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Perfectly Pretty Crochet Purse Pattern

By: Sue from Crochet Addict

You'll never need another bag when you make this Perfectly Pretty Crochet Purse Pattern. The simple design and single yarn color make this a perfect project for a beginner. If you want to personalize your crochet tote bag pattern, simply add a flower to the outside. You can throw all of your most important items in the bag and not worry that they will get lost. This is also a great gift idea for a friend or family member. Free bag patterns like this one do not come around very often, so take full advantage and enjoy this quick and easy crochet project.

Primary TechniqueCrochet

Easy

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Materials:

  • 5 mm (H) hook
  • Aaron (Worsted/10 ply) Yarn
  • Stitch marker
  • Wool needle
  • Button

 

Guidelines

  • At the end of each round join with a slip stitch
  • Mark the start of each round and then move marker as a round is completed.

Abbreviations

  • HK – hook CH – chain
  • SS – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • SC DEC – Single Crochet Decrease
  • DC - Double Crochet * * repeat the instructions within

Gauge
6 sts x 8 rows = 2”

Approximate Size
18.5cm (7 ¼”) width & height  strap – 2.5cm (1”) width x 110cm (43 ½”)

Approximate Yardage
205 yards – 230 yards

 

Instructions:

Ch 26
Round 1) 1 sc In 2nd ch from hk (mark with a stitch marker and move up with the start of each round), 23 sc, 3 sc in last ch (carry on down the other side of the ch), 23 sc, 2 sc in last ch, join with a ss to the tp of the 1st sc (52)
Round 2 – 5)  Ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 51 sc, join with ss to 1st sc (52)
Round 6) Ch 1, 1 sc in same stitch, 1 dc, *1 sc, 1 dc* x 25, ss to join to 1st sc (52)
Round 7) Ch 1, 1 dc in same stitch, 1 sc, *1 dc, 1 sc* x 25, ss to join to 1st sc (52)
Rounds 8 – 23) Repeat rows 6 & 7
Round 24 - 27) Ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 dc, *1 sc, 1 dc* x 12, turn (26)
Round 28) ch 1, 1 sc dec, *1 sc, 1 dc* x 11, 1 sc dec, turn (24)
Round 29) ch 1, 1 sc dec, *1 dc, 1 sc* x 9, 1 sc dec, turn (22)
Round 30) ch 1, 1 sc dec, *1 sc, 1 dc* x 7, 1 sc dec, turn (20)
Round 31) ch 1, 1 sc dec, *1 dc, 1 sc* x 5, 1 sc dec, turn (18)
Round 32) ch 1, 9 ss, ch 6, 1 ss in nxt st, 7 ss, finish
Shoulder Strap
5mm (H) hook & Cream Aaron Yarn
Ch 91
Round 1) 1 sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 dc, * 1 sc, 1 dc* x 44 across, turn (45)
Round 2) ch 1, *1 sc, 1 dc* x 45m turn (45)
Round 3) ch 1, ss around the whole of the strap, finish (96)

Attach the strap to the bag & a button

 

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I think I figured it out...we are working in rounds and the original chain is the actual bottom of the purse?

What does it mean "carry on down the other side of the chain?"

I would make this in sky blue - my favorite color.

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