You'll notice that most of what I design is easy and is made in as few pieces and with as little finishing as possible. That is why this change purse is crocheted all in one piece.
I like using baby yarn as it makes for a much less stiff finished coin purse and a bit smaller.
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Shell Pattern Coin/Change Purse Crochet How-to Instructions
|The two color version reminds me of a court jester outfit.|
Diameter of bottom: 9 3/4”
Circumference of top opening: 2 1/4”
|Looking into an opened purse.|
Gauge: 1 shell = 1 1/8” (or 1 1/2”); three rows (one shell, one sc, one shell) = 1 1/4” (or 1 1/2”)
F hook (or G--following parenthesis variations are with this size)
Baby yarn (or light weight worsted)
Alternative: 1 Yard 1/4" ribbon.
Coin Purse Instructions
Worked in rounds; do not turn.
If using two colors, drop the first color and pick up the second color in the slip stitch at the end of each round. Do Not cut off, just let it hang while using the second color. Cut both and finish off after the last round.
Rounds 1 thru 4 form bottom.
Chain (ch) 4 (with color 1), slip stitch (sl st) to beginning ch to form circle
Round 2: [2 sc in each st] around (16 sc), join with sl st, ch 1
Round 3: [Sc in first st (st), 2 sc in next st] around (24 sc), join with sl st, ch 1
Round 4: [2 Sc in first st (st), 1 sc in next st] around (36 sc), join with sl st, ch 1
Note: The sides will want to roll inward, turn them outward as you crochet.
Round 5: (color 2): sc in first st, skip next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st (shell made),sk next 2 sts, [sc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk next 2 sts,] around (6 shells), join with sl st in first sc
Round 6: (color 1): ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same stitch [sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st] repeat 5 times, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 2 dc in same stitch as first three, join with sl st in top of first ch 3, ch 1
|Close up of shell.|
Round 11: (color 2) (by using a 7 dc stitch shell it makes it a little ruffly and a better opening for reaching into for the change): sc in first st, skip next 2 sts, 7 dc in next st (shell made),sk next 2 sts, [sc in next st, sk next 2 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 2 sts,] around (6 shells), join with sl st, finish off
|Tie end of drawstring.|
Ch to reach approx. 16 inches, DO NOT finish off. Weave the drawstring thru the bottom of each shell and each sc in last round. Join ends w/sl st and sl st in next st or two for a more secure attachment (I tuck this end inside). Finish off. Tie a knot approximately 1/2" from end of drawstring. (Alternative: Cut two pieces of 1/4” ribbon and weave one each direction—tie ends and finish ends so they do not fray. I like to do this as I like how you pull on the end of each to close).
|Sits nicely in the palm of a hand and the |
drawstring slips over the wrist.
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