How to Knit a Way Cool Monster Purse
Make your own conversation piece when you knit this funky and original monster purse. Think a monster purse is a “bit much”? You can use the same design without the eyes and appendages and have a really cool fluffy purse. Still guaranteed to get you the occasional comment and looks of envy.
I've made this pattern as simple as possible with the least amount of sewing necessary (my least favourite thing to do). It doesn't even need a zipper, as I designed it to have a flap to fold over and hold in your valuables securely.
The pattern is fairly simple and easy to follow, but in case you have a hard time with the fluff stitch, I made a video which shows the technique. In case you don't have access to wifi, I also provided pictures and descriptions on how to make the fluff stitch. The video and pictures are at the end of the pattern.
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K = Knit
P = Purl
FS = Fluff Stitch. This is the loop stitch and is described in detail after the tips and hints.
Depending on how tight you knit you may need larger or smaller needles. If you’ve knitted before you probably have a good idea of what needles you need. The tension for this project is:
10 stitches = 2 inches
14 rows = 2 inches
Because there is no sizing to a purse, the tension isn't overly important. A little tighter or loser won't make much difference to the final product.
One ball of worsted weight yarn
Pair of size 4.5 knitting needles (single pointed)
large eyed needle for sewing up seams
Cloth to line the purse
Needle and thread to sew lining to purse
Cast on 55 sts
Row 1 (and all odd rows): Knit
Row 2: P16 FS23 P16
Row 3 - 19: Repeat the rows 1 and 2. With the WRONG side facing you...
Row 20: P16 FS6 P2 FS7 P2 FS6 P16.
Row 21: Knit
Row 22: Repeat row 20.
Row 23 – 30: Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Row 31: Knit
Row 32: Purl
Row 33 – 67: repeat rows 31 and 32. With RIGHT side facing you, cast off.
Cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3 – 24: Repeat rows 1 and 2. With RIGHT side facing, cast off.
Cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the length you desire. With RIGHT side facing, cast off.
You don't need to sew up the seams of the legs, arms or the strap. The way that it's knit causes the swatches to roll up on their own. You can draw the stitches at the ends of the feet and hands together with the yarn at the end to round them off, but it's not needed.
The top will automatically roll too! The casting off finishes the edge.
When making the strap, remember that the knitting will stretch. Make it shorter than you want the final length to be.
You can line the purse with any sort of material. A piece of material from an old t-shirt would do nicely.
You don't need to make a monster. You can skip making the arms and legs and instead of making the empty places for the eyes in rows 20 and 22, make the FS in all 23 stitches.
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Make the Fluff or Loop Stitch
If you would prefer to see the video you can watch it here. Keep scrolling down to the bottom of the page or you can see it here - How to Knit the Fluff or Loop Stitch
To make the Fluff stitch (FS): Insert needle into to next stitch as if to KNIT. Wrap the yarn (up & over) CLOCKWISE around the needle and the index finger of your LEFT hand TWICE. Leave these loops on your finger until you are finished knitting the entire stitch!
Wrap the yarn ONCE around the needle only.
Pull all 3 loops of yarn through stitch as knitting a regular stitch.
Insert the needle in your LEFT hand through these three loops and transfer these 3 loops onto the LEFT hand needle.
Insert you RIGHT hand needle through these three loops as if to knit.
KNIT the stitch through all 3 loops. Drop the two loops from your finger.
The stitch is now completed.