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The concept for this purse had been kicking around my head for a while now - about three years, in fact. But my felting skilz were lacking, and I learned something new each time I tried to make it.
After felting: 8.5" tall (not including strap), 10" wide at bottom, 7" wide at top, 2" gusset. Your milage may vary.
Vertigo colorwork chart (pdf format)
16 sts x 23 Rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, unfelted (Note that getting gauge is not a priority on a felted purse, as you can always stop felting when you reach the desired size. If you are getting 3.5-4 sts/inch, you're probably fine.)
Two strands of yarn are held together as one throughout the entire project.
In MC (black) co 22 sts.
Next, knit the following (reverse stockinette):
Starting on the RS with a knit row as Row 1, knit the front in stockinette following the color chart. You will need intarsia skillz, and you will save a lot of time if you wind one sk of the MC and one sk of the CC into several smaller balls. (Download Vertigo chart if you have not already done so.)
Right side gusset
PU 10 stitches along the side of the bottom gusset on the right-hand side. This is Row 1.
Left Side gusset and Strap
Work left side gusset as for right side, but stop after Row 44. Do not bind off or remove sts from needle. Instead, turn and knit one row. Turn again and purl the next row. On the next row, begin decreasing for the strap.
Decrease for Strap Row 1: k1, ssk, k to 3 sts left, k2tog, k1 (8 sts on needle)
Row 2: Purl all sts.
Decrease for Strap Row 3: k1, ssk, k to 3 sts left, k2tog, k1 (6 sts on needle)
Row 4: Purl all sts.
Begin working 6-stitch i-cord for 18" or until strap is desired length. Leave all sts on needle and begin next section.
Joining the strap
Place sts from right-hand gusset onto another needle. Graft/Kitchner this end to end from strap. Leave a long tail and weave in ends very securely.
For stability and durability, use a crochet slip stitch to seam up on the RS. (i.e., Do not turn the purse inside out to seam it.) Try to work with the purl ridges on either side of the bottom gusset so that the purl ridge and the slip stitch form a singe, continuous ridge all along the edges of the purse.
Weave in ends. Full until desired size is reached. I myself felted the thing within an inch of its life, running it through two entire hot wash-and-rinse cycles with jeans and towels.