How to make a simple crochet purse – a crochet step by step tutorial
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Designed by: Paula Ziemska
Colourful, crochet purses have stolen our hearts for a long time. Thanks to them our streets are not boring and repetitive. We all like to have something original! And now it’s the perfect time to learn how to make a crochet purse. Why? Because Paula Ziemska has prepared a fantastic crochet tutorial for you! Warning – you may love crochet and then you definitely won’t settle for just one purse. So we invite everyone who is determined to start a crochet adventure.
Supplies used in this project:
- YarnArt Ribbon yarn (I’ve chosen a green one)
- 2 key ring bases
- size 5/5.5 crochet hook
- some decorative things (I used a long tassel and pompoms)
- several jump rings in a colour of the key ring bases
I present you my tutorial!
As you have learnt how to make a crochet purse, you can make a bigger or smaller one, use many colours of yarns and decorate it in various ways. Due to that it will be yours and unique. The purpose of this tutorial is to teach you some new skills and then you will be able to use them any way you want. Let’s do this!
To begin, chain 25 leaving about a 50cm long tail – it will be used later to stitch one side of your purse.
As you have chained 25, turn your work. Make the 1st double crochet (DC) in the 2nd chain from the hook (marked in the picture). Insert your crochet hook through this chain, wrap the yarn around it, pull it back, wrap the yarn around it again and pull it through both loops. Continue as you have crocheted a whole row of 24 double crochets (DCs).
Row 2 (the 1st increase)
Turn your work to start a new row and make the 1st DC in the 1st stitch putting your crochet hook under two strands. You may put the hook under the top strand – the following rows will be raised then. Make 12 DCs.
It’s time to increase your work. Make 2 DCs in the 13th stitch, and then continue making 1 DC in each stitch until the end of the row. You should have 25 DCs in this row.
Make the 1st DC in the 1st stitch. Make 12 DCs. Make 2 DCs in the 13th stitch and then continue making 1 DC in each stitch until the end of the row. You should have 26 DCs in this row.
Continue the crochet this way until you have 34 DCs in a row.
27 DCs, increase in the 14th stitch.
28 DCs, increase in the 14th stitch.
29 DCs, increase in the 15th stitch.
30 DCs, increase in the 15th stitch.
31 DCs, increase in the 16th stitch.
32 DCs, increase in the 16th stitch.
33 DCs, increase in the 17th stitch.
34 DCs, increase in the 17th stitch. This is the end of increasing.
Starting from the 12th row, crochet 4 rows making 34 DCs in each row. We don’t increase or decrease here.
Here we stop. We’ve made over a half of our purse. Now we need to flatten it. Starting from the 16th row we will decrease each row by 1 DC to get our starting amount of DCs, that is 24.
Make 17 DCs. Then we need to decrease – you need to crochet the 18th and 19th stitches together. Continue making DCs. You should have 33 DCs.
Make 16 DCs, decrease in the 17th and 18th stitches. You should have 32 stitches now.
Make 16 DCs, decrease in the 17th and 18th stitches. You should have 31 stitches now.
Make 15 DCs, decrease in the 16th and 17th stitches. You should have 30 stitches now.
Make 15 DCs, decrease in the 16th and 17th stitches. You should have 29 stitches now.
Make 14 DCs, decrease in the 15th and 16th stitches. You should have 28 stitches now.
Make 14 DCs, decrease in the 15th and 16th stitches. You should have 27 stitches now.
Make 13 DCs, decrease in the 14th and 15th stitches. You should have 26 stitches now.
Make 13 DCs, decrease in the 14th and 15th stitches. You should have 25 stitches now.
Make 12 DCs, decrease in the 13th and 14th stitches. You should have 24 stitches now.
We have finished the basic element of our purse. Double the purse, as shown in the picture – it should lay nicely. As you’ve done this, it’s time to stitch the sides of your purse.
Start from the beginning of your work. Put both sides together, make sure the stitches lay nicely. Thread in a needle with the yarn and stitch inserting the needle under both stitches. Pull the thread and repeat this step until the end of the row.
You’ve stitched one side, it’s time for the 2nd one. This might not be easy, because the end of the yarn is still in the spool. Cut about 50cm of yarn and stitch this side as it was done previously.
Pass the needle with the yarns through several stitches and trim.
The purse won’t unweave even if you put lots of things inside.
Turn your purse inside out. We need to finish our bag which will take 5 rows of slip stitches (SSs).
Insert your hook through one of the purse’s sides wrap the yarn around it and pull it back. Stitch both sides together inserting the hook in the middle of a stitch and under the connecting string alternately. As you have completed this row, make another one inserting your hook in the top part of the stitch. Make 2 rows this way.
While starting the 10th row we need to attach (stitch) the jumps rings which the belt will be attached to. You don’t need to do it my way. You may thread them through a finished purse. If you choose the 2nd option, make 2 more rows of SSs (so there are 5 rows in total). If you choose to do it my way, let’s move on below.
We need 3 stitches to attach a jump ring. Put the jump ring to the purse to choose the best place for it so that the purse won’t deform. Pull the yarn behind the jump ring and make a SS. Make another one in a standard way, and the last one through the stitch behind the jump ring. The jump ring should be stitched with 2 SSs (as shown in the picture). Continue making SSs until you have reached the side of your purse. Repeat the steps to attach the 2nd jump ring. Then, make the last, 5th, row of SSs.
Thread in the needle with the yarn, pass through the last crochet stitch and pass through the nearest stitch towards the inside part of the purse. Pass the needle with the yarn through several stitches to secure it and trim.
The purse itself is finished. It’s not a big one, but you can put a small wallet, a mobile phone and keys inside. Of course, you may change the size of the purse the way you like it – just chain a bigger number of stitches at the beginning and then continue crocheting according to the pattern.
And now – a few decorations, a clasp and a belt.
I attached a bottle green tassel. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to make tassels of the Ribbon yarn, because the endings tend to fray.
The clasp is up to you. You may use a magnetic one or a piece of cord pulled through the front and the back sides of the purse (as I did). I also attached a bail to the cord which I attached several green pompoms to.
And now, a few tips how to choose a yarn. I must admit, when I ordered my first Ribbon skein (just to try it) I was very disappointed and threw it aside. I didn’t like it at all. A few days ago, having no other option, I took it out and tried to make something with it. I made a purse for myself which I am really satisfied with.
The yarn is not thick, it’s soft and crochet with it is fast and pleasant. And it’s very efficient. I used 2/3 of skein to make this purse.
We warned you, didn’t we? We’re sure that now, since you know how to make a crochet purse, you are thinking about making another one. You’re thinking about beautiful, colourful cords and yarns. Don’t worry – crochet love is one of the best things which may happen to you. It will result in great pride of your finished pieces which you can find on our Facebook group.
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