From clutches to totes, from casual to evening, from fun to formal, these free knitting patterns will give you the perfect bag for any occasion. Updated 2/23/23
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Check Stitch Bag
Tote bag purse knit with an 8 row repeat checkerboard or basketweave pattern, trimmed with i-cord, and finished with i-cord handles. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
2 ways to get the pattern
- Get the free WEB VERSION knitting pattern at Joann
- Get the free PDF VERSION knitting pattern at Lion Brand. Requires log in to site.
- Get the recommended Lion Brand Stitch Soak Scrub Yarn at Joann
Musica Felted Bag
Music lover tote bag purse with piano keys and musical notes. Designed by Deborah Tomasello.
Katia North Handbag
Available again as a free knitting pattern! This popular small tote bag with incorporated handles and loop and button closure is knit flat in garter stitch and seamed. Quick knit in Super Bulky yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers. One Size 20cm x 20cm. Designed by Fil Katia. Available in English and Spanish
- Get the free knitting pattern - English instructions are after Spanish instructions in pdf
- See more free easy bag knitting patterns from Katia
- See the Ravelry page - pattern not available on Ravelry
Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote
Sampler tote bag purse with 5 different blocks knit with slip stitch colorwork with only one yarn color per row. Designed for at least 4 colors of worsted yarn, it's great for stash busting. Designed by Lion Brand.
- Get the free knitting pattern at Lion Brand - link below yarn information
- Or get the free knitting pattern at Lovecrafts
Casual Market Bag
Tote knit with a 4 row repeat stretchy lace stitch. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Bernat.
Union Square Market Bag
Bag knit in 2 pieces from strap to bottom with garter stitch and dropped stitches and then seamed. Bulky yarn. Designed by Kara Gott Warner. Rated easy by the designer. This pattern was featured in Season 10 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s
- Get the free knitting pattern with free registration at Annie’s
- Get the Knit and Crochet Now video tutorial for $3.99 (includes instruction for 2 patterns and other techniques)
Woven Look Bucket Bag
Cute drawstring tote knit with linen stitch stripes, stockinette, and garter stitch. Size Approx 20" [51 cm] circumference x 10" [25.5 cm] tall. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Yarnspirations. Knit for less than $15 with yarn available on the page.
Cabled messenger bag with ribbed flap inspired by sweater designs. 11.5 in. x 13 in. (29 x 33 cm). Designed by Lion Brand Yarn. Bulky weight yarn.
Swirls and Stripes Mosaic Bag
Easy slip stitch colorwork uses just one color per row for this striking geometric design. About 12″ [30.5 cm] wide and 15″ [38 cm] tall. Designed by Tamara Goff for Red Heart
Waves Tote Bag
This cotton tote measures 16″ x 14″ x 3″. Designed by Grace Alexander for Red Heart
Featured on the Martha Stewart Show, this purse is 18 in. (45.5 cm) wide at base x 12 1/2 in. (32 cm) high.
Cable Ready Bag
This chunky cable carryall measures 15 inches x 10 inches.
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Diamond Patterned Bag
This roomy bag is knitted mainly in garter stitch with a diamond-patterned panel across the front measures 43cm wide x 38cm deep
This bag features an all over cable pattern and a linen stitch side panel. Finished size is approximately 14″ x 12″. Designed by Lena Skvagerson.
- Get the free knitting pattern at Annie’s (recommended yarn also available)
- Purchase the video for this pattern for $3.99
Bee’s Knees Purse
Knit in honeycomb stitch this gorgeous purse by Andre Sue includes an extensive tutorial for the knitting, assembly and lining.
This purse design by Knitwise features a diamond brocade pattern. Approximate size 27cm wide 20cm high 7cm deep.
Yo Yo Tote
Approximately 12½ wide x 8” high x 5” deep, this Berrocco pattern has a simple elegance.
Blues and Beads Purses
Two purses in one knitting pattern. Large Purse: Width: 29 cm [11-3/8″]. Height: 31 cm [12.25″].
Small Purse: Width: 22 cm [8-5/8″]. Height: 14 cm [5.5″].
Vintage Purse with Ridges
Knit ridges and a belt handle turn this simple pattern into a stylish bag.
Knitted Purse with Leaves and Bobbles
A floral design adorns this purse by Irina Raitcis.
Get kisslock purse frame for this pattern at Etsy
Victorian Beaded Purse
Yes, this is knit! Knit this design by Dianna Smith with seed beads slipped on to the stitches.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get kisslock purse frame for this pattern at Etsy
- Get the recommended beads at Etsy
Lacy Diamond Purse
Designed by Jill Chatelain, this bag is 9.5″ wide by 7.5″ in length.
Download the free pattern at Ravelry
The amazing Frankie Brown based this purse on a traditional origami design. Measuring square, this purse opens up when you pull the top apart and then snaps back closed when you let it go.
Download the free pattern at Ravelry
This purse designed by Lisa Ellis measures 9″ w x 8″ h and is knit with simple loop stitch and garter stitch. A fun way to use novelty yarn.
Download the free pattern at Ravelry
Little Bits Beaded Bag
Inspired by Hermione Granger’s beaded bag from the Harry Potter movies, splashes of beads and a frilly finish make this bag fun for anything from a glamorous night out to stashing a ball of yarn on the run.
- Get the free knitting pattern designed by Craftyartist
- Get the yarn recommended by the designer for the pictured version
- See More Harry Potter Knitting Patterns
Harry Potter House Fair Isle Pouch Bags
Get the free knitting pattern designed by Rosemary Waits
See More Harry Potter Knitting Patterns
Purse Handles and Frames at Etsy – Wooden, Leather, Metal, Novelty
Patterns for Purchase
This cable purse is created in panels. Dimensions: 14” (35.5 cm) square (at base) by 9” (23 cm) tall. Designed by Kim Haesemeyer. One of the 17 patterns in Leisure Arts #5612, Expand Your Knitting Skills
- See more pics and get the book at Leisure Arts (Digital or Paperback)
- Get the book on Amazon (Prime available)
- Get round purse handles for this project on Etsy
No longer free. About a foot long, this tote has extra pockets, a zippered top, and straps. It's knit with 3 textured stitches: Herringbone Cross stitch, woven stitch, and seed stitch. Size: Length: 30cm (11.8 in) x Width: 12cm (4.7 in) x Height: 15cm (6 in). Designed by Wendy Kippax. DK weight yarn.
Felted Stained Glass Fan Bag
This modular tote comes with two versions of the bag - one that is has multiple colors per fan and one that uses only one color per fan. Designed by Madeline Langan. Worsted weight yarn.
Green Rose Purse
Felted purse by Deborah O’Leary. knitted on size 11 circular needles so it knits up really fast. Detailed instructions with pictures are included. Approximate finished size: Width – about 10 inches Height – about 11 inches Depth – about 2 1/4 inches
Amethyst Ruffle Purse
Felted purse by Deborah O’Leary. knitted on size 11 circular needles so it knits up really fast. Detailed instructions with pictures are included. Approximate finished size: Width – 13 1/2 inches Height – 7 inches
20 Inspirational handbags, totes, and carry-alls to knit and crochet
Quick and easy to stitch, you’ll need just 1 hank of yarn to knit this casual bag.
Get the knitting pattern for $6.99 at Annie’s
Fox Messenger Bag
The Bag measures 18 cm (7 in) wide x 23 cm (9 in) deep. The strap measures approx 110 cm (43 in) but can be adjusted as required.