I'm deciding to venture out and try some nicer yarn to knit a gift for a secret Santa friend. This person is fairly trendy, so I wanted to try something a little "different", and I wanted to do a purse with some sort of matching accessory. The problem is I've narrowed it down to two types of yarn I want to use (either Berroco Suede deluxe or Noro Silk Garden) but I've found the perfect accessory in Berroco and the perfect purse in Noro!
I'm leaning a bit more to the Berroco Suede deluxe because I think this would just "fit" this person's personality more and I think this necklace I found REALLY fits this person's style:
So I want to do a purse, but I'm limited to two balls of the Berroco Suede since this costs about $10 a skein - actually probably about 1 1/2 balls since I'll need some to make the necklace.
I'm wanting a simple purse pattern, because I have a feeling this yarn will NOT be an easy knit! Since I haven't been able to find a pattern in my budget specifically designed for this yarn, I've been looking at adapting an existing pattern for a purse designed for worsted weight yarn, but I'm just not sure what "style" of purse would look best with this yarn. I found this pattern:
and I was thinking of adapting this to make a smaller bag (kinda like how I'm doing to make Booga bags using one skein of wool) and possibly making a simple flap rather than one with spirals or ruffles, and maybe just adding a spiral or two for decoration (which should require less yarn as well). And I wouldn't have a lining for the purse - don't have the sewing skills for that! I've also looked at this purse http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTsueet.html
but something about the finishing just seems a bit too complex for my brain - and I don't really like that purse as much.
Any other purse ideas? Am I in over my head?