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Chic on the Halfshell Purse

By: Drew Emborsky

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


  • 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.


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.


  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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This is a very different design for a mini bag. It is very cute! Wouldn't this be a nice gift for a teacher or a neighbor? I can see it in a rainbow of colors, but that is just my personal opinion. It should not take too much yarn to work this up!

I must say I didn't have a problem with the instructions , though I can see where some might. Mine turned out just like the picture. Thank you!

Hi I'm dee, you say that you made the purse, well I'm on round 8 where it says do 9 times, well the more I crochet, it starts bunching up looking like a ruffle! Is that the shape it should take till I put it together with the second piece? can you explain, I'm not having any luck with these instructions-very frustrating/ thank you

Very nice purse, but the pattern really needs a go-though for proper write-up it is very difficult to follow. An inexperienced crocheter will not be able to notice discrepancies and do re-writes for a workable project.

I fell in love with this pattern and have been crocheting for over 45 years...I have tried this pattern five times without any luck. This pattern should have been proofed before posting it. There is no mention of which is considered the top or bottom row 23 and what about row 16...say what. the end product doesn't look, anything like the photo....too bad.

Hi everybody, I posted on The Crochet Dude's fb page, pics of the purse illustrating where the stitches are to be counted. Will post more to show each stage. K?

Tearina I tried to go to the Facebook link, but no luck. Would it have been around the Dec. , 2011 date? I knit more than I crochet, so have not come across a direction that has me connecting to a stitch several rows back. Thanks

@rraymor, We suggest you try contacting the pattern designer directly for help. The designer is specified in the byline. I hope this helps! --Editor of FaveCrafts

having trouble figuring out the pattern from #13 on

It looks to me like you are supposed to go back to Rnd 8. So instead of where it says Rnd 8, I would have written: Go back to Rnd 8 Continue to Rnd 9 Continue to Rnd 10 Continue to Rnd 11 I have not made this yet, but noticed the confusion right away. I think if this crochets-up successfully, I will do a proper handle (either a round tortoise-colored plastic, or willow inserted between a double layer of 4-across sc to add firmness to it)

@tatianacarrete 5265782: Unfortunately, we are unable to translate our patterns into any other language at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. -- Editor of FaveCrafts

My name is Tatiana and Im from Argentina, Buenos Aires. Id like to know if it is possible to have this translation, I really like this bag and it is very difficult to me because Im new in crochets. (Chic on the Halfshell Purse). Thank you very much.-

This is my first time trying to make your halfshell purse from your patterns. Do you have any pictures for making the sides, having a problem when I reached number 11 Rnd10 to the end including the assembly. Thank you Connie

Hi seymorporter 1151523, The link seems to be working fine. You should be able to just press the play button to hear the radio show. Drew may not be the first guest on though. -Editors of FaveCrafts

I am interested in making the purse in the picture, When I clicked on the link to listen to Drew Emborsky talk about it I couldn't connect. I just got a page showing me other items I could make. I especially like what he did with the sides and the handles of the purse and would like to hear what he has to say.


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