This Tiny Purse Makes a Great Purse

Cute Squares Purse free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Hello friends!
Wow, it’s been a hot on here in SoCal, which is why my designs are all pretty quick and not items that will be weighing on me. I mean, I am making a blanket but it’s from 4″ squares and I will do the assembly when it gets cooler. See, always thinking 😉
Anyway… like I was saying, it’s been warm here so I’m working on designs that aren’t heavy and this week’s is no different. I have wanted to make another fun summery purse but make it different from the previous ones I’ve released lately (wow, it’s been a summer of purses, yeah?). All I knew, is I wanted to make something that used smaller squares to make a larger square. I mostly just wanted that lovely texture! Don’t you love how the squares come together and all stand out while making a larger thing? I don’t know why but that’s really pleasing to me. I just made the front look like that but if you wanted to do both sides so they’re fancy, you definitely could. I’ve been carting this purse around for the last week because it’s just big enough for my wallet, cellphone, and some lipstick. It’s all I need (unless I’m bringing a project but that usually gets its own bag). And of course I added some fringe. Who doesn’t love a good bit of fringe?
I hope you like this design! I can’t wait to see the different colors and creativity everyone puts into it.

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Cute Squares Purse free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Materials

Gauge

  • 17 sc x 24 rows = 4”
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Terms/ Stitches used

  • RS: right side
  • Ch: chain
  • St: stitch
  • Slip st: slip stitch
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • Fphdc/Bphdc: Front post/ Back post half double crochet
  • Dc: double crochet

Notes

  • This purse is worked in sections: the Front, the Back, the Assembly, and the Strap. The Front is made from 4 tiny squares, the Back is one square, and the Assembly secures the Front and Back together.
  • The ch-1 at the beginning of the rows does not count as a stitch.
  • The ch-2 at the beginning of some rows does count as a stitch.
  • Th ch-3 at the beginning of some rows does count as a stitch.
  • Steaming is suggested to make sure your tiny squares on the Front are all the same size.
  • Only the Front features the small squares and the Back is just double crochets. You could repeat the instructions for the Front to make the two sides of the purse match.
  • You will need to know how to create a slipknot on your hook for this pattern.
  • The stitch counts at the ends of the rows with fphdc or bphdc and hdc count all the hdc and fphdc/bphdc.
  • The example uses Impeccable Big in Aran.

Finished product dimensions (measurements may vary by gauge and yarn used)

6.5″ x 6.5″ (no including strap or fringe)

Learn to make the Cute Squares Purse from a free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Pattern instructions

Square close-up of the Cute Squares Purse free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

-Front-
Tiny Square

(make 4)
Rnd 1: Ch 3, slip st to form a circle
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc here and throughout), hdc 11 times into the circle, slip st into the first st – 12 hdc
Rnd 3: Ch 2, fphdc around the first st, *hdc into and fphdc around the next st,* repeat from * to * 10 more times, slip st into the first st – 24 hdc
Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc into the first st, fphdc around the next st, *hdc twice into the next st, fphdc around the next st,* repeat from * to * 10 more times, slip st into the first st – 36 hdc
Rnd 5: Ch 1, bphdc around the next 36 sts, slip st into the first st – 36 hdc
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join, sc into the next 3 sts, [hdc, ch 2, hdc] into the next st, *sc into the next 8 sts, [hdc, ch 2, hdc] into the next st,* repeat from * to * twice more, sc into the next 4 sts, slip st into the first st – 32 sc, 8 hdc, 4 ch-2 spaces
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join, sc into the next 4 sts, [hdc, ch 2, hdc] into the next ch-2 space, *sc into the next 10 sts, [hdc, ch 2, hdc] into the next ch-2 space,* repeat from * to * twice more, sc into the next 5 sts, slip st into the first st – 40 sc, 8 hdc, 4 ch-2 spaces
Fasten off, weave in your ends.
Steam or block your squares so they’re all the same size.

All the individual pieces of the Cute Squares Purse free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Back-
Row 1:
Ch 26, dc into the 4th ch from the hook (skipped sts count as a dc), dc into the next 22 sts – 24 dc
Rows 2 – 12: Ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), turn, dc into the next 23 sts – 24 dc
Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc into the next 11 sts, sc twice into the next 2 sts, sc into the next 11 sts, ch 2 at the corner and rotate your piece, sc twice into the next row end, sc 3 times into the next row end, sc twice into the next 8 row ends, sc 3 times into the next row end, sc twice into the next row end, ch 2 at the corner and rotate your piece, sc into the next 11 sts, sc twice into the next 2 sts, sc into the next 11 sts, (on the other side of the original ch row), ch 2 at the corner and rotate your piece, sc twice into the next row end, sc 3 times into the next row end, sc twice into the next 8 row ends, sc 3 times into the next row end, sc twice into the next row end, ch 2 at the corner and rotate your piece, ch 2 at the corner and rotate your piece, slip st into the first st – 104 sc, 4 ch-2 spaces
Fasten off, weave in your ends.

Learn to make the Cute Squares Purse from a free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com
Assembly example of the Cute Squares Purse free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

-Assembly-
Arrange your 4 smaller squares from the Front so that they make a larger square. Starting in the ch-2 spaces, seam your squares together where they touch in your preferred method. I slip-stitched the squares together using the BLO starting left to right and then top to down. Fasten off, weave in the ends.
Hold together your Front piece (with all the 4 squares seamed) and Back piece so they line up. Create a slipknot on your hook and start in a ch-2 space at the corner, sc into the ch-2 spaces in the Front and Back pieces, sc into the next 26 sts (this counts each sc and 1 sc into the ch-2 spaces on the Front and each st on the Back throughout), sc twice into the ch-2 space and rotate your piece, sc into the next 26 sts, sc twice into the ch-2 space and rotate your piece, sc into the next 26 sts, sc once into the ch-2 space – 84 sc
Do not fasten off.

Learn to make the Cute Squares Purse from a free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com
Cute Squares Purse free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Top
Rnd 1:
From where you stopped in the Assembly section, sc into the ch-2 space only on the Front piece, sc into the next 26 sts on the Front piece only (this counts each sc and 1 sc into the ch-2 spaces on the Front), ch 2, sc into the ch-2 space on the corner, move to the Back piece, sc into the ch-2 space, sc into the next 26 sts Back piece only, sc into the ch 2 space, slip st into the first st – 56 sc
Do not fasten off, move onto the Strap.

Strap
Slip st into the ch-2 before the slip st from the Rnd 1 of the Top, *ch 150, slip st onto the ch-2 space on the other side of the Top,* repeat from * to * twice more. *Ch 10 and then sc around the other 3 chains* repeat from * to* 14 more times, slip st into the ch-2 space.
Fasten off, weave in your ends.

Add some optional fringe if you’d like

Tada! There they are, the Cute Squares Purse! I hope you love ’em and use the hashtag #DivineDebris on Instagram and I’ll share it in my stories!

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