Messmerland Knitting Patterns ©2006

Knitted Clutch Purse

Skills Needed: Cast On, Knit With 2 Strands of Yarn, Decrease, Cast Off, and Crochet a Short Chain.


Size 10.5 knitting needles, 1 ounce each of two colors of worsted-weight yarn, a sewing needle for use with yarn, safety pins, a size H crochet hook, and a 1 inch button.


Back: Cast on 20 stitches using two colors of yarn as one.

Knit every row in the garter stitch for 17 ridges (34 rows).

Knit 2 stitches together (K2 tog) at the beginning of the next 6 rows.

Cast off the remaining 14 stitches, leaving a 6 inch tail of yarn.

Front: Cast on 20 stitches.

Knit every row for 10 ridges (20 rows).

Cast off, leaving a 6 inch tail of yarn.


Pin the bottom edges of the front and back of the purse together. Sew the front and back together along the sides and bottom of the purse, using a double strand of one of your colors, or using both colors. Be sure to hide all of the ends by sewing them under a few stitches, before you cut them.

Position the button on the lower part of the front of the purse, and sew it in place. Make sure the top of the purse folds to meet the button. Make a short crochet chain to loop around the button and attach it to the middle of the edge of the purse flap, so the loop goes around the button to close the purse. If you do not know how to crochet, you can make a loop by braiding 3 strands of yarn to fit around the button, and sewing the braid in position, too.

Note: You can make this purse bigger or smaller, by adjusting the number of stitches and the number of rows in the project. You can also add a strap to the purse by crocheting a double strand of yarn to the desired length and attaching it to the sides of the finished purse.

Photo of Closed PursePhoto of Open Purse

Messmerland Knitting Patterns are free; not for commercial use.