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Crochet BULLIONOBIA Coin Purse Free Pattern

Updated on September 4, 2012
BULLIONOBIA Coin Purse
BULLIONOBIA Coin Purse | Source

Table of Contents:

  • Link to Video Hub: Learn How to Crochet the Bullion Stitch
  • Text: Required Skill
  • Text: Pattern Description
  • Text: Materials and Tools
  • Text: Measurements
  • Text: Special Stitches
  • Text: Abbreviation
  • Text: Written Pattern
  • Photo Gallery: Chart Pattern
  • Photo Gallery: How to Apply the Zipper

Are you scared of the bullion stitch? Do you have an aversion towards patterns that calls for bullion stitches? Do you feel like bullion stitches are alien stitches that don't belong to Earth crochet? Then you have BULLIONOBIA, just like me before.

Yet at some point you have to conquer your fear of the bullion stitch. Crocheting the Bullionobia Coin Purse might just do that.

Crocheting bullion stitches is like falling in love. You can't rush into it or you'll be very disappointed. You need to take it slowly and get to know the bullion stitch step by step.

Applying just the right amount of pressure while crocheting is essential in the success of creating bullion stitches. Less pressure will result in sloppy bullions while too much pressure will make it difficult to pass the hook through all those 10 loops on hook.

But why bother? You might be asking yourself.

Why not? I can think of three reasons.

  1. Bullions create a very interesting texture in crochet fabric when used sparingly.
  2. When used throughout, bullion stitches is one answer to manly crochet.
  3. Overcoming bullion stitches will improve your crochet confidence as you climb up the crochet skill level.

So drop those reasons and crochet the Bullionobia Coin Purse NOW!


Don't be scared - bullion stitches aren't so scary if you just know what to do.
Don't be scared - bullion stitches aren't so scary if you just know what to do. | Source

Link to VIDEO HUB: How to Crochet the Bullion Stitch?

I created the VIDEO hub HOW TO CROCHET BULLION STITCH to make crocheting the Bullionobia Coin Purse easier. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW to be able to crochet a decent bullion stitch without help is here.

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Pattern Description:

The pattern is worked in a spiral using incomplete bullion stitches. Each side looks a bit different from each other.

Measurements:

Length - 2.5 in

Width - 3.5 in at the base and top, 4.5 in in Round 9

This purse will not lie flat. As the bullion wraps more, the bullion stitch becomes wider. But that's okay. This is a coin purse, anyway. It's not meant to lie flat.

Required Skill:

  • Ch, hdc, sc, sl st, bullion stitch
  • Working on both sides of the foundation chain
  • Working in rounds (spiral)



Materials and Tools:

  • Crochet cotton thread
  • #7 steel hook
  • Stitch Marker
  • Zipper
  • Sewing needle, thread and pins

This photo shows the graduation of stitches from bottom to top. The purse begins with a round of sc's, hdc's, then varying heights of bullion stitches.
This photo shows the graduation of stitches from bottom to top. The purse begins with a round of sc's, hdc's, then varying heights of bullion stitches. | Source

Special Stitches:

The bullion stitch used for this coin purse is incomplete. The instructions for a complete 8-wrap bullion stitch is this:

Y o 8x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 10 LOOPS on hook, ch 1.

For the Bullionobia Coin Purse, we skip ch 1. So here are the instructions for the bullion stitches:

2-wrap bullion stitch: Y o 2x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 4 LOOPS on hook

3-wrap bullion stitch: Y o 3x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 5 LOOPS on hook

4-wrap bullion stitch: Y o 4x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 6 LOOPS on hook

5-wrap bullion stitch: Y o 5x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 7 LOOPS on hook

6-wrap bullion stitch: Y o 6x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 8 LOOPS on hook

7-wrap bullion stitch: Y o 7x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 9 LOOPS on hook

8-wrap bullion stitch: Y o 8x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 10 LOOPS on hook

Abbreviations:

  • Ch - chain
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Hdc - half-double crochet
  • Sl st - slip stitch
  • 2bs - two-wrap bullion stitch
  • 3bs - three-wrap bullion stitch
  • 4bs - four-wrap bullion stitch
  • 5bs - five-wrap bullion stitch
  • 6bs - six-wrap bullion stitch
  • 7bs - seven-wrap bullion stitch
  • 8bs - eight-wrap bullion stitch

This is how the purse will look when it lies flat, IF you force it to lie flat. ",)
This is how the purse will look when it lies flat, IF you force it to lie flat. ",) | Source

WRITTEN PATTERN:

Foundation Ch: Ch 30 (or any number of ch, depending on the length you desire).

