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Child Size Purse: Free Crochet Pattern

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Since we’re on a bag kick lately, I decided that we couldn’t leave out the littles with the things they want to carry around! If you’ve got a little one wanting their very own purse, then this free child size purse pattern is for you!

Materials:

Cotton yarn
-approx 185 yards (less than one Caron Cotton Cakes Pictured)
Crochet hook in size G/4mm
Crochet hook in size H/5mm
Stitch markers

Notes:

For the bottom and top of the bag we are working in spirals, NOT joining at the end of each row.
For the body of the bag we are joining and turning to create the star stitch.
Pattern written using US terms.

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Finished Dimensions:

Approx. 8” wide and 7” tall.

Pattern:

Starting with the G/4mm hook and solid color

Round 1: Ch-23. 6hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 20 sts, 6hdc in last. Turn to work up other side: hdc in next 20 sts. Do not join. (52)

Round 2: * hdc in next, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * 2 more times, hdc in next 20 sts. Repeat between * * 3 times, hdc in next 20 sts. Do not join. (58)

Round 3: Hdc in first st. * hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * 2 more times, hdc in 20 sts. Repeat between * * 3 times, hdc in next 19 sts. Do not join. (64)

Round 4: Hdc in first st. * hdc in 3 sts, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * 2 more times, hdc in 20 sts. Repeat between * * 3 times, hdc in next 19 sts. Do not join. (70)

With contrasting color AND the H/5mm hook join to top of first hdc. 

Row 5: Ch-3, pull up a loop in 2nd, front loop of 3rd, back loop of 3rd, first actual st and next st. (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all loops. Ch-1. * Pull up a loop in center of last star st, side of last star st, bottom of star st (same as last loop of the previous star), in next st and next st. (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all loops. Ch-1. * Repeat between * * around. Sc in same as last st. Join to top of first star st. (35 star sts)

Row 6: ch-1, turn, 2 hdc in center of each star st. Join to top of first hdc with sl st. (70)

Row 7: Ch-3, turn, pull up a loop in 2nd, front loop of 3rd, back loop of 3rd, first actual st and next st. (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all loops. Ch-1. * Pull up a loop in center of last star st, side of last star st, bottom of star st (same as last loop of the previous star), in next st and next st. (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all loops. Ch-1. * Repeat between * * around. Sc in same as last st. Join to top of first star st. (35 Star sts)

Repeat rows 6 & 7 six times.

Repeat row 6. (8 complete rows of star stitches)

Top of bag:

With base color AND the G/4mm hook

Row 1: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Do not join. Work in spiral using stitch markers to mark first st of row.

Rows 2 – 5: hdc in each st around.

Row 6: Sc in each st around. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Straps:

Row 1: Ch-7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in across. (6)
Rows 2 – about 31” in length: Ch-1, turn, sc in each to end. (6)

Position strap on opposite sides and sew to into place.

Can you believe that this took just 185 yards of cotton? Less than ONE Caron Cotton Cake! I just love it, and I hope your little one does too!

Will you be adding a lining, zipper, or a button closure? Maybe all three? With or without, this is a great, fun, and satisfying project you could whip out in an afternoon. My favorite! Thank you, Susan, for testing and sharing your photos with us! She’s a doll!

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13 Comments

  1. Hi, wanting to make this a bit bigger, how would that work? Would I just add extra stitches or follow another pattern? Thanks
  2. Am I reading this wrong? 6hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 20 sts, 6hdc Does that equal 32? Not 52? I wanted to make sure I was doing this righ?
    1. Hi Ruth! You will ultimately be working an oval around the entire starting chain. So, 6 hdc in the 2nd chain from the hook, hdc in the next 20 chains, 6 hdc in the last chain, then working across the bottom of those chains, you will hdc in the next 20 chains....for a total of 52 stitches
  3. Love this pattern...how do I avoid the large hole that forms in rnd 1 from "6hdc in 2nd ch from hook"? Thank you!
  4. Hello, this purse is so cute! My little girl asked me to make it but I am only a beginner. I was wondering if you had a video on this? I am not really understanding it. :(
    1. Hi Jessica! This pattern is scaled down size of the Life's a Beach Bag which does have a video...you will just need to substitute the chain/stitch counts to the purse size. Here is the link to that video: https://youtu.be/zxE8k52Vozw
  5. Hi love this but I'm confused by the pattern. In round 2, what do you repeat 3 times? Do you do hex, then 2hdc, then 20 hdc, then repeat the whole thing 3times?
    1. Hi Arlene! You will do (hdc in the next, 2 hdc in the next) 3 times, then the 20 hdc to finish that round. Hope this helps!
  6. Is it possible to add a zipper or something on the bag so it can be closed? If so, what kind of closure would you recommend? Thank you very much.