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Crochet Man's Bills and Phone Purse Free Pattern

Updated on September 16, 2012

Table of Contents:

  • Required Skill
  • Measurements
  • Materials and Tools
  • Notes
  • Abbreviation
  • Written Pattern
  • Chart Pattern
  • How to Apply the Zipper
  • Blocking (Video)

With my husband always demanding crocheted accessories for himself, I am constantly faced with the challenge of discovering masculine stitch patterns.

This purse for his bills and phone is one of those stitch patterns I created to answer the challenge. I never thought that crisscrossing sc's would produce such manly texture.

Worked sideways in chocolate brown mercerized crochet cotton with a zipper for closure, my husband loves this purse so much!

I wanted to name this after my husband, but since he was named after a man that gave the world so much horror (husband's name: Hitler), I decided to just give it a generic name.

I am so loving this texture!
I am so loving this texture!

Measurements:

Using mercerized crochet cotton and #7 steel hook, these are the vital statistics of this purse.

Length: 3 in

Width: 5.5 in

Gauge: 12 stiches and 11 rows per in

Required Skills:

  • Working on both sides of the chain
  • Working in rows back and forth
  • Crisscrossing sc's
  • Slip-stitching adjacent back loops of a folded sc-row
  • Applying a zipper
  • Blocking

Notes:

This stitch pattern tends to shorten the length of the foundation chain because of the crisscrossing way the sc's are worked.

If you plan to modify this pattern, make sure to crochet a swatch first.

Materials and Tools:

  • Mercerized crochet cotton
  • #7 (1.65mm) steel hook
  • 6-in YKK zipper (or longer)
  • Sewing pins, needle and thread

Abbreviations:

  • Ch - chain
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Sk - skip
  • Sl st - slip stitch

Written Pattern:

Foundation Chain: Ch 37.

Row 1: Sc on the second ch from hook, 34 sc, 2sc on the remaining ch, (begin work on the other side of the chain) 35 sc, ch 1, TURN. Stitch count: 72 sc

Row 2: Sk the first sc, sc, sc on the sc just skipped, (sk the next sc, sc, sc on the sc just skipped) 35x, ch 1, TURN. Stitch count: 72 sc or 36 pairs of criss-crossed sc's.

Repeat Row 2 44 times.

Closing the other side: Sl st adjacent back loops of the sc's in the last row. Stitch count: 36 sl sts.

Break off and weave in ends.

The following chart pattern is NOT an actual representation of the written pattern.

It only serves as an illustration of the written pattern. However, it can also serve as a formula/recipe should you want to modify this pattern into something else, like an evening clutch.

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Begin with an ODD number of Foundation Chain (FC).Row 1: Work sc's on both sides of the foundation chain.Row 2: (a)Skip the 1st sc, sc on the next sc.Row 2: (b) Sc on the sc just skipped.Row 2: (c) Skip the next sc, sc on the next sc.Row 2: (d) Sc on the sc just skipped.Row 2: (e) Do the same (c and d) till end of row.Repeat Row 2 till desired width is achieved.To close the other side of the purse, sl st adjacent sc's of the last row.
Begin with an ODD number of Foundation Chain (FC).
Begin with an ODD number of Foundation Chain (FC).
Row 1: Work sc's on both sides of the foundation chain.
Row 1: Work sc's on both sides of the foundation chain.
Row 2: (a)Skip the 1st sc, sc on the next sc.
Row 2: (a)Skip the 1st sc, sc on the next sc.
Row 2: (b) Sc on the sc just skipped.
Row 2: (b) Sc on the sc just skipped.
Row 2: (c) Skip the next sc, sc on the next sc.
Row 2: (c) Skip the next sc, sc on the next sc.
Row 2: (d) Sc on the sc just skipped.
Row 2: (d) Sc on the sc just skipped.
Row 2: (e) Do the same (c and d) till end of row.
Row 2: (e) Do the same (c and d) till end of row.
Repeat Row 2 till desired width is achieved.
Repeat Row 2 till desired width is achieved.
To close the other side of the purse, sl st adjacent sc's of the last row.
To close the other side of the purse, sl st adjacent sc's of the last row.
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I am so proud how neatly I have attached the zipper. ",)Here it is in its full glory.Close up on this end of the zipper - I stitched that a couple of times since this end will receive a lot of stress.I did the same here too.
I am so proud how neatly I have attached the zipper. ",)
I am so proud how neatly I have attached the zipper. ",)
Here it is in its full glory.
Here it is in its full glory.
Close up on this end of the zipper - I stitched that a couple of times since this end will receive a lot of stress.
Close up on this end of the zipper - I stitched that a couple of times since this end will receive a lot of stress.
I did the same here too.
I did the same here too.

How to Apply the Zipper

Applying a zipper used to be a mystery to me. Thanks to Carrie Wolf's photo tutorial, I learned that I only need to try to uncover the mystery.

Blocking

This stitch pattern requires blocking. I'm not a fan of blocking myself but I had to learn from this video.

The video is a bit shaky but it will teach you the essentials of blocking.

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    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      My husband just don't make the "tampo" look, he actually nags me to crochet things for him. LOL!

    • handmadebybheng profile image

      handmadebybheng 

      6 years ago from Cubao , Quezon City

      Husband saw this and told me, with his "tampo" look ( hahahah ) that I haven't crocheted something for him in years since I started to pick up crochet.. so before this year ends, I have to be able to make one for him.. he wanted beanies and bags... and a crochet amigurumi frog.. I felt bad not able to make these for him considering his support with my agendas.. so way to go for making something for thy husband ahhhaha

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      That's right! I thought to myself to "Why didn't I think of this sooner?"

      I've also encountered the dc cross stitch, too. But I didn't quite like it because it's a bit hole-y.

      I also did the hdc cross stitch before. It was great, but I like the sc cross stitch most.

      Thank you for your positive feedback. I really appreciate it.

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      The double crochet cross stitch is used in my told-to-me sweater. Didn't realize there was a single crochet version, but why not, right? :-). This is a really cute (I know, a man wouldn't call it "cute") purse. And you make inserting the zipper look so easy. I'm going to give it a try soon.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared!

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