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Friday, 8 August 2014

Flower purse for your little girl



GIRL’S FLOWER PURSE 

I found this really lovely pattern on the great world wide web, and I do not claim it as my own.  However, the original pattern is not in English, and the translated version gets “lost in translation” J
So I thought I’d jot down what I was doing and share it with you too.



The original version(s) (?) also do not have a lining .. or if they do, that bit is lost in translation as well – so I’ve added my idea for a lining.  Do note that this  pattern has not been tested, and I’ve written it down as I’ve made it.. so do let me know if it works.. or doesn’t.. and we can then update it together.  
Pattern I've seen is called MK Handbag Children's "Daisy"

Further playing with the same pattern, I also made a smaller purse.. like a coin purse, maybe.. and that pattern is also given below.. well after the pattern for the larger purse pattern.  Enjoy J


Materials :
Use either a worsted weight yarn, or as I did, two 3-ply yarns held together for thickness of the central portion. For the petals I’ve used some 4-ply and DK ply yarn that I had in hand. Just for colour and a difference, I’ve added two colours in the petals.. single color would work too!! Great stash buster, and would make a lovely variegated flower too… Go ahead, create.. go wild.. enjoy !!


As per CYCA specs, yarn weight :



Start with a magic circle and the colour you want for the centre of the flower
Magic Circle : To refresh your skill, pl view this easy video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

I’d also like to introduce you to a new way to start a row/round, without using chain stitches.  Please view a lovely video at for a Chainless dc start . Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video. http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/

This ‘stitch’ can be used from Round 3 of Petal instructions.


Round 1 : 12 sc in that magic circle.  Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  (12 sc)
Round 2 : 2 sc in each sc around.  Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  (24 sc)
Rounds 3-4 : sc in each sc all around.  Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  (24 sc)
Round 5 : *sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc* ; rep from * to * all around. Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  (36 sc)
Round 6 :  sc in each sc around.  Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  (36 sc)
Round 7 : *sc in 1st  2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* ; rep from * to * all around. Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  (48 sc)
Round 8 :  sc in each sc around.  Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  (48 sc)
Increase till you have 54 sts (or multiples of 3) and a diameter of about 12 cms.

Petal Instructions :

Change to the yarn you want for the petals. I will restart round counts for convenience

Round 1:  sc in each sc around.  Join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  (54 sc)

We will now make the petals.

Round 2 : *ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each sc till end (till the flower centre) (11 sc), sc in the same st (from where you started this ch), sc in the next 3 sc* ; Rep from *to* till end. 
You will make one petal every third sc so you get evenly spaced petals , so when starting with 54 sc you will end with 18 petals (which is why you needed the multiple of 3 after Round 8, before making petal rounds) J

Round 3 : We will now work along the petal (chain) we’ve just created, going up one side, and down the other in dc’s all the way around.
Sl-st into the 1st sc ; ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc into each sc till the top, 6 dc in the top sc, (turning your work 90° and working down the petal), dc in each sc till end , sc next sc,
*dc in each sc of the next petal till top, 6 dc in the top sc, (turning your work 90° and working down the petal), dc in each sc till end , sc next sc* ; rep from * to * till the last petal.

Rep Rounds for both base (Rounds 1-8) as well as petals Rounds 1-3 once more, making back of our flower purse.


Joining your flowers :

Joining is in two parts –in the first part we will join the petals of one side together, and in the second part we will join the two flowers together (i.e back and front of purse)

Join Part 1 :
1.          Hook into the 1st dc (near base of petal), sc in that dc, and then sc into the 1st dc at the base of the petal to it’s right hand side
2.       Now turn and sc into the next dc on the 1st petal, and then sc into the next dc on the petal to it’s right hand side
3.       Continue one sc each into the two petals till the 10th st (i.e stopping just at the 6 dc the top of the petal.  At this point we will sc into each of these 6 sc, and will reach the down portion of this petal.
4.       Once again you will sc into the dc of this petal and then into the dc of the petal next to it (i.e again to the right hand side) till you reach the bottom.  When you reach the bottom, fasten off and weave in this end.
5.       Re-attach your yarn at the bottom of the next petal and repeat from 1 – 4 till you’ve finished the whole flower, ensuring that you leave the last two petals free – i.e one side each of the last two petals do not get attached, and this is the opening for your cute flower purse.  However, I’d suggest we sc in each dc down this last petal, and then up the side of that first petal, so we have a nice finished edge.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
6.       Repeat all these actions for the 2nd (back) flower as well.


Lining instructions :
I’d advise you line your bag for each side individually, as I feel that’s easier .. if you do decide to line your bag, that is.
So, place your flower flat on the ground.. and using the centre as a pivot, measure the diameter to the ends, leaving the last rounded part out (which is the top 6 dc).. so if you leave this part out, you will get an even circle.  Cut out two rounds of this diameter, and join it to this side.  When we’re joining our two flower sections together, we will only be using the top 6 dc, so our cute purse will be neatly lined by then, and we don’t need to fumble with it later. J  I thought this was a great idea.. what do you think?
So I’ve roughly sketched what I mean.. and it’s not to scale, but I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean.

 So the general rule(s) for lining are applied here too. You measure the diameter, then draw a line about ½” or 1 cm all around this, which is your cutting line.  Fold in this ½” or 1 cm all around and neatly iron it down – this is your stitch line.  Using invisible stitching, attach this lining to one side of your flower.  Repeat for the other side.  It is also always advisable to use pins to hold your work in place before stitching it down, but I’m sure you know that already.  So go ahead, and stitch your lining down, and we’ll catch up for the last and final join.

Oh, at this point, let me give you a lovely common rule of thumb, so to speak, for a way to line all your bag projects.  Take a look at this link pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crochet-bag/

Join Part 2 :
1.         Place the two flowers (back & front) with the lining facing one another.
2.        Keeping the two openings aligned, skip the first two petals, and re-join your yarn at the top corner (the circular portion that you made with your 6-dc), and do the sc-join (as before) joining both the flower sections all the way till the 2nd last petal. 
3.       Leave the last two petals (which will make the opening for your purse).  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.


 

The Handle : Just to mix things up a bit, I’ve used one skein each of two different shades of green – but you could use a worsted weight in one color, or 2 skeins of 3-ply yarn of a single colour as well.
1.         Ch 80 = L ~ 30