26 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Smock pat. Gauge is not critical for this pattern.
Note: A chart is provided for those preferring to work pat st from a chart. Smock (multiple of 16 sts + 14) Row 1 (RS): [P2, k2] 3 times, *p6, [k2, p2] twice, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2. Rows 2–6: Work sts as they present themselves. Row 7: P2, Smock 10, *p2, k2, p2, Smock 10; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2. Rows 8–14: Work sts as they present themselves. Row 15: P2, Smock 10, *p2, k2, p2, Smock 10; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2. Row 16: Work sts as they present themselves.
Rep Rows 1–16 for pat. 2x2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 2) Row 1 (RS): P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end. Row 2: K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pat.
Smock 10: Slip 10 sts to dpn, wrap yarn counterclockwise twice around these 10 sts, then k2, p6, k2 from dpn.
Bag is made in 2 identical pieces; each starts with half the base with extra stitches cast on for the short sides of the bag. The pieces are sewn together at center of base and short sides.
Base/Body Make 2 Beg at base edge, cast on 78 sts. Knit 1 row, purl 1 row. Work rows 1-8 of Smock pat, casting on 8 sts at end of last row. Next row (RS): [p2, k2] 3 times, *p6, [k2, p2] twice, k2; rep from * to last 10 sts, p6, k2, p2—86 sts.
Cast on 8 sts at end of last row.
Yarn and smocking combine beautifully in this charming purse. It’s the ideal size for portable projects and daily necessities!
Next row: [k2, p2] 3 times, k6, *[p2, k2] twice, p2, k6; rep from * to last 12 sts, [p2, k2] 3 times—94 sts.
Beg with Row 3 of Smock pat, work 38 rows in established pat. Work 14 rows in 2x2 Rib. Bind off in pat.
Sew cast-on edges of bases tog.
Sew 8-st cast-on edges of body to sides of base to form a flat bottom and side panels. Sew side seams. Weave in ends. Rings Make 4 With smaller crochet hook, attach yarn to metal ring. Sc around ring until it is completely covered. Slip st to first sc to join. Fasten off.
Rep with rem rings.
Sew 2 rings on each side of purse, using photo as a guide. Handles Make 2 With larger crochet hook and 3 strands of yarn held tog, ch 7, sl st to first ch to join. Rnd 1: Sc in each ch around—7 sc. Rnd 2: Sc in each sc.
Rep Rnd 2 working in a spiral, until handle measures 24 inches. Fasten off. Place handle ends through rings on 1 side of purse, loop ends and sew in place. To strengthen the purse bottom in a pretty way, cut cardboard to fit and use a spray adhesive to cover the cardboard with fabric. Let dry and then place inside the purse.
Rep on other side of purse for 2nd handle.
Cut 2 60-inch strands of yarn. Tie strands tog at both ends. Secure 1 knotted end over a stationary object and then twist yarn until it twists back on itself. Fold in half and then knot each end to secure. Starting at center front of purse, thread drawstring through 3rd row of rib.