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Creative Knitting - - TANTALIZIN­G TEXTURES RHEA CAPELET - DE­SIGN COUR­TESY OF PREMIER YARNS DE­SIGN TEAM

Gauge

26 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Smock pat. Gauge is not crit­i­cal for this pat­tern.

Pat­tern Stitches

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.

Spe­cial Tech­nique

Smock 10: Slip 10 sts to dpn, wrap yarn coun­ter­clock­wise twice around th­ese 10 sts, then k2, p6, k2 from dpn.

Pat­tern Note

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.

Purse

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.

Fin­ish­ing

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.

Draw­string

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.

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