Free Crochet Pattern – Small Crocodile Stitch Purse

Combo purseThis pattern was created almost 2 years ago. I made the purse pictured above left, but never tested the pattern. I decided to do that recently. OMG! What a lot of corrections. I will never publish a pattern again without testing it at least once. The test purse I made (on the right) is mostly the same, but as you can see, I changed the strap to a wristlet and widened the flap. I have a difficult time making the same thing twice, which was why I did not test the pattern before.

If you make a purse using the pattern, please let me know in the comments and post a photo.

Pink purse yarn: Rosario Multi-metallic, Mini-boucle with metallic strand
Green purse yarn: Verde Collection, Seedling, 100% organic cotton

Small Purse, Partial Crocodile Stitch

Finished Size
6 ¾ inches wide by 4 ½ inches high

Type yarn – worsted
Needle size – H8 (5 mm)
Amount of yarn required – 2 skeins (110 yards)
Gauge – 10 rows of 16 SC = 4” x 4”

Abbreviations
CH – chain
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
ST – stitch
SK – skip
YO – yarn over

Purse Body
CH 54
Row 1: DC in 4th CH from hook, DC to end (51 sts), CH 3 (counts as 1 DC), turn
(option: 51 sts of chainless DC. See video below to learn how)

Row 2: SK 1 ST, DC to end, CH 3 (counts as 1 DC), turn
Row 3: SK 1 ST, DC to end, CH 1, turn
Row 4: SC in first DC * CH 1, SK 1, (DC, CH 1, DC in same ST, CH 1), SK 1, SC; repeat from * to last SC, SC in top of CH 3 (last ST in row), CH 1, turn
Row 5: SC in first SC, *4 DC around first DC post, ch 1, 4 DC around next DC post, CH 1, SC in SC; repeat from * to end of row, CH 1, turn
Row 6: SC in first SC, CH 1, * SC in ch 1 space between 2 DCs in last row, (ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC in same ST) in next SC; repeat from * to 2nd ST from end, 2 SC, CH 1, turn
Row 7: 3 SC, *4 DC around DC post, ch 1, 4 DC around DC post, SC in SC; repeat from * to 2nd ST from end, CH 1, SC, CH 1, turn
Row 8: SC in first SC, CH 1, SK 1, *DC in SC, CH 1, DC in same stitch, CH 1, SC in CH 1 space between 2 DCs, CH 1; repeat from * to 2nd ST from end, CH 1, SC, CH 1, turn
Row 9: SC in first SC, *4 DC around DC post, CH 1, 4 DC around DC post, SC in SC; repeat from * to end, CH 1, turn
Row 10: SC in first SC and each ST across to end, CH 3, turn (51 sts)
Row 11 – 14: SK 1 ST, DC in next ST, DC to end of row, CH 3, turn
Row 15: SK 1 ST, DC to end of row, tie off

Flap
CH 11
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC to end of row, CH 1, turn (10 STs)
(option: 10 STs of chainless SC. See video below to learn how)

Row 2 -7: SC to end of row, CH 1, turn
Row 8: Draw up loop in 1st ST and 2nd ST, YO, pull through loops on hook (decrease completed), SC across to next to last ST, draw up loop in next to last ST and last ST, YO, pull through loops on hook (decrease completed); CH 1, turn (8 STs)
Row 9: SC to end of row, CH 1, turn
Row 10: Repeat row 8 (6 STs)
Row 11: Repeat row 8 (4 STs)
Row 12: SC, CH 2 (Buttonhole), SC, CH 1, turn
Row 13: SC, 2 SC in CH 2 space, SC, tie off

Strap
CH 5
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC to end of row, CH 1, turn
(option: 4 sts of chainless SC)
Row 2: SC in first SC and across to end of row, CH 1, turn
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 19 ½ inches, tie off

Finishing
Sew body together to make right side seam. Center flap on one side of purse body and sew in place. Sew strap to right side seam and left midpoint. Sew button under buttonhole.

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