Have you heard of “Jelly Yarn” yet? It’s this cool new shiny yarn that can be used for all kinds of glossy, mod-looking projects for knitting and crochet. When I demoed this on channel 12 this week, I practically got mobbed by the hungry knitters at the station. Seriously – one of them stopped my car as I was driving away and banged on my driver’s side windshield just to get a close up look at it.

It’s not like plastic lacing that you would use for boondoggle keychains, ala Napoleon Dynamite. Jelly Yarn has a round shape, kinda like different colors/sizes of licorice ropes. Anyway, you can’t find it in stores yet, but you can visit JellyYarns.com to buy it.

Boa Jelly Yarn Purse

Supplies
No. 13 US / 9mm set of knitting needles
2 balls of Jelly Yarn, in Bulky Black Licorice
1 black marabou feather boa
2 black or animal print purse handles, or a string of black beads

Directions

Cast on 23 stitches.

To make the front and back:

Rows 1-8: Knit across.

Row 9: Knit 1, increase 1 stitch, knit across to last 2 stitches, increase 1 stitch, Knit 1.

Row 10: Knit across.

Row 11: Knit 1, increase 1 stitch, knit across to last 2 stitches, increase 1 stitch, Knit 1.

Row 12: Knit across.

Row 13: Knit 1, increase 1 stitch, knit across to last 2 stitches, increase 1 stitch, Knit 1.

Row 14: Knit across.

Row 15: Knit across.

Row 16: (Right Side) Purl across.

Row 17: Knit across.

Row 18: Purl across.

Row 19: Knit across.

Row 20: Knit 1, decrease 1 stitch, knit across to last 2 stitches, decrease 1 stitch, Knit 1.

Row 21: Knit across.

Row 22: Knit 1, decrease 1 stitch, knit across to last 2 stitches, decrease 1 stitch, Knit 1.

Row 23: Knit across.

Row 24: Knit 1, decrease 1 stitch, knit across to last 2 stitches, decrease 1 stitch, Knit 1.

Rows 25-32: Knit across.

Row 33: Knit across row, then after binding off loosely, sew cast on and bind off edges to each purse handle.

Leave long tail to sew side seams.

To finish: Sew side seams with remaining bind off and cast on tails. Using monofilament thread, sew boa around edge of purse twice. Make sure boa is securely attached to bag, then trim boa. Wrap tape around boa before cutting so it won’t fray. Tuck end facing in, and sew securely.

TIP: Rows 16, 17 and 18 form the bottom of the bag and will curve naturally with a few rows of Stockinette Stitch (purl, knit, purl).

Love & light,