Making Purses

These purses or mini-bags are perfect for giving small gifts, decorating the Christmas tree or simply using for coins or bits and pieces!

These three simple purse patterns are from ‘Fun Knits for Beginners’. They use only about 12m of double knitting yarn each- allow 15m for button purse.

And you’ll need a pair of 4mm needles (U.S size 6 and old UK size 8). Use lengths of ribbon, leather or plaited yarn for handles/straps.

PLAIN PURSE

To Make:
Cast on 16sts.
Starting with a knit row, st.st 30 rows.
Cast off.

Make Up:
Fold in half and sew side seams. Thread a length of ribbon through top of purse to form a drawstring and strap.

SHAPED PURSE

To Make:
Cast on 16sts.
Starting with a knit row, st.st. 14 rows.
NR: K2tog at each end of row
NR: P2tog at each end of row
NR: Inc. 1st at each end of row.
NR: Inc. 1st at each end of row.
Starting with a knit row, st.st. 14 rows.
Cast off.

Make Up:
Fold in half and sew side seams. Thread a length of ribbon through top of purse to form a drawstring and strap.

BUTTON PURSE

To Make:
Cast on 12sts
Starting with a knit row, st.st. 24 rows
Keeping st.st. correct, shape as follows:
NR: Work 2sts together at beginning of row.
Repeat last row 5 more times. (6sts)
Cast off

Make Up:
Fold up sides of purse to shaping point and sew together. Fold over shaped part and form a small loop of yarn to fit button. Sew button in place. Sew on a length of ribbon or plaited cord for strap.

Happy Knitting!

Linda x

P.S. These patterns came from ‘Fun Knits For Beginners’ – no longer available but if you’d like to try your hand at some dinky little toys that are super simple to make, download this pattern from your favorite online bookstore (below)

Winter Nits

This knitting pattern book contains patterns for:
A penguin
A snowman
A Santa Claus
and a colour co-ordinated sleeping bag for each of them!

Toys are only a few inches high and take very little time to knit. Two of the toys require a little intarsia knitting. There are a few notes on intarsia if its something new to you.

You’ll need:
a pair of 4mm knitting needles
small amounts of Double knitting yarn
soft toy filling
embroidery silk or cotton for features.
A darning needle or large eyed sewing needle

Amazon (US) , Amazon (UK) , Etsy , Payhip , Apple Books , Barnes & Noble , Kobo

Happy Knitting!


Related Pages

Where Do I Start?
Giving Green
Green Gifts
Homemade Gifts
Christmas in August
Knitting Seasonal Dolls

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