I made this for my dad's birthday because he told me once that he wishes he had something like this, so he doesn't have loose change in his pockets. i tried to (hand)sew one out of fabric, but i couldnt deal with not having a sewing machine plus all the seam allowances and trying to minimize bulk - very important if you are considering something to be carried in a pants pocket. so of course i decided to knit it so that it can be seamless!
its definitely not perfect, but hopefully it's to his liking...and your liking too --
it has a rather interesting construction, but nothing totally genius:
i started from the bottom up, like the toe of a sock but much much wider (with only 4 wraps on each side). i continued knitting around until i used a crochet bind off to get the very straight and tight edges around the zipper, which is sewed on before the purse is finished. i grafted the top closed with kitchener stitch.
it took me a few days to finish because of school and trying to figure out the construction..but actual knitting toward final product only took me about 2 days.
i used regia sock yarn, and the guage is 11 sts / inch.
final dimensions are 2.75in x 4in. it is highly alterable to make bigger or smaller.
<<edit>> here is a rough draft of the pattern for people who are curious. it looks a bit long but i will add pictures for clarity when i can find time to make another. if you are confused about something, please ask!
Knit Small Coin Purse
Regia Sock Yarn
waste yarn of similar weight
US1 crochet hook
darning needle (the kind used for weaving in ends)
Sewing thread and needle
11st x 15rows per inch
exactness is not important, the number of stitches is easily alterable to fit your needs
Provisionally cast-on using waste yarn and US1 crochet hook (or use your favorite provisional cast-on method). I used 44 sts.
With US0 dpns, use short rows to make a very wide toe (decrease only 3 or 4 sts on each side). **See cosmicpluto
Knit in the round until work measures desired height before zipper. Mine was about 1.5 inches.
At the beginning of the round, knit 4 sts, crochet bind off until 4 sts before half the round, knit to the end. **See yarn harlot
for crochet bind off.
K4 then turn work and purl back across. Continue knitting flat until space is wide enough for zipper.
Provisionally cast-on the same number of stitches that were bound off, but use US1 dpns. This helps the stitches from being too tight for crochet bind off.
Connect the work into circular knitting with US0s again and knit for a few rounds.
Pull out the provisional cast-on and crochet bind off. You will have one stitch left from the provisional cast-on that cannot be bound off. At the column of knit stitches right above the leftover stitch, drop the stitch so it ladders down. Using a crochet hook, grab the leftover stitch with the lowest stitch (from laddering down) and ladder back up again as if you are fixing a mistake.
*Alternately, you can simply sew the last stitch down!
Put all stitches on waste yarn.
Cut the zipper so that it fits inside the purse and hand sew it down all the way around the opening. Pin it to the knit fabric, or if you can see lines in the fabric part of the zipper, you can use that to help you keep the zipper straight. It is useful to follow the stitches right above the crochet bind off to keep your sewn stitches about the same size.
Put the stitches on waste yarn back on needles.
There are 2 ways to finish the top:
A. Decrease 2 sts at each end every round for 2 rounds (Alter this to match the bottom of the purse). Then, with kitchener stitch, graft the top closed. Weave in ends by opening the zipper and flipping the purse inside out.
B. Use the same short row method as the bottom. It is as if you are making the heel of a sock. Using kitchener stitch, graft the opening closed. Weave in ends by opening the zipper and flipping the purse inside out.
Finally, you may want to block your work (according to blocking instructions for the yarn you used...i wet blocked by wetting with lukewarm water, washing it gently with some shampoo foam, rinse, blot out water with towel, pin down) to even things out.
good luck =)