Hello! Hope you have had a good summer! It’s been a busy summer for me. I have lots to share over the next few weeks as I’ve been busy stitching the past few months. There are several new scarf, bag and craft patterns in the works as well as some fun motifs and vintage projects I’m excited to share!
I’ve been a bit nostalgic lately. I lost my mother earlier this summer to end-stage Alzheimer’s. It was a rough last few weeks with her, but fortunately, she passed peacefully. Alzheimer’s is a horrible, horrible disease that steals your loved ones from you one day at at time. Fortunately, Mom knew me, my family and my brothers and their families most of the time, even to the end. We were fortunate to have 3 last days with her before she passed with lots of loving moments and her memory in place as she remembered each one of us.
One of the biggest things that kept me going during that time was my crochet and knitting projects. When I got the call from Hospice to go to her bedside for those final days, one of the first things I grabbed was my yarn bag and filled it with projects. I don’t know about you, but stitching is soothing for me. I always pack yarn for emergencies or difficult situations, especially when you are waiting on the unknown. Somehow the the rhythm of the stitches and feeling of the yarn in my hands comforts me and it certainly did during this tough tie.
As I was stitching, I kept thinking about the things my mother and grandmother made me when I was growing up. I was a very lucky girl who got lots of beautiful hand-crafted dresses, pajamas, doll clothes, purses and more! As I got older, both my mother and grandmother taught me how to make my own things which I have shared with my own daughter and nieces. To celebrate this, I’ll be posting a #ThrowBackThursday series where I share my favorite patterns I learned from these great women.
This week’s project is a fun Granny Square purse inspired by the one Mom made me. Mine was well loved and I took it shopping when my mother and I would go with my grandmother. It was the perfect size for small toys, tickets and the little bit of money I earned from chores to buy these things. My daughter enjoyed the purse, too, briefly for her favorite things when she was younger. The original purse is safely tucked inside a keepsake box ready for a granddaughter someday far away if we are blessed with one. For now, it’s been fun to stitch these and remember my mother’s gift!
Sweet Granny Purse
This fun purse is made from two basic granny square patterns. I didn’t list a gauge as size really doesn’t matter as long as both granny squares are the same size.
2 oz (56 g) Color A Worsted Weight Yarn
2 oz (56 g) Color B Worsted Weight Yarn
2 oz (56 g) Color C Worsted Weight Yarn
Size H (5) Crochet Hook
Fabric piece about 8″ x 8″ for optional lining
Large snap – optional
Size: 7 1/2″ x 8″ (19 cm x 20 cm)
Abbreviations: ch – chain; sc – single crochet; hdc (half-double crochet); dc (double crochet); sl st (slip stitch)
Directions (make 2 Granny Squares):
Round 1: Ch 5. With Color A, slip stitch to form ring. Ch 3, 2 dc in center of ring. *Ch 2, 3 dc in center of ring.* Repeat 2 more times. Ch 2 and sl st to top of ch 3 post at beginning of round. Fasten off.
Round 2: Fasten on Color B in next space. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. *Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next corner.* Repeat 2 more times. Ch 2 and sl st to top of ch 3 post at beg of round. Fasten off.
Round 3: Fasten on Color C in next corner. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. *Ch 1, 3 dc in next space (along the side of the granny square). Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next corner.* Repeat 2 more times. Ch 1, 3 dc in next space. Ch 1 and sl st to top of ch 3 post at beginning of the round. Fasten off.
Round 4: Fasten on Color A in next corner. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. *Ch 1, 3 dc in next space. Repeat this whenever you see a space on the side. Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in each corner.* Repeat 2 more times. *Ch 1, 3dc in next space.* Repeat one more time. Ch 1, sl st to top of Ch 3 post at beginning of round. Fasten off.
Round 5: Fasten on Color C in next corner. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in corner. Ch 1, 3 dc in next space. Repeat this whenever you see a space on the side. Ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in each corner.* Repeat 2 more times. *Ch 1, 3dc in next space.* Repeat two more times. Ch 1, sl st to top of Ch 3 post at beginning of round. Do not fasten off.
Round 6 (Single Crochet Border): Ch 2, sc in each stitch or space along the edge. At corners, sc, ch 2, sc in the corner. At end of the round, sl st to top of ch 2 post at beginning of round. Fasten off and weave tails in. Block squares as needed.
Assembling the Purse:
With right sides facing out, place granny squares on top of each other. Fasten on with Color C on left side of squares. Ch 2, sc along the edge. At the corner, sc, ch 2, sc in corner. Stitch along 3 edges, leaving the top edge open for the purse opening. When you reach the end of the 3rd side, ch 1 and sc along the top edge of just one square. Continue sc along the top of the 2nd square (this will create a nice top edge on your purse). At the end of the row, sl st to ch 1 post where you started. Fasten off.
Row 1: With Color C, fasten on 10 stitches from the right top edge of the purse. You’ll want to fasten on one side only, not through both sides of the purse. Ch 45. Sl st to other side of the purse, again 10 stitches from the left top edge.
Rows 2 &3: Ch 2, sc in each stitch along the handle. Fasten off. NOTE: your handle will not be attached to the purse except at the first row. At the end of Row 3, hand-stitch the handle to the top of the purse. Repeat on the other side of the purse. Fasten off and weave in tails.
Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric the same size as the purse. I like to lay the purse down on top of the fabric and cut the fabric out. Sew the lining together on 3 sides. Press the open top of the lining down about 1/2″ to form a folded, finished edge at the top of the lining. Place the lining inside the purse with the seams facing outside and no seams showing on the inside of the purse/lining. Hand-sew the lining in place at the top of the purse. You can also hand-sew a large snap on the inside to help the purse close.