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Brick Stitch Felted Coin Purse

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Brick Stitch Coin Purse

Brick Stitch Coin Purse.

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Keep Your Coins Handy:

This quick little Brick Stitch Coin Purse has a lot going for it. First, the pattern stitch is simple and easy to remember as you knit. It goes quickly because slip stitches make the pattern work rather than knitting with two colors on the same row.

It's also knit on big needles and quickly felted by hand to make the fabric sturdy. A sewn-in zipper makes sure everything -- from coins to an ID and credit card -- stays in place.

Materials:

  • about 85 yards each of two colors of medium weight 100 percent wool yarn (I used Lion Wool in Dark Teal and Rose)
  • one pair size 10 US (6 mm) knitting needles
  • coordinating 7-inch zipper
  • coordinating sewing thread
  • tape measure, scissors, yarn needle and sharp sewing needle
  • sink and hot water for felting

Gauge:

About 4 stitches per inch in pattern stitch before felting. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Before felting, project is about 4.5 inches wide and 12 inches tall. After felting, width is about the same, and the bag is a little more than 4 inches tall. Your shrinkage may vary.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 19 stitches in color that will be your "mortar."
  2. Work in Brick Stitch (below) for about 12 inches, ending with a row knit in your mortar color.
  3. Bind off in mortar color.
  4. Fold project in half and use mortar color to sew side seams (I used a whipstitch).
  5. Fill a sink with hot water and a bit of wool wash or liquid dish soap and felt by hand until the fabric is firm and has lost a lot of its stitch definition.
  6. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  7. Sew in your zipper using sewing thread and a needle sharp enough to penetrate the felt.

Brick Stitch:

Works on multiples of 4 stitches plus 3.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit in color A (mortar color).

Row 3: Using color B (brick color) knit 1, *slip 1 with yarn in back, knit 3. Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1, knit 1.

Row 4: With color B, purl 1, *slip 1 with yarn in front, purl 3. Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1, purl 1.

Rows 5 and 6: With color A, knit.

Row 7: With color B, *knit 3, slip 1 with yarn in back. Repeat from * across.

Row 8: With color B, *purl 3, slip 1 with yarn in front. Repeat from * across.

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern.

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