Leaving a 5 inch tail, cast on 9 stitches. You will use the tail later for seaming the
bottom of the purse.
Knit one row. Divide stitches onto 3 needles and join, being careful not to twist stitches. Place
marker for beginning of round.
Purl 1 round, increase 1 stitch on each needle.
Work in knit 1 round, purl 1 round, increasing 3 stitches every round until you have 14 stitches per
needle for a total of 42 stitches.
Now you begin to knit the pattern stitches.
Pattern Stitch 1: Seed Stitch:
Rnd 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: *P1, k1, repeat from * around.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 twice, then Round 1 once more.
Then you will knit the following pattern for 6 rounds:
Pattern stitch 2: Rib
All rounds: *K1, p1, repeat from * around.
Repeat last 11 rounds 4 times.
Next round: Bind off 21 stitches. You will have 21 stitches remaining.
Flap: Working back and forth in rows on 21 stitches, work in Seed Stitch for 4 rows.
Continue in Seed Stitch, decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 5 rows - 16 stitches.
Buttonhole: Work in Seed Stitch over 6 stitches, bind off 4 stitches, work to end of row. Next
row: Work in Seed Stitch, casting on 4 stitches over bound-off stitches of previous row.
Work 4 more rows in Seed Stitch, and then bind off all stitches.
Strap: Pick up 5 stitches on bound-off edge of Purse, before first row of Flap. Knit
these 5 stitches on 2 double pointed needles as follows: knit 5, slide stitches to other end of
needle and, without turning your needle, pull yarn across the back of your work and knit 5. Continue
in this manner, creating a tube, until strap measures about 36 inches or desired length. Graft live
stitches to other side of Purse.
Finishing: Seam bottom of Purse with beginning yarn tail. Tighten buttonhole, if necessary,
by sewing a stitch at either end. Sew on button. Weave in ends.