Crochet Seed Stitch Purse – Free Crochet Pattern

A free crochet pattern for an adorable purse for a little girl using the seed stitch. This is easy to make and is so cute!

Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Free Pattern

I’m hooked (pun intended :)) on crocheting purses lately. They are just so adorable and I love using bright, fun colors. Makes me want a little girl, although I wouldn’t trade my two boys for any girl in the world! (Cliché, but true).

So, I’ve worked really hard to create this pattern for you, and have lots of pictures to help out. I was inspired by the Seed Stitch Tote I found at Crochet’n Crafts but wanted to make the size smaller by adjusting the size of the base, and use a foundation chain to begin, since I think it is stronger than a row of single crochet. So, really, I just recreated the whole base and made it my own!

I love the seed stitch, as it gives it a scalloped look. It also makes the bag strong and has a tight weave. The great thing about this bag is you can design it any way you like by changing the yarn color.

So, here goes! This is not tested except be me, so please let me know if you run into problems. If you aren’t familiar with any of the stitches, see my Crochet Page above for links to very good video tutorials on all the basic stitches.

This is long and may look hard because of that, but it’s really not! The tricky part is counting your stitches on the base, and joining and starting new rows.

This purse measures about 8 inches long, by 3 inches wide, by 5 inches tall (not including the straps).

Crochet Seed Stitch Purse (sized for a young girl)

Materials:

  • Hook: G 4.25 mm (this is very important so the weave is tight and things won’t fall through the purse)
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight (medium, 4). I used Red Heart Super Saver because it’s cheap and strong. I used [amazon_link id=”B00281QFCG” target=”_blank” ]Aruba Sea[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B0050FIDZE” target=”_blank” ]Perfect Pink[/amazon_link], Light Coral and [amazon_link id=”B000XZW3JS” target=”_blank” ]Medium Purple[/amazon_link].
  • Tapestry needle to sew in ends & purse handles
  • Note: work in just the two top loops of the HDC spaces – this leaves a one piece of yarn in the space which makes the weave tighter to be able to hold things better in the purse.

Abbreviations:

  • CH = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • FC = foundation chain
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • Rnd = round
  • FHDC = foundation half double crochet
  • ST = stitch
  • Sk = skip
  • Sp = space

Pattern

First, work a loose foundation chain of 20 HDC stitches. I provided a tutorial on another post, complete with pictures.

Turn your work over 180 degrees. Work 3 HDC back into the last FHDC (increasing stitch).

Round 1

  • Work 1 HDC in each FHDC sp across (total of 19).
  • Work 3 HDC in the last FHDC (working the SL ST into the HDC to hide it) (increasing stitch).
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Tutorial

 

  • Then, work 3 HDC’s in the next chain on the other side (increasing stitch).
  • Work 1 HDC in each FHDC sp across (total of 19)
  • 3 HDC in next HDC space (increasing stitch)
  • Join with SL ST, then CH 1 (you might want a stitch marker here as this CH 1 is hard to see as the beginning of the round. If you CH 2, it creates too big of a hole).
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Creating the Base Tutorial

Round 2

  • 1 HDC in next HDC sp
  • 3 HDC in next HDC sp (increasing stitch)
  • Work 1 HDC in each stitch across (total of 20)

Curve

  • 3 HDC in the next HDC sp (worked in the 1st sp of the increasing st)
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 5 sp
  • 3 HDC in next HDC sp (increasing stitch)
  • Work 1 HDC in each stitch across (total of 20)

Curve

  • 3 HDC in next sp (also worked in the 1st sp of the 3 HDC increasing st)
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • SK the last two spaces
  • Join with a SL ST, CH 1
You’ve now completed the base of the purse and will no longer continue to increase, if making the purse for a little girl. If you would like the purse to be larger, just continue around by adding 1 extra stitch on the sides, and 1 extra HDC each time after you work the 3 HDC increase stitches (on the curve). For example – the next side would be 21 HDC across, then 3 HDC in the next stitch, then 1 HDC in each of the next 6 spaces. The next side would be 22 HDC across, then 3 HDC in the next stitch, then 1 HDC in each of the next 3 stitches, join to the beginning with a SL ST. CH 1, then 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces (so a total of 5 HDCs in between each of the increasing 3 HDCs)
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - base

Round 3 – Begin the Seed Stitch

  • In the next space (not the one where you worked the CH 2), work a seed stitch – 1 SC, then 1 DC.
  • *Sk 1 HDC space.
  • 1 SC, 1 DC in next space*
  • Repeat from * around to the beginning CH 2.
To make the purse really neat and tidy, I came up with two different ways to end the rounds. One is if you’re changing colors and fastening off, and another is if you’re keeping the same color.

To Start a New Color

  • Finish the last round by joining with a SL ST to the beginning CH 2 & fasten off. Then, on the other side of the purse, join in a HDC space with a SL ST.
  • CH 2
  • Work a seed stitch in the next space (1 SC, 1 DC)
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse- How to Start A New Color
 
Keep the same color: then work a SC in the SAME HDC space as the CH 2.
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - How to Keep the Same Color
Then, join to the CH 2 with a SL ST, then CH 1 (counts as first SC).
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - How to Keep the Same Color, Step 2
Then, work a DC in same space (so this is the first seed stitch of the next round)
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - How to Keep the Same Color, Step 3
 

Straps

The straps are just simple rows of SC. I chained a row of 50 in pink, then did 49 SC across. Then I took the Aruba Sea color and started a new row on the pink, and continued on the other side of the pink without fastening off so I’d have less yarn to sew in later.
 

Puff Stitch at the Top

Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Puff Stitch Detail
  • On one of the sides of the purse, join the yarn on the inside of the purse with a SL ST and CH 1. (you will be working on the inside of the purse so the finished puff stitch faces the outside).
  • In the next space, work a puff stitch (YO pull the yarn through 3xs, until you have 7 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 7 loops.)
  • CH 1
  • Work a SL ST in the next space.
  • Sew in all your ends and you’re done!
Merry Crocheting!
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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.