I have to admit to loving small purses for change and other bits and pieces, so after my clasp purse I thought I’d have a go at crocheting a granny square purse. I always show folk on my workshops all the different things that you can do the humble granny square, and these little purses have to be one of the easiest.
To begin with, you need a granny square!! The size of the square will depend on what size you want your finished purse to be and the number of rounds you have to crochet will also depend on the thickness of yarn that you’re using. I still have an enormous stash of double knitting yarn, so decided to use that for my purse.
My top tip for working the first round of any granny square is to pop a hair grip into the circle you make when you join your 4 chain stitches together. This is where you’ll be working all the trebles and it can sometimes be really hard to spot. If you pop a hair grip in then you’ll always be sure of exactly where your hook needs to go.
Keep going until your square is the right size and don’t worry if the edges don’t look straight or the corners don’t look particularly pronounced. All you need to do is block your granny square. To do this, lay your square flat on the ironing board (or on one of those rubber children’s mats which are ideal) and pin it into shape. Now just simply give it a steam with the iron, leave it to dry, and it will look beautifully crisp and square like!
The next step is to cut out your lining. I laid my granny square on to my chosen fabric and cut it out leaving a good 1.5cm allowance all the way round. I then ironed the seam allowance towards the wrong side of the lining fabric, and laid it onto the granny square so that the wrong sides were facing. I popped a short piece of ribbon in under the lining at one of the corners, then carefully hand sewed the lining to the back of the granny square, making sure to secure in the ribbon.
Once the lining is secure you can fold in the bottom right and bottom left corner to the centre of the square and sew up the two edges.
All that’s left to do is to sew on a button and that’s your purse complete!
I just have to decide what to use it for now. Maybe somewhere to store all my stitch markers perhaps?