USING THE INTARSIA TO CHANGE COLOUR METHOD
BACK EARS – MAKE 2 Using the long tail cast on method and 8mm needles, cast on 7 stitches in yarn C. This will form the first row of knitting. Row 2& every following WS row: P. Rows 3–8: Work in st st. Row 9: Skp, k3, k2tog. 5 sts Row 11: Skp, k1, k2tog. 3 sts Row 12: Cast off purlwise and weave in loose ends.
CAT’S FACE Using yarn D, embroider the face onto the front side of the purse, following the chart as a guide. The ‘X’ indicates where to sew over a knitted stitch and the lines indicate a backstitch.
LINING Place front piece of cat purse against the lining and carefully draw around it twice, creating two identical pieces. Cut out and place first against front piece with right sides facing in. Sew up neatly with a mattress stitch using a needle and matching thread. Leave a small hole along the cast off edge for turning. Sew up hole. Repeat for back of purse.
SEWING UP Sew purse pieces together with rightsides facing in using yarn A and mattress stitch, being careful not to sew too far into knitting. Leave cast off edge open and 2.5cm (1in) along either vertical side of cast off edge unsewn. Sew bag clasps onto purse. Starting from 2.5cm (1in) gap on front side of purse, push purse into gap of clasp. Using yarn A, sew up and along cast off edge and down onto other side with 2.5cm (1in) gap in clasp. Repeat for the back side of the purse.
CAT’S EARS Place one front and one back ear piece right-sides together. Sew up with a mattress stitch in yarn A, leaving cast on edges open. Turn right-side out and weave in loose ends. Repeat for second ear. Place each inner ear edge nine stitches above eye stitches. Position ears slightly diagonally and sew front of ear onto purse using yarn A, being careful not to sew into lining. When attaching back of ears, sew a few stitches about 2cm (¾in) up the ear, pinning them against the purse. Add the purse chain. To attach a new colour, drop the old strand and leave it hanging until you need it again, then tie the new strand around the old one. To change strands, bring the new colour up from underneath the old one. This twists the strands together, preventing holes forming on the front of your work. You don’t need to knot the strands around one another because the ends will later be woven in.
Sew over stitch