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Classic Purse Knitting Pattern

Knit Bag

Size:
9" wide and 7½" high

Gauge:
16 sts=4" over pat st on larger needles

Materials:
Size 9 US (5.5 mm) 16" circular needles
Size 8 US (5 mm) 16" circular needles for handle
Size H crochet hook
Blunt tapestry needle
Deco-Ribbon by Crystal Palace Yarns
70% acrylic, 30% nylon
50 g/80 yards
2 balls Color #102
3 balls are needed if you wish to make a larger bag

Seed Stitch

Instructions

Tip: Make the Handle Cord first and then use up all remaining Deco-Ribbon for the bag.

With circular needle, CO 83 stitches. Join and work in seed stitch (*k1, p1; rep across) until work measures 8" or until desired length (a bag longer than 8" will use a 3rd ball of Deco-Ribbon).
BO loosely.

Seam Bottom of Bag:
Press center 6.5" of tube together and sew together, then form a "T" at each end to form a rectangular flat bottom (see photo below) and diagram.

knit bag
Above shows the bottom of the bag.

knit bag

Knit/Crochet Handle Cord:
Cast on 116 sts using size 8 circular knitting needle, cast off using a size H crochet hook. Using a crochet hook to cast off will make casting off easier and helps to keep tension loose. This will make an approximately 28" long cord. Or, use any other method of making a 28" cord which you prefer such as I-Cord.

Lace the cord through the top edge of the bag as shown in photo and diagram below. Stitch ends of cord together after threading through the bag.

knit bag
Above photo shows the interlaced cord handle from the top of the bag.

knit bag

©Crystal Palace Yarns and used with their permission.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.