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Free crochet granny square purse pattern

Granny squares are a perfect way to create fun and interesting items and also are a great use for leftover yarn!  If you’re interested in using up a variety of skeins of yarn you’ll want to pick a perfect ‘background’ yarn that will serve as the base for the outside of your granny squares.  I like to use black myself and build squares that are unique in color scheme (though avoid any obvious clashes inside the squares!).

The granny square purse is a simple pattern that the most novice crocheter can use successfully without a big learning curve!

So here’s the pattern that you’ll want to use:

Yarn:  You’ll want to gather up all of your odd balls of yarn and you can use them in any order that you opt for.  Remember, this purse is for fun and for you to use any way you see appropriate!   Use a crochet hook that works best for you and creates the size of square that you want your granny square purse to have!

Abbreviations we’ll use:

  • CH - chain
  • SC - single crochet
  • DC - double crochet
  • LDC- long double crochet
  • SL ST - slip stitch
  • ST(s) - stitch(es)
  • ( ) - all information in parenthesis are worked in one stitch

With first color, CH 4 and join to first ch with a SL ST to form a ring.

Round 1 (CH 3 [counts as first double crochet now and throughout], 2 DC in ring, CH 1).*(3 DC, CH 1) in ring three times. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first ch 3. Finish Off.

Round 2 with second color join yarn with a SL ST to any ch 1 space. (CH 3, 2 DC, 1 LDC in ring below, 3 DC, CH 1) in same space. *3 DC, 1 LDC in ring below, 3 DC, CH 1* in each ch 1 space around. Join with a SL ST to top of first ch 3. Finish Off.

Round 3 with third color join yarn with a SL ST to any ldc stitch. (CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1) in same stitch [this is starting the corner of your square]. *Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space (1 DC, 1 LDC around the post of the center dc of the 3 dc set of round 1, 1 DC, CH 1). (3 DC, CH1, 3 DC, CH 1) in next LDC. Repeat from * two more times. Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space (1 DC, 1 LDC around the post of the center dc of the 3 dc set of round 1, 1 DC, CH 1). Joint with a SL ST to top of first ch 3. Finish Off.

Round 4 with the first color join with a SL ST to any corner ch 1 space. In same space (CH 3, 2 DC, LDC around post of LDC on round 2, 3 DC, CH 1). *Skip next 3 dc, in ch 1 space (3 DC, CH 1) two times. In corner ch 1 space (3 DC, LDC around post of LDC on round 2, 3 DC, CH 1). Repeat from * two more times. Skip next 3 dc, in next two ch 1 spaces (3 DC, CH 1). Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3. Finish Off.

Round 5 with second color join yarn with a SL ST to any LDC. In same stitch (CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1) *Skip next 3 dc, (3 DC, CH 1) in ch1 space, (1 DC, LDC around post of ldc of round 3, 1 DC, CH 1) in next ch 1 space. Skip next 3 dc, (3 DC, CH 1) in ch 1 space, (3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1) in next LDC stitch. Repeat from * two more times. Skip next 3 dc, (3 DC, CH 1) in ch 1 space, (1 DC, LDC around post of ldc of round 3, 1 DC, CH 1) in next ch 1 space. Skip next 3 dc, (3 DC, CH 1) in ch 1 space. Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3. Finish Off.

Round 6 with Your choice of background color join yarn with a SL ST to any corner ch 1 space. In same stitch (CH 3, 2 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1). *Skip next 3 dc set, (3 DC, CH 1) in ch 1 space; four times. (3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1) in corner space. Repeat from * two more times. Skip next 3 dc set, (3 DC, CH 1) in ch 1 space; four times. Join with a SL ST to the top of first ch 3 and then finish the square off.
Once you determine the finishing size of your squares you can determine how many granny squares you will need based on how large you would like your purse to be. Repeat the process above for each square and then we can begin the assembling of your granny square purse and putting the finishing touches on it!

Joining your granny squares

The first thing you are going to need to do is connect your squares!  You’re going to want to end up with two (2) panels of exactly the same number of squares (one for the front and one for the back of your granny square purse).  You can join your granny squares either by crocheting them together or you can hand stitch them.  Remember, you don’t have to stick to any single color of yarn, you can mix and match during the assembly process or you can match it to you’re preferred background color.
After you’re done connecting all of your squares you’re going to want to put a ‘finishing’ touch on them. This is simple to do by doing a single crochet stitch all the way around the panel being sure to use three single crochets in the corner to keep the sizing correct.

Making it look like a granny square purse!

You might be looking at these two panels and wondering how it’s going to turn into a purse! Don’t fret!  First you’re going to need to create sides and a bottom for your granny square purse.

First the sides!

To do this you’re going to chain stitch a single row of stitches to measure from corner to corner on the sides of your granny squares.  Once your chain stitch foundation is complete you can continue adding rows using a single crochet stitch until it’s as wide as you want your bag to be.  You’ll need to create two identical pieces, one for each side of your granny square purse.  You can use any color you wish or you can do alternating rows of colors, this is purely a matter of your choice. 

Next the bottom

Duplicate exactly what you did to your sides – you’re going to want the bottom of your purse to be the same width as your sides, but you’re only going to need one.  Remember you don’t want your stitches to be too loose when you’re creating these pieces.

Assembling the sides and bottom

Now you’re going to need to attach your two panels of granny squares to the sides and the bottom you’ve just created. You can do this in the same manner that you used to join your granny squares to each other, either using a slip crochet stitch or using a hand needle and sewing them together.

Adding a strap

You’re imagination is your friend! You can elect to crochet your strap using a simple single crochet much like what you used for the sides and bottom of your granny square purse or you can elect to try something a little fancier.  Measure the length you want the strap to be and create your basic chain stitch as your foundation and then continue to the next row using the stitch of your choice and making it the length you desire for your strap.

Finishing Touches

It’s easy to add some finishing touches to your granny square purse. You can add a button to the inside to close it easily, you can assemble an additional granny square and add a pocket inside or outside or you can strengthen the inside of your bag by lining with any number of fabrics or materials – corduroy, denim, plastic canvas– your imagination is the limit!