About Jenny

Jenny is a wife, mother, grandma, artist and accountant living and working in western North Carolina.

Silk purse

Silk Garden Purse Approximately 7" long, not including handle Yarn: 1 skein Noro Silk Garden Needle: 2 sz 5 circular needles; or 5 DPN sz 5 needles and one longer needle for the handle. CO 320 sts. Mark the beginning of the round and join being careful not to twist. Round 1: K all sts. Round 2: K2tog all the way around (160 sts left). Round 3: K all sts. Round 4: K2tog all the way round (80 sts left). Round 5: K all sts. This is the ruffle at the bag opening. Now the rest of the bag begins. Create a 10 st buttonhole using your favourite method (my favourite can be found here: I use verson 4. St patt: (K3, P3) Begin st patt and continue in patt until the purse measures 6" long. This will create an off-set spiral ribbed pattern. Kinda cute, I think! Now we'll shape the bottom of the bag. Round 1: (K, K2tog, P3). Repeat around. Round 2: K the K sts, P the P sts. Round 3: (K2, P, P2tog). Repeat around. Round 4: K the K sts, P the P sts. Round 5: (K2tog, P2). Repeat around. Round 6: K the K sts, P the P sts. Round 7: (K, P2tog). Repeat around. Round 8: K the K sts, P the P sts. Round 9: (K2tog). Repeat around. Turn purse inside out and use a three-needle bind off to bind off rem sts. Now we add a handle. CO 60 sts. Determine where the opposite side of the bag is relative to the buttonhole opening your made is located. You are going to attach the handle approximately 1.5" on both sides of this point using sts picked up on the inside of the bag. Pick up 1 st 1.5" from the center of the buttonhole on the side opposite the buttonhole. Knit the picked up st tog with the first st on your needle. K across. Cont, picking up 1 sts on each end of the handle and knitting it tog with the first st on the way back across. Do this for 10 rows (5 ridges of garter st). BO. Using an extra length of yarn, tack the ruffle to the handle edge on both sides of the bag. Weave in your ends and you are ready to go! © Jenanne Hassler. This pattern may be freely distributed as long as the pattern and this copyright notice remain intact and no profit is made from its distribution or use.