I am so truly excited to present The Santa Fe Nights bag pattern! This has been one of the most fun patterns I have ever designed or dare I say, one of the most fun I have ever knitted. If you’re looking for a summery, soft, knap-sack styled purse, this is the bag for you. It’s seamless, stylish, and is knit on one pair of needles all throughout. Therefore, I found it to be a quick and easy, but lovely purse.

It features a unique crochet bottom that adds to the sturdiness of the bag. But don’t worry, for those of you who don’t already know how to crochet, I have prepared a video tutorial that will help with just that!

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Getting Inspired 

The thing I like most about this seamless design is the easy shaping technique involved to get that cutesy little style. You may be wondering what the inspiration behind The Santa Fe Nights bag pattern is; and to be honest – I really needed a new purse and haven’t found anything I liked in awhile. But more importantly, the colorway reminded me of my time in the Desert Southwest. The hues of the desert evening, the colorful and fantastical sunsets, the cool nights and dark green flora which accompanied them. I feel that anyone familiar with New Mexico will feel the same. 

So while The Santa Fe Nights bag is inspired by the desert nights, that isn’t to say that other colorways wouldn’t fit! I would love to see the designs and alterations y’all come up with! Can you imagine how pretty this bag would look in sunrise colors, instead of sunset? Or in shades of grey, black, and white? 

The Pattern 

Free pattern below! But, if you prefer a printable, ad-free copy of this pattern, a high quality PDF version is available on my Ravelry and Etsy stores. Your onetime purchase supports the livelihood of this site ❤️

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So before we begin, be sure to take a look at the video tutorial that I linked to above, if you are not familiar with the Magic Circle in crochet. Now that you’ve done that, let’s get down to business.

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Method

Crochet Terminology
Ch – chain
Sl st – slip stitch
Dc – double crochet

Using your 4.5mm crochet hook, make a magic circle with your yarn. Ch 2.

  • Row 1 – Dc in magic circle for 12 stitches total. Pull tail on magic circle to cinch the circle together. Sl st last stitch and first cast on stitch together.
  • Row 2 – Ch 1. Dc twice in each stitch going around (24) Sl st to join the circle as previously instructed
  • Row 3 – Ch 1. *1 Dc in 2nd st from hook, then 2 Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * until the end of row. Sl st to join the circle as previously instructed.
  • Row 4 –Ch1. *1 Dc in next 2 stitches, then 2 Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * until end of row. Sl st to join.
  • Row 5 – Ch 1. *1 Dc in next 3 stitches, then 2 Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * until end of row. Sl st to join.
  • Row 6 – Ch 1. *1 Dc in next 4 stitches, then 2 Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * until end of row. Sl st to join.
  • Row 7 –Ch 1. *1 Dc in next 5 stitches, then 2 Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * until end of row. Sl st to join.
  • Row 6 – Ch 1. *1 Dc in next 6 stitches, then 2 Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * until end of row. Sl st to join.

Put down that crochet hook!

Wow, Your crocheting is done for now! Now all that you’ll have to do later on in the pattern is crochet a border around your purses’ flap, and then a tiny handle on the top of the bag (optional).

Next, we will proceed with a technique I have never seen done before, but tried on a whim one night. It works awesomely and was the founding idea behind The Santa Fe Nights Bag!


You’re going to cut your yarn, and pull the working yarn through your last loop. Pull tightly on the tail yarn in the center as well. Next, you’ll be slipping the finished round onto your 24″ circular needles. After this point, you’ll be knitting away in minutes, using only the handy dandy Knit stitch, to create Stockinette in the round! The Santa Fe Nights bags’ body is now under construction!

Slipping your work onto your needles 

Turn your crochet work to its side. You’ll notice little sideways “V” shaped stitches – hidden within each “V” stitch, is a loop, ready to be pulled up and slipped onto your knitting needle! Take your left hand needle and insert it into the stitch, and hook a loop up onto your needle. Take your time, and be patient – once you have a few on your needle, it’ll feel alot easier. Study the provided pictures for an example.

The stitches you have slipped onto your knitting needles will probably be a bit tighter than your usual gauge, but worry not – after a round of knitting, everything will feel more like it should. Pictured above should be what you’re looking at with each stitch on your needles – you should have 99 “cast on” now. 

