Mocha Sling Purse

mocha sling purse

I love purses and I love making them. This mocha sling purse was born from my obsession with mastering the Tunisian knit stitch. While I’m not sure if I mastered it per se, I do know that I got a lot of practice and I am now pretty comfortable with the stitch. The stitch is easy once you get the hang of it and it is so pretty. It looks like you knitted when you simply crocheted! If you’re new to Tunisian crochet, check out Red Heart’s guide.

Finally, I have to admit, this is more of a how I did it rather than a complete pattern. Hopefully you understand the gist of what I did and you can customize your purse to your liking.

mocha sling purse
Yes, a kitten can fit in the purse!

What you need

  • One 14 oz skein of Caron Sprinkle Cakes (I used mocha rainbow) *I believe this line is discontinued, so Caron Chunky Cakes might be a good alternative if you can’t find the Sprinkle Cakes on liquidation*
  • One 3.5 oz skein of Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton yarn (I used brown)
  • 6.5 mm Tunisian crochet hook
  • 5.0 mm Tunisian crochet hook
  • 5.0 mm crochet hook
  • tapestry needle

Gauge

Not important!

Stitches Used (US terms)

  • chain
  • Tunisian knit stitch
  • single crochet
  • slip stitch

The Pattern 

Main panel – make 2

Using 6.5 mm Tunisian hook and the Sprinkle Cakes yarn, chain 35.

Foundation Row (right side) pull up a loop in horizontal bar of second chain from hook and in each chain across, close.

Row 1 skip first vertical bar and work Tunisian knit stitch across, then close.

Repeat Row 1 until panel is desired height (I did about 32 rows).

Bottom panel – make 1

Using the 5.0 mm Tunisian crochet hook and the cotton yarn, ch 15.

Foundation Row (right side) pull up a loop in horizontal bar of second chain from hook and in each chain across, close.

Row 1 skip first vertical bar and work Tunisian knit stitch across, then close.

Repeat Row 1 until panel is as long as the main panels are wide.

Assembly

Using a tapestry needle and the cotton yarn, whip stitch one main panel to the bottom panel. Make sure the right side of the bottom panel is facing the wrong side of the main panel. Do the same with the other main panel.

Now, press the two main panels together (their wrong sides should be facing), and fold in the bottom panel so it is flush with the two main panels (see picture) and whip stitch together all the way from the bottom to the top, making sure to catch the bottom panel. This created a sort of pinch at the bottom. Do the same with the other side.

mocha sling purse
The bottom of the purse. See how the ends are folded in?

Strap/Handle

Using the 5.0 mm regular crochet hook and the cotton yarn, make a slip knot onto the crochet, then starting at one corner of the top of your assembled bag (where your panels meet with the whip stitch), single crochet in the back loop only around the top of the purse. Slip stitch to the beginning single crochet, chain 1, and then work another two rounds of single crochet, slip stitching to join rounds and chaining one to start next round (in other words, its not a spiral round).

After the third round, slip stitch in the next 3 sc, chain 1, then turn your work. Single crochet in the next 7 stitches. Chain 1, turn and single crochet 7 again. Continue to do this until you reach the desired length of your strap. When you reach the desired length, slip stitch into the other side of the purse to attach the strap. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Please let me know what you think of the purse in the comments. And please, if you want me to clarify anything, ask!

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Vanessa is an avid crocheter. She also loves to read historical fiction and has even written a few (unpublished) novels. By day Vanessa crunches numbers in an office but by night if she's not crocheting or book binding, she's probably sleeping. With her cat on/near her head.

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