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The Tiny Purse
This tiny cotton Purse is perfect for carrying just a few little necessessities

Click here for the pattern for the tiny cotton purse.

I like to be prepared. For anything and everything. So I used to lug around a large purse filled with "supplies". Just in case. Until I had an epiphany of sorts. A purse epiphany. It started when a knitting magazine ran a pattern for a small and simple purse. The writer suggested the purse would be the perfect size for carrying back a few shells picked up on the beach. I was thinking that the size might inspire me to travel lighter, free my shoulders of the heavy burden I cast upon them every time I went for even the simplest of outings.

I decided to make one. I chose some bright yarn from my stash and a pearl button that I had purchased at an Amish country store. One night when my husband was out of town on business and the kids were finally asleep; I settled down to knit my little purse. It was love at first sight. Fifteen years have passed and I am still in love.

My first, sweet little purse inspired me to leave the house with a just few dollars, keys, a pen, a tissue and some index cards, all of which fit nicely inside. My husband could carry the diaper bag. My little purse was all I needed on walks.

The compliments my little purse received from friends and strangers inspired me to make up my own purse patterns. Guided by need, whimsy and the materials I had on hand, I have knit dozens of different styles.

Little purses are fun to make and to wear. They allow you to experiment with yarns, stitches and embellishments. They are fast and portable and forgiving projects. There is a lot of wiggle room in knitting a purse. It is hard to make one the wrong size. And best of all, little purses are a gift that gets used.

This summer I have been thinking a lot about little purses. I am a part of a neighborhood walking group. Now that we have all shed our sweatshirts and jackets; we start our walks by checking out who has pockets. Or a handy little purse.

Get your needles ready. Here’s a pattern for your very own handy little purse. And since we all know that "little" is a relative concept, you can make this "little" purse with Lion Cotton or make it even "littler" by knitting it in Magic Stripes yarn.

For those of you decide to use Magic Stripes, I have included a pattern for toe-less, heel-less socks to be worn with clogs, sandals or even flip flops.

Walking Set - Tiny Purse and Summer Socks

Click here for the pattern for the walking set - Tiny purse and summer socks

Authored by

Michelle Edwards is the author/illustrator of A KNITTER'S HOME COMPANION and many award-winning children's books including CHICKEN MAN and STINKY STERN FOREVER. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys talking about books in schools throughout the US and beyond. Her newest book, Room for the Baby, will be available from Random House in Fall 2012. Visit Michelle Edwards at her website or on Facebook.
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