Summer crochet projects can be so much fun! Especially when they are in watermelon form! I made a cute little crochet watermelon coin purse using pony beads for the seeds! Caron Simply Soft yarn was perfect for this project with it’s vibrant colors and the ability to create small tight stitches. Plus, the yarn is thin enough (but not too thin!) to fit through the 4mm pony beads.
– Caron Simply Soft yarn in Red, Kelly Green, and White or Off White. Shop all colors HERE at Yarnspirations.com
– Size G crochet hook
– 4 mm Black Pony Beads. I got mine at Michaels Craft Store.
– 3.25 inch Coin Purse Clasp. I got mine at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. Find it online HERE.
– Skinny/small tapestry needle. It needs to fit through holes on the clasp.
Finished size is approximately 5.5 inches long by 4 inches wide (at bottom).
Before you start you need to string your pony beads onto your red yarn. You will want to string on about 45 beads.
Then watch the below video on how to crochet the beads into your project. Basically you are just going to add them one at a time into your SC stitch EXCEPT when making the SC stitch with the bead, you will insert your hook from behind the stitch instead of from the front of the stitch. This way the bead pops outwards and not on the inside of the project.
Chain 13, SC in second chain from hook and rest of the way down, make 4 SC in last chain
Now working on other side of chain, SC in first 11, 4 SC in last chain, join, chain 1
Round 2: SC in first 12, 2 SC in next 3, SC in next 12, 2 SC in last 3, join, chain 1
Round 3: SC in first 13, 2 SC in next 3, SC in next 16, 2 SC in next 3, SC in last, join, chain 1
Round 4-7: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (42 SC )
Change to white
Round 8: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1
Change to red
Round 9: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1
Round 10: SC in each stitch around adding in beads approx every 7 stitches.
Round 11: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1
Round 12: SC in each stitch around adding in beads between where beads lay in round 10, join, chain 1
Round 13: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1
Round 14: SC in each stitch around adding in beads randomly, join, chain 1
Round 15: SC decrease, SC in next 5, repeat around (there should be one extra SC stitch to make on this round), join, chain 1
Round 16: SC in each stitch around adding in beads randomly, join, chain 1
Round 17: SC decrease, SC in next 3, repeat around ending with a SC decrease
Fasten off yarn
You will now work in rows.
Lay flat and join yarn to right hand side of edge. You are basically going to create to flaps that will sew into the metal clasp.
Join yarn, chain 1 and make 12 SC across edge (adding in a few beads as you go), chain 1, turn.
Row 2: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC in each stitch across, adding a few beads as you go, chain 1, turn.
repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have a total of 7 rows (ending on a non-bead row)
Fasten off leaving long tail.
Now flip over and create a second flap.
Fasten off leaving long tail and use it to stitch both flaps (one at a time) onto the metal clasp. See picture tutorial below.
When both flaps are finished you will
Now you have a cute crochet summer accessory to keep in your purse! Carry coins, bills, credit cards, lip gloss, and more!