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Designed by S. Guess
Posted to CP with permission 5/96

Approximate size of purse, without fringe and handles: 5 3/5" X 5 1/2"

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate. It takes about 4 hours to make.

Luster Sheen (or sportweight yarn) in any color, 50 gms/1.75 oz ball for each purse.
Aluminum B and D crochet hooks.
Assorted beads, pearls, and metallic thread for fringe decoration

Lining: Silk Ribbon by Bucilla. (The 12-1/2" x 20" size package is enough for 3 purses.)
Sewing thread and needle

Beginning Cluster Ch 4 for first trc. Holding back last 2 loops on each stitch, make 2 trc in same ch 2 space. Yarn over and pull through remaining loops on hook, ch 1. 3-tr Cluster: Holding back last loop of each st, make 3 tr in space or stitch specified in pattern. Then thread over and pull through all remaining loops.

Purse Lining: Make the lining first in order to use it as a gauge when you crochet the front and back sections.

Cut lining to 12-1/2" x 6 1/2" section. Fold in half to make a square. Round out the lower corners of the lining along the fold side. (This will become the bottom part of the purse.) Turn under the top edge 1/4 inch and stitch hem. Turn under same edge again 1/4" to 3/8" and sew again. Pin remaining edges of lining together. Stitch a tiny seam (1/8"-1/4") around the purse, leaving hemmed edge free. Trim close to stitching, being careful not to cut the stitches. Turn purse right sides out. Make a French Seam as follows: Being careful not to catch previous seams sew around the purse again, this time using a 1/4"-3/8" seam. Measures about 5" x 4 3/4".

Using "B" hook, ch 8 and join to form loop.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 for first dc. 1 dc in loop, ch 1. In same loop, 2 dc, 1 ch (7 more times). Join to top of ch 3. (Makes 8 pairs of 2 dc, 1 ch.)

Rnd 2: Slip stitch to ch 1 space. Ch 4 for first tr. 2 tr, ch 3 in same ch 1 space. * In next ch 1 space, make 3 tr, ch 3. Repeat from * around. (8 groups). Join to top to first stitch.

Rnd 3: slip stitch to next ch 3 loop. * ch 15, sc in next chain 3 loop. Repeat from * around. Join.

Rnd 4: Slip stitch to first 15 ch loop. *In that loop, make 4 sc, 4 dc, ch 2. Then, still in same loop make [2 tr, ch 2] 3 times, 4 dc, 4 sc. Repeat from * around. End with slip stitch to first sc. Note: Each large loop with gradually taller stitches resembles a petal.

Rnd 5: Slip stich to ch 2 space. Make Beginning Cluster and Cluster in same space. Ch 2. [In the next ch 2 loop, make 3 trc cluster, ch 1, 3 trc cluster, ch 2 ] three times. *Skip joining of petal from round 4. [In next ch 2, make 3 trc cluster, ch 1, 3 trc cluster, ch 2) four times. Repeat from * around. Fasten off, weaving in any loose thread.

Measures about 6 1/2"

Same as Purse Front.

Leaving one side open and with wrong sides of purse together, whip stitch purse together.

Attach Lustersheen or yarn to top of purse with slip stitch. Sc around the top, sl st to beginning. Then turn and sc crochet around the three closed sides of the purse. Fasten off and weave in lose threads. Slip purse lining into purse and sew around the top edges. Use a blind stitch so that the thread doesn't show on the inside of the lining.

For purse handle: Using two strands of yarn or Lusternheen and a D hook, chain a length about 40 inches. Cut thread. Weave handle through the border at the top of the purse. Tie knots at each end.

Decorations: Make a 3-inch fringe at the center bottom of the purse and two slightly shorter fringe lengths on each side. I used the main color for the center one and a combination of the main color the lining color, using Kreinik Metallics heavy braid, for the shorter fringe.

* Using needle and thread, string a 3-inch length of beads and attach to bottom of purse over the fringe. Repeat from * as many times as desire.

Using needle and thread, string beads of desired length to attach to the ends of handle. Make as many as you wish.

NOTE: This is an original design by S. Guess and is posted here with permission. Please direct reprint requests to designer at

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