Vintage Coin Purse or Miser’s Purse

Vintage Coin Purse or Miser’s Purse

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Crochet Chronicles:

Suja Mohan one of my Besties shared a picture of a vintage coin purse that belonged to her Grandmother, in our crochet group, a while ago.

The purse was in 2 pieces joined by many chains….you pulled open the mouth of the sides to open the purse and pulled on the chains to close it. This isn’t a purse that you carry around in your hand or over your shoulder, You tuck one of the sides into your waist, while the other hangs out. You can use both the sides to store your money..for e.g….you can put coins on one side ad notes on the other…..or you can use one side( if you make it big enough) to store your mobile.

The purse fascinated all of us….but we couldn’t figure out how it was hooked, until Me and my Mom met up for lunch with  the dynamic, talented and multifaceted Viraja at…..

https://www.facebook.com/KnottyNest?fref=ts

Do take a look at her page….to see the wonderful work she has done……. Viraja gifted my Mom with a lovely pastel pink Miser’s purse and suggested that we have a group CAL for this purse……she promised to mentor the CAL……and that is how I learnt to make this purse….

The  pattern below has been written by her …….

Materials used:

For this Purse I used Omega #10 cotton thread – 30gms Red Rose Gold Metallic Thread – 5 gms Hook # 1.25mm

Abbreviations used: ch : chain Hdc/hdc : Half double crochet dc : double crochet sc : single crochet

Step 1

Hook in 150 chains using a marker at every 50 chain interval. You can use a piece of yarn or a safety pin as a marker too. Note that you need to put in only 2 markers for this 150 chain. 11063236_371142039739844_1449282969_n

Step 2

Chain up by one and then hook in 50 hdcs…….now chain in 50 chains then…..hook in 50 hdcs in the foundation chain….. Now you have the beginning of the two pouches connected by two 50 chains…as is seen in the picture below… 11040319_371142016406513_457118007_n

Step 3

Repeat step 2  until both pouches become 3” in width. ( this is how Viraja’s pattern goes) I got a little bored after 4 rows of hdcs so I changed the thread using a gold metallic one and instead of hdcs I chained up 3 when making the turn…then made a popcorn stitch in the next hdc and a dc in the next….popcorn  and dc until the end of that hdc row….chained in 50 with the gold thread and repeated the popcorn dc stitch until the end of that row.

Pls Note……when you make that 50 chain in the middle, make sure that hdc that  you anchor it in is on the right side …Be sure to keep both sides up while connecting the chains to the other side else you will get them all tangled. 11072577_371141999739848_733622530_n

After one row of gold ..repeat the Magenta color thread and hdcs for a few rows( you can make it as wide or as narrow as you

please……..

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Then added the gold thread and worked it as before….after that works a couple of rows of magenta again…..This is how it will

look when you are done….

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Step 4

Now fold one side of the purse say ‘A’, into half. Cut the thread and join it at the folded portion of the purse on one side. Now join the edge using single crochet.  I have showed it below using a cream coloured thread…so that you can see how I worked it. Join one side using scs….when you come to the top of the purse or the mouth of the purse hook in scs….without joining that portion…scs on the rim where there are no chains and then go down the other side joining the two flaps there using scs.

Here is the procedure in pictures…..

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 Step 5

Now you need to make the lock for this side  ‘A’. The ’50 chain lot’ is used to connect both the sides as well as to lock the pouches. To make the lock…….Fold the ’50 chain lot’ over side ‘A’ like in the first pic below…….leaving the chains falling over

the mouth of ‘A” as in the second pic below..

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 Carefully observe the picture below….

Here I made 50 scs along the rim of  ‘A’ carrying the ’50 chain lot’.  The way you make the scs is  by making your first sc on the first hdc. Move the first chain of 50  from the ’50 chain  lot’ over the sc that you have just done and make an sc in the next hdc….continue this way until you lock in all the chains between 2 scs each…… See pic below…… 11077890_371346533052728_185875820_n

When you are done this is how the mouth of the purse will look like( check pic below)………when you pull it apart…the chains will act as a lock which you can pull to close the mouth of the purse.

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If u want the opening wide, then u can hook in hdcs or dcs . I made scs.

Step 6 

DSC_9453 Now to work the other side….Hook in 50 chains and anchor it  on the other side say ‘B’. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 again and cut off the thread when done.

Step 7….To finish with….

Make chain between 25 or 30. Place to around the ’50 chain lot’ & join with slip stitch.Work secs or dcs in 2 or 3 rows so that you get a ring around the chain lot. cut thread and finish. DSC_9457 This helps to hold all the ’50 chain lot’ into one  holder & helps when u use ur coin purse.

Points to Note

1. U can make a beautiful edging to both sides of the purse in a contrasting color!

2. You don’t have to work the purses in hdc or sc or dcs…you can work it in any stitch you like…..If the stitch you have chosen has spaces in between make sure you add a lining to the purses before you do step 4 and 5.

3. Add beads, flowers, and other adornments to accessorise your purse…and make it your own.

This  is an ideal purse for Temple goers….mainly because many Hindu Temples do not allow leather bags inside…aside from that it leaves your hands free to pray, plus you can carry a little bit of money, your credit card and your mobile phone without having the nuisance of carrying a bag…. I hope this post has been lucid enough…..and was enough for you to want to try it out….

Take Care and Keep that beautiful smile on….you never know you is looking…:-)

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6 thoughts on “Vintage Coin Purse or Miser’s Purse

  1. Thanks a lot for unravelling the mystery of my little purse and helping us all make it…
    To Supriya for introducing it and Viraja for sharing the technique
    🙂

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