Crochet Crocodile Clutch Purse {free crochet pattern}

This is an adorable crochet clutch, made from the crocodile stitch. My pattern comes with a two-part, complete photo tutorial!
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Purse with a Free Pattern and Tutorial

Holy alligators! This is one cute purse! (Totally stealing from one of my readers right now who left a comment on my crocodile stitch tutorial with “holy alligators!” She’s the clever one, not me, sadly.) But seriously, or not, the crocodile stitch makes an adorable purse, and I’m in love with this one I just made. If you’ve never done the crocodile stitch, you might want to check out the crocodile stitch tutorial I posted first for a step-by-step photo tutorial of how to “get er done,” if you know what I mean. The stitch is quite tricky and I found myself using several expletives to figure it out, mostly because I couldn’t find a really good photo tutorial to follow online. Probably need to break down and buy a good crochet book soon, but I guess I’m too cheap!

So, here’s the pattern for this lovely accessory! For a print friendly version, simply click the green “print friendly” button at the bottom of this post.

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Purse with a Free Pattern

Crochet Crocodile Clutch Purse

Written and designed by Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch
  • sk = skip

Materials

The Pattern

Ch 36

Row 1:

  • In the third ch from the hook, work 2 hdc (in the same ch).
  • Ch 1, sk 2 ch and work 1 hdc
  • *Ch 1, sk 2 ch and work 2 hdc in the same ch
  • Ch 1, skip 2 ch and work 1 hdc*
  • Repeat from * all the way down, working 18 hdc total, ending with 1 hdc at the end.

Row 2 (crocodile stitch row):

  • Ch 1, turn
  • Work a crocodile stitch on the first set of hdc (using a front post technique, work 4 hdc on the first post from top to bottom, then 4 hdc on the second post from bottom to top)
  • Sl st on the next hdc post
  • Work a crocodile stitch on the next set of hdc
  • *Sl st on the next hdc post
  • Work a crocodile stitch on the next set of hdc*
  • Repeat from * the length of your work, working 6 crocodile stitches total and ending with a crocodile stitch.

Row 3 (foundation hdc row):

  • Ch 1, turn.
  • (Repeating what we did on row 1)
  • Work 2 hdc on the edge of the previous crocodile st.
  • *Ch 1, work 1 hdc in the middle of the crocodile st.
  • Ch 1, work 2 hdc at the top of the hdc.*
  • Repeat from * the length of the work, working 20 hdc total and ending with 2 hdc on the end.

Row 4 (crocodile stitch row):

  • Ch 1, turn
  • (Repeating what we did on row 2)
  • Work a crocodile stitch on the first set of hdc
  • Sl st on the next hdc post
  • Work a crocodile stitch on the next set of hdc
  • *Sl st on the next hdc post
  • Work a crocodile stitch on the next set of hdc*
  • Repeat from * the length of your work, working 7 crocodile stitches total and ending with a crocodile stitch.

Row 5 (foundation hdc row):

  • Ch 1, turn
  • (similar to row 3, but it starts and ends with 1 hdc instead of 2)
  • Work 1 hdc in the middle of the crocodile st
  • *Ch 1, work 2 hdc at the top of the hdc
  • Ch 1, work 1 hdc in the middle of the crocodile st*
  • Repeat from * the length of the work, working 18 hdc total and ending with 1 hdc on the end.

Row 6 (crocodile stitch row):

  • Ch 1, turn
  • Work a sl st on the first hdc post
  • *Work a crocodile stitch on the next pair of hdc
  • Work a sl st on the next hdc post*
  • Repeat from * the length of the work, working 6 crocodile stitches total and ending with a sl st

Then repeat rows 3-6 in that order like this until you make 18 rows:

  • Row 7 (foundation hdc row) - Repeat row 3
  • Row 8 (crocodile stitch row – 7 sts) – Repeat row 4
  • Row 9 (foundation hdc row, decreasing) – Repeat row 5
  • Row 10 (crocodile st row – 6 sts) – Repeat row 6
  • Row 11(foundation hdc row) - Repeat row 3
  • Row 12 (crocodile stitch row – 7 sts) – Repeat row 4
  • Row 13 (foundation hdc row, decreasing) – Repeat row 5
  • Row 14 (crocodile st row – 6 sts) – Repeat row 6
  • Row 15 (foundation hdc row) - Repeat row 3
  • Row 16 (crocodile stitch row – 7 sts) – Repeat row 4
  • Row 17 (foundation hdc row, decreasing) – Repeat row 5
  • Row 18 (crocodile st row – 6 sts) – Repeat row 6
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Purse - Good Blogger Husband

The Back

  • Ch 33
  • In the third ch from the hook, work 1 hdc.
  • Work 1 hdc in each ch all the way down (30 chs total)
  • *Ch 1, work 1 hdc in each ch all the way down*
  • Repeat to make 15 rows (or if your tension, yarn or hook is different than mine, you might need more or less rows)
  • Whip stitch the front of the purse to the back.

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Clutch Free Pattern - Whip Stitch Photo

The Handle

  • Using a contrasting color, join at the side of the purse with a sl st, ch 1.
  • In the next space, work 1 hdc.
  • Work 1 hdc in each space around (I did 1 hdc on each hdc of the crocodile stitch, 1 in the middle, and 1 at the top of the single hdc – see the arrows in the picture below)
  • Join to the first ch 1 with a sl st and ch 1
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Clutch Purse - How to Crochet the Handle

Row 2 – work 1 hdc in each space around, join to the beginning ch 1 with a sl st and ch 1.

