As a young girl, I was always fascinated when my dear, Italian grandma would fumble through her huge pocketbook and pull out her little leather change purse.  It had to weigh 2 lbs. and was stuffed with quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.  As we walked along the city streets, we’d always stop at the “candy store”, have an Egg Cream, and leave with a bag of m&m’s for me.  As grandma was paying, I’d hear her say, “I gotta the change”, and she’d dig down and grab that chubby little pouch.

When I saw this pattern on Ravelry, nostalgia got the better of me and I hit the “buy now” button.  Honestly, I’m not sorry that I did.  It was easy enough to crochet and I found the purse frames at JoAnn’s…and the cotton yarns in my collection were plentiful to choose from.  The pattern is Candy Stripe Crochet Purse, and you can buy it through Ravelry or at the website here.

Cute size, cute shape and functional.  Will I actually use it?  I’ma no so sure.


0 thoughts on “Keep the Change

  1. Kris says:

    These are perfect to use when you are at the flea market and you do not want to take a pocket book or leave your money loose in your pocket. I love them. Do they have a lining?

    • Ann says:

      The pattern doesn’t call for a lining, Kris, but I seriously thought about making one. The crochet fabric is pretty sturdy, so you don’t really need a lining, but I think a sweet cotton print would look adorable on the inside. Laziness got the better of me so I abandoned the idea, but you have now rekindled the possibility. I’ll post an update if I make it happen!

    • Ann says:

      Hope all is well with you too, Cybèle! These little change purses are easy to make and are great for gift-giving. And, they work up in a snap!
      Take care, Ann

  2. Judy says:

    what kind pf crochet ‘thread’? #3 Where do you purchase the frame? I went to Michael’s & they had no idea what I was talking about. I really want to make some for Christmas presents. They are so cute. Keep up the good work!