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Chic on the Halfshell Purse

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This free crochet pattern is perfect for spring and summer. A lightweight Chic on the Halfshell Purse can hold everything comfortably and is incredibly stylish. This trendy piece will get everyone talking and everyone will be so surprised that you made it yourself!  With simple crocheted stitches and plenty of room to hold all your warm weather accessories, this cute crocheted purse also makes a great gift for girls of all ages.  Make your purse in classic white, or mix up the colors to create something more suited to the season.  Great for budget-friendly fashionistas, this classy crocheted purse is sure to be a bag you come back to again and again!  We interviewed Drew Emborsky on FaveCrafts Radio and asked him about this project. Listen to the May 4 show to hear his tips and tricks.

Chic on the Halfshell Purse

Materials:

  • 3 oz sport weight yarn in the color of your choice
  • Size H [5.00mm] crochet hook

 

Gauge: 14 sts & 3 rows = 4” X 4” in dc.

 

Instructions:
Approximately 12” at widest point and 10” tall with handle
Divide yarn into two equal amounts and hold two strands of sport weight yarn together throughout.

Sides (Make 2)

  1. Rnd 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in fourth ch from hook, slip st to top of beginning ch. (12 dc)
     
  2. Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around. Slip st to top of beginning ch. (24 dc)
     
  3. The following are only partial rounds used to create an oblong shaped fabric.  Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st. 2 dc in next 19 sts, leaving four sts un-worked. (40 dc)
     
  4. Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in front loop of same st and in front loop of each st around. (40 sc)
     
  5. Rnd 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st around. (40 dc)
     
  6. Rnd 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in front loop of same st, *2 sc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next st* around. (60 sc)
     
  7. Rnd 7: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st around. (60 dc)
     
  8. Rnd 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in front loop of same st, *2 sc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next st* nine times. (28 sc)
     
  9. Rnd 9: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st around. (28 dc)
     
  10. Rnd 10: Ch 1, turn, sc in front loop of same st, *2 sc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next st* 12 times. (37 sc)
     
  11. Rnd 11: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st around. (37 dc) Fasten off.
     
  12. With wrong side facing, skip 23 sts on Rnd 7 and continue as follows:
     
  13. Rnd 8: Attach with a sc in the front loop of st, *2 sc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next st* nine times. (28 sc)
     
  14. Rnd 9: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st around. (28 dc)
     
  15. Rnd 10: Ch 1, turn, slip st in same st and next 2 sts, sc in front loop of next st, *2 sc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next st* 12 times. (37 sc)
     
  16. Rnd 11: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st around. (37 dc) Fasten off.

Assembly

  1. With right sides facing join together with a row of sc leaving center of purse open.
     
  2. Fasten off, turn right side out.
     
  3. Make handle by joining two sts to the right of one of the top seams.
     
  4. Crochet 22 rows of 4 sc.
     
  5. Whipstitch handle to opposite side of purse.
     
  6. Work one row of sc around sides of purse handles and around U shaped section of each side.
     
  7. Use the closure of your choice.
     
  8. The photo shows a simple snap closure sewn into the inside of the purse.

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