Saturday, February 21, 2015

Big Granny Purse

As a promised, I put together my version of granny purse finally.
I got inspired by Stripped bag I found on Ravelry.

Big Granny Purse Pattern

Size really depends on type of material and size of hook you using, which is up to you.

You need: 
I used 1100 grams (2425lb) / 3410 meters (3729 yards) of 100% cotton suitable for G/4mm crochet hook
Crochet hook E/3,5mm for edges and H/5mm for the body of the purse
Yarn Needle 
Round Bamboo handles 20cm / 8” 
Nice buttons, little flowers or beads. Simply anything you would like to decorate your purse with.

Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
ch       chain 
slst     slip stitch
sc        single crochet
dc       double crochet 
st        stitch 
sk       skip

Purse body:

Ch5, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc into next 3 st
Round 1: ch3, 2dc in same st, ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc all into same place to form the corner, ch1, sk 2ch, 3dc-ch1-3dc-ch1-3dc into last st, ch1, sk 2ch, slst in 3rd  ch from starting group of chains.
Round 6 - 41: from now on I repeated round 1.
All together I made 41 rounds, randomly selecting 10 colors.  Finished size of the rectangle was cca 83cm/ 78cm (33”/31”).


Before I crocheted the edges, I put a lining in the purse. I used soft 100% t-shirt cotton and sewed it in by hand. Be careful not to sew the lining right to the edge – you need little space to finish the edges. You can use sewing machine, or just do not line the purse. It is optional.

I started with the sides following this pattern chart, but I did 10 rows of sc’s only - 3cm/1.2” high. I didn’t like to fold it.

For the handle I made 14 rows of sc’s - 4cm/1.6”high. The height of this piece depends on how thick are the handles you have. Leave a long end to sew the piece around the handle.

Now the purse is ready to be decorated. I used this flower pattern, but feel free to be much more creative than I was. I just thought there are enough colors on my purse.

If you come up with any problems or difficulties, write to me, and I’ll be more than happy to help.


  1. Just gorgeous! I'm a Texas girl with a boyfriend of strong Czech heritage. :-)

  2. This is an awesome pattern, so easy yet pretty! No excuse now for anyone to make their own handbag!!

  3. I have been looking for a granny bag pattern like this , but in a smaller size how would I adjust the pattern ?

  4. Thank you for coming up this pattern .I have been waiting for someone to make a pattern like this. I love this pattern. It's just perfect for what I'm looking for. Thank you so much I Love it. Karen.