I have a quick little stashbuster pattern for you today that will bring a big smile to your little girl’s face! Choose her favorite colors to whip up this precious purse. My Neverending Wildflower pattern serves as the foldover panel, and the rest is just single crochet and some seaming. As my 4 year old son would say, “easy peasy, lemon squeezy!”
LITTLE GIRL’S WILDFLOWER PURSE
Hook: H (5.50mm) or size appropriate for the yarn you choose
Yarn: The yarn you choose doesn’t matter, as long as your hook is a good match for it. I used an H hook and about 110 yards of worsted weight yarn for my purse in the photos, which measures 5″ wide and 7″ tall (not including the strap).
- This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
- Flower rounds will alternate between increase rounds and petals. Increase rounds will be called “round 1, 2, 3” etc, and petal rounds will be referred to as “1st round of petals, 2nd round of petals,” etc. Because ch petal round shares its space with the increase round below it, they are not counted as part of the pattern’s total rounds.
- CH2 on the increase rounds does not count as a stitch.
- Be mindful that the flower pattern alternates in calling for FLO (Front Loops Only) and BLO (Back Loops Only). This is crucial.
- If you’re having trouble with the flower, this post has tutorial photos that may help you.
- In my step-by-step photos, you’ll see a flower with blue and white petals. It’s up to you if you want to change colors.
PART I: THE FLOWER
Begin with a Magic Circle; CH2.
Round 1: 12 DC in MC. Join with a SL ST to first DC. (12)
1st Round of Petals (FLO): CH2. In same St, 2DC, CH2, SL ST. This is your first petal. (SL ST to next St. In same St, CH2, 2DC, CH2, SL ST to same St) around. SL ST to base of 1st CH2. (12 petals)
Round 2 (BLO – You’re now going to work around Round 1 again, this time working in the loop that you ignored during the first round of petals): SL ST to 1stback loop of Round 1. CH2. 2DC in same ST. 2 DC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to first DC. (24)
2nd Round of Petals (FLO): CH2. DC in same ST. In next ST, DC, CH2, SL ST. (SL ST to next St, CH2, DC in same ST. In next ST, DC, CH2, SL ST) around. SL ST to base of 1stCH2. (12 petals)
Round 3 (BLO): SL ST to 1st back loop of Round 2. CH2. 2DC in same ST, DC in next ST. (2DC in next ST, DC in next ST) around. Join with a SL ST to first DC. (36)
3rd Round of Petals (FLO): CH2. DC in same ST. 2TR in next ST. In next ST, DC, CH2, SL ST. (SL ST to next ST, CH2, DC in same ST. 2TR in next ST. In next ST, DC, CH2, SL ST) around. SL ST to base of 1st CH2. (12 petals)
Round 4 (BLO): SL ST to 1st back loop of Round 3. CH2. 2DC in same ST, DC in each of the next 2 STS. (2DC in next ST, DC in each of the next 2 STS) around. Join with a SL ST to first DC. (48)
4th Round of Petals (FLO): CH2. DC in same ST. 2TR in next ST. 2 TR in next ST. In next ST, DC, CH2, SL ST. (SL ST to next ST, CH2, DC in same ST. 2TR in next ST. 2 TR in next ST. In next ST, DC, CH2, SL ST) around. SL ST to base of 1st CH2. To complete flower, SL ST to 1st BLO of Round 4. (12 petals)
At this point, your flower should look like this:
Take a moment to fasten off and weave in all your ends. Then attach whatever yarn you’re going to use for the body of the purse. It doesn’t matter where you attach it; just be sure you haven’t turned the flower. The petals should be facing you.
PART II: THE BODY OF THE PURSE
Row 1: CH2, 2DC in same ST. DC in each of the next 2 STS. HDC in each of the next 3 STS. SC in each of the next 4 STS. HDC in each of the next 3 STS. DC in each of the next 2 STS. 2DC in next. (18)
Row 2: CH1, turn. HDC in same. HDC in each of the next 3 STS. SC in each of the next 10 STS. HDC in each of the last 4 STS. (18)
Row 3: Ch1, turn. SC across. (18)
Rows 4-47: Repeat Row 3. (18)
Here’s what we’ve got now (back view):
PART III: SEAMING IT UP AND ADDING THE STRAP
Lay it out with the petals facing down (as in the previous photo). Bring up the bottom and line it up with the 3rd row, which is the first row to be done in all SC (below, left). CH1 and SC evenly along the edge, inserting your hook through both layers, seaming it together (below, right).
Once you’ve seamed that edge, fasten off and weave in your ends. (I wove mine in on the inside of the purse.)
Attach the yarn at the bottom of the purse on the other edge (below, left), still keeping the petals facing down. CH1 and SC evenly along the edge until you reach the end of the folded-up layer (below, middle). CH60 (or however long you want your strap to be… I made mine with a young toddler in mind). SL ST to the opposite top corner from where you started (below, right), then turn and go back around the CH60, SCing into each chain until you are back where you started. SL ST to the corner, fasten off and weave in ends.
If you want to, you can cut out a piece of felt and glue it to the back of the flower to hide the “wrong side”.
And you’re done!
Thank you for the gorgeous free pattern. I am enjoying watching it work up! I don’t know if I’m not seeing it, but I can’t find when & where to change colors. Did I miss something?
Thank you for sharing your time and talent!
I changed colors at the beginning of every increase (non-petal) round.
Loved your pattern and the purse – my grand girls will love it!!!! Thanks !!
Thank you for this beautiful pattern! With the help of your video, I made the flower very nicely, but I’m having trouble with the body of the purse. When I get to row 2, I get to the end of row one when I still have a few stitches to go for row 2. It looks like row 1 has 16 stitches, but row 2 has 18? Is it supposed to be that way, where row 2 of the body is longer than row 1? I’m a newbie, so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Thank you for your help!!
You should have 18 stitches in the first row. The numbers in ( ) at the end of each row are the stitch counts. 🙂
Thank you for sharing this pattern! I just made one with pink and purple on the flower for my niece. It turned out super cute and the pattern was easy to follow.
This is a fabulously easy pattern, made all the better with your great instructions! Made this for a little girl at church and i just know she’ll love it. Thank you!
I have just made this – it looks awesome. I did need the video to help me with the flower but was able to do it once I watched it. Wish I could add a photo for you. Thanks.
Thank you for sharing your free pattern. I have made the purse for a great-niece who loves purses. I had a really cute bug button that matched the color of yarn perfectly , so I sewed it right in the middle of the flower. Can’t wait to give it to her. Thank you again for the sharing the pattern.