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Above shows a detail where straps join body of purse.
Below shows close up of the straps.
The purse feels very soft and plush.


Crystal Palace Yarns

 Rave + Party Ribbon

free knit purse pattern

Designed and Knit by Dawn Leeseman for Crystal Palace Yarns

Measurements: (after seaming)
Purse: 9" X 9"
[For a smaller club size version of this pattern Click Here.]

2 - 50gr balls
Crystal Palace Party Ribbon, color #213, 'Black' (A)
2 - 50 gr balls
Crystal Palace Rave, color #503 'Black Neon Hot' (B)
1 50gr ball Rave color #302 'Pacifier Pink' (C)
1- ¾" button
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle and thread for button and straps

Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles or Daisy Needles:
sizes US 6 (4.5mm) and US 9 (5.5mm) OR size to obtain gauge.
Crystal Palace Bamboo Crochet Hook, size F.

19 sts = 4 inches, and 33 rows = 4 inches, using size 9 needle in slip stitch pattern. This produces a firm knitted fabric.
Gauge is not terribly important although you want the stitches to be firm.
Be sure to make a gauge swatch before beginning project.

Beg-beginning; BO-bind off; CO-cast on; estab-established; sl1-slip as if to purl; Rem- remaining; Rep-repeat; RS-right side; St(s)-stitch (es); WS- wrong side; wyib-with yarn in back; wyif-with yarn in front.

Note: Purse is worked as a rectangle, beginning with top trim and ending with top trim for other side.

Top Trim:
Using size 6 needles CO 45 sts. Knit 4 rows.

Change to size 9 needles begin Slip Stitch Pattern as follows:
(Slip Stitch Pattern is multiple of 4 + 1 sts)

Row 1: (RS): (Color A) K4, *sl1 wyib, k3, rep from * to last 5 sts, sl1 wyib, k4.
Row 2: (Color A) K4, *sl1 wyif, k3; rep from * to last 5 sts, sl1 wyif, k4.
Row 3: (Color C) K2, *sl1 wyib, k3, rep from * to last 3 sts, sl1 wyib, k2.
Row 4: (Color C) K2, *sl1 wyif, k3, rep from * to last 3 sts, sl1 wyif, k2.
Row 5: Rep row 1.
Row 6: Rep row 2.
Row 7: Using Color B rep row 3.
Row 8: Using color B rep row 3.
Repeat Rows 5-8 until purse measures 17 ¼" from CO edge, ending with row 6.
Work rows 3 and 4 once using Color C.

Top Trim:
Change to size 6 needles, knit 4 rows. BO. Follow finishing instructions.


RS together, fold bag in half so that the top trims are together. Using tapestry needle and Color A, sew each side. Work in all ends. Attach button, button loop and straps.

Button and Button Loop:
Sew button to the center of the top trim, using needle and thread. Using crochet hook and color A, join yarn with slip stitch, at center of top trim on the opposite side of the purse, chain enough stitches to go around the button, make it a little snug, as it will loosen with use; fasten to the beginning of the chain to make a loop.

Purse Straps: (Make 2)

Making a Twisted Cord:  Knot the cut ends and loop over a hook or doorknob. Insert a knitting needle through the other end. Twirl needle around until the strands of yarn are twisted very tightly. Fold the twisted strand in half, keeping the cord taut. Holding the top of the cord release your hand from the bottom and let the cord twist, even out the turns by running your hand along the cord. Knot the ends of the cord, so that it doesn’t untwist. 

Cut 6 yd piece of Rave color C, fold in half and follow instructions for the twisted cord.

Cut 6 yd piece of Party color A, fold in half and follow instructions for the twisted cord. Make a 2nd cord using Party color A.
You now have 3 cords, 2 cords of Party Color A and 1 cord of Rave Color C. Placing Rave Color C in between the 2 Color A cord, knot the cords, leaving about 1-1 ½" for a tassel, braid the 3 cords, knot the ends leaving a 1- 1 ½"tassel. Rep for 2nd strap.
Attach straps: RS facing, using needle and thread, attach one end of the cord to the outside of the purse, rep for other end of the cord. Rep for other side of the purse.

Designed and knit by Dawn Leeseman

Crystal Palace Yarns, Richmond, CA 94804
phone: 510-237-9988, fax: 510-237-9809   email: cpyinfo @

last edit 02/07/2012

Copyright 2005 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns RAVE and Party are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.