Purses. They always contain too much stuff. The thing you want is always at the bottom of the bag. It's a mess. I for one, am sick of it. If you're with me, let's make a pouch. Together, we can build a better future, where things are organized, and you don't have to dig through a huge pile of stuff. Just a small pile of stuff, which is conveniently in pouches.
Unless you're already an organized person. Then, you're already ahead of the game, but you're still welcome to make a pouch. :)
This is really more of a recipe, you can use any needles and any yarn to produce any size bag. The one pictured was made with worsted weight yarn, using size 7 double pointed needles (dpns). I also think these would make super cute gift bags, worked up on larger needles, or over more stitches. I'll probably try that on the holidays.
Start by casting on 8 stitches, and dividing them evenly between 3 or 4 dpn, whichever is more comfortable for you. Knit into every stitch twice, for a total of 16 stitches. Knit 1 round plain, then on the next round, knit into every other stitch twice, for a total of 24 stitches. Follow in this way until the bottom is large enough for you. I stopped at 64 stitches, but keep in mind that the width of the bottom is the width of the entire bag, so make sure the size is right for you.
When the bottom is large enough, work one row purled. This creates a "crease", if you will, so the bag will fold over nicely. Work 1 more row all knit, then begin the spiral pattern *k2, yo, k4, k2tog* for every row until the bag is tall enough. At this point, work the eyelets. You can use any method you want, depending on the ribbon or cord you intend to tie it with, but here's what I did:
Row 1: *k2, cast off 4, k2tog*
Row 2: *k2, cast on 5, k2tog*
Row 3: *k2, yo, k4, k2tog*
Then continue in the spiral pattern until you feel the top is finished, probably about 1/4-1/2 an inch. Then bind off, weave in the edges, and you're done! The pattern looks better blocked, so if it looks a little "meh", try blocking it. I wet blocked mine over an oatmeal tin, and that's how I got it looking how it does in the photos. Good luck and happy knitting!