row 22: Knit.

Row 23: K2tog.

Row 24: Knit 1.

Square Two:

Pick up and knit 11 stitches along side of square 1 (12 stitches on needle). Cast on 12 stitches (24 stitches on needle).

Repeat rows 1-24 as for first square.

Squares three and four: As for second square.

Square Five: Cast on 11 stitches (12 stitches on needle). Pick up and knit 12 stitches along side of Square Four. Complete Rows 1-24 as for first square.

Square Six: Pick up and knit 11 stitches along side of square five and 12 stitches along side of square three. Work Rows 1-24.

Square Seven: Pick up and knit 11 stitches along side of square six and 12 stitches along side of square two. Work Rows 1-24.

Square Eight: Pick up and knit 11 stitches along side of square seven and 12 stitches along side of square one. Work Rows 1-24.

Squares 9-28: Complete squares with method as above, picking up and casting on stitches as necessary according to order of schematic. At end of square 28, with one stitch left on needle, do not break yarn.

Side 1:

Turn work so that long side (7 squares) is on top. Pick up and knit 11 stitches along edge of first square, and pick up and knit 12 stitches in each remaining square across. 84 stitches on needle.

Row 1: Knit 45. Turn.

Row 2: Knit 6. Turn.

Row 3: Knit 9. Turn.

Row 4: Knit 12. Turn.

Row 5: Knit 15. Turn.

Row 6: Knit 18. Turn.

Row 7: Knit 21. Turn.

Row 8: Knit 24. Turn.

Row 9: Knit 27. Turn.

Row 10: Knit 30. Turn.

Row 11: Knit 33. Turn.

Row 12: Knit 36. Turn.

Row 13: Knit 39. Turn.

Row 14: Knit 42: Turn.

Row 15: Knit 45. Turn.

Row 16: Knit 48. Turn.

Row 17: Knit 51. Turn.

Row 18: Knit 54. Turn.

Row 19: Knit 57. Turn.

Row 20: Knit 60. Turn.

Row 21: Knit 63. Turn.

Row 22: Knit 66. Turn.

Row 23: Knit 69. Turn.

Row 24: Knit 72. Turn.

Row 25: Knit 75. Turn.

Row 26: Knit 78. Turn.

Row 27: Knit 81. Turn.

Row 28: Knit 84. Turn.

Row 29: Knit 42.

You now have 42 stitches on each needle. Arrange needles such that needle tips are parallel. Using spare needle, perform 3-needle bind off as follows: *(K the first stitch from each needle together as one) twice. Pass first of these resulting stitches over the second.* Repeat from * to * across until one stitch remains on right needle. Cut yarn, pull tail through stitch and fasten off.

Side 2:

Pick up 84 stitches along other long edge and complete as for first side.

Handle Tabs:

In top edge of bag, pick up and knit the center four stitches in edge of square closest to side of bag. Knit 16 rows. Bind off. Repeat three more times in squares at side edges (tabs will be on edge of squares 1, 5, 25 and 28).

Button Flap:

Pick up and knit 12 stitches in top center edge of bag, using the six centermost stitches of each of the two squares in the center of the top row of squares.

Knit 16 rows.

Row 17: K 4, bind off 4, Knit 4.

Row 18: K4, cast on 4, Knit 4. Buttonhole completed.

Rows 19-22: Knit.

Row 23: K2tog across. 6 stitches on needle.

Row 24: Knit.

Row 25: K 2 tog across. 3 stitches on needle.

Row 26: Knit.

Bind off.

Felt bag per your yarn instructions. Dry thoroughly.

Sew button on outside of bag to correspond with buttonhole in button flap.

Sew one craft ring to each side of bag, placing ring against ring tabs, folding ring tab over edge of ring, and sewing edge of ring tab to inside of bag.

This pattern is offered for personal, non-commercial use only. Items made from this pattern may not be sold without the express written consent of the author.
This pattern and the text and photos contained within, may not be copied or reproduced for any purpose other than personal use. Copyright 2008 Yvonne Senecal.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very huge! who would carry a purse that bigaround? not mee and not any body else. joking I think it's fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!