This project was inspired by the Chevron Soda Can Cozy I crocheted for a friend, and is part of my Chevron Accessories in the Round series which includes the soda can cozy, a water bottle cozy and more fun totes, bags and baskets!
Abbreviations: ~US Terminology~
(...) - work the stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed
[...] - work stitches between the brackets how ever many times called for
Gauge / Sizing:
Or work the first 9 rnds (a.k.a. the base) of the instructions below. You should end up with similar measurements like these:
6” (15 cm) Circumference; 1.9” (4 cm) Diameter.
Note: This is just an approximate size. Your gauge will be the determining factor for your project size, and it’s perfectly all right if your coin purse is a bit bigger or smaller than this one!
- This purse is worked in rnds. The base section is worked in continuous rnds, where you work in a spiral – round and round in the same direction. The chevron section is worked as joining rounds, where you sl st join, ch 1 and turn.
- Side facing you as you crochet the base section equals the WS. ODD rnds of the chevron section equal the RS.
- For the chevron section, change colours at the end the rnd by either A) ch 1, and f/o at the end of the rnd, make a slip knot with next colour and sc attach to the first st for new rnd, OR B) avoid weaving in tails by switching to the new colour as you finish the last st or turning ch of the rnd. I recommend B.
Coin Purse Instructions:
Starting the Base Section – using whichever colour you would like the base to have – work in continuous rnds...
rnd 1: sc 6 into a magic circle (6 sts).
rnd 2: sc 2 in each st around (12 sts).
rnd 3: [sc, sc 2 in next st] x 6 (18 sts).
rnd 4: [sc 2, sc 2 in next st] x 6 (24 sts).
rnd 5: [sc 3, sc 2 in next st] x 6 (30 sts).
rnd 6: [sc 4, sc 2 in next st] x 6 (36 sts).
rnd 7: [sc 5, sc 2 in next st] x 6 (42 sts).
rnd 8: [sc 6, sc 2 in next st] x 6 (48 sts).
rnd 9: [sc 7, sc 2 in next st] x 6, sl st join to first st of rnd, ch 1, turn (54 sts).
Starting the Chevron Section...
From here, you will sl st join to first st of rnd, ch 1 and turn at the end of each rnd. Change colours as frequently as you like – I recommend doing at least 2 rnds (or even rnds) in one colour before switching.
Simply switch colours as you work the ch 1, turn at the end of the rnd. Carry the dropped colour up as you complete each rnd, so that it is ready for the switch and so you don’t have to weave in as many ends in later.
rnd 10: work this rnd in BL only – [sc, hdc, dc 2, (tr, dtr, tr) in next st, dc 2, hdc, sc] rep around for a total of 6 times, sl st join to first st of rnd, switch colour, ch 1, turn (66 sts). *Stitch count from here on is the same as this rnd.
rnd 11-22: sk first st, [*sc 4, sc 3 in next st, sc 4,** sk 2 sts] rep around for a total of 5 times, rep from * to **, sk last st, sl st join to first st of rnd, switch colour here or keep going with current colour, ch 1, turn. Continue to the finishing touches...
Colour change pattern for the above pictured coin purse:
First 10 rnds are worked in colour A. Then, follow this rep – 2 rnds colour B, 2 rnds colour A.
Finishing Touches – Adding a Drawstring Instructions:
In colour of choosing (or another fun idea is to pick up both colours in the last ch and work the final rnd with both)...
final rnd: [sc, ch 5, sk 4 sts, sc, ch 3, sc in same st as last sc, ch 5, sk 4 sts, sc] rep around for a total of 6 times, sl st join to first st of rnd, f/o (18 ch sps).
Weave in all ends. Then proceed to make two strings in any method you prefer. You can either make a chain string or a braid string.
Here are some suggested methods for making them:
- To make a chain string, ch until your chain is just a little bit longer than the circumference of the purse or bag.
- To make a braid string, cut 3 or 6 lengths of thread per braid string to 12” or 30 cm, which is roughly 1.5 times longer than the circumference of the purse. Proceed to make a standard 3-strand braid. If you can avoid knotting the starting ends, or at least make a loose starting knot, you can save having a bulky knot when you tie the ends tog.
Let’s add your stings to the bag! With a tapestry needle, begin weaving the first string in and out through each of the ch-5-sps of the final round until you come back to where you started. Tie the ends of the string together, trim if necessary. Repeat for the second string, but start at the opposite end. Pull on ends to close the bag.
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