Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Purse and scarf for Rianne




Purse:
Pattern from the Bernat website with a free login
Bernat Boa in Cardinal and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick 'n Quick in Black
Completed December 2005

Scarf:
Pattern from the Bernat website with a free login
Bernat Boa in Cardinal
Completed December 2005

I love these keyhole scarves. Last year for Christmas I made dozens of them for all my friends that celebrate the holiday. They were a quick and relatively inexpensive way to use nice yarns (nicer than Boa) to make a useful gift. But last year I neglected to put Rianne on my list. (oops!)

This year I made sure she was on there, and added a matching purse since purses are a slight obsession with her. I altered the purse pattern as I went, since I used a thicker yarn and larger hook than recommended, using fewer stitches. I also added the diagonal trim on the body of the purse to cover up my joining stitch at the end/beginning of each round, and added a snap on the inside to close the purse at the top.

I altered the scarf slightly as well, since the finished product was not long enough to reach around an adult-sized neck. I sewed the knit-in slit shut and instead added the black tab you see here, to put the other end of the scarf through.

All together the set took two skeins of each kind of yarn. Rianne says she gets lots of compliments on the purse. :)

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