Monday, July 16, 2012

Knit a Starbella Handbag

Knit a ruffle handbag using Starbella yarn to use when running errands or catching up with friends!

Don't know how to knit? You can watch our video tutorials here to get started or sign up for our Knit and Crochet class here to help you making this cute handbag.

Crafted by Milly.

Supplies

  • 2 Skeins of Starbella
  • Size 13 Needles, 16" or 24" (Circ)
  • Stitch Marker

All supplies for this project can be found at our Bonney Lake store.

Row 1 working Starbella as it comes in the ball, cast on 36 sts. Join into round.
Row 1 and 2 knit with Starbella.
Row 3 and 4 knit with Starbella. Pulled out to widen for ruffles. Repeat last 4 rows 1x more.
Continue with yarn as it comes from skein until work measures 7 1/2" inches.

Shape Bag Bottom

Cast off 5 sts, knit 13 sts.
Cast off 5 sts, knit 13 sts.
Working on last 13 sts, knit 3 rows.
Break yarn, pick up 1st 13 sts work 3 rows.
Working with both set of 13 sts, join with a 3 needle bind off.

Making the Handles

Work 3sts I cord for handles. 14" long. Sew handles on with Emb thread.

And you are done! This handbag uses one skein. If you add rows to make a larger handbag, you will need more yarn. Lining the inside of the handbag is optional.


Watch Milly demonstrate the beginning steps on knitting this Starbella Handbag.


For more knitting projects, visit our Project Gallery on our website here.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the informative tutorial videos you do. Love to watch and learn.
    Loved learning a new project with this great new ruffle yarn. Am out to buy the yarn now.
    THXS RL

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  2. It appears that the purl side is the side with the ruffle. Knit side is on the inside of the purse. Is this correct? Appreciate hearing an answer....Thanks & Happy New Year......Patti

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    1. Hi Patti! Yes, that is correct. Once you have the purse done, you will turn the ruffles to the outside.

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    2. What did I do wrong? One ball is not enough for me to finish the bag.

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    3. We don't think you are doing anything wrong. Some people have been able to make the purse just out of one skein, but most need two. We have edited the instructions to state 2 skeins are needed for the purse.

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  3. How do you do the lining?
    Thanks....Robin

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    1. Use fabric and firm interfacing to sew to shape. You can add plastic to hold the shape of the bag.

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  4. I am new to the knitting world. I understood everything in your video until the end where you didn't show the bind off. I ended up with an open seam am I supposed to sew it closed on the side. Sorry if this is a silly question, but I was left perplexed. Many thanks for this lovely pattern. Take good care.

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    1. You can watch Milly's Cast Off video on our YouTube channel to bind off. You can also sew the ends together, squaring the ends together.

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    2. I apologize. I meant the side seam, not the bottom. Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions.

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  5. Love this purse pattern but would also like to see more detailed steps as to the working of the bind off.

    Any ideas for pillows and possibly a clutch purse pattern for eveing wear in the near future? Would love to have something like this for Christmas.
    Thank you again for this great pattern.
    Adrienne

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    1. Yes, Milly said she could definitely do a pillow pattern and will see about a clutch purse pattern in the future. Thank you for your suggestions!

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    2. Oh, thank you soooooooooooooooo much for coming up with new patterns. I will stay tuned for ALL upcoming patterns. Milly is the greatest!

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  6. are there any measurements? did I just overlook them? sorry and thanks

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    1. The bag itself measures 8" x 8" x 1" and then the handles can be at whatever length you desire.

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  7. Is there a video for the shaping of the bottom of the bag? Thanks! Kristen

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    1. The only video we have for the handbag is the one in the post. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Milly at (253) 862-6822. Thank you!

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