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Painless Purse
Painless Purses

Making a simple purse was one of my very first finished projects as a knitter. It only uses 1 kind of stitch (garter) and you can use the finished product for just about anything. After a while you can modify it and come up with your own style. I modeled a pillow after this pattern, in fact. This is my rendition of this simple pattern.

Needle size: #8 (#9 or #7 would do fine, too)

Yarn: I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn. The pictures featured above are Calypso 353 and Edwardian 312. You can dink around and try different yarns, funky ones, more expensive ones. But this one works great. It can hold small pennies and such without it falling through any holes.


  1. Cast on 20sts
  2. Knit in garter stitch for 9 inches
  3. K2tog at the beginning of each row, knit to end. Do the same for 10 more rows.
    (HINT: you should only have 10 sts left on your needle, now)
  4. Now knit 4sts, yo, k2tog (make a button hole), knit to end of row
  5. Knit 3 more rows, then bind off on the 4th row.
  6. Take care of the 3 loose strings,now. Then, fold purse up, so that it nearly meets at the corners, leaving about 1/2 inch. Test your purse, making sure that The flap will go over the front nicely. That small space, instead of lining the corners up will give you a little more of a "flap."
  7. When you have it lined up like you want, sew it up, starting at the top corner and down, then do the other side the same. After that, turn the purse inside out and fold the flap over to figure out where your button will be. Sew the button on and woo-hoo, baby, you're done.

You can also make the flap by just decreasing so that it comes to a "V" - or you can make the decreases and when you have the 10sts, just bind off there. Ohhh, the things you can do. I like making different flaps and adding new buttons and such.

You can use these purses for: Money, computer disks, make-up, hair things, give it out as gifts, whatever. We use them for everything. I've added pom-poms on them to a little bit of "frilly-ness." They are fast to make and easy, easy. Have fun!!

Did you use this pattern? Drop me a line and let me know. If you have a picture, I'd love to see it.

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- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting & Crocheting

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