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Charlotte's Wallet & Cell Phone Purses

Lovely quick knits perfect for gifting or keeping for yourself.

Difficulty: Beginner

Charlotte likes things simple: sleek lines, no fuss. barefoot elegance. She likes to carry tiny purses because she likes efficiency: only what is necessary. But she also likes beauty, so when she saw this purse, she said, "That's the wallet I've been looking for my whole life!" She has several, because she likes to match them to her outfit. Some are beaded, some not. When she must have her cell phone, she carries the slightly longer one.

Her friends have admired her simple little wallet and cell phone purses, sometimes the only thing she carries. She gets requests all the time to make one for them. And she does. Because they are quick to knit up (about 2 hours of dedicated knitting time - that's fast!) and they are quick to finisht, too. 

Charlottte's Wallet and Cell Phone purses are both lovely, slim and simple little purses that are both practical and beautiful. It makes a great wallet, large enough to carry change, cash, and credit cards as well as a lipbalm and compact. The cell phone purse can carry all this plus a phone as long as seven inches. It can also be dressed up and becomes an ideal companion for a dinner party, a trip to the theater, the next family holiday party, or a special event at the office.

See the Additional Details tab below for information about finished size, gauge, required materials, and other essential information

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Difficulty Level

This purse is intrepid beginner: the skills required are knitting and purling flat fabric as well as knitting in the round. You will also need to employ a 3-needle bind off to finish the purse body. The purse finishing requires some hand sewing and, if desired, some hand-beading.

Approximate Finished Dimensions

Width at frame hinge: 5" (12.75cm)

Height from center bottom to center top of the purse, not including the frame: 5" (12.75cm) for the wallet and 8" (20.3cm) for the cell phone purse

Bag bottom width: 5.25" (13.25cm)

Pre-felted Gauge

20 sts and 28 rounds = 4" (10cm) in stockinette 

Required Materials

Yarn Requirements

This purse is made with worstead weight, felable wool.

For this pattern, you will need:  .9  - 1 oz or 56 - 65 yds for each purse

Needles and Other Necessary Materials

  • Size 7 (4.5mm) 16" (40.65cm) circular needle
  • Size 7 (4.5mm) spare needle for 3-needle bind off
  • 2 Different colored locking stitch markers to mark the side seams and beginning of the round
  • 1 Noni Renaissance Purse Frame is pictured but no longer available - The Architecture frame works beautifully with this pattern. 
  • 1 Noni Renaissance Purse Chain
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • Sewing needle for sewing the purse into the frame
  • 1 package of color-matched Noni Seed beads and thread
  • Locktite Extra Time Control Glue to glue the purse to the frame


Pictured Samples

The samples pictured were made with Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool (worsted weight; 100% merino wool; 250 yds [229m] 4 oz [110g] skein). The yellow purse was made in Sun Yellow and the other purse was made with Raspberry.

First Edition

The stitch count at the base of the flaps is 30. Therefore, the number of sts on each side of the purse body is also 30 (not 32). 

Round 18 should read as follows: Round 18 (RS - Joining Round): K30 across the live flap, then place side seam marker, knit across the 30 stitches on the spare needle, place round marker—30 sts each side/60 sts total.