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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Lining tips: Create a shaped facing for the flap. I found this was the best way to support the scalloped flap. Trace the flap, then cut and sew a facing from the lining material.

Next, sew the purse side seams. Fold the purse body in half, wrong sides together and edges aligned. Hand-stitch through the felt with a matching sewing thread. The felt is usually too thick to machine-stitch. The raw edges won't ravel, and hand stitches won't show in the thick felt.

Create a purse lining. Through trial and error, I've found it's best not to try for a perfect fit the first try with the lining. Cut your lining too big, sew the seams, and test it in your purse. Remove the lining and increase the seam allowance width wherever the lining feels too big. Finish the top edges of the lining by folding them to the wrong side and edgestitching.

Sew the flap facing to the upper back edge of the lining. Insert the complete facing/lining in the purse, and whipstitch the edges to the purse.

You can leave the purse as a hand-held clutch, or add two grommets through the lining and purse along the flap fold. Thread a chain strap through them.

Ripple purse with chain strap and grommets

The finishing touch: After you've faced the textured flap and lined the bag body, you may install two grommets. Thread a chain through the grommets and, voila, you have a shoulder strap for your purse.

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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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