Roman Holiday Purse

Roman Holiday PurseRoman Holiday Purse by Lisa Jacobs, from Knitting Traditions Spring 2016

A spray of acanthus leaves brings a classical air to the shapely Roman Holiday Purse. In Jane Austen’s day, intricate accessories complemented the simplicity of white classical gowns. By the Victorian era, dresses and bags had become more elaborate. Here, the highly textured leaves and tassel stem of the acanthus make a bold statement. The tight gauge of the knitting creates a bag that is both sturdy and elegant.

Finished Size 7½” wide and 8¾” tall.

Yarn Plymouth Yarn Linaza (50% alpaca, 25% linen, 25% tencel; 440 yd [402 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #1641 robin’s egg, 1 skein.

Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 16″ circular (cir) and set of doublepointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle; 5½” x 2″ bag frame; matching sewing thread; sewing needle; ½ yd 44″ wide fabric for lining (optional); 5″ square of cardboard.

Gauge 26 sts and 30 rnds = 4″ in rev St st with 2 strands held tog.

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