1. Cast on 38 sts on 3.75 mm needles.
2. Seed stitch 8 rows (Row 1: K1, P1 to end. Row 2: P1, K1 to end. Repeat these 2 rows 4 times).
3. Stocking stitch until desired length (the pink part, I just knit until I ran out of that pink yarn but you can measure yours) but knit the first and last two stitches of every row, creating a garter stitch border.
4. The back is “grafted” to the front piece so there is no sewing afterwards. Continue in st st with the garter stitch border but on the first K row pick up a stich from the edge of the row below, between the garter bumps. K to end, then K across a second stitch from the other edge.
5. For the P rows: K2 tog, K1, P to last 3 sts, K1, K2 tog.
6. K 4 stitches instead of 2 for the garter stitch border and st st 3 or 4 rows. End K row.
7. Row 1: K4, P to last 4 sts, K4
Row 2: K 4, K 2 tog, K to last 6 sts, skpo, K 4
Continue these 2 rows until 9 sts remain.
8. K 4, cast off 3, K 2
9. K 3, yo, K 3
10. K 3 rows, cast off.
You will need 2 double pointed needles.
Cast on 6 sts, K the first row. Slide the sts to the opposite end of the needle, the yarn is at the bottom of the row. K across row, pulling the working yarn up the back of the piece so you can work with it. The cord will “knit” itself shut.
While I certainly appreciate the idea of not having to sew the purse together at the end, the grafted edge is not as tight as a sewn edge. It does make a nice edge though, almost as though you had put a panel in each side. Try it and if you don’t like it, don’t do it next time.
I didn’t invent this pattern exactly, I just cast on 38 sts then pulled elements from 3 different patterns I have to make a nice purse.