I made these two purses for my sisters for Christmas. They're made with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick on size 13 needles. The green purse is made with the Grass color and the blue purse is made with the Sky Blue color. I really like working with this yarn...it's thick a spongy and I think it looks great with a simple stockinette stitch.
For the purses, I cast-on 36 stitches and knitted a 15" x 18" rectangle. This pattern is loosely based on the purse pattern in Hollywood Knits Style, but instead of wrapping the knitted stockinette portion over the handles, I tied the knitting to the handles by winding the yarn around the handles. The purse used just about one ball of yarn.
The handles on the blue purse are made by Clover and were purchased at a local yarn store and the black handles are from Joanns.