Channel your inner free spirit with this easy crochet boho purse made from two fun circles. Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with stitch chart here.
This crochet boho purse is part of a collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand yarn. This post contains affiliate links.
Crochet Hippie Purse Inspiration
While I don't necessarily consider my style outright "hippie," I do love crochet with some bohemian flair. Last year, I shared the free Urban Gypsy Boho Bag pattern and I've been amazing at the hundreds of bags you've shared on Instagram! (See some of them here.)
Find the Urban Gypsy crochet bag pattern here.
A New Take on An Old Fave
While it wasn't necessarily my intent when designing the Urban Gypsy Bag pattern, you guys have realized what a great project it is to sell at craft fairs. I've been thrilled to have some small contribution to your own small businesses. (You can always use my patterns to make items to sell on a small scale as long as you credit Make & Do Crew as the designer, especially in online listings.)
I realized recently that the center of that pattern could be used to make a spin off pattern, so I set to work on a circle crochet boho purse. The new version ended up being even simpler than the original!
The Construction of a Boho Purse
This pattern comes together really easily because it's made from two identical circles, which are crocheted together to form a little pouch. If you're a visual learner, I highly suggest investing in the ad-free, printable PDF as it contains a stitch chart of the entire circle pattern. Personally, I find charts like this so much easier to read than the written crochet pattern (which, of course, is also included in the PDF!) You can purchase the PDF here.
The Perfect Cotton Yarn for Boho Crochet Patterns
If you've been hanging around here any length of time, you know I'm a big fan of Lion Brand's 24/7 Cotton. I've used it on a ton of crochet shoe patterns and it proved to be the perfect yarn for this purse pattern as well. It's durable and holds its shape while still maintaining a soft and delicate feel. Two strands held together make this bag pattern speedy and surprisingly affordable!
UPDATE: Lion Brand has turned the Street Fair Purse into a crochet kit! You'll receive all the yarn you need to make your own, plus a printed copy of the pattern. Grab your kit here!
What If I'm Not a Crochet "Hippie" Purse Kind of Person?
If you'd rather check peace, love and happiness at the door, this pattern can still make for an awesome cross-body bag. Simply use one of any of the several modern colors in 24/7 Cotton (see them all here!) and leave the fringe off. You'll be left with a purse that is the perfect size to stash your wallet, phone and a small water bottle--or your WIP crochet project!
Okay, let's get on with boho bag making! Find the Romanian Cord video tutorial for making the sturdy straps below and the free pattern below that. Happy crocheting, friends!
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More Free Crochet Purse and Bags Patterns
Did you love this crochet boho purse? Here are some more free crochet purse and bag patterns you can whip up next!
Street Fair Boho Purse
Free Crochet Pattern
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Channel your flower child with this speedy bohemian purse made from two fun circles. Using two strands of yarn held together and simple stitches, this boho bag comes together quite easily and is the perfect size to fit a wallet, phone and water bottle for an evening concert or dinner out. Whether you’re a hippie at heart or just want to add some boho charm to your wardrobe, this crochet bag makes for a satisfying, useful and stylish project.
This pattern is appropriate for a confident beginner looking to learn some new skills or an advanced crocheter looking for a project that can be finished by tomorrow. See end of pattern for ideas on adding a leather strap or fabric lining.
Purchase a kit with all the yarn + a printed copy of the pattern here.
• Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (Weight: 4/medium - 186 yds, 3.5 oz)
- Camel (#761-124) – 3 skeins* [(approx. 290 g)]
• Tapestry needle
• Size J (5.75 mm) crochet hook
• Button for fastening top (optional)
* Purse requires a full 2 skeins. Straps and fringe require a third skein, divided into two balls.
Main Purse (without fringe): 11.25 x 11.25”
Strap Height: Approx. 20”
6 dc x 3.5 rows = 2”
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
ch(s) – chain(s)
dc – double crochet
RS – right side
st - stitch
sp – space
yo - yarn over
2DcCl – 2 double crochet cluster - yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 (2 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yo and pull through all 3 loops.
3DcCl – 3 double crochet cluster - yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 (2 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 (4 loops on hook). Yo and pull through all 4 loops.
4DcCl – 4 double crochet cluster - yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 (2 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 (4 loops on hook). Yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 (5 loops on hook). Yo and pull through all 5 loops.
Overall Pattern Notes:
• Pattern is worked with two strands of yarn held together throughout.
• Main circles are worked in the round. Each round is finished with a sl st to the first st of the round.
• Ch 3 at beginning of round always counts as 1 dc. Work these chs quite tightly so as to minimize the potential gap they can create in a round.
