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Fleck Stitch Envelope Purse pattern

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Sturdy Yet Sweet:

This little purse is easy to knit and even easier to use. The yarn gives it a sort of denim look, and the fact that it's mostly cotton will make the bag wear well.

It's really quick to knit up because it's just a long rectangle folded over on itself and sewn together, and the I-cord strap can be made much faster with the help of an I-cord maker, or you can knit it by hand.

Materials:

  • Two skeins Classic Elite Four Seasons (mine is color 7676), or about 140 yards of your favorite medium weight cotton or cotton-wool yarn
  • one pair size 8 US knitting needles
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • two size 8 US double-pointed needles or an I-cord maker

Gauge:

17 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (4.25 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in Fleck Stitch.

Size:

Finished size is 8 inches wide and 20 inches long unfolded. Makes a purse 8 inches wide, 8 inches tall with a 4-inch flap.

Instructions:

  1. Using single-pointed needles, cast on 35 stitches.
  2. Knit in Fleck Stitch (below) for 20 inches.
  3. Bind off. Fold rectangle so that 8 inches overlap with a 4-inch flap at the top.
  4. Sew side seams with mattress stitch or seaming method of your choice.
  5. Using double-pointed needles, cast on 4 stitches and work 30 inches of I-cord. Alternatively, use an I-cord maker to make 30 inches of I-cord.
  6. Stitch handle to bag at top on inside. If desired, line bag and/or add a closure to keep flap secure.

Fleck Stitch:

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: Knit 1, *purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

Row 4: Purl.

Repeat for pattern.

Caring for Your Bag:

If you use the yarn in the pattern, note that because of the wool it is not machine washable. It should be washed by hand.

Like other knit bags, items inside your purse can poke through the holes in the knitting. If desired, line the bag with coordinating fabric.

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