9 x 9 inch childs purse, basic instructions.
Row 1~2 hdc (half double crochet) in second chain from hook. Continue down the chain, 2 hdc in last chain, hdc on around the chain and back up the other side. You will be working on both sides of the chain. Continue to make hdc's around and around using both loops of the previous row as usual and adding stitches at the ends to make it lay flat. I ususally make two rounds after the intial chain round. Then begin working in the back loops only with hdc for one round, once you complete the round begin working both loops again as usual.
Then just go round and round changing colors when you want to. I usually decrease at each end on about the 4th, 7th and 10 row up. Where you decrease is not super important but it looks better towa...rds the base of the purse. When the purse is as tall as I want it to be I lay it flat and measure about 1/3 in from each end, this is usually about 7 stitches. I put a stitch marker there and at that point I chain the amount between the stitch markers in the middle plus one. (This is the hardest part for me to explain) I am making the handle.
When I have chained the amount of stitches plus one I then continue to hdc into the purse itself. Continue hdc around the purse twice crocheting hdc's across the chain to make the handle for two rows. I then single crochet once around and then end and weave in my ends. I then make a bow and sew it securely to the purse using yarn and making sure the bow is sewn on well.
I hope this makes sense to you as I am far from a professional and even further from being able to describe things.