Dots and Stripe Purse

Difficulty Level
Beginner to Intermediate

Dots and stripes


Provisional cast-on, knitting in the round, double-point or circular knitting, stranded colorwork knitting

One size.  Approximate finished dimensions: 8 inches wide x 10 inches tall

MC Dark Blue
CC1 Red
CC2 Olive
CC3 Med blue
CC4 Sage
CC5 Yellow

Rowan Denim yarn [109 yd per 50g]; 1 skein each of #225 Nashville (dark blue) and 229 Memphis (medium blue)

Saucy Sport 100% mercerized cotton [123 yd per 50g] less than 1 ball each of #115 olive, #143 yellow, #361 red, and #558 sage

Waste yarn for Provisional Cast-on in contrasting color, about 12 inches

Double pointed needles or 16” circular or shorter, size US 5 or 3.75 mm
Magnetic snap, optional

¼ yd. Lining fabric, optional

28 sts x 26 rows = 4” / 10cm

Click for the pattern:  Dots and Stripes purse and lining instructions

This pattern was updated on March 6, 2018.  If you saved this or printed this pattern before the above date, you may want to reprint or resave with the corrections.

23 thoughts on “Dots and Stripe Purse

  1. Great! Thanlks for posting this – I’ve been wanting to try this technique and I think this will make a super project. Thanks again.


  2. Wow, that’s super CUTE! Thanks for this pattern. I too think it will be a great intro to this colorwork technique. Can’t wait to give it a go!


  3. I want to learn colorwork. this is perfect! However I can’t get the pattern when I click the link to instructions. Thanks, Linda


  4. I love the pattern and design! I can’t wait to start it. I looked through my cotton stash and have two OLDER skeins of Rowan Denim Blue, but the gauge is 5st=1″. Do I need to get a lighter wt. denim? Since I haven’t bought this cotton yarn in ages, i wasn’t sure if it comes in the thinner gauge. I can always check!

    thanks so much. loved your blog.


  5. I just joined and I can’t wait to try the purse. I’m a grandma and I’m making it for my teenage granddaughter. It looks like something she would love. I might make one for me too.


  6. I love this pattern. I’ve never made anything with a pattern so can’t wait to try it. I think I’m going to make it with worsted weight cotton so it’s a bit larger… to hunt up the colors.


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  10. Looking forward to starting this cute project. I read through the pattern and I don’t see where I remove the provisional cast on. Will it become obvious as I get in to making it?


    • Deb, Thanks for your interest in my pattern. After you work the first four rows and pick up stitches, this is when you take out the provisional cast on. “Place the cast on edge back on another dpn and purl, making sure the stitches are not twisted.” Let me know if you have any other questions. Patti


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