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Diagonal Ripple Felted Purse Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Diagonal Ripple Felted Purse Knitting Pattern

This easy slip stitch pattern forms diagonal ripples. Worked in two colors and only one color is used per row. It's knit in one self striping yarn with black as the second color but any combination would be great!

Approximately 10" wide x 32" long before felting (seamed 9½" x 16")
Approximately 9" wide x 8½" long after felting

18 sts=4" over pattern st

Size 11 US (8 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
One skein Lion Wool by Lion Brand Yarn (Color A)
Color 153 Ebony
100% wool
3 ounces/85 grams
158 yards/144 meters
One skein Kureyon by Noro (Color B)
Color #71
100% wool
100 meters/109 yards
50 grams/1.75 ounces

Note: Slip all sts as if to p

With A, CO 45 sts and p 1 row.
Row 1 (RS): With B, k2, *sl 1 wyib, k1, sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from *, end sl 1 wyib, k2
Row 2: With B, p2, sl 1 wyif, *p1, sl 1 wyib, p1, sl 1 wyif; rep from *, end p2
Row 3: With A, k2, *k1, sl 1 wyib, k1, sl 1 wyif; rep from *, end k3
Row 4: With A, p3, *sl 1 wyib, p1, sl 1 wyif, p1; rep from *, end p2
Row 5: With B, k2, *sl 1 wyif, k1, sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from *, end sl 1 wyif, k2
Row 6: With B, p2, sl 1 wyib, *p1, sl 1 wyif, p1, sl 1 wyib; rep from *, end p2
Row 7: With A, k2, *k1, sl 1 wyif, k1, sl 1 wyib; rep from *, end k3
Row 8: With A, p3, *sl 1 wyif, p1, sl 1 wyib, p1; rep from *, end p2
Rep Rows 1-8 until color B is used or piece measures about 32". With A, knit 1 row. BO.

Handles (Make 2)
With A, CO 80 sts. K 1 row. BO.

Fold in half (CO edge to BO edge). Seam sides. Sew handles to side seams. Weave in ends on WS.

Put the bag in the washer along with a pair of jeans or canvas tennis shoes. Use a small amount of detergent and a low water level with a hot temperature. Wash for five minutes. Stop the cycle and check to see if is felted as tightly as desired; the longer you wash it, the smaller and more felted it will become. If the bag is not quite felted enough, continue washing and carefully check every few minutes. When felted, remove and rinse in cold water. Blot with towel. Shape the bag; the fabric will still be malleable so don't be afraid to pull it in various directions. Once it is the desired size and shape, you can stuff it with plastic bags if needed. Allow to dry completely.

Sew on snap.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.

Also see Knit A Bit, for bag patterns by Barbara Breiter