GAUGE: Working in double moss stitch, 4 sts and 5 rows = 1 inch. A slight variation in gauge will change the finished size of the purse a bit.

Techniques/stitches used: Refer to knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.

Double moss stitch:

  • Row 1: [K 2, p 2] across row.
  • Row 2: Rep Row 1.
  • Row 3: [P 2, k 2] across row.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 3.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 as directed.

DIRECTIONS: Before you begin, refer to gauge, techniques/stitches used, etc.

  1. PURSE: Cast on 28 sts.
  2. Work in double moss stitch until piece is 16 inches long. Bind off.
  3. STRAP: Working with two strands of yarn as one, use crochet hk to tightly ch 140 or the number of chs needed to make a 40-inch-long strap. Fasten off.
  4. FINISHING: Referring to the Purse Diagram, fold knit purse piece crosswise, bringing 6 inches up to make a 6-inch-deep fold and leaving 4 inches at the top for the flap.
  5. Referring to Fig. 1, use yarn or tapestry needle to whipstitch the side seams together. See page 67 for stitch illustration.
  6. Referring to Fig. 1, use yarn or tapestry needle to sew 1 inch of each strap end securely to opposite seams at top of purse.
  7. Weave in all loose ends.
  8. Turn purse right side out and fold flap over front of purse to close.

FINISHED SIZE: Excluding strap, closed purse is about 7 inches high x 6-3/4 inches wide.

Knitted Purse from Susan Garrigues of Yakima, Washington