Crocodile Stitch Purse - Free Pattern

Nov 2, 2011
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Author

Thelma Lockhart

Introduction

I liked the Crocodile stitch and wanted to make a purse from it.  Here it is, my own pattern.  I have also done a Christmas Tree with the Crocodile stitch.   Here is a good site to get instructions for the lining.  http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/2008/1/tutorial-sew-lining-for-crocheted-bag.aspx

Materials List

8 or 9 ozs of Bernat Super Value in Oatmeal

or 8 or 9 ozs of Red Heart Super Saver

 Use I hook (for smaller purse, use G hook)

Finished Size

Purse is 12" X 8" X 2" thick

Strap is 24" LONG

Gauge

1 crocodile stitch is approximate 1 3/4" wide

4 sc to each inch

Notes

Crochet Me has a free eBook that includes instructions on the crocodile stitch, or check Youtube.com to learn how.  I used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MMPLqDMUuA

The Pattern

 See above .pdf file with pattern.  Click on "DOWNLOAD NOW" to right of picture


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MTamte wrote
on Nov 7, 2011 10:11 AM

Is there a zipper closure for this purse?  If so, how is this attached to the purse to close it up?   Will it be attached to the lining only?  Also, is there an instruction booklet on how to attach lining to the crochet itself?  Please reply to margetamte@wideopenwest.com

enginerd wrote
on Jan 3, 2012 4:22 PM
This is absolutely gorgeous! Such an inspired take on a 3D stitch!
Mrs.Farid wrote
on Jan 31, 2012 2:12 PM

i think am missing the body of the bag. i am working on it now and the pattern only describe face and strap..am i wrong?

 

 

Thelma@7 wrote
on Feb 7, 2012 6:16 PM

Answer to Mrs. F question is:

1)  Watch the video on YouTube to get crocodile stitches instructions.  The web site is listed with the pattern.

2) Row 4 starts the stitch base row.  Row 5 is the actual crocodile stitch.  You keep repeating Row 4 and 5 until top of purse where sc rows begin.

Hope this is helpful to  you.  This purse is a nice purse once it is lined with fabric.  The thickness and 3-D effect of the crocodile stitch makes it sturdy.

danajo wrote
on May 23, 2013 3:29 PM
sdowse wrote
on Mar 8, 2014 4:49 PM

I also am confused about the back of this purse. Can you show the back? Is the crocadile stitch only on the front? Where are the instructions for the back?

 

sdowse

sdowse wrote
on Mar 8, 2014 4:49 PM

I also am confused about the back of this purse. Can you show the back? Is the crocadile stitch only on the front? Where are the instructions for the back?

 

sdowse

Thelma@7 wrote
on Mar 13, 2014 9:07 AM

Crocodile stitch is only on the right side.  the next row is the foundation for the next row of crocodile stitch.  Sorry I don't have a purse done that I can take a picture of the back side.  Will post one later this year when I do another one.

 

Thelma@7 wrote
on Mar 13, 2014 9:07 AM

Crocodile stitch is only on the right side.  the next row is the foundation for the next row of crocodile stitch.  Sorry I don't have a purse done that I can take a picture of the back side.  Will post one later this year when I do another one.

 

on Apr 3, 2014 3:30 PM

How do you keep the stitch from ruffling up?  I have tried from the beginnibg three times, and each time it ruffles.  I have tried a size smaller and a size larger hook and I got the same result.  Does the first row naturally do this?

on Apr 3, 2014 3:30 PM

How do you keep the stitch from ruffling up?  I have tried from the beginnibg three times, and each time it ruffles.  I have tried a size smaller and a size larger hook and I got the same result.  Does the first row naturally do this?

Audreea wrote
on Apr 3, 2014 5:33 PM

About your crocodile stitch crochet purse, why would you just put the front of the purse with no back?

Evidently, you never realized that a beginner would try to tackle this purse, and there is no back.

Do you have any instructions that shows how to add a back to a purse like this?

It would be greatly appreciated.

Thelma@7 wrote
on Apr 7, 2014 8:23 AM

In response to Audreea's question - This is NOT done just front only.  It is done around from front to back.  There are crocodile stitches all the way around the row..  Please read the instructions again.  You are probably not crocheting down both sides of the chain.  This will make an oval shape and when you get to where the Crocodile stitches start, they will go around in a circle.  Please try again, remembering to go down both sides of the beginning chain.

Thelma@7 wrote
on Apr 7, 2014 8:23 AM

In response to Audreea's question - This is NOT done just front only.  It is done around from front to back.  There are crocodile stitches all the way around the row..  Please read the instructions again.  You are probably not crocheting down both sides of the chain.  This will make an oval shape and when you get to where the Crocodile stitches start, they will go around in a circle.  Please try again, remembering to go down both sides of the beginning chain.

Thelma@7 wrote
on Apr 7, 2014 8:25 AM

In response to oldiebutgoodie's question.  I don't know why your stitches are ruffling.  As you can see from the picture, my did not ruffle.  Check out the video.  Perhaps you can see if you are missing some stitch.  You may be missing the one dc which comes between each 2 dc's.  I'm sorry you are having a problem with this.

 

Thelma@7 wrote
on Apr 7, 2014 8:30 AM

In answer to sdowse.  This purse is done around from front to back.  There are crocodile stitches all the way around the row..  Please read the instructions again.  You are probably not crocheting down both sides of the beginning chain.  This will make an oval shape and when you get to where the Crocodile stitches start, they will go around in a circle.  Please try again, remembering to go down both sides of the beginning chain.