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For Purse: Gauge: 8 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches

For Case: Gauge: 11 stitches and 15 rows = 2 inches.

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Knit an 8-by-11-inch rectangle in stockinette (knit one row, purl next; repeat).

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Step 2

Fold in half, right sides facing; sew sides together with yarn needle. Turn right side out; steam flat with iron.

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Step 3

Unzip zipper (use one that fits pouch opening), pin inside pouch, and hand-sew in place with sturdy thread.

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Step 4

For liner, cut 8-by-13-inch piece of thin cotton fabric. Fold down short ends 1 inch, wrong sides facing; iron to crease. Fold cloth in half, end to end, right sides facing; sew along sides using 1/4-inch seam allowance. Do not turn inside out.

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Step 5

Place liner in pouch; whipstitch folded ends to zipper tape directly under zipper's teeth. Add a tassel to zipper, if desired.

Step 6

Knit 4-by-15-inch rectangle in stockinette. Fold in half, right sides facing; sew sides together with yarn needle. Turn right side out; steam- iron flat. Sew snap inside; add button.

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