Knitting The Body of The Bag

You’ll begin by joining your work in the round using the Invisible Join – take the first stitch from your left needle, and slip it onto your right needle. Now, take your last stitch of the right needle (second loop on needle) and slide it over to the left needle. Place your stitch marker as usual.

  • Row 1 and 2 – k all the way around for both rows.
  • Row 3 – k 1, YO, k 1, YO, k1, YO, k 1, YO, k 15 – Repeat from One more time. Then k 30, repeat from * again – then repeat from * one more time, and k across til end of row. (you’ll be following this increase pattern a total of 4 times – with 15 knit stitches between the first two sets of increases, then a set of 30 knit stitches, and then another two sets of 15 stitches. If you need any further clarification, contact me. Don’t worry though, The Santa Fe Nights Bag is very forgiving!) 
  • Rows 4 through 50 – k around.
  • Row 51 – * k 11 , k2tog * repeat from * around
  • Row 52 – k around
  • Row 53 – k 10, k2 tog repeat from * around
  • Row 54 – k around
  • Row 55 – k 9, k2 tog repeat from * around
  • Row 56 – k around
  • Row 57 – k8, k2 tog repeat from * around
  • Row 58 – k around
  • Row 59 – k7, k2 tog repeat from * around
  • Row 60 – k

Neck and Flap Knitting

You should now have 65 stitches across your needles. Count 33 stitches, and then place a stitch marker.
You have two options from here – the stitches will be a bit tight, as your needle length is a little long now – you can either keep stitching as usual – it’s a little tight, but workable – OR, you can pull all of your stitches to your right side, and pull the cord of the left handed needle out – stitch until you reach your stitch marker, then turn. This is Magic Loop I suppose, and it’s something I’d never really tried before, but it worked for me. Heres a picture for reference:

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  • Row 62 – p around
  • Row 23 – p around
  • Cast off 33 stitches. You will then begin working flat (remember to turn your work between rows!)

Knit & Shape the Flap 

  • Row 64 – k across
  • Row 65 – p across
  • Rows 66 through 78 – Repeat Row 64 and 65, (creating stockinette by alternating knit and purl rows) until you’ve finished up Row 78.
  • Row 79 – k2 tog, k across, then k2 tog
  • Row 80 – p across
  • Row 81 – k2 tog, k across, k 2 tog
  • Row 82 – p across
  • Row 83 – k2 tog, k, k 2tog
  • Row 84 – p across
  • Row 85 – k2tog, k, k2tog
  • Row 86 – p across
  • Row 87 – k2tog , k , k2tog
  • Row 88 – p across
  • Row 89 – k2tog , k, k2tog
  • Row 90 – p across
  • Row 91 – k2 tog , k, k2tog
  • Row 92 – p across
  • Row 93 – k2 tog, k, k2tog
  • Row 94 – p across
  • Row 95 – cast off

Hanging Loop, Strap, and Button 

Loop to hang purse from (optional, pictured)
Take your 4.5mm crochet hook and ch 25
Crochet into 3rd chain from hook
1 treble crochet across chain, tie off, and sew into top of bag.

Purse Strap
Using the same needles you knit the purse on, cast on 10 stitches using the knit cast on.
So go ahead and alternate rows of Knit and Purl, to create a long trail of Stockinette – length depends on your personal preference, I made mine 45″ long (114cm). But feel free to make this longer, or shorter as you please! 
You may be thinking that this area needs a border,  fear not – The natural curl of stockinette is a design element in this purse strap – it’ll roll up into a nice little rope of stitches.

Border Around Purse Flap
Take your 4.5mm crochet hook and insert it along the edge of your purses flap. Make double crochets around the flap, or choose a stitch that you prefer!

Button Attachment
Lastly, sew a large button just under your flap – then, use a yarn darner to attach a loop of yarn to your border. This loop can be wrapped around your button, and will also hold the flap closed and flat, so everyone can see the lovely border 🙂 

At last, your Santa Fe Nights bag should now be complete! I hope you enjoyed following it as much as I did creating it.  If you have any questions, follow me and give me a shout out on social media! Thank you for your support of Fresh Off The Needles!