Kilroy Klutch Purse

When I was really little, way back in grade school, I liked to take my lunch to school with me. Not only did you get to carry the latest cartoon character lunch box, :P but what mom packed usually tasted better than what the school served. There would be a sandwich, (pb&j was my favorite!), some chips, either Bill Cosby’s Jello Pudding (back then it was in a can!) or some fruit and something to drink. Then, way at the bottom there was always a napkin with a little note wrote on it from mom. More often than not, it would have Kilroy drawn on it with something like, “Have a great day, Love Mom”.  Sometimes, she would write a verse on it like, “This is the day the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”. No matter how bad the day was going, my Kilroy napkin always made it a little better and brought a smile to my face.

A few weeks ago, I had a dream and in it, I saw the cutest Kilroy but it was in crochet. I woke up with this idea for a Kilroy Klutch. Now, it can be very versatile just by changing the size. It would make a cute little purse for your favorite little girl. You could make it a hook holder. If you sized way down, you could probably change it around a bit and make a really nifty cell cozy. Whatever you decide to do with your Kilroy, I hope he brings a smile to your face like he always did to mine. :)

This pattern has NOT been tested yet so if you find any mistakes, please let me know. Thanks!


© 2011 Stephanie Osborne

Materials Needed:
WW Yarn
US “G” and “H” Crochet Hooks
Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle, (Velcro  or button optional)

sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hd = half double crochet
inc = 2 stitches in 1 stitch
blo = back loops only
dec = invisible decrease
fo =  fasten off

Work in rounds without joining. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Begin with a magic circle.

Head: (with G hook)
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3:  (inc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 4:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (24)
Rnd 5:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (30)
Rnd 6:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (36)
Rnd 7-14:  sc around (36)
FO. Leave long tail for sewing

Eyes: (with G hook and white yarn, make 2)
Ch 7
hd in 3rd ch from hook, hd in next 3 ch, 3 hd in next ch
continuing on opposite side of chain, hd in next 5 ch.
FO. Leave tail for sewing

Eyes, pupils: (with G hook and black yarn, make 2)
Ch 4
sc in first ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch.
FO. Leave tail for sewing

Nose: (with G hook)
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3-6:  sc around. (12)
Rnd 7:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (9)
Rnd 8-10:   sc around. (9)
FO. Leave long tail for sewing

Fingers: (with G hook, make 6)
Rnd 1:  4 sc in a magic circle. (4)
Rnd 2:  (inc, sc in next st) repeat around. (6)
Rnd 3-9:  sc around. (6)
FO. Leave tails for sewing

Klutch: (with H hook)
This can be adjust to the size you desire by adding/subtracting number of starting chains and rows. However, keep in mind that if you go smaller, you will need to adjust your head, nose and fingers down as well.

Ch 33
Row 1:  in BLO, dc in 4th chain from hook. dc across. (30)
Row 2-28: ch 3, turn and in BLO,  dc across. (30)

Turn piece 90* clockwise. sc down side over the first 11 rows.
Fold left side of piece over and line up with the 12th row, continue sc over both edges to sew together. Sc to end and fo.

On opposite side of piece, slip stitch yarn to bottom corner where it’s folded. sc through both edges to sew together, when you reach row 11, continue to sc to top of piece and fo. Now you should have your little clutch purse. To make it deeper, just crochet more rows.

Strap: (with H hook, this is optional depending on how you intend on using the Klutch)
Ch 71
Row 1: sc in first ch from hook, sc across.
Row 2-3: ch 1, sc across
FO and leave tail for sewing.

Assembly notes: Note: the head, nose and fingers will be flattened and not stuffed. Sew the black pupils of the eyes onto the white part of the eyes. Line up the bottoms and sew it into the center of white. Sew the nose onto the head. Sew the eyes onto the head on either side of the nose, lining up the bottom of the eyes with the bottom of the head. (see photos for correct placement). You can use black yarn to create a couple of strands of ‘hair’ for Kilroy but this is optional. Sew three fingers on the left bottom of the purse and 3 fingers on the right bottom of the purse. With the purse closed and facing you, center the head on the top, hanging the nose down over the front flap of purse. Sew head on and then sew nose onto the flap. (again, see photos for placement). If you chose to use a strap, sew strap to corners of flap on either side of Kilroy’s head. You can use velcro or buttons on the purse to keep flap shut if you desire.

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Kilroy Klutch Purse.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless. :)


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