Basketweave Purse

I have finished my handbag a couple weeks ago and enjoy it so much! Currently I use it as a project bag to carry my knitting when I am out of home. It is so soft and big enough for a bigger running project (currently I am working on a cardigan).
The basketweave pattern is not mine, you can get the instructions from here.

- 3 skeins DK weight yarn
- U.S. 7 / 4.00 mm needle
- for lining approx. half yard of wool fabric (optional)

Gauge: I didn't make gauge, it is not that important.

- tapestry needle
- sewing thread


Front and back

  • Cast on 96 sts. (The total number of stitches must be divisible by 4.) 
  • Start to work following the basketweave instructions until you reach desired length. I made 72 rows. Bind off and sew the ends. 
  • Make two pieces for the front and back of the bag. 

Sides and buttom

  • Cast on 150 stitches and with stockinette stitch knit a 4' (10 cm) wide stripe. Bind off. 
  • The size of your front and back pieces may differ from mine, change the number of stitches fitted to your bag's size. 
  • Block the pieces before sewing.  
  • Sew the pieces together with your desired method. I used tapestry needle, but if you feel more comfortable, grab your crochet hook and slip stitch the pieces together. 

You may line your bag. I recommend to use some tighter fabric, like wool or felt to have a nice fitting. I used a deep purple wool and closed with a magnetic clasp.

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  1. Wow Hanni, it is a real beauty! I love this bag!

  2. It's beautiful! I love the handles you used

  3. Azta ... ! Nagyon izgalmas!

    xxxx Ale

  5. It is a pretty bag, Hanni!!

  6. Anonymous4/05/2013

    it's beautiful! hope you are well!

  7. Lovely bag! Great idea for carrying your knitting projects, I love it!

  8. so beautiful and very elegant

  9. Anonymous4/11/2013

    Gorgeous Hanni, really special! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  10. Love this bag, and I would like to make one. You say three skeins of DK - which yarn did you use? I want to see if I have enough of some yarn I already have, and the total yardage known would be great! Thanks....

    1. I am glad, that you like the purse. I used SMC Bravo 145yd (133 meters) per skein (1.76 oz / 50 gram). I used up three full skeins.
      Wish you happy knitting!

  11. Hi Hanni!

    I am one of the editors of and would love to feature this pattern on our site with full credit to you. Please contact me for further information if you are interested.

    Thanks, and looking forward to hearing from you!


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