• See stitch chart on p. 7 of pattern PDF for visual explanation of main circle pattern.
Foundation: Create a magic ring (or ch 5, sl st to join).
Round 1: Ch 3, 15 dc in ring, sl st to third ch from beginning of round to join. (16 sts)
Round 2: Ch 3, 2DcCl in first dc, ch 1, [3DcCl in next dc, ch 1] 15 times, sl st to top of first cluster to join. (32 sts)
Round 3: Ch 3, 3DcCl in first ch-1 sp, ch 2, [4DcCl in next ch-1 sp, ch 2] 15 times, sl st to top of first cluster to join. (48 sts)
Round 4: Ch 3, [4 dc in next ch-2 sp] 15 times, 3 dc in last ch-2 sp, sl st to top of beginning ch-3 to join. (64 sts)
Round 5: [Ch 4, sk 1 dc, sl st in first dc of next 4DcGroup, ch 4, sk 1 dc, sl st in 3rd dc of same 4DcGroup] 16 times, working final sl st where row began. (32 Ch4Loops)
Round 6: Ch 1, [3 sc in Ch4Loop, 2 sc in next Ch4Loop] 16 times. (80 sc)
Round 7: Ch 3, sk first sc, dc in each of next 8 sc, 2 dc in next sc, [dc in each of next 9 sc, 2 dc in next sc] 7 times. (88 dc)
Round 8: Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in each of next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in each of next 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 7 times. (96 dc)
Round 9: Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in each of next 22 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in each of next 23 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 3 times. (100 dc)
First Loop For Strap:
With RS of circles facing out, attach yarn with a slip stitch in front circle (left-handed crocheters: back circle).
Ch 8, sl st to back circle (left-handed crocheters: front circle).
Sl st into next dc “down” side of circle; turn.
Sc in each of 8 chs, sl st to next dc below where yarn was attached. Loop made.
Do not fasten off.
Sl st through next dc below strap loop in both circles. Circles now joined.
Working through both circles at the same time, ch 3, dc in next dc, dc in each of next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in each of next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 10 times. (88 dc)
Do not fasten off.
Second Loop For Strap:
Ch 3, sl st into next dc in front circle (left-handed crocheters: back circle).
Ch 8, sl st to back circle (left-handed crocheters: front circle).
Sl st into next dc “up” side of circle; turn.
Sc in each of 8 chs, sl st to next dc above where yarn ch began. Loop made.
• Two identical straps are made and knotted at the end.
• Alternatively, try using a long leather belt as a strap. Learn more about adding leather straps to crochet bags here:
-The Urban Gypsy Boho Bag
• This cord requires you to continually turn your crocheting clockwise (left-handed crocheters: counter-clockwise). It may feel awkward at first, but it becomes quite quick. See photo tutorial below or video tutorial at top of pattern for step-by-step instructions.
• Continue working with two strands of yarn held together.
Foundation Row: Ch 2.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook; rotate stitch clockwise.
Row 2: Insert hook under loop at “back” of stitch were two “V”s point to. Work 1 sc under this loop; rotate stitch clockwise.
Row 3 and beyond: Insert hook under two loops at “back” of stitch were two “V”s point to. Work 1 sc under these loops; rotate stitch clockwise.
Rep Row 3 until cord measures 55”. Cord is quite sturdy, but will stretch a bit once worn.
Fasten off and use tapestry needle to weave in ends of cords.
Link straps at top of shoulder, thread each through one strap loop and tie in a square knot. See photo in blog post above. (Both tails of Strap A are tied together and both tails of Strap B are tied together.)
ADDING A CLOSURE
To add a closure to top of purse choose to either crochet the button described below or find a wooden, bone or plastic button you prefer.
Make a Crochet Button:
Foundation Round: Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a circle.
Round 1: Ch 1, 11 sc in circle, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off leaving a 12” tail to sew button to purse.
Sew button of choice to whichever side you’d like to designate the front of the purse as pictured in photo in blog post above.
Join yarn in center top of “back”circle.
Ch 8 (or however many chains it takes to comfortably wrap around button), sl st to dc in center top of back circle. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
To quickly cut fringe pieces of all the same length, wrap yarn around a book that is approximately 8-9” tall. Cut at one end.
Beginning in any dc toward bottom of purse, insert hook from the top down and grab seven strands of fringe. Pull fringe partially up to top of purse. Insert fingers through resulting loop of fringe and pull fringe tails through loop.
Repeat in every other dc around bottom of purse. Trim as desired.
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