Make a purse on the Knifty Knitter:
What you’ll need: After you make this purse on the Knifty Knitter, you will probably also want a zipper bag to sew into the inside. For that you’ll need some cloth, thread, needle, and a zipper of the appropriate length. And if you’re impatient like me, a sewing machine to at least knock out a large part of the sewing. (Though, you may need to hand sew the zipper bag in at least partially, it’s difficult to get it sewn in real close on the machine.) Knifty Knitter stitches tend to have lots of space between them, so you may lose items out of your purse if you don’t make a cloth inner bag. Your zipper bag may show through, depending on yarn and loom choice, so you may have to be careful with color choice for the cloth. I have written some instructions for how to make a zipper bag in this post: Tunisian Crochet Entrelac Bag. You can also do a search for something like”how to make a zipper case school supplies”. (An inner zipper bag on a purse is much like cloth zipper cases that children use to carry school supplies.) You will also need the Knifty Knitter red loom, (the second smallest in the set of 4 round, with 31 pegs.) It doesn’t matter what loom you use, but the smaller looms have pegs that are closer together, so you will have less space between your stitches if you use the smallest one you can. Make your pieces whatever size you like. The yarn I used is one strand of Caron One Pounder, color deep violet; and one strand of Lionbrand Homespun, color Gothic.
How to make a purse. You can really make a purse any old way you want, you don’t have to do it like the photo above. You can just make a front and back and forget about the sides, and seam it around the edges on the inside. Make your own handle, or use a store bought one. Connecting in the round: If you make a tube instead of a front, back and sides – this would be another way. Make a round tube, then you only need to knit a flat rectangle for the bottom and sew the bottom on. (This may come out looking different, I haven’t tried that way.) You will find that seams on the edges on the drawing above help define the purse shape, that’s why I started with doing it that way – but as long as you make a sack, it’s not wrong. You will have a purse.
Here’s how I made the purse above: I did what I said above, but instead of one long piece for sides and bottom, I included the handle too and made a ring, out of one long i-cord. To start the purse: I made the front piece first, using 24 pegs and working back and forth, all e-wrap, (e-wrap is the stitch the Knifty Knitter teaches you how to do in the instructions it comes with for making the hat, which is a “twisted knit” stitch). I used 1 strand of each of the above yarns, this made a rectangle ~9 1/4 inches wide (~23.5 cm.). I made the front 6 1/4 inches (~16cm.) high, but I decided this was too tall because I wanted a pretty small purse, so I wound up folding the top of the front piece over later and sewing it down. I really didn’t feel like doing any ripping out! I liked the Homespun for this because it’s thick and fills in the holes, and its curly texture helps hide any stitch mistakes. Mixing it with the Caron regular yarn just adds more of a tweed texture.
You can see below – the front piece and attaching the i-cord side at the bottom corner so I can make it exactly the right length. (The purse is upside down in this photo.) After I knit a ways, I start attaching it while I’m still making it. I did 4 pegs, all e-wrap to make the i-cord as shown. I make my purse handles on the short side, the weight of the purse will stretch them a good bit longer.
I seamed along the bottom, up the side and over (the handle), then attached to the other side at the top edge and worked down the side to the bottom. (In the photo below, the purse is right side up.)
The back piece and binding off: If you would like a more rounded flap instead of a square, decrease a few stitches on the corners of the top of the back piece. (Flip the loop on the end peg over the peg next to it and knit off to decrease one.) You can gauge the amount of curl you’re going to get by making the front piece first. (It will be a shorter piece and attached on all sides and to a zipper bag, so its curl won’t show. You can mix knit and purl stitches on the back piece to reduce curling if necessary. For my purse, I did 3 pegs of purl stitch on each end every other row once I got to the part of the back flap that would lay over the front so I wouldn’t get curl. I also did garter at the end of the flap for 4 rows (purl row, e-wrap row, purl row, e-wrap row). You will want to do the last row before the bind off loosely.
How to bind off with a crochet hook: Take off the last 2 loops on the end away from the working yarn and put them in the same order as before on a crochet hook. Pull the one loop through the other. Pick up another loop from the next peg, put it on the hook, then pull that loop through the other. Keep going until the end. Cut the working yarn and pull it through the last loop. I usually run it under the backside a little, then knot it, but however you end it is your choice.
Seam as shown below, (and make and attach a handle if you didn’t already). To finish, sew a button onto the front piece for closure. You don’t really need a button hole, since there is so much space between the stitches on Knifty Knitter knitting. Before attaching a button, just push it through your knitting and make sure it fits through, but isn’t too loose to fall out. Sew it onto the front piece in a place that will look nice when you close the back flap.
Photo bomb! She was quick! One must always check what’s inside things. Attach the button before the zipper bag. Here you can sort of see where I sewed the front flap down inside because I decided later it was too tall, and the button sewn onto the front piece. I used the Caron yarn for this. The Caron is made up of 4 strands plyed together, I pulled the 2 and 2 apart to get a skinnier yarn that I could pull through a needle threader and regular sewing needle that fit through the button holes.
This is with the zipper bag sewn in, which should be done after the button is on. I made a smaller zipper bag and left a hole on one side where I could stick a larger item. My white zipper bag does show a little through the knitting on the outside, but not too much. I thought about putting white cloth on the inside so I’d have more light for seeing the purse contents, and putting black cloth on the outside of it so it wouldn’t show through, but by the time I got to that step I had forgotten all about it.
A tip for doing garter stitch on a Knifty Knitter – tie a piece of other color yarn to one end of the right side. You work back and forth, always on the right side – when the working yarn is on the end with the scrap yarn, you know you do purls that row. When it ends up on the other end, do an e-wrap row.
How to purl on a knifty knitter: In the photo above, you see you haven’t wrapped the yarn yet. Put the hook downward through the loop that is on the peg. In the photo below, wrap the yarn by just laying it below the loop on the peg and below the hook.
Below: Use the hook to catch the working yarn and scrape it under the loop and up the groove in the peg upwards to pull a loop upwards.
Below: The loop I pulled up is on my finger. Use the hook to pull the old loop off of the peg while holding the new loop.
Below, put the new loop on the peg. You have made a purl stitch. It’s not as quick as e-wrapping, so I usually limit my purls in a loom project.
Hope you enjoy making a purse! If you are looking for more on the Knifty Knitter, or for items you can make on a peg loom, please visit my links page: https://ilovesocks.wordpress.com/links-to-my-posts-by-title-category/