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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Full the purse

Ripple purse before fulling

This is what the purse looks like before you "full" it in the washing machine.

Machine-wash a test swatch for an idea of what shrinkage to expect, and plan accordingly. This bag was knit about 30 percent larger than the desired finished dimensions. Set the machine on the hottest wash cycle and the coldest rinse cycle. Use just enough water to cover the project, and place it in a fabric lingerie bag to trap lint.

Check the bag between the wash and rinse cycles. Make sure undesirable creases aren't forming and the fulling is progressing as desired. If necessary, repeat the wash cycle on the hottest setting until you are happy with the amount of fulling. The project may shrink more in one direction than in the other. Then, continue the rinse cycle with the coldest possible water.

Once the bag is fulled and rinsed, pin it flat on a blocking mat or towels, and let dry it thoroughly. Next, you'll be ready to line and finish the bag.

Ripple purse after fulling

This is what the purse looks like after the fulling process, and with the side seams sewn.

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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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