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Lots of projects claim to be “quick knits”. They claim to be “the perfect pattern for when you need a last-minute gift”. In my experience most of those claims are big, fat lies. You start them thinking you can be done in time for the birthday/baby shower/Christmas morning but it never works out. Then you realize that your quick knit is really a 10 to 14 day knit and you have to run around like a kid who overdosed on their ADHD meds trying to come up with a non-yarny last-minute gift at literally the last-minute.
I think most of us have put ourselves through that experience. I probably put myself through that several times a year.
So I’m always on the lookout for quick knits (and crochets) that are actually quick. The Pixie Purse took me about 2 hours to knit up. Those two hours were spread out over a few days but I made a point to time myself. It was about two hours of work time from start to finish. I like that. Anything I can do in a single evening of TV binge-watching is a quick knit in my book.
I spent most of those two hours making the purse body of course.
The pattern has instructions for a large (fits a 3-inch purse frame) and a small (fits a 1.5-inch purse frame). I made the large. The pattern also includes instructions for striping in 2 contrast colors. But I didn’t bother with stripes and I’m sure that saved me a bit of time.
Then I grabbed my purse frame…
And used the cast-on tails to stitch the purse to the frame. Easy as π!
Now that I’ve made the one pixie purse, I have a plan. Its a plan that includes making more pixie purses, some with beads, some with a little color work, some with cables. If you know me in real life, try to act surprised when you get a pixie purse for your next birthday.
The Pixie Purse pattern is a design by Christina Wall and available only through Knit Picks (I think). Its made from the top down. You’ll need about 20 g of fingering weight (aka sock weight) yarn and US size 2 (2.75mm) needles. Skills required include
- knitting in the round
- ssk stitch
- k2tog stitch
- kfb (knit front and back) stitch
You’ll also need a purse frame. I found mine at Jo-Anns.
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