I just HAD to put in my 2 cents on this topic. I have admired that purse pattern for many years and Nicky's book "felted flowers". In that particular book the pattern is knitted flat in two pieces and then seamed together. Believe me when I tell you, it is a nightmare to follow the decreases and have the trellises match on the sides once they are seamed. So I gave up after only knitting one side. I must say too, that I have seen this same complaint on various knitting sites many times, so I know it's not just ME. Then she came out with a version of the same pattern that is knitted on circular needles and I thought WOW, that would work. WRONG! I got past the top band and one set of trellises, then I got stuck because none of the patterns were matching up and I never had the right number and right color sequence of stitches at the end of a row. Even though it is done in the round, in actuality, it is just split with markers diving one side from the other so you won't have to seam it, and you don't have to turn or purl at all. Othern than that, it's the same pattern It's still problematic when trying to accomplish the decreases. I had idea that I might experiment with after laying awake nights thinking and trying to master this pattern. What I came up with is this: How about, instead of knitting from the top down, why not start at the bottom using a provisional cast on so you can then pick up those stitches later to complete the flat bottom. Then, instead of decreasing, you would be increasing and, to me, that seems like it would work out a lot better. Someone suggested to me that I might want to graph it out first - GREAT Idea! Another person took the time to do a whole mathematical formula for me on how to divide up the stitches and patterns. People are so wonderful and helpful in the knitting world. After saying all this, I would absolutely NOT recommend a new knitter trying this pattern. I have been knitting for over 50 years and I design and knit beaded bags (Barb's Bags) so I am not a novice. I have never had this much trouble with a pattern - ever. I admire all Nicky's designs, and have many of her books and patterns, but I have to give this written
pattern a thumbs down, even Though I LOVE LOVE LOVE
the completed bag. It is probably the prettiest felted bag pattern I have ever seen in all the years I've been knitting. If I ever get my idea to work out, I will be sure to let everyone on this forum know that it is actually doable (I hope) because the finished project is to die for!.