How to Make an Easy Knitted Purse With Knitting Needle Handles

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How to Make an Easy Knitted Purse With Knitting Needle Handles
Knitting needles make unusual handles for a purse. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A handmade purse or bag has special meaning due to the love that is placed in each stitch. Using knitting needles as the handles makes this bag unique. The needles add sturdiness to the purse and, if desired, the needles can be changed to suit the owner's mood. This pattern requires the basic knit and purl stitches. Even the space where the handles are inserted are completed with basic stitches. For instruction on how to create these stitches, see resource one.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 227gr. worsted weight yarn
  • size 8 straight knitting needles
  • 1 pair 14-inch straight knitting needles to use as purse handles
  • Strong glue (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cast on 40 stitches, using any method desired, on the size 8 needles.

  2. 2

    Knit 2 rows.

  3. 3

    After Step 2, you'll begin the following two-row pattern:

    Row 1: Knit all stitches.

    Row 2: Knit two stitches, purl 36 stitches, and then knit the last two stitches.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 until work measures seven inches from beginning.

    Repeat the following across the next row: knit five stitches, bind off two stitches, ending by knitting five stitches. You should have 30 stitches on your needle.

  5. 5

    For the next row, knit until reaching the bound-off stitches, then cast on two stitches. Repeat across the row. You should have 40 stitches on your needle.

    Knit the next row.

    Bind off all stitches.

  6. 6

    Repeat the entire pattern for a second side of the purse.

    Place the two pieces right side together, then sew the sides and the bottom of the purse. The side with the holes should be at the top of the purse. Weave in any loose ends throughout the work when finished.

    Weave the knitting needles through the holes. If desired, place a little strong glue to the needles to hold in place. However, do not glue the needles into place if you want to be able to replace them.

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