We’ve all heard that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so today we are going to whip up a Girl’s Best Friend Purse which features – you guessed it – the diamond stitch! The texture of this handbag is simply divine. There is a child size, an adult size, and there is even a matching coin purse!
Girl’s Best Friend Crossbody Purse
The free crochet pattern for this crossbody purse is perfect for yourself or the little lady in your life. For this bag we are using the diamond stitch, a stitch that gives an amazing texture and depth, and isn’t too awfully difficult to master. Once you get the rhythm of the stitch set down you’ll be done in no time.
Make the matching coin purse and you’re ready to hit the town! ♥
Cotton or Cotton blend yarn. For the adult size, I used approximately 232 yards of CotLin yarn (size 3, Cotton/Linen blend) in the “Mustard Seed” colorway. That’s less than two skeins for the adult size purse!
For the child size, I used approximately 140 yards of Dishie Cotton (size 4, 100% cotton) in the “Eggplant” colorway.
For the coin purse, I used approximately 26 yards of yarn. That means that I used less than ONE skein of Dishie Cotton yarn in order to make both the child size purse (including straps!) AND the matching coin purse!
Crochet hook in size G/4mm (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Optional – Fabric for lining the bag. A Fat Quarter like these work perfectly!
Optional – Zipper
-7″ all purpose zipper for coin purse
-7″ all purpose zipper for child size
-9″ all purpose zipper for full size
*for the Mustard Seed CotLin bag I chose the Polyester “Mine Gold” zipper to match.
Optional for strap:
Metal chain (like these, I chose 47″ length)
Gauge: 19 scs in 4″ and 6 sc rows in 1″
Pattern written in US terms.
This pattern features the diamond stitch. A tutorial for this stitch can be found here.
Coin purse approx. 4″ wide and 3″ tall. (It is perfectly wide enough to hold my credit cards and ID – in case you, too, rarely use cash and carry coins.)
Child size approx. 6″ diameter and 6″ tall.
Adult size approx. 8″ diameter and 9.5″ tall.
Note that the CotLin yarn is a bit thinner than the Dishie cotton. If you use Dishie for the adult size, it will turn out slightly larger than the dimensions listed above.
Sizes: (Coin, Child, Adult)
Round 1: Ch-(15, 27, 35). 2sc in 2nd ch from hook (mark the first st with a st marker), sc in next (12, 24, 32) sts. 4sc in last chain. Working up the opposite side of chain, sc in next (12, 24, 32) sts. 2sc in same as first 2 sts. Do not join, work in a spiral throughout. (32, 56, 72)
Rounds 2 through (4, 6, 6): Sc in each st around. (32, 56, 72)
*In round (4, 6, 6), mark the 3rd st made and the (31st, 55th, 71st) st made. These will be the posts used in round (6, 8, 8).
Round (5, 7, 7): Sl st in next st, Ch-2, turn, dc in each st around. Join to top of first dc with sl st. (32, 56, 72)
Round (6, 8, 8): Ch-1, turn, Fptr2tog using (31st, 55th, 71st) st from round (4, 6, 6) and 3rd st from row (4, 6, 6). * sc in next 3 sts, Fptr2tog (using same st from round (4, 6, 6), skip 3 sts, and next st from round (4, 6, 6)) * repeat between * * (6, 12, 16) more times. Sc in next 3 sts. Join to top of first Fptr with sl st. (32, 56, 72)
Remember, if you need help with this stitch, there is a tutorial for the Diamond Stitch here.
Round (7, 9, 9): Ch-2, turn, dc in each st around. Join to top of first dc. (32, 56, 72)
Round (8, 10, 10): sl st in next st. Ch-1, turn, * Fptr2tog using posts from previous post stitch row (to form a diamond shape as pictured below), sc in next 3 sts * repeat between * * (7, 13, 17) more times. Join to top of first Fptr2tog with sl st. (32, 56, 72)
*it is important to make sure the first 3 scs of the row are correctly placed so that all post stitches (the top of the diamond) are positioned directly above the bottom point.
Rounds (9, 11, 11) – (10, 18, 30): alternate the previous two rounds. (32, 56, 72)
Rounds (11, 19, 31) – (12, 21, 33): Do not turn, sc in each st around. Do not join, work in a spiral for remainder. (32, 56, 72)
Round (13, 22, 34): sc in each st around, going through 4 sts for each side D-Ring. (32, 56, 72)
Rounds (14, 23, 35) – ( – , 24, 36): sc in each st around. (32, 56, 72)
To finish, sc until you reach the side of the piece. Sl st in next 3 sts, fasten off and weave in all ends.
For the child size purse I made three separate chains, all 110 sts long. I then braided them into one strand, looped around the D-Ring and securely sewed into place.
For the adult size I used a steel chain (similar to this). I made a chain 200 sts long and wove it through the chain to tie in that color. Secure the ends and clip the strap onto your bag!
If desired, add a zipper and lining to your bag as in this tutorial. I hope you love this pattern and make many of them! Please share with me in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook or by tagging @HeartHookHome across all social media.