Knit Bag and Purse Patterns

When beginning a new crafting hobby, like sewing or crochet or knitting, I always seem to be drawn to starting with a tote bag. I just can’t get enough bags!

If you were to ask anyone else in this household whether or not there are enough tote bags, they would most likely have a very different answer than I do!

To be honest, totes, bags and purses are not the best “first” project for most crafts.  But with some basic understanding of knitting, this is the page to find great knitting patterns for bags!

If a quick refresher on knitting stitches is necessary, check out the page devoted to teaching these stitches.

Most of us love hand bags and totes, and with the knit bag patterns below, combining the passion for purses and bags with the love of knitting is so motivating and fun.

Knit Tote Bag Patterns

Tote bags are the bomb!  And this page is chock full of free knit tote bag patterns!  Be sure to take a look at the bucket tote bag patterns.  There are several from Joann listed on this page, and they are so fashionable.

Teens and young adults will love these drawstring totes. Nothing old-fashioned here!

Joann has another wonderful large tote in the Folio Tote link below. It’s on the easier side, using the stockinette stitch to create a cute slouchy tote.

The knit tote bag patterns that we’ve gathered offer so many possibilities for knitters. Go simple or go complex….all of the patterns create extraordinary bags!

Knit Purse Patterns

Most women love handbags.  Somehow, the purse section of stores is the first place to stop and browse.  The free knit purse patterns here make absolutely phenomenal bags, and they are so much better and less expensive than any knit purses found in a store!

Check out the Burly Spun Purse from Brown Sheep.  The easy to follow knit purse pattern gives directions for a purse that measures 12” x 10” and has a cute cable knit down the front.  Add handles and a zippered lining, and this is a bag that is sure to please!

I have always admired those who can carry a purse that is on the small side.  When leaving the house, a large purse comes along. Sure enough, that big ol’ purse is often in the way.

The Folded Purse from Brown Sheep has three pockets to organize all of the things needed for the day, without the usual huge purse that tends to knock things over!

Be sure to check out the many other knit purse patterns for purses from small to large.  It is possible to find just the right purse size to knit!

Other knit bag patterns

There is also a variety of other knitted accessories to be found here.  The backpack is a must see.  It’s both cute and functional, and anyone would be proud to carry it.

Take a look at the knit mesh soap saver bag!  It’s a very creative and useful bag to put in the shower.  Just add soap or soap slivers and exfoliate with the knitted bag!

Felted bag patterns can be found on this page as well.  Felting is gaining in popularity, and the free felted knit bag patterns provide easy to follow tutorials for knitting and felting a bag or purse.

If crochet is your passion, jump on over to our page for crochet purse and tote patterns!

Now browse the collection of free knit purse and tote patterns below and get knitting those bags!

Knit Bag and Purse Patterns

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Albem Bag

Make this cute knit cable bag with a knit handle and button closure using the free pattern provided by Berroco. Berroco

Anything Knit Pouch

This is a small pouch with a button closure that would work well in any tote or bag. Mama in a Stitch


It's time to break out the knitting needles to knit this backpack with the free pattern. ABC Knitting Patterns

Bramble Bag

This bag pattern ramble Bag is knit in alternating colors in a bramble stitch. Finish it off with leather straps that fasten to dowels that are sewn or crocheted to the bag. Berroco

Brighton Lace Bag

With this free pattern, knit a lace bag in a simple Shetland lace pattern. It's knitted in the round from the top down and ends with a bottom gusset and a three-needle bind off. Knittyspin

Bucket Tote

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This free easy knit bucket tote pattern is worked in the round on double-pointed needles. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Burly Spun Purse

The purse is knit as a single rectangle, then folded to form the front and back of the purse. The free pattern is here. Brown Sheep

Cable Bag

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You'll find so many uses for this oversized cable bag. Get the free pattern here. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Drawstring Pouch

This free basic Drawstring Pouch Pattern is an easy, simple pattern to follow. Knowing the basics of knitting, any novice knitter can create it. Caron Collection

Felted and Knit Patchwork Bag

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A clever, cheery pattern that alternated felt and knit square to make a patchwork bag. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Felted Bag with Motif

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This free pattern is for knitting is a pretty felted bag with a simple looped flower motif. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Folded Purse

This free purse pattern is knit with circular needles as a long tube with a flap. This is then folded in half and sewn to make 3 pockets. The flap forms the closure. Brown Sheep

Folio Tote

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This free Folio Tote pattern is worked up in a tight stockinette stitch and forms a silhouette that is meant to collapse and look sloughy. Affiliate Link to JOANN

French Market Bag

A knitted shallow, felted basket bag with a square base and is knitted in the round. The handles are grafted together using the Kitchener stitch. Knitty

Knit Mesh Soap Saver Bag

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This clever free drawstring bag pattern includes a mesh rectangle worked flat then folded, with the sides sewn up to form a pouch. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Knit Purse

The purse is knitted with three strands of yarn held together. It's a make it quick knit project. Craft Yarn Council

Knit Teen Bag

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Get this free pattern and knit up this cute bag that features a cute zigzag pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Knitted Clutch + Eye Glass Case

The pattern for making this clutch is very simple. It entirely knit using the garter stitch and had a flap closure. The Design Confidential

Knitting Tote

Use this free pattern to knit this popular knitting tote that is sturdy, stylish with a wide-mouth opening to hold all your knitting supplies. Berroco

Lattice Lace Market Bag

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This free market bag pattern will help with all those weekly and weekend errands. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Market Tote

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This free tote bag pattern is perfect to take to the farmer's market. Affiliate Link to JOANN



These knit treat bags are a hauntingly cute way to present Halloween candy and other treats to your favorite little ones (or big ones). Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Seed Stitch & Cable Bag

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With this free pattern, knit a fashion-forward knit textured and cabled bag with a toggle closure. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Stoke-on-Trent Knit and Felt Tote

With the free pattern, learn how to knit this tote with circular needles and felt it upon completion.

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