Knit and em­broi­der a purse

Knit this bright and colour­ful clutch for your­self or some­one spe­cial

YOURS (UK) - - Contents -

MA­TE­RI­ALS:

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

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