Free Knitting Pattern: How to Knit and Full a Short-row Textured Purse

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The flap of this easy-to-knit handbag has a rippled texture created by short rows. The purse was featured in Threads no. 177; heres how to make your own.
This hand-knit purse can be carried as a clutch, or you can add a chain strap to use it as a shoulder bag. The bag is knit with wool, which is then fulled into a dense felt. 
This is what the bag looks like before fulling. The short-row columns create a rippled texture.
The flap of this easy-to-knit handbag has a rippled texture created by short rows. The purse was featured in Threads no. 177; heres how to make your own.

The flap of this easy-to-knit handbag has a rippled texture created by short rows. The purse was featured in Threads no. 177; here's how to make your own.

Photo: Jack Deutsch
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In addition to sewing, I love to knit and make up new knitting designs. In Threads #177, February/March 2015, we featured the story "Explore Felting" by Judith Neukam. To illustrate some of the wool fulling techniques Judy wrote about, I provided some knitted samples, including a purse with a textured flap. The "ripple" was the result of short-row columns.

Short rows are not complete knitted rows, hence they are "short." Instead, you knit back and forth on a specific number of stitches within the work. Short rows are handy for shaping and, in this case, they added a ripple effect to the bag flap.

Here's the knitting pattern for the bag, including how to make the short-row columns, plus some advice on lining the bag.

Ripple purse with strap

The flap of this easy-to-knit handbag has a rippled texture created by short rows. The purse was featured in Threads no. 177; learn how to make your own.

"Ripple" Knitted Purse

Finished measurements: 11 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 1/2 inch deep. Note that your results may be different due to variables in the fulling process.

Materials: 2 skeins Patons Classic Wool, each 3.5 oz/100 gm; 223 yd/204 m, or equivalent amount of any worsted-weight, 100-percent wool yarn.

One pair size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles

Stitch markers

Gauge: 4 1/2 stitches per inch

Notes: Traditionally, short rows are "wrapped" before turning. The yarn is looped around the next stitch to prevent holes in the work. Since this design is fulled and any small holes shrink and effectively disappear, it's not necessary to wrap the short rows.

The purse is knit in one piece, beginning with the flap. The flap has three short-row columns framed by a garter stitch. The purse body is stockingette stitch with garter-stitch edges.

Key: K= Knit.

P=Purl.

RS=Right side.

WS=Wrong side.

 

Purse flap

Cast on 60 stitches.

K 6 rows.

Odd rows (RS): *K6, place marker, K12, turn work to WS and P back to marker, K12; repeat from * twice, K6.

Even rows (WS): *K6, P12; repeat from * twice, K6.

Repeat rows until the work measures about 8 inches from cast-on edge (about 9 inches at the center of a short-row column). End with a WS row, and remove markers. This completes the flap.

Flap fold

K 24 rows. End with WS row.

Bag body

Odd rows (RS): K6, place marker, K48, place marker, K6.

Even rows (WS): K6, P48, K6.

Repeat rows until the work measures about 26 inches from the cast-on row.

K 12 rows.

Bind off.

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Comments (4)

lazybear861 writes: I love to knit, since I am 15. It's such a good entertainment. This article is really helpful and I definitely will use your advice.
Posted: 11:00 am on March 29th
RobertSmith82 writes: I love to knit and this design is absolutely amazing! Do you guys think that it would be good thing for a gift?
Posted: 1:29 am on March 2nd
genalorainne writes: Very stylish, I agree with @kingcole.
Posted: 2:52 pm on April 23rd
kingcole writes: Great ripple texture.
Posted: 9:44 am on March 19th
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