Houndstooth Pocketbook Pattern

By Catherine J. Hall




This purse pattern is adapted from one I came up with some time ago. The classic houndstooth design is inspired by the large-scale motif on a beautiful dressing gown worn by the glamorous Katharine Hepburn in the movie Adam's Rib. With this pattern, you can cover any bag or purse in a stylish houndstooth design. Here you'll find an example of an inexpensive, zippered cosmetics pouch dressed up in knitted finery. A button holds the cover on, and the plastic bag serves as a lining. Your new bag can carry knitting needles and notions, or you can use it to wrap a gift. You can also use it as a wallet. There are even extra "hidden" pockets for cash or receipts. The pattern is a perfect introduction to Fair Isle knitting, even if you have never attempted colorwork before.


So, head to the dollar bin of your favorite department store and make yourself an elegant pocketbook.




Sample purse is based around a zippered cosmetics pouch that is 6" wide by 4.5" high, but the pattern can be adapted to fit any size of a flat plastic bag.




Cascade Yarn "Fixation", 98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic, 50 gr/100 yard

1 skein # 8990 Black

1 skein # 8001 White



Zippered plastic cosmetic pouch, 6" wide by 4.5" high*



I used Japanese 22cm (8") circular needles by Clover in size #4

You may use 30cm (12") circular needles, or dpn's in the appropriate size to achieve gauge



Tapestry needle

Button of your choice

Stitch marker



*NOTE - This is the size of the sample bag. The yarn, and therefore the knitted cover, is quite stretchy, so these measurements do not have to match your bag exactly. In addition, the pattern can be adapted easily to fit any flat bag you may want to use as a lining.



26 stitches = 4 inches in pattern

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