Yay! This is my first post! I made up this pattern and lined it with a silk scarf I inherited from my grandma, then put in some plastic canvas supports.....
Please excuse the bad mirror picture:
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Okay.....here's the pattern I used (I've never written one out so I apologize if it doesn't make sense or something):
Materials: worsted weight wool yarn (I used just over 1 skein of Patons Classic Wool, which is 3 1/2 ounces), size 8 needles
1. CO 66 st
2. Work 2 1/2 inches in k1, p1 ribbing
3. *k1, p1*10 times, cast off 24, *k1, p1* 10 times
4. *k1, p1* 10 times, cast on 24 tightly, *k1, p1* 10 times
5. Work 1 1/2 inches in k1, p1 ribbing
6. Work 12 inches in stockinette (k a row, p a row)
7. work k1, p1 ribbing for 1 1/2 inches
8. *k1, p1* 10 times, cast off 24, *k1, p1* 10 times
9. *k1, p1* 10 times, cast on 24, *k1, p1* 10 times
10. Work 2 1/2 inches in k1, p1 ribbing
11. Cast off.
12. Side panels:
~ CO 25 sts
~ work in seed stitch (k1, p1, then knit the knits and purl the purls) until it measures about 4 1/2 inches (when you sew them in you want them to line up with the top of the stockinette part)
~Fold over the two 2 1/2 inch sections at the end until they meet the handle slit, then sew them in place (this just makes a thicker handle)
~sew in the side panels
~chain ties to gather the tops of the side panels, and sew them in and tie them
14. Make a lining to fit. Mine was shaped like a rectangular box with no top, and I just sewed it into place (I also cut inch-thick strips of plastic canvas, doubled up, to sew between the top of the lining and the purse). Note: if you use a silk scarf for the lining, it's probably best to layer it with a cotton nonstretchy fabric for support.
*please ask if I didn't explain something well enough...