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Outside In – A crochet purse made in a unique way!

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The Outside In Purse is crocheted out of two rectangles, both made from the outside in. They’re joined as they’re made and the centers are seamed with a decorative cross stitch. I’ve used quite a few colors to create my little masterpiece, and it makes me oh-so-happy!

Outside In Purse crochet pattern by Jessie At Home
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The yarn for this design was provided by WeCrochet. All opinions are my own.

Outside In

a crochet purse pattern
Intermediate Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

Outside In Purse crochet pattern by Jessie At Home - 3

Size:
10″ wide, 11″ tall, 3.5″ wide

Yarn:
Knit Picks Galileo: (50% merino wool, 50% viscose from bamboo), Size 2 (Sport Weight), 50 g / 131 yds
Valentine 6414: Color A – 1 skein, (50 g / 131 yds)
Pearl 5183: Color B – 1 skein, (50 g / 131 yds)
Calliope T065: Color C – 1 skein, (50 g / 131 yds)
Aquarius T062: Color D – 1 skein, (50 g / 131 yds)
Nebula 3158: Color E – 1 skein, (50 g / 131 yds)
Titan T063: Color F – 1 skein, (50 g / 131 yds)
Meteor 2098: Color G – 2 skeins, (60 g / 160 yds)

Hook:
US – 4 / E, 3.5 mm

Gauge: Learn about gauge HERE
5 sts x 5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in mhdc (see special stitches)

Other supplies:
4 removable stitch markers
Yarn needle
Black strapping 1″ wide x 50″ long
Sewing needle
Dark green sewing thread

Stitches and Abbreviations: click on highlighted sts for tutorials
ch – chain
bphdc – back post half double crochet
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over

Getting Started:
Round counts are at the end of each row after the period, if the count has changed from the previous round. – {count here}

Special Stitches:
Modified Half Double Crochet (mhdc): Yo, insert hook in back loop AND loop below back loop (also known as the third loop) of designated st, yo, pull though st (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops.
Modified Half Double Crochet 2 Together (mhdc2tog): Yo, insert hook in back loop AND loop below back loop (also known as the third loop) of designated st, yo, pull though st (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in back loop AND loop below back loop of next st, yo, pull though st (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops.
Modified Half Double Crochet 3 Together (mhdc3tog): Yo, insert hook in back loop AND loop below back loop (also known as the third loop) of designated st, yo, pull though st (3 loops on hook), [insert hook in back loop AND loop below back loop of next st, yo, pull though st] 2 times (5 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops.

Outside In Purse Pattern:

Main Bag Section

Start with Color A, then continue in alphabetical order, starting back at Color A after Color G.
Rnd 1: With Color A, fhdc 57, place marker, fhdc 50, place marker, fhdc 114, place marker, fhdc 50, place marker, fhdc 57, sl st to top of first fhdc to join (take care not to twist). – {328 sts}
Fasten off yarn.
Rnds 2-24: With next Color, mhdc in any st more then 4 sts from marker, [mhdc until 2 sts before marker, mhdc2tog, replace marker, mhdc2tog] 4 times, mhdc in each remaining unworked st, sl st to top of first mhdc to join. – {each Rnd decreases by 8 sts with 144 sts at end of Rnd 24}
Rnd 25: With next Color, mhdc in any st on a long side more then 4 sts from marker, [mhdc until 2 sts before marker, mhdc2tog, replace marker, mhdc2tog twice, replace marker, mhdc2tog] 2 times, mhdc in each remaining unworked st, sl st to top of first mhdc to join. – {136 sts}
Rnd 26: With next Color, mhdc in any st on a long side more then 4 sts from marker, [mhdc until 2 sts before marker, mhdc3tog twice removing markers] 2 times, mhdc in each remaining unworked st, sl st to top of first mhdc to join. – {128 sts}

Outside In Purse crochet pattern by Jessie At Home - Staggered Ends
When making the sample, I wove in all the ends, but didn’t cut them so you can see how I varied the starting point on each round.

With next Color, flat seam sides of Rnd 26 together using a cross stitch or other decorative stitch of your choice.

Outside In Purse crochet pattern by Jessie At Home - Close Up

Block piece to a 23″ x 10″ rectangle

Strap

Start with Color G, then continue in reverse alphabetical order, starting back at Color G after Color A.
Rnd 1: With Color G, bphdc in first st on one of the long sides of the Main Bag Section, *bphdc in each of next 49 sts, place marker, bphdc in each of the next 14 sts, place marker, bphdc in each of the next 50 sts, fhdc 230**, bphdc in the first st on the opposite long side of the Main Bag Section taking care not to twist; repeat from * to **, sl st to top of first bphdc taking care not to twist. – {688 sts}
Rnds 2-7: With next Color, mhdc in any st on a long side more then 4 sts from marker, [mhdc until 2 sts before marker, mhdc2tog, replace marker, mhdc2tog] 4 times, mhdc in each remaining unworked st, sl st to top of first mhdc to join. – {each Rnd decreases by 8 sts with 640 sts at end of Rnd 7}
Rnd 8: With next Color, mhdc in any st on a long side more then 4 sts from marker, [mhdc until 2 sts before marker, mhdc2tog, replace marker, mhdc2tog twice, replace marker, mhdc2tog] 2 times, mhdc in each remaining unworked st, sl st to top of first mhdc to join. – {634 sts}
Rnd 9: With next Color, mhdc in any st on a long side more then 4 sts from marker, [mhdc until 2 sts before marker, mhdc3tog twice removing markers] 2 times, mhdc in each remaining unworked st, sl st to top of first mhdc to join. – {626 sts}

With next Color, flat seam both sides of Rnd 9 together using a cross stitch or other decorative stitch of your choice.

Lay strapping in the center of the underside of the strap.
Starting 1.5-2″ up from the top of the purse, fold the two edges of the strap over the strapping and flat seam them together to 1.5-2″ from the top of the opposite side of the purse.

Outside In Purse crochet pattern by Jessie At Home - Strap

Finishing

Start with Color G, then continue in reverse alphabetical order.
Rnd 1: With Color G, mhdc in top right st of one side of bag, mhdc across top, ch 18 on the inside of strap, skip stap, mhdc across top of other side of bag, ch 18 on the inside of strap, skip strap, sl st to top of first st made to join. – {134 sts, including chs}
Rnd 2: With next Color, mhdc in first st of previous Rnd, mhdc in each of next 49 sts, hdc in each of next 18 ch, mhdc in each of next 50 sts, hdc in each of next 18 ch, sl st to top of first st made to join.
Rnd 3: With next Color, mhdc in any st, mhdc in each st around, sl st to top of first mhdc to join.

Pin bottom of strapping to bag side 1″ below the bottom of the floating top rounds of the bag.
With sewing needle and thread, sew center of strapping to center seam of bag side/strap for about 2″.
Sew bottom of floating top rounds on side to strapping.
Repeat on other side.

Ooops!

We all make mistakes sometimes. Below you can see that I made one gray stitch through the front loop of a maroon stitch. To help hide it a bit, I took a scrap of maroon and sewed it over the mistake, creating a new front loop. No need to undo stitches to fix the mistake.

Outside In Purse crochet pattern by Jessie At Home - Repairs

If you would like to add a lining, I will post a sewing tutorial for a fabric lining with a divider and pockets in 2 weeks. However, the purse doesn’t need a lining if you don’t want it.

Use or give and enjoy!

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