Breezy Coin Purse

The Breezy Coin Purse has a little story behind it. I was about 12 years old when I made the first one, and it was a gift for my Grandmother. She had one, made of cloth, that ripped. I took her ripped one, and used it as a pattern to make a crochet one. This pattern is as close to the original as I can remember. This little pattern has traveled with me for over 45 years now, and I've used it for a lot more than coins and dollars. They have held barrettes and rubber bands, doll accessories, a little bigger my school ID and lunch money, diaper pins and baby items, hot wheel cars, credit cards, USB drives, and medication.

The fun thing about the Breezy Coin Purse is that it can be made to fit the size of whatever you wish to carry. What I originally used (for my Grandma) as a closure was a barrette, and that's what you see on the top right picture. I used the same simple stitches as I did when I was 12, and in the two bottom pictures I show you exactly how my Grandmother used it. So change the size, change the stitches, and just have fun making little coin purses (for a lot more than just coins).

Materials, Tools, & Gauge

Yarn: This uses up a small amount of yarn making it a great gift item at no real addition cost. I used Red Heart, 4 ply, worsted; Country Blue, Seagrass, and Linen.

Note: As of this writing I can no longer find the Seagrass and do not know if this is just out of stock or discontinued.

Crochet Hook: The purse uses an I/9 - 5.5 mm hook, the back pocket uses G/6 - 4.25 mm hook.

Other: Yarn / Darning needle (preferred are the metal ones), and a small scissors.

Breezy Coin Purse Pattern

Note: Throughout this pattern leave nice long tail ends so you can thread your yarn needle and easily hide the ends.

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With your I/9 crochet hook, Chain (ch) 13

Row 1: Single Crochet (sc) 12 back across your chain.

Rows 2 - 3: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, 1 single crochet (sc) in each stitch across (12).

Row 4: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, 1 single crochet (sc) in the next 4 stitches. Chain (ch) 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet (sc) in the next 2 stitches. Chain (ch) 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet (sc) in the last 4 stitches.

To skip the stitch; chain (ch) 1,
skip the stitch with the needle point in it,
single crochet (sc) into the stitch with the scissors point.

Row 5: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, single crochet (sc) 12 - when you get to the hole made in the previous row, single crochet (sc) into it and around it.

At the hole made in the previous row,
single crochet (sc) into and around it,
hook position marked with my scissors point.

Rows 6 - 33: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, 1 single crochet (sc) in each stitch across (12).

Row 34: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, 1 single crochet (sc) in the next 4 stitches. Chain (ch) 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet (sc) in the next 2 stitches. Chain (ch) 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet (sc) in the last 4 stitches.

Row 35: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, single crochet (sc) 12 - when you get to the hole made by the previous row, single crochet (sc) into it and around it.

Rows 36 - 37: Chain (ch) 1 and turn, 1 single crochet (sc) in each stitch across (12).

Cut your yarn (leave a long tail end) and pull it through the last loop to finish.

Count 11 rows from both the top and bottom and put a stitch marker in them. Set this aside.

Breezy Coin Purse Outside Pocket - Done with the Breezy Blocks Stitch Pattern

With your G/6 crochet hook, Chain (ch) 13

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) across your chain (ch), 12 stitches.

Row 2: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. Skip 1, double crochet (dc) 1 across (6 double crochet)

Row 3: Chain (ch) 4 and turn. Skip 1, triple crochet (tc) 1 across (6 triple crochet)

Row 4: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. Skip 1, double crochet (dc) 1 across (6 double crochet)

Row 5: Chain (ch) 1 and turn. (single crochet around each space, and at the top of each previous double crochet) Single crochet (sc) across (12 single crochet)

** Repeat rows 2 through 5 one time. **

Sewing and Finishing the Breezy Coin Purse

Begin by centering your Breezy Block pocket between your two stitch markers on your base. It should be shorter than the two outside edges. Sew this on, starting at an upper corner, around the bottom, and back to the opposite upper corner (leave the last edge open). I just used a simple stitch going from front to back / back to front. Keep the bottom even with a row, keep the sides even (slightly inside) with the outside edge.

Fold your coin purse at the stitch markers. One side will slightly over lap the other. Line up the holes on both sides (top and bottom). I marked them with my crochet hook.

Use a simple stitch to close both sides of the Breezy Coin Purse. I've seen this stitch called a whip stitch or leather stitch. Start at one end and sew through all layers to the other end. This stitch goes over and round, from back to front, leaving visible thread on the edge.

Cut, thread your needle again, and do the other side. Use your yarn needle to hide all loose yarn.

With the edges over one another your coins are secured inside. The additional closure just adds security.


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