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30 Minute Knitted Purse

By: Colleen Barth from Designs by Colleen

This simple knitted purse will soon become one of your favorite knitting patterns. Complete with an i-cord drawstring, this bag knits up quickly and makes a great companion for shopping.  Small enough to hold all your must-have necessities, this knit purse is fashionable and functional and prevents you from having to carry your heavy purse with you all over the mall.  Just grab what you need and use this sweet little knit bag to keep track of all your items.  Make one for your daughter or even your bridesmaids if you're a knitting bride.


Knitting Needle Size15 or 10 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)


  • Lion Brand Yarn (Black) chunky ( I used 1 skein) 
  • U.S. Size 15 needle             


Cast on 26 stitches

Knit 2 rows in garter st.  

Next row:  Knit 2, YO, K2tog, across row: this is your eyelet row for the drawstring.  Then proceed with:
R1 -  k2 * slip 1 purlwise  , K1, YO, PSSO over both  the Knit st. and YO,  then K2, repeat from * across row

R2 -  PURL

Repeat row 1 & 2  8 more times until desired length is reached.
Next row:   Knit 2, YO, K2tog, across row,
Knit 2 more rows and Bind Off.    

With WS together fold the piece in half and sew sides together.
I then made an I_Cord ( CO 3 stitches and make I-cord)  and used it for my drawstring.   Weave the I-Cord thru the eyelet openings and draw tight. 

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on the 30 minute knitted purse what does make an 1 cord mean how is it done thanks ethel egozcue

Ethel, did you get an answer? If not, an Icord is very simple to make and is useful in many ways. It is a technique by the late and wonderful Elizabeth Zimmerman and 'I Cord' is short for 'Idiot Cord' because it is so simply to make. Using 2 double pointed needles of stated size, knit across the required # of stitches but when you've knitted all your stitches, instead of turning the row to knit back, you slide the entire row of stitches back to the left of the needle & knit to the end the required # of rows. For an excellent tutorial which shows how it's done, go to & to their tutorials for knitting & click on Icord. You will be able to make Icords in ten minutes -- guaranteed. I hope this helps. I really like garnstudios tutorials. They are very well done & there's no audio. Turns out, it isn't necessary! marilyn

PSSO means Pass Slip Stitch Over. So when you slip that one stitch over purlwise, then knit 1 and then YO, you're going to bring that slipped stitch back over the knit 1 and YO you just did as if you were binding off. I'm still pretty much a beginner knitter, so I'm sorry if this explanation is confusing! Hope it helps! :) I can't wait to get home from work today and try this project out myself! :)

Cute pattern, can't wait to try but what does PSSO mean? Thanks


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