Violet Florals Tote

This is an easy yet beautiful purse for all your summertime essentials. It features two curved bamboo handles and a gorgeous rose pattern worked in duplicate stitch.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Width at the bottom edge: 10”, Width at the top edge: 6”, Length at the center front: 9”

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st after wet blocking



Light Weight Yarn Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby (80% acrylic, 20% nylon; 340 yards [310 meters]/100 grams): #0411 Dolphin (MC, 1 ball), #0556 Jam (A, 1 ball), #0691 Grass (B, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm) straight needles

Notions: 2 bamboo bag handle, 7″ half rnd, yarn needle, lining fabric, velcro in matching color, sewing needle and matching thread


Pattern Notes

This purse begins at the bottom edge with a few short rows to create a curvy bottom edge. Then worked in St st with a few decreases as instructed. Block each piece separately and then stitch the rose pattern on the front of the purse.



With (MC) CO 61 sts.

Start working short rows as follows:

Row 1: K35, W&T.
Row 2: P9, W&T.
Row 3 and the following RS short-rows: Knit to 1 st before the turned st, take out the wrap, k3, W&T.
Row 4 and the following WS short-rows: Purl tol 1 st before the turned st, take out the wrap, p3, W&T.

Work Rows 3-4 until 1 st rem on both sides after the W&T.

Work in St st decreasing 1 st on both sides every 6 rows, 5 times then every 4 rows, 5 times. (41 sts)

Work even until piece measures 9” from the center bottom edge.

Decrease Row: Decrease 6 sts evenly across row. (35 sts)

Work straight 15 more rows.

Bind off all sts loosely.


Work same as Front.

Side Strip

With (MC), CO 12 sts.

Work Garter stitch for 36”.

Bind off all sts loosely.

Embroider the Front

With colors B and C, and using duplicate stitch technique, work the rose pattern (see chart) on the front side of the handbag.


Sew the side strip to the edge of Front and Back.

Cut the lining fabric in the shape of the purse and stitch it to the edge of the top placing it inside the purse.

Place the purse handle to the edge of the top of the front of purse, fold the top edge and sew to the edge of the lining. Work the same for the back piece.

Sew the Velcro to the top edge of Front and Back for closure.

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