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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pattern: Ozark Circle Purse

3 Skeins Ozark Handspun Opulent or Yarn
1 Bag Ozark Brambles
1/2 yard Ozark Felted Fabric
1 Bone Bead (minimum 1 inch)
1 Pair leather handles
1 10 inch zipper
1/2 yard fabric
1 Pair US Size 17 knitting needles
1 US Size **********crochet hook
Stitch holders
1 Tapestry needle
Trim Yarn
Optional: 1 Muench leather flower

*Using Ozark Handspun and US size ************ crochet hook, ch 6, sl st to form ring.
Row 1: Sc 12 sts into ring.
Row 2: 2 sc into each st.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 9 inches in diameter. Cast off.
Repeat from * to make a second piece.
Side Vents: Using Ozark Handspun and US Size 17 knitting needles, cast on 8 sts. Knit for 20 inches.******************
Next row: Knit 4 stitches. Place stitch holder on remaining 4 stitches.
Knit for 10 inches. Bind off. (This is the opening for the zipper.)
Pick up stitches on stitch holder. Knit 4 stitches. Knit for 10 inches. Bind off.
Sew to the beginning of the vent creating a circle.
Finishing: Using Ozark Handspun, US Size ************* crochet hook, one round piece and the vent, sc 3, dc 3 in the next stitch around each circle to attach to each side of the vent. Bind off. Repeat for other side. You now have a circle in the back and a circle in the front of the purse. Using a back stitch and the needle and thread attach the zipper to the openig in the vent. Place your leather handles at the op of each circle. They should be in the center of the zipper opening.
Lining: Cut out two circles with a 10 inch diameter. This allows a half inch seam on the edge. Cut a piece of fabric 5 inch by 30 inches. Seam the bottom of the strip, fold it in half and cut an 11 inch strip in the center (this is where you will place it over the zipper in your bag.) Slip stitch it in place. Sew the edges of the curcle to the strip using a half inch seam allowance. If you do this by hand, use a back stitch. Place the lining inside the purse (remember to put the wrong side of the lining and wrong side of the purse together.) Position the zipper opening of the lining over the zipper and back stitch in place.
Embellishments: On the front side of the purse, make a center ring with the trim yarn using the US size ************* crochet hook, ch8, then 16 sc into the ring. Sew in the ceter of the bag. Using Ozark Brambles and the crochet hook, weave the Brambles on the front of the bag. Tug them to make sure they are secure. Position the feathers on one side of the ring and sew the leather flower in place. Attach the bead to the zipper pull. Make a pom-pom and attach to the bead.

Designer notes: this bag lends itself to many different emellishments. Just have fun! You can use buttons, beads, flowers or anything that pleases you to finish this. You can also leave it plain or add a cell phone pocket.

designed by L. Leslie Designs for Ozark Handspun, October 2008

Printing Instructions: To print this pattern, click Ozark_Circle_Purse.pdf.

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