It took me 3 tries – but I finally got this pattern right! This purse is knit in the round from the bottom up. The finished bag measures 14″ wide by 7″ high.
Here is a pic of the bag before I felted it:
Felted Bird Purse Pattern:
Yarn Used: Patons Classic Wool Roving
Gauge: 15 Sts/4” in St st – though not important as bag will be felted
Cast on 120 Stitches and join in round, placing marker at beginning of round and after 60 Sts.
K every round for 10 rounds
Begin bird pattern in contrast color, starting from the bottom right and working up. This diagram shows the first 36 Sts of each row. Continue with the main color for the rest of each round.
After bird pattern in finished, K 6 rounds even
Decrease row: K1, SSK, K to 3 before marker, K2tog, K1, repeat
Repeat decrease row 2 more times
Next Row: K1, SSK, K12, BO 24, K12, K2tog, K1, repeat
Next Row: K1, SSK, K11, CO 24, K11, K2tog, K1, repeat (video for casting on: http://www.knittingatknoon.com/caston.mpg)
Repeat Decrease row every round for 3 rounds
K 3 rounds even
Bind off all stitches
Sew bottom seam and weave in all ends.
Felt bag according to felting instructions