Today I have a finished object fresh from the needles, and a free downloadable pattern to share. Today I am cooking with gas.
Last night I completed a small but colourful coin purse. Made in linen stitch it is strong and sturdy with very little ‘give’ in the fabric, meaning that it works perfectly well without a lining for anyone who is sew-phobic. I’m not – in fact I love hand-sewing, so I lined mine, but it is totally optional. I made my purse from the Rowan Pure Wool 4-ply which I had dyed with Kool-Aid:
I knit the purse in only a few hours whilst watching Gran Tourino (little was I expecting a Clint Eastwood movie to make me cry like a baby, but I wept buckets, big softie that I am) and even had time for a little embellishment, made of a simple circle of felt adorned with three green eyelets and a co-ordinating button.
Free linen-stitch coin purse knitting pattern
This pattern is extremely simple. Minimal shaping and a simple repetitive stitch makes this a quick and easy knit. The purse is knit in two pieces as the seaming at the sides and bottom of the purse give the finished item better structure than if it were knit in the round. This pattern is designed to work with a 10cm (4″) square purse frame, but due to the simplicity of the pattern it should not be too hard to adjust for other sizes.
Gauge: 44sts per 4″ in linen stitch (this number seems quite high, but linen stitch is very dense and the stitches sit very close together)
Abbreviations: SL1WYIF = Slip 1 (purl-wise) with yarn held in front of work. SL1WYIB = Slip 1 (purl-wise) with yarn held to back of work.
Pattern: (make 2) c/o 43 sts.
Row 1 (RS): *K1, SL1WYIF* until last st, k1
Row 2 (WS): K1, *P1, SL1WYIB* until 2 sts remain, P1, K1
Repeat these two rows until piece measures 7cm, ending with a WS row
Row 3 (RS): P2tog, *K1, Sl1WYIF* until 3 sts remain, K1 P2tog
Row 4 (WS): K1, *SL1WYIB, P1* until 2 sts remain, Sl1WYIB, K1
Row 5: K2, *SL1WYIF, K1* until last stitch K1
Repeat rows 4 & 5 until piece measures 11cm from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.
Row 6 (RS): K2tog, *SL1WYIF, K1* until 3 sts remain, SL1WYIF, K2tog
Row 7: K1, *P1, Sl1WYIB* until 2 sts remain, P1, K1
Row 8: K3tog, *SL1WYIF, K1* until 4 sts remain SL1WYIF K3tog.
Bind off all stitches.
Making up: Place both pieces right sides together and sew bottom seam and side seams up until the pint where the two sides meet. Turn right side out and attach to purse frame b filling the channels in the frame with a strong multi-purpose adhesive (such as UHU glue) and using a toothpick or similar thin pointy object, push knitted fabric well into the sides, top and corners of the frame. Leave to dry overnight.