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How to Knit a Cross-line Coin Purse: Free Fair Isle Knitting Chart Included

Updated: May 16

Knit coin purse - fair isle

Elevate your knitting prowess with our Cross-Line Coin Purse Tutorial designed for advanced crafters! This project offers a challenge for seasoned knitters seeking a sophisticated accessory. Let's grab those needles and embark on a knitting journey!

Skill Level


Finished Size

10 (W) x 8.5 (L) cm


4 double-pointed needles 6” (15 cm) 

Needle Size

US 1 (2.5 mm)


(Sport) 100% Wool (50 g/ 235 m/ 256 yds)

Yarn amounts

Color 1 (white) : 

approx. 6g

Color 2 (pink) :

approx. 6g

Gauge (Body)

34 sts and 40 rnds = 4 x 4 in / 10 x 10 cm

Other Materials

Lining fabric (12 x 20 cm), a button


This purse is knitted in the round. The flap is knitted separately and then sewn onto the purse. The lining and button are added using hand stitches.

Fair Isle Technique

To create this cross-line pattern, the “Fair Isle” technique is used here. It's a skill of knitting with yarns of two colors or more at the same time to create a colorful pattern.


CO      cast on

rnd(s)  round(s)

st(s)     stitch(es)

RS       right side

WS     wrong side

k         knit

p         purl

ssk slip, slip, knit

sssk slip, slip, slip, knit (decrease 2 stitches)

k2tog  knit 2 stitches together

k3tog  knit 3 stitches together (decrease 2 stitches)

YO yarn over


(Color 1) CO 72 sts, divided onto 4 needles evenly (always use a working needle to knit)

Rnd 1: join the round, knit 1 rnd

Rnd 2: (Color 1 & 2) Download and follow the chart to knit. (The front and back is identical.)

Cross-line coin purse - Knitting chart
Download PDF • 78KB

To bind off, use Kitchener Stitch. Cut the white yarn (color 1) with a tail (3X length of the circle). Weave in the pink yarn (color 2) first. Then, start to connect the front and the back by Kitchener Stitch.


(Color 2) CO 33 sts

Row 1(WS): Purl

Row 2 (RS): Knit

Row 3-18: Repeat rows 1-2

Row 19 (WS): *k1, p1*, repeat* to create 1x1 rib

Row 20 (RS): *p1, k1*, repeat * before the center stitch (17th), YO, k2tog, repeat * again

Row 21: continue 1x1 rib

Row 22: Bind off.

Knit coin purse - fair isle

Sew the flap on the backside of the purse with the pink yarn. (I steam-ironed the flap to make it flat.)

Knit coin purse - fair isle


I used linen and cotton fabric for my coin purse here.

First, trace your finished knit purse on the fabric. Then, cut it out.

Put the fabric on the purse again, and fold it 0.5cm away from the opening of the purse.

Knit coin purse - fair isle

Then, trace it again on the fabric. Cut it out. Now, we have the lining of the front side and backside.

Fold the top seam (0.5 cm) of the front side as below. And sew them together (right sides facing).

Knit coin purse - fair isle

Insert it into the knit purse. Carefully match and pin all the seams together. Remember not to hide the buttonhole.

*Important: While matching the seams on the flap, try to close the flap to check the length of the lining. (The lining should be much shorter than the flap.)

Then, sew them together with invisible hand stitches.

Knit coin purse - fair isle

After sewing a button onto it, it's finished and ready to use!

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