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Amazing Grace Purse

The perfect purse for the amazing, graceful women in your life.

Difficulty: Easy

This is the purse I designed while thinking of all of the people during this pandemic who have done more in less time, put a tasty dinner on the table from a nearly empty fridge, helped kids do homework on one side of the table and "walked" into zoom boardrooms from the other side of the kitchen table. I thought of all the child-care, pet-care, general family care that gets done around everything else that needs to get done. I thought of how we have had to laugh while crying sometimes during the last year. I thought of the holidays we didn't get to spend together. This pretty purse is for you. This purse is the elegant, whimsical, special bag that says, "You deserve something special. I'm thinking of you. I appreciate what you do. You matter to me." 

This is the purse for any day, the "for no special reason and all the reasons" day, for Mother's day, birthday. It's for your one-of-a-kind sibling, friend, parent, child, co-worker, boss, companion, spouse, grandparent, assistant, life-saving doctor, angel nurse. 

And it's a project that doesn't take that much yarn and not too much time, and it's for any shape and size person: in other words, it is guaranteed to fit.

See "Additional Details" below for more information about this purse, including difficulty level, materials, yarn requirements, and more. The pattern include instructions for the Amazing Grace Handbag and the pictured flowers.

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Pattern Difficulty Level

Intrepid Advanced Beginner to Intermediate: This project requires knowledge of casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round in two different colors on circular and knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, binding off using a 3-needle bind off, and some hand-sewing to complete the finishing process.


Pre-felted Gauge

16 sts and 24 rounds = 4" (10cm) in stockinette using worstead weight, felable wool

Required Materials

Yarn Requirements

Amazing Grace Handbag

2 oz or 125 yds (114.25m) of Black or Granite (A)

2 oz or 125 yds (114.25m) of White of Sun Yellow (B) 

Solid-colored Pretty Posy (each)

.2 oz or 12.4 yds (11.3m) of Hot Pink or desired color (C)

Bi-colored Pretty Posy (each)

.07 oz or 4.3 yds (4m) of Sun Yellow, Granite, or White (C) for the posy center

.13 oz or 8 yds (7.3m) of Granite, Sun Yellow, or Pewter (D) for the posy petals

Needles and Other Materials

2 US 9 (5.5mm) 16" (40cm) circular needles for purse
1 US 6 (4mm) set of double-pointed needles for making the handle cover and the pretty posy flowers
6 locking stitch markers, one of a different color. Two markers are for the bag, to mark the purse side seam and the different colored marker to indicate the beginning of the round. The remaining 4 markers will be used as holders when making flowers
1 Noni Elegant Purse Frame (available in antique brass)
1 Noni Renaissance Purse Chain (antique brass)
Sharp tapestry needle to weave in ends
Sewing needle and nylon beading thread to sew the purse into the frame and to decorate it
Seed Beads (8mm) in coordinated colors to finish and decorate the purse
Locktite Super Glue Extra Time Control to glue the purse to the frame


Pictured Samples

The pictured Amazing Grace Purses were made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool (worsted weight; 100% merino wool; 250 yds [229m] 4 oz [110g] skein) in Black and White with Hot Pink Posies, Sun Yellow and Granite with matching flowers, and Pewter and White with matching flowers.

There have been no errors reported for this pattern. If you think you have found an error, please contact Nora at nora@nonipatterns.com