Knit and embroider a purse
Knit this bright and colourful clutch for yourself or someone special
1 ball of Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, 100 per cent extra-fine merino light worsted (DK) yarn in shade 70 Pool (blue) Scraps of yarn in a range of colours
UK size 8 (4mm) knitting needles
Yarn sewing needle
Approx 19x28cm (7½x11in) of fabric lining Sewing needle and matching thread
15cm (6in) closed-end zip TENSION:
21sts x 32 rows over 10cm (4in) square, working st st using UK size 8 (4mm) needles.
ABBREVIATIONS beg – beginning; k – knit; p – purl; RS – right side; st st – stocking stitch (alternate knit and purl rows); st(s) – stitch(es); WS – wrong side
For the purse
Cast on 33 sts.
Beg with a k row, work in st st until work measures approx. 20cm (8in). Cast off.
Making up and finishing
Sew in ends. Pin and block piece to size.
Using scraps of wool and the photo as a guide, embroider lazy daisy stitches and French knots on the RS of the purse.
With RS together, fold the Purse in half so that the caston and cast-off edges meet, then oversew the side seams. Turn RS out.
To line the knitted pieces
Press and block the knitted piece, then measure it.
Press the lining fabric and cut out to fit the knitted piece, allowing an extra 2.5cm (1in) all around for seam allowance.
Fold the lining in half with RS together. Pin and sew the side seams, ensuring that
the lining is the same size as the knitted piece. Do not turn RS out. Fold the top edge of lining to the outside by 2.5cm (1in) and press in place.
Insert the lining into the knitted piece, so WS are together. Ease the lining right down inside and, using long pins, pin in place.
Add two or three small hand sewn stitches on each side of the bottom edges to secure the lining in position.
Insert the one side of the zip between the lining and the knitted piece and slip stitch in place using a sewing needle and thread.
Open the zip and repeat on the other side of the purse opening.
Rainbow Knits by Nicki French is published by CICO Books, £12.99