Row 3 – (the opening of the handle) work 1 hdc in each of the next 9 spaces, then ch 9 and skip 9 spaces.
Work 1 hdc in each of the next 18 spaces.
Chain 9 and skip 9 spaces, then work 1 hdc in each of the last 9 hdc.
(If your numbers don’t work out exactly like mine, don’t stress. Just make sure your handle is centered on the purse as best as possible.)

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Purse - Handle Tutorial

Row 4 work 1 hdc in each sp around, working 9-11 (depending on your tension) on the ch of the handle.  If you want your chain to be thicker, work another row, but I stopped at row 4.

Rosette -  I crocheted a rosette and wrapped it in a rectangle of hdc. I have a rosette tutorial here.

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Purse - Wrapped Rosette Pattern

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Comments

  1. What a cute pattern! And great tutorial on the crocodile stitch. I’m going to have to try it out. I have seen it around and think it is such a beautiful stitch. It’s amazing the things you can create with simple crochet stitches!

  2. Oh so very cute – Love that your man modeled it for you :)

  3. Aren’t you lucky to have such clever readers (wink, wink!)I’m so glad that you’re sharing the pattern with us! I want to try the stitch out with something small and manageable. For me there’s nothing worse than committing to a big project only to find it so difficult/frustrating/challenging that you would rather have a root canal than finish what you started! Thanks for making the pattern clear and easy to understand (the pics are an added bonus).
    Cheers to your hubby for being a good sport and helping you out!

    • Haha! You are so funny, Robin! That is so true -there is nothing worse than committing to a large project only to have it fail miserably. We need hobbies that make us feel good, not inadequate! Thanks for visiting again, and for your wonderfully clever comments!

  4. So cute! Linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow… Wishing you a very happy Monday. :)

  5. Very cute – thank you!

  6. Hi Sara, Thank you so much for the pattern. Always wanted to try the crocodile stitch. I love the fact that the back of the purse is plain so that if I get the front right I’m done. Good colours and nice model too…..ha ha.
    Regards

  7. This is amazing!!! Thanks for linking this up to Fantabulous Friday at Little Becky Homecky!!

  8. Thank you so much for posting this patten, I saw this purse in youtube and what coincidence you have it. Thank you , Thank you !! :) :)

  9. This is such a cute little bag, I might even try it myself. I have yarn coming out my ears, at least my mom thinks so, but I usually go for bigger rather than smaller. You can carry so much more in it. I love the pattern and will be trying it soon. I think it would be good in Fall colors of oranges, greens, golds and browns. The handle could be in brown and the rest in the other colors (so either Red Heart yarns or another bulky yarn could be used (by another manufacturer, maybe)). When I get some more time and I don’t feel so rushed, I’m going to take on this project. Thank you for publishing it.

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  10. I would love to see one larger, shoulder slings and with peacock feathers!! PLEASE make one like that! I’ll love you forever!! =)

  11. The pictures are broken. and when I go for the printer friendly version, they’re still broken. Please fix if you can.

  12. Adorable. Will try this but prefer the crocodile stitch all the way around.
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  13. Hi Sara,
    I just printed out the crocodile clutch…it is awesome. Can you tell me the size? Thanks, Anne

  14. Just made this purse! It came out so cute! I made mine with sparkly gray yarn, with a single crochet red stripe just below the handle. I am going to line it with heart print fabric and some Valentine-y beads/charms! Thank you so much for posting this pattern! Easy to do, and comes out adorable!!

  15. This is my first time go to see at here and i am really happy to read all at alone place.
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  16. I love this stitch, but have always called it ‘Dragon Scales stitch’. Whatever its called, I love this purse.

  17. Oh, I so love this! Can’t wait to start!
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  18. Hi, you don’t know how happy I am that I was able to finish my CROC Purse! It’s featured in http://gardenchefsneedleandpen.blogspot.com/2013/03/crocodile-crochet-croc-het-purse.html. I’m so proud of it. Thanks to you and your pattern! :)
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  19. I love this pattern and would like to try to make it, but am wondering how much yarn does it take? I don’t see that in the directions. Please advise. Thank you.

  20. Mary Meachum says:

    I love this pattern and would love to try to make it, but am wondering how much yarn does it need? I didn’t see quantities in the directions. Please advise. Thank you.

  21. crochetrae says:

    I end up with 19 hdc total on Row 5, not 18. No one else has mentioned this so what could I be doing wrong? All the other counts work out correctly.

    • Hello there! My best suggestion is to use my tutorial that I have linked in the post, as it has a step-by-step photo tutorial.

      • crochetrae says:

        I went through the tutorial again. Row 4 had 7 croc sts, so that’s 7 single hdc. There are 6 spaces between, each has 2 hdc so that makes 12. 12+7=19. So where am I adding one that I shouldn’t be? This is driving me nuts. Thanks for your help.

  22. Vicki Camm says:

    Hi Sara, I am trying this fantastic easy to follow picture tutorial for the first time, but would love to know how I can increase and decrease stitches on a row. Can you help? Thanks for sharing your tutorial Vicki

  23. To increase and decrease this pattern is very easy, you do it in increments of 6. I have made this purse many times in many different sizes. My family is spoiled! I also line the inside and add pockets. Depending on the user, I have also added a magnetic button to close the purse with. Crocheting allows me to bring out my creative side. :) Thank you for letting me share my thoughts.
    JoAnn

  24. Sara
    I just found this clutch on allfreecrochet.com and Im in the middle of creating this wonderful piece for my granddaughter who is 13. The tutorials were absolutely wonderful, although I did go to the youtube video that Michael from allfreecrochet.com has up. His is a bit different than yours but made it a bit easier to know what you were talking about as I followed your tutorial. Thank you for this wonderful creation, Im excited to get some made up to give away as gifts!!!

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