I had a bit of stressful day. One thing and another. And I still have lots of things I should do (!), but I needed a break a while. So, I have been cheering myself up of an evening and I improvised this little purse…
Thought it would be a cute pouch for any English coins I might get in change while on holiday. I am soon on my way to my native land for the first time in the three years since I moved to Sweden.
I started with crocheting the flower and then wondered what to do with it…
Anyway, I doubled up both yellow and white cotton for a summer feel and to match the flower.
I picked up my size 5mm cosy wooden and extra-short knitting needles. I began withouth really knowing what I was making. The short length of needles suggested not too many stitches. Ok, a cast on of 17.
Tired brain needed something easy, so I went for the classic “reversible rib stitch.” Over a multiple of 3 stitches, just *K2, P1* and repeat! Easy peasy, stretchy cosy. It looks the same on both sides and makes a stretchy fabric.
Good idea to have a K1 on each side of your work for a neater edge, but make sure you don’t forget that the K1 is separate to the rib stitch. Thus: K1 *K2, P1* to last stitch, K1. Repeat on every row.
I then did a bit of reduction to make a pointy top and at this point stuck to garter stitch (i.e. knitting every row).
So I had an oblong block of reverse rib and a pointy top for a flap. A fold up and sew up the sides and a purse was taking shape.
In my bag of buttons I found one that just fit snugly through the centre hole of the flower and stayed there. Lucky! Then I made a rough crochet circle in yellow and attached another button below and decided a petal would make a reasonable fastening catch. I sewed the petals on the upper flap to keep them secure. I hope the others will be ok, loose and free. The cotton yarn was easy to split in half, thus using a thinner thread to sew in the small button holes.
And, ta da! A cute sunshine flower purse. The colours are somewhat muted in these photos, perhaps with the cloudy evening light. I hope they are bright enough to spread some summer cheer!
Uh-oh, I still have a long “to-do” list, including packing…!