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Beginners Crochet Purse

This Crochet Purse pattern is one of the free, beginners crochet patterns on our website. It is mostly half double crochet (hdc), with a small amount of single crochet (sc), and uses the slip stitch (sl st) to close it and to create the drawstrings. The crochet handbag, finished, measures 7 inches across and 11 inches tall. It's the perfect little handbag to throw personal care items or make-up in, carry your camera, take to the beach with lotions, or make some as gift bags. I personally like this size for a lunch bag.

All beginner crochet patterns, on this website, are written in full language with abbreviations in parenthesis. Its helpful to read through the entire pattern before you begin.

Materials, Tools & Gauge for the Beginners Crochet Purse

* Yarn: At least 4 ounces of any worsted, 4 ply yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver Fleck - Aran Fleck. If your stitches are naturally a little more loose you may want to have 5 ounces on hand (just in case).

* Hook: A size I / 9 - 5.50 mm Crochet Hook. If you go with a smaller crochet hook (like size H / 8 - 5.00 mm) your stitches will be a little tighter and your crochet handbag will be a little smaller. Naturally, a larger hook (like size J / 10 - 6.00 mm) will make looser stitches and a slightly larger purse. I would not go lower than size H or higher than size J.

* Other: A small scissors (any scissors will do, you just need it to cut the yarn).

* Gauge: Gauge is not important in this crochet purse pattern.

Pattern & Beginners Instruction

If you are using a 'pull skein' (a skein of yarn that has a center thread that you can pull out - rather than using an outside thread) pull a few feet out to make sure it isn't knotting on the inside.

Chain (ch) 66 stitches.

Row 1: Crocheting into the Chain (ch) - Single Crochet (sc) in the second chain (ch) from the crochet hook, and across the chain (ch) for a total of 65 single crochet (sc) stitches.

Rows 2 - 5: Chain (ch) 1 and turn your work getting ready to single crochet (sc) back the other way. Picking up both loops at the top of each stitch, you will single crochet (sc), 65 stitches, back across. This would be row number 2 - repeat it again for rows 3 - 5.

These rows form the bottom of the crochet purse.

Working the Ripple in Half Double Crochet

Row 6: Chain (ch) 1 and turn your work.

(NOTE: Most patterns will call for you to chain (ch) 2 and turn your work, when using half double crochet (hdc). This crochet purse pattern uses a chain (ch) 1, to form a tighter side, making the seam you will sew at the end of the project - sturdier.)

Work a half double crochet (hdc) in the second stitch from the hook (in other words, you'll be skipping the first stitch location).

In this picture it looks like 3 because I've already done my chain (ch) 1 and I've pulled the crochet hook to the right to give you a better view.

And - work a half double crochet (hdc) in the next 3 stitches.

Work 3 half double crochet (hdc) in the next stitch.

Crochet 1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next 4 stitches.

Skip 2 stitches and do 1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next 4 stitches.

I bet you've figured out the stitch pattern you'll be following to make this crochet purse.

1 Half Double Crochet (hdc) in 4 stitches.

3 Half Double Crochet (hdc) in the next stitch.

1 Half Double Crochet (hdc) in 4 stitches.

Skip 2 stitches.

Continue to the end.

You will have 6 ripples (as pictured below).

(It may be easier to have a piece of scratch paper handy and log your rows with a hash mark on the paper. What you just finished would be row number 6.)

Rows 7 - 28: You will simply continue the ripple pattern until you reach the desired number of rows. And, you don't have to go a total of 20 rows. If you want your crochet purse to be taller - keep going. If you want it to be more squat - stop. One of the nice things about this pattern is that you can improvise easily and truly make your drawstring crochet handbag exactly what YOU want it to be.

There are only 2 tricky areas to keep in mind:

1. At the Beginning of Each Row

At the beginning, after you've chained (ch) 1 and have turned your work - you will always skip the first stitch and then do your 4 half double crochet (hdc) stitches to the first peak.

Also make sure you are picking up the TOP 2 loops as you crochet across.

See the instructions for half double crochet for further details on hook placement.

2. At the End of Each Row

From now on you will skip the second to the last stitch and half double crochet (hdc) into the last stitch. This can sometimes be hard to see because you are only chaining (ch) 1 and turning, so be careful here.

You can't really see the skipped stitch but it is important to keep the pattern even and keep your side even.

Putting It Together

This little crochet purse is designed as a beginner's pattern. If you have more experience crocheting and would like to sew the seam (mattress stitch works best) feel free to skip this section and sew your seam.


After 28 rows you're piece should look like this.

Fold your newly crocheted fabric in half with the edges together.

Sew down the straight side using a Slip Stitch (sl st). Be careful to keep the sides even.

This shows what the slip stitched seam looks like down to the single crochet (sc) edge.

In that corner do 3 single crochet (sc) stitches.

Then slip stitch (sl st) the bottom edge together.

Snip your yarn. I tie the two strings together in a knot for a little extra security. Then I trim them to about an inch. No need to weave them into the fabric as they will be inside the purse.

Turn your crochet purse right side out and shape your seams a little so they straighten up. I do this by just pushing on them a little bit.

Making the Drawstrings

You will make 2.

Chain (ch) 101 - then slip stitch (sl st) back for a total of 100 stitches.

You can use a Yarn needle to hide the ends for a nice tight look, or you can use your crochet hook to weave them in. I prefer using a yarn needle.

Weaving The Drawstrings into the Crochet Handbag

There is a small space at the top of Ripple. Count down about 4 or 5 rows and use that space to string the drawstrings. One drawstring weaves into the purse so the ends come out on the right side, the other so the ends come out on the left side. Use the same holes to weave the drawstrings, however arrange them so one is on the inside and the other is on the outside.

By weaving them this way all you have to do is pull on the opposite strings and the purse will close.

Decorate your purse however you like, or leave it as it is. You can sew on beads, crocheted flowers, pockets, tassels on the end of the drawstrings, or fringe on the bottom of the purse. A very good friend of mine would sew on pieces of jewelry or earrings that no longer had a mate. If you also sew your own clothing create a pocket from the fabric of a new outfit. The possibilities are endless - let your imagination run wild.

Remember to check washing instructions on the fiber you purchased. Do not over dry your hand made items as this can cause shrinkage or puckering. If your handbag ever loses it's shape wet it completely and block it to shape again. To do so place it on a clean, white towel and gently pull it into shape. Allow it to air dry and it will hold it's shape again.

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