Use any 6″ square pattern to make a pretty granny square purse

PLEASE NOTE: Since this post has run, I’ve had a lot of requests for 1-bag_purse-granny-brownthe exact pattern I used to make this purse. It’s called Lavender Square and you can find it at the Hooks and Yarns blog, at this link: https://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Granny-Square-Patterns/Lovely-Lavender-Square. I’ve added the types of yarn I used in the instructions below. I did the first 4 rounds of the square in variegated and the remaining rounds, plus the border in the solid color.

This 18″ wide x 10″ deep purse is roomy enough to carry everything but the kitchen sink.

Use any crochet square pattern you like (there are zillions to choose from on the Web), use your favorite yarn colors, and put them together using my template samples shown below, which require 10 squares.

For the purse shown, I used a 6 mm crochet hook and my squares were approx. six inches. I used a variegated color for the first few rounds of the square (Impeccable Earth) and a dark taupe (Red Heart Super Saver Café Latte) for the last couple of rounds. You can make your purse larger or smaller, depending on the size of square you choose to use.

How to make your purse:

Choose the square pattern and yarn that you’d like to use. (I used the Lavender Square from Hooks and Yarns at http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.ca/2013/02/simply-pretty.html. For the variegated yarn, I used Impeccable Loops & Threads in Earth, and for the solid color, I used Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe Latte. (This link at Crochet Pattern Central offers tons of 6″ crocheted square patterns to choose from! https://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/6in_squares.php )

Make 10 squares.
(1) Using your edging color (mine was the taupe), seam your squares together in three separate pieces (with one extra single square, set aside) as shown below, attaching them (right sides together) using single crochet. The x’s in the picture here show where the squares have been seamed. So you should end up with one row of two squares, one row of three squares, one row of four squares, and one single square.
2-seam-squares
(2) Next, you need to seam your rows together exactly as shown below, with the row of two attached to the row of three, the row of three attached to the row of four, and the single square attached to the right side of the row of four. The x’s shown represent where you’ve seamed, using single crochet again.3-seam-rows
(3) Once your squares are all seamed to form one piece, you can line your purse with fabric if you want. As you’ll see in the photo below, my impatience makes me sloppy with sewing my lining, so you might want to slow down and use tidier stitches! Anyway, I just cut a piece of fabric in the same shape as my one piece of seamed squares and hand-sewed it with needle and thread to the wrong side, making sure that the last row of crochet around the entire piece is uncovered so you’ll be able to seam the edges together when you fold it.4-lining
(4) Once the lining has been sewed in place, fold exactly where the dotted lines are shown below, placing right sides together and lining up edges, then seam edges together with single crochet. The longest dotted line is the bottom of the purse and the two shorter dotted lines are the sides of the purse. To make things neat, I crocheted a border around the mouth of the purse using two rows of single crochet.
5-fold
(5) Next, using the taupe yarn, I crocheted 4 simple rectangles for the handle rings, 3″ wide (6 dc + turning wide) x 5.5″ long, and I used a yarn needle to sew one to the wrong side of each of the four points where the handles will be attached.
6-front-back-handles
(6) The rings are actually wood curtain rings that I picked up at Fabricland (removing the little hook screwed into each one). Wrap the loose end of each of your rectangle tabs around each wood ring, and sew it securely again to the wrong side with your yarn needle.
7-handle-ring
(7) For the two straps, I used the taupe yarn, crocheting each one approx. 1.5″ wide x 32″ long (6 dc + turning across). Then I wrapped the very ends over the rings and used my yarn needle to stitch them on securely (sewing on wrong sides). As shown below, one strap is positioned on one side of the purse, the other strap on the other side.
8-handles9-all-handles
(8) Next, I made a fastening tab with a buttonhole space for closing the purse. I crocheted it 3″ wide x 5.5″ long (10 dc + turning wide) minus edging. Once finished, I used my yarn needle to stitch it to the center of the back side of the purse, then I used my variegated yarn to single-crochet a border around the edges.
10-buttonhole-flap
(9) Last, I sewed a wooden button to the middle front of the purse, about an inch down from the edge.11-button-placement

I’m fairly new at making up my own patterns, and still getting used to writing tutorials, so I’m sorry if I’m unclear at any point. I get so enthusiastic when I start a project, I just dive into it, and then I find myself thinking halfway through that I really should have been making step-by-step notes. Hopefully, I’ll get better at this as time goes on!12-bag_purse-granny-brown2

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16 Comments

  1. Annette said,

    March 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Also post which granny square pattern you used for your version of your purse so that we can make it look like yours.

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  2. Annette said,

    March 28, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    what kind of yarn did you use to make this purse ? I love it

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    • March 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Annette, I just used regular worsted weight yarn. I think it was Red Heart. Any brand will work, though. Just make sure you use a variegated color for the center of the square, and a complementary solid color for the remaining border rounds. Enjoy!

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  3. Dorothy Brown said,

    March 23, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I would like to get this pattern but I don’t understand the conversion. When I go thru all the click on this and that I don’t have a pattern to download. What do I do????

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    • March 25, 2017 at 1:24 am

      There isn’t a pattern to print—you can use the photos shown as your templates by dragging the photos onto your desktop and then printing those out. The directions are all in the post, so save the entire page (the post) as a PDF file on your desktop, and you can also print that out as well. Hope that helps!

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  4. Sandra Myricks said,

    March 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Hi great pattern, can’t wait to try it. Unfortunately couldn’t get anything but the first page to print, but I made my own graph paper on notebook paper and drew in what I needed to do. Just in case anyone else had the same problem I did I thought I’d let you know. Keep up the good work. Practice makes perfect.

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    • March 25, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Sorry you had a problem printing. If you drag the photos onto your desktop, they should print easily as they’ll be in jpg format.
      Good luck with your project!

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  5. March 23, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I love this and want to try it out very soon!

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  6. Kati said,

    March 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I have been looking for a purse to make and this one fits exactly and your instruction and diagrams are great. Thank you – I will be making this and looking for you in the future.

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  7. narymanblog said,

    February 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Donna, I’m learning how to use wordpress now, and my wordpress writing name at this point and time is narymanblog. Always happy to see your create-a-holic blogs in my mailbox. Cheers, Nora

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    • March 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      I will go an look for your blog. Welcome to blogging!!!

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      • narymanblog said,

        March 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        Thank you, Donna! My blog is private right now, because it’s not in any shape to go on-line yet. I’m still learning and changing it every week when I go to my class. I think I’ll go public in another few weeks.

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      • March 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

        Let me know as soon as you’re up and running. You should show your travel pictures!

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  8. February 28, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Very nice!!!

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