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Sadie’s Summer Cotton Purse


Ann V. Gallentine


(This pattern was published in the 2012 “Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar”, dates June 29-July 2)


I designed this purse when I couldn’t find a summer purse that I liked for a reasonable price. It works up fast and, because it is made from cotton, it is machine washable. The handles easily convert to a shoulder strap, as the need requires. A button can replace the bobble to make it dressier.


Size: 9.5 inches wide, 5 inches deep, 7.5 inches high


Materials: Size #9 U.S. (5.5mm) circular needles (24 inch), 12 ozs. Lily Sugar ‘n Cream 100% Cotton Solid color Delft Blue, cable needle, stitch marker, large eye sewing needle, small amount of cotton.


Gauge: 7.5 sts, 14 rows = 2 inches in garter stitch


Notes: 2 strands of yarn are used throughout the pattern


Pattern Stitch

(Adapted from Vogue Knitting Stitchinary 2: Volume Two,Cables,  page 86, “99 Ice Storm”)

Multiple of 6 sts

Rounds 1, 2, 3: knit

Round 4: *p2, k4, Rep from *

Round 5: *p2, sl 2 sts to cn, hold in back of work, k2, k2 from cn, Rep from *

Round 6: knit

Rep 6 rows for pattern





With 2 strands of yarn held together, CO 35 sts. Do not join

Knit 36 rows.


Pick up 17 sts along the edge, pick up 35 sts along CO edge, pick up 17 sts along next edge. (104 sts)

pm to indicate the end of the round.

Purl 1 Round

Increase Round

Increase 22 sts evenly spaced (126 sts)

Rep Rows 1-6 of pattern stitch 6 times, or desired length, ending with Row 6

Decrease Round

Decrease 22 sts evenly spaced (104 sts)

Handle Holes:

K8, *yo, k2tog, k15, k2tog, yo, k12, yo, k2tog, k5, k2tog, yo, k12, Rep from *, to last 4 sts, k4

Purl 4 rounds. BO in purl


I-cord: With 2 strands of yarn, CO 6 sts. Work I-cord for 40 inches or desired length. BO

Thread I-cord through Handle Holes as follows:

With CO edge, weave from public to private side of the 2nd yo, from the private to public side of the 3rd yo, from the public to private side of the 4th yo. Proceed in this manner until all holes have been used and the CO end is on the public side of first hole. Sew the CO and BO ends of I-cord together.


With 2 strands of yarn CO 7 sts. Do not join. K 10 rows.

Button Hole: k3, yo,yo,yo,  k2tog, k2

Row 2: k1, k2tog, k the first yo, dropping the second and third yo’s, k2tog, k1. (5 sts)

Rows 3: k2, knit into yo of row below, k2

Row 4: knit

Row 5: k2tog, k1, k2tog. BO

Sew the CO edge in place on the top center of one side of the purse.


With 2 strands of yarn, place slipknot on needle, leaving a 6 inch tail. Inc into this st  as follows: *k1, yo, rep from * 3 times, k1. (7 sts)

Work 7 rows of st st, beginning with a purl row.

Dec Row: sssk, k1, k3tog.

Next Row: p3tog. Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail and draw through stitch.

Insert small amount of cotton into center of bobble. Draw CO and BO tails together and sew on the opposite side from closure. Weave in all ends.




Copyright © June 2009 by Ann V. Gallentine

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