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Crochet Purse with Fringe

By: Caron

If you're looking for a free, easy crochet pattern for a bag, this one's for you! The crochet purse with fringe is both stylish and easy to make, and the fringe is just fabulous.

Crochet Purse with Fringe


  • M crochet hook
  • Caron International’s Pizazz #0005 Meadow: 2 balls
  • 1” toggle button
  • 9” wide piece of cardboard (or book)


single crochet

Purse Front:

  1. Leaving a 8” end, chain 15.
  2. Row 1 (right side): Turn. Ch 1. Starting second ch from hook, sc in each ch 1 space across.
  3. Row 2: Turn. Ch 1. Skip first sc. Work 1 sc in back loop of each sc across including turning ch.
  4. Row 3: Turn. Ch 1. Slip first sc. Work 1 sc in front loop of each sc across including turning ch.
  5. Repeat Rows 2 & 3 until piece measures 5”. Break off.

Purse Back:

  1. Repeat Purse back until piece measures 6½”.
  2. Shape sides of front flap: Dec 1 sc each end every row until 4 sts remain.
  3. Break off leaving a 6” end.


  1. Wind yarn around cardboard or book 26 times.
  2. Hold the bottom of the fronts and backs together, wrong sides facing, attach 7 fringes of two strands of yarn each evenly spaced so they join the front to the back.
  3. Attach 6 fringes of two strands evenly spaced to the front of the bag 1” above the lower fringe.
  4. Use the 8” from the starting chain to sew the sides of the purse.
  5. Make button loop using the 6” end. Sew on button. Strap: leaving a 6” end, ch 24 & break off leaving a 6” end.
  6. Using the 6” ends, sew the strap to the upper sides of the purse.
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Also confused, same reasons, plus the fringe looks thick in the photo, not like yarn, but I can't blow up the photo to see better. I see the other comments are from 2012, so expecting it's not being updated or answered.

Hi there, Since this pattern was submitted by a manufacturer, Caron, you will have to contact them with specific pattern-related questions. Their website can be found by clicking on the word "Caron" below the project title on this page. Thanks!

Yes, I agree. I can't picture how to attach fringe onto front and back side. Please clarify. I really like the purse.

The Finishing instructions are not clear at all. "wind yarn around cardboard...." then do what? cut them/tie them?


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