Round Crochet: Medieval Purse

Medieval Pouch/Purse

All cinched up and ready for a night on the medieval town!

This little pouch/purse was quick to make and while it isn’t amigurumi I thought I’d still add it to my section of free Round Crochet patterns from your local internet Round is a Shape lady!

Please note this pattern is worked in Rounds (Rnd).  Also, American crochet abbreviations are used.

sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
tflo = through front loop only
tog = together
ch = chain

Start with Red Yarn (for the purse)

Rnd 1: Magic Ring 6 sc (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Rnd 3: *1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc*; repeat from * (18)
Rnd 4: 2 sc in each sc (36)
Rnd 5: 1 hdc in each sc (36)
Rnd 6: 1 sc tflo of each hdc (36)
Rnd 7: 1 dc in each sc (36)
Rnd 8: 1 hdc in each dc (36)

Repeat *Rnds 6-8* 2 more times (or until the bag is as tall as you’d like it)

Rnd 15 (or higher if you did more than 2 repetitions of the previous set of steps): *sc tog 2, sc in next 3 hdc*; repeat from * (30)
Rnd 16 (this is where you make the slots for the cinching belt): *sc in next 2 sc, ch 2 and skip next 2 sc*; repeat from * (30)
Rnd 17: sc in each sc (30)
Rnd 18 (This makes the decorative flower/shell scalloping on the top of the bag): *5 dc in first sc, slip stitch the next sc*; repeat from * (30)
Finish off and weave in ends.

Start with two colors of contrasting yarn (black and white in the example):

This is formed in a chain, not in the round

Row 1: ch 44
Row 2: turn the chain over, skip first ch and sc in each of the underside loops (43)
Finish off, leaving a bit of tail from both yarns


Take your pouch and find the place where there is the largest gap between the available belt slits.

That will be where you enter the recently created “belt”, one half of the belt on either side.

Largest space between holes

Find the largest space between holes

Weave the belt on each side through the remaining holes.

insert the belt

Insert the belt, half into each of the holes

all woven through

All woven through, both sides coming out of the same hole at the top of the picture

You should end up with both strands coming back out of the same one hole at the end.

Using the leftover tails from making the little belt, stitch the ends of the belt together so now you have one looping chain with which you can now open and close your new little medieval pouch.

Sew the two ends together

Sew the two ends together

At the size made above you can fit about 4-5 medium sized wooden eggs!

You might be able to fit more eggs, if you stretch the pouch a bit

You might be able to fit more eggs, if you stretch the pouch a bit

If you make this pattern and find that you have any troubles with any of the above directions, don’t hesitate to let me know and I will try to fix it!


13 thoughts on “Round Crochet: Medieval Purse

  1. Hi April,

    I’ve been a reader for a few months now. I’m in a medieval re-enactment group (as, based on your banner photo, I suspect you are too 🙂 ). A friend of mine is doing research into medieval Slavic cultures, so the pysanky eggs jumped out at me.

    I don’t suppose the crocheted purse is also documentably Slavic? I know she’d be thrilled to find some more sources for costume and accessories.

  2. With just a quick look over the list… the Slavic Interest group jumps out, but I think she’s already involved in that.

    She’s actually specifically researching Lithuania, but sources on that are pretty rare, so I know she sometimes borrows from adjacent areas. Her blog about it is here; I just didn’t want to overwhelm you with MY POKEMON LET ME SHOW YOU THEM details at very first. 😉

    • @TeleriB Thanks for the blog link! I have to go read up now because if I ever get around to actually making a full persona I want it to be from Poland and those two countries (Poland/Lithuania) were very closely tied (even one at one point!) throughout history! Heh…shows me your pokemons! 😉

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. I am busy assembling a costume for my first ever medieval “Pillage the village” event (it’s a fundraiser for the library) and I made this to accessorize! It was quick to make and I your pattern was easy to follow.

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