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Old 04-03-2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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FO: PRINCESS PARTY PURSES!
I made this little party bag for my DGD, to use when wearing the PRINCESS PONCHO!
Lacy Summer Purse

I used one skein of the yarn...which has 104 yds.





Bag made to accessorize this child's poncho titled Kiddie Capelet by the designer, although I call it the PRINCESS PONCHO!:


There are several things about the pattern that I find cumbersome, and I tinkered with those issues all night. You might not find the pattern 'glitchy'
at all. It might just be me.

I'll make a round bottom next time (for Laila's) instead of square.
It is single crochet for more stability I guess. I'll definitely skip the pattern's eyelet configuration. I tried their version of an eyelet round, and it didn't turn out well at all. I did something wrong. The eyelets were NOT eyelets. Oy.

I ended up unraveling the bind off and re-working my own eyelet recipe.
*K2T Yo K1...around to the marker. <This is a very easy, reasonable eyelet row. I don't still know what the pattern was trying to do with their convoluted eyelet formula. Why make something as easy as eyelets into something so strange? It's just an eyelet row already!

I don't like how the long 42" chain stitch 'handle' works.
It's threaded through all the eyelets fine, but when you try to 'cinch up' and close the mouth of the bag, it is cumbersome. It doesn't really 'draw' closed.

Anyway, the kids will love it. I do not, for reasons stated.

Maybe I'll love bags two and three, which I hafta make for the other 2 girls. And maybe I'll figure out a different way of closing the mouth of the purse.

PS: the lace pattern was easy, but beware: ya sure do need a ton of st markers for the multiples of 6 in the rounds. Don't try it til you have a bunch of st markers to define the multiples of 6. I learned that the hard way on Round 2 of Repeat 1.

EDITED: I re-worked the handles with the help of our member: aprilbetty! Thanks!

I've made a total of 4 bags now. Fiona, Laila, Celeste, and Rachel. They will complement the PRINCESS PONCHOS. Each girl will receive a set!





Open and closed! The bag cinches closed like a charm!


The 'square bottom' and the 'round bottoms'. I prefer the round bottoms!
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:47 PM   #2
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Now, that is an ADORABLE bag! I would totally use that myself.

Your family is so blessed to have a generous lady like you in their lives.

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Very cute! She'll look like a little doll in her poncho and carrying her purse.
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So cute, and feminine! I love the colors. You have one lucky GD.
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Both are adorable Your DGD is gonna love them
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She's going to be one very fashionable little girl!
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Very cute. That is such a pretty yarn.
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
I made this little party bag for my DGD, to use when wearing the PRINCESS PONCHO!
Lacy Summer Purse

I don't like how the long 42" chain stitch 'handle' works.
It's threaded through all the eyelets fine, but when you try to 'cinch up' and close the mouth of the bag, it is cumbersome. It doesn't really 'draw' closed.

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This is what I do to make the drawstring 'cinch up' the top: Make 2 chain stitch drawstrings, probably 20 in. each, and thread them through opposite sides of the bag. i.e. Thread the first one as usual, and then start the second one half-way around and thread it all the way around. Then when you draw the drawstrings up, they are working against each other and will cinch the bag closed.

The bag is adorable! Have you lined it with something?
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Very cute and how adorable she will be with her coordinating outfit!
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Originally Posted by aprilbetty View Post
This is what I do to make the drawstring 'cinch up' the top: Make 2 chain stitch drawstrings, probably 20 in. each, and thread them through opposite sides of the bag. i.e. Thread the first one as usual, and then start the second one half-way around and thread it all the way around. Then when you draw the drawstrings up, they are working against each other and will cinch the bag closed.

The bag is adorable! Have you lined it with something?
THANKS a bunch! I was just talking to Shandeh about that same thing, that maybe something like that will work, and now you have confirmed it! Oy. Now I won't feel so lost!

No, didn't line it. The little girls will carry things like their jumbo lip gloss, candy, a hankie. Nothin' that will fall out through the lace. The bottom is single crochet, so it is not holey/lacy like the sides.

I made a round bottom for the 2nd purse, Laila's, and I like it much better!


Purse #2: bottom ROUND shaped this time, instead of square shaped as per pattern!

I knit in the round with the RIGHT SIDE on the inside and work counterclockwise. It turns out the same. Just turn it RIGHT SIDE OUT when done! It's identical to the most common way of knitting in the round, which is with the RIGHT SIDE on the outside, working clockwise.

I knit & watch the work at the back wall, see there by the red stitch marker, and I'll move from 12 o'clocl to 11 o'clock in counterclockwise direction. I like it better. I like the working row/stitches to bend/curve towards me, not away from me.

Most folks knit & watch the work on the outside wall closest to their tummy, and move in a clockwise direction.
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