No, I followed the pattern, just didn't felt it for as long. The Paton book I had said to felt for 15 minutes and it made it was way too long and made the purse teeny with the SWS yarn. I used Lion Brand Wool for Felting with this one and only felted 3 minutes at a time then checked it. I did the handles with the garter stitch like I asked about and you answered me a few days ago. They didn't felt as well as the stockinette ones did, but I actually like them better.