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This is a great project when you want to practice your knitting skills and learn to purl. Our instructions are easy to follow and will help you knit a purse in no time.


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How to Knit a Purse
for Beginners
~
January 2010

Learning knitting
through projects
Project #2

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by AOK Corral Craft and Gift Bazaar
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Materials Needed:
  • 2 oz of cotton yarn in any color
  • U.S. #8 (5 mm) Knitting Needles
  • Yarn sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard of inch wide ribbon
  • Flower Embellishment:
    • Felt for flowers and leaves
    • Sewing thread and needle
    • Buttons for flower centers
    • Beads to embellish

Empty purse finished size: 9 inches wide by 8 inches high

Basic Info about this project:
To make this purse you will need to know how to do the knit and purl stitches. This project assumes that the user already knows how to cast on, knit, and bind off. (These instructions can be found in our first project, How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners.) You will find instructions on the linked pages in the instructions below to learn to do the purl stitch, to learn to tell the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch by looking at your work and how to change back and forth from knit to purl stitches in the same row.

Abbreviations for this project:
Stitch = st
Stitches = sts
Right Side = RS
Stockinette/Stocking Stitch = St st

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Knit your Purse:

  • Using U.S. #8 needles, Cast on 40 sts.
  • 1st Row. Knit 40 sts. (RS)
  • 2nd Row. Knit 1 st., Purl 38 sts, knit 1 st.
  • 1st and 2nd Rows sets pattern, repeat 1st and 2nd rows.
  • Continue in pattern until work measures 16 inches.
  • Bind Off

Put the Purse Together:

  1. Fold your work in half with right sides (knit sides) together.
  2. Stitch the sides of your work together using yarn and a yarn needle. (see photo)
  3. Open your purse so that the knit side is facing out.
  4. Embellish both sides of your purse with felt flowers, buttons and beads. (see flower and leaf patterns on this page.)
  5. The easiest way to add the flowers to your purse is to stitch the flower, leaf and button center all at one time through the button. To do this, thread your needle with regular thread.
  6. Put the leaf end under the center of the flower, then put the button on top of the center of the flower. Hold together.
  7. Send the needle up from the underside of the flower assembly through all pieces and through one hole in the button, leave a couple inches of the thread end at the underside of the flower.
  8. Send your needle and thread back down through a different hole in the button back to the underside of the flower assembly. Tie the thread together in a couple of knots.
  9. Now you can add the whole flower assembly to your purse. Continue to stitch through the purse and all pieces of the flower and the button holes several times. Make several knots in the yarn behind the flower to end.

Finish your Purse with Handle(s):

  1. Thread your yarn needle with ribbon.
  2. Find a starting point near one of the side seams of your purse and about 1 to 1 inches from the top edge.
  3. Send your needle with ribbon from the inside of the purse to the outside of the purse through an opening in the knit weave. Continue to send the needle with ribbon in and out of the knit weave every 1 inch or so ending with the ribbon end on the inside of the purse again.
  4. Tie the ends of ribbon together in a tight knot and trim ends. (see photo)
  5. Slide the extra ribbon to the outside of the purse and adjust as one or two handles on either side of the purse. Pull ribbon to close purse.


Done!
Great project for the beginner to knit!
Make a purse for your friends too.


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