Sunday, November 15, 2015

Grey bubble purse with beaded charm

Size: width 36cm x height 34cm (14,4”x 13,5”), sides 3cm (1,2”)

You need: 
I used cca 200 grams of grey anti peeling acrylic yarn suggested for 5mm needles, but I used 4mm needles to make the purse tighter.
Yarn Needle
Around 40cm x 90cm (16” x 36”) of thick cotton for the lining (you don’t have to use cotton)
30cm (12”) zipper

Stitches used:
K     knit
p     purl

The purse is worked flat and in one piece. The sides of the purse are worked separately and sewed on the main piece.

Purse’s body:
To make the purse bigger or smaller, increase or decrease by multiples of 4.
Cast on 76 + 2 using long tail method.
Row 1: purl (right side)
Row 2: *(k1, p1, k1) in same stitch, p3 tog; repeat from * to end.
Row 3: purl
Row 4: *p3 tog, (k1, p1, k1) in same stitch; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1-4 until the piece is your desired length. I made a rectangle - measuring cca 36cm x 70cm (14,4”x 28”)

Side of the purse:
Cast on 6 + 2 using long tail method.
Row 1: purl (right side)
Row 2: k1, *(k1, p1, k1) in same stitch, p3 tog; k1. 
Row 3: purl
Row 4: p1, *p3 tog, (k1, p1, k1) in same stitch; p1.
Repeat rows 1-4 until the piece is your desired length. I made a slim rectangle - measuring cca 4cm x 34cm (1,6”x 13,6”).
Sew the sides and the bottom together the way you can see on pictures.

I recommend lining this purse. It will help the bag to keep its shape better, and show off the knitted pattern!
I put a lining in most of my purses.  I’m sewing it in by hand, to the second or third last round/row of the purse’s body. I suppose, you can sew the lining by machine. I just don’t know how visible it’ll be on the outside.

I found a brand new matching handle in my favorite charity shop for less than £1. I sewed the ring for handle right in top of lining of the purse.

I’m adding zippers to most of my purses as well. Usually I put the zipper in at the end.
There are a few ways how I’m doing it. You can find two of them here: 

Bubble/ball charm:

I crocheted three balls on 3mm crochet hook, and stuffed them a little. I used a few odd beads I had at home as well.

Stitches used:
chain                    ch 
single crochet        sc
slip stitch              slst 
stitch                    st
decrease               dec.
repeat                   *-*

Bubble/ ball: 3mm hook 
Start with Magic loop
Row 1:  Ch1, 6 sc into the loop (6sts)
Row 2: *2sc in each sc* (12 sts)
Row 3, 4: repeat row 3 (12 sts). Fill the ball with a little bit of stuffing at this stage.
Row 5: *2scdec. in each sc* (6 sts)
Row 6: *2scdec. in each sc* (3 sts)
Yo 3 last stitches on the hook and sc.
Make as many ch’s as you need. (Always a different length for each ball/bubble)

There it is. You should have another nice purse now, or an inspiration for one at least.
To my knowledge this is the best way I can explain how to make this knitted purse. (I’m not really a knitter - just cheating a little on crocheting.)
Please be understanding, and if you come up with any problems or difficulties, write to me, and I’ll be more than happy to help.

Have a nice week


  1. What brand of yarn did you use?

  2. Thanks for sharing this nice info expect some more in near future. educeviri of very nice information.

  3. I have read the instructions for knitting. When you say p3tog are you actually saying to purl the next 3 stitches? I am getting ready to start this purse because I love the pattern and size. However if I keep purling 3 together it will change the number of stitches I have on my needle each time and it will become smaller. Thank you.