Pam, for purse stitch, cast on an even number of stitches. P1 *yo, p2tog* P1. You can knit instead of purl the first and last stitch.
I knit, therefore, I smile
Another felted bag
Mrs. Beetons Wristwarmers
On The Needles:
Silver's Palindrome Scarf - in Patons SWS Natural Pink
Feather and Fan Shawl - in Estelle Cadenza