Ouerthe Shoulder Opera Purse

Going out on the town with this dazzling shoulder bag, even if it's not exactly the opera, will make you feel like it could be. The "not-so-basic" granny square on the flap is worked in a glittering suede yarn, while the body of the bag is knit in a snug slip stitch. The perfect size lor all those little necessities on a night on the town.

Finished Measurements

5"(12.5 cm) square, plus shoulder strap

Yarn

Berroco Suede Delux, 85% nylon/10% rayon/5% polyester, 1 % oz (50g)/ 100 yds (92 m)

MC = 2 balls #1999 Zorro Silver (black)

Tools

Knit US #9 (5.5 mm) straight needles, or size you need to obtain correct gauge

Crochet Size G/6 (4 mm) crochet hook, or size you need to obtain correct gauge

Gauge

Knit 22 sts and 36 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in Slip Stitch Pattern Stitch Crochet 1 square = 5"* 5" (12.5 cm x 12.5 cm)

Other Supplies

Large-eye yarn needle Magnetic snap

Abbreviations

CC = contrasting color ch = chain (verb)

ch- = chained loop or chained space dp = double crochet MC = main color sc = single crochet tr = treble crochet sS/jT .. /

Slip Stitch Pattern Stitch

ROW 1 * K1, move yarn to front, slip 1 purlwise, move yarn to back; repeat from * to end of row.

ROW 2 * P1, move yarn to back, slip 1 purlwise, move yarn to front; repeat from * to end of row.

Slip Stitch Pattern Stitch

ROW 1 * K1, move yarn to front, slip 1 purlwise, move yarn to back; repeat from * to end of row.

ROW 2 * P1, move yarn to back, slip 1 purlwise, move yarn to front; repeat from * to end of row.

Knitting the Purse

SET UP Using MC and straight needles, cast on 28 sts.

ROW 1 Work Row 1 of Slip Stitch Pattern Stitch. ROW 2 Work Row 2 of Slip Stitch Pattern Stitch. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures ]QW. Bind oil in pattern stitch.

Crocheting the Granny Square

STARTER ROUND Using CC and crochet hook, ch 6, join with slip stitch to form a

ROUND 1 Work 12 sc into the ring, slip stitch to first sc. Draw yarn through to fasten oil, then break yarn.

ROUND 2 Attach MC to any sc of Round 1. Ch 6 (counts as 1 tr and 2 ch), skip 1 sc, (1 tr into next stitch, ch 2) 11 times, slip stitch to fourth chain of ch-6. Draw yarn through to fasten off, then break yarn.

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CROCHETING THE GRANNY SQUARE (continued)

ROUND 3 Attach CC to any ch-2 space. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc, * (1 sc into next space, ch 2) twice, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into next space, ch 2; repeat from * two more times, ending (1 sc into next space, ch 2) twice, 3 dc into next space, ch 2, slip stitch to third chain of ch-3. Draw yarn through to fasten oil, then break yarn.

ROUND 4 Attach MC to ch-2 space at corner. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc, * (1 sc into next space, ch 2) three times, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into corner space, ch 2; repeat irom * two more times, ending (sc into next space, ch 2) three times, 3 dc into corner space, ch 2, slip stitch to third chain ol ch-3. Draw the yarn through to fasten oil, then break yam.

ROUND 5 Attach CC to any stitch. Ch 1, work around edge in sc, making 2 sc in each space, 1 sc in each stitch, and 3 sc in each corner space; slip stitch to first sc. Draw yarn through to fasten off then break yarn.

Sew Granny Square to top back edge to form a ilap that folds forward onto front of purse.

Sew two magnetic snap halves to front ol purse and wrong side of flap.

Fold purse in half, leaving a lA" (0.6 cm) extension along top back edge. Using MC and yarn needle, sew sides closed.

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