Round 1: 28 sc starting from the 2nd ch on hook, 2 sc on the last ch, 28 sc on the other side of the foundation chain.

Round 2: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 hdc, remove the stitch marker.

Round 3: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 2bs, remove the stitch marker.

Round 4: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 3bs, remove the stitch marker.

Round 5: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 4bs, remove the stitch marker.

Round 6: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 5bs, remove the stitch marker.

Round 7: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 6bs, remove the stitch marker.

Round 8: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 7bs, remove the stitch marker.

Round 9: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 8bs, remove the stitch marker.

Round 10: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 4bs, remove the stitch marker.

Round 11: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 hdc, remove the stitch marker.

Round 12: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 sc, remove the stitch marker.

Round 13: Mark the first stitch of this round with a stitch marker. 58 sc, remove the stitch marker. Sl st to the first sc.

Round 14 (OPTIONAL): Sl st all around.

Break off and weave in ends.


The following chart pattern does NOT represent the correct number of stitches of the written pattern.

This chart pattern is only a graphical representation of the written pattern and does NOT show the correct number of stitches.
This chart pattern is only a graphical representation of the written pattern and does NOT show the correct number of stitches. | Source

How to Apply the Zipper

I used to be so scared of applying a zipper to a crocheted purse. I avoided zippers as much as possible. All that changed after I saw this photo tutorial by Carrie Wolf.

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I am so proud with how I have applied the zipper.The zipper I had was longer than my coin purse, so I had to cut off some of it. Make sure to secure each end of the zipper where more stress is expected.
I am so proud with how I have applied the zipper.
I am so proud with how I have applied the zipper. | Source
The zipper I had was longer than my coin purse, so I had to cut off some of it.
The zipper I had was longer than my coin purse, so I had to cut off some of it. | Source
Make sure to secure each end of the zipper where more stress is expected.
Make sure to secure each end of the zipper where more stress is expected. | Source

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    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      3 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      I saw those tricks too. I just find it cumbersome to attach something else on the hook when it can be done without one. Well, whatever works as long as we get the job done. Happy New Year, Pallie! It is exactly 12 midnight here in my country!

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      Pallie 

      3 years ago

      Fear of bullion stitches is rather silly for most people who crochet. They are not that much different than the final step of cluster, puff, popcorn and other stitches that leave a lot of loops on the hook.

      Still having problems! A trick I saw on another website used a short piece of cut tubing on the bottom of the hook to wrap around. Even easier is to use a two inch piece of a cut drink straw over the hook. The loops never catch this way at all.

      I learned the bullion stitch when I was a young girl doing doilies with bedspread cotton which is similar to a size 8 thread today. I will say that the way bullion stitches are done now-days is easier than what I learned in the 1950s.

      Whatever way you end up doing this stitch, have fun with it. Practice with cotton yarn or thread and if it does not turn out the way you want the mistakes can make great dishcloths.

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Yes, Mercedes. The Philippine coins does make this coin all the more lovely.

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      Mercedes DeLeon Orlick 

      4 years ago

      I love this coin purse specially i saw some of our Philippine coins, i suddenly miss my Country.

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Me too, Patrice. For a long time, I stayed with buttons or tie a knot, but it really isn't that difficult once you give it a try.

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      The purse is adorable, Moira! Thanks for the link to the zipper tutorial. I've been reluctant to add them, too. Maybe no, since seeing yours, I'll give it a try. Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thank you, Joy! We all reach that point where we want to stop being afraid, you know. I'd love to see your Bullionobia coin purse soon. ",)

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      Joy56 

      6 years ago

      This is a beautifully written hub...... Glad to see so many are conquering there fear of this stitch..... I am learning to crochet and may get round to making this sometime soon............. Lovely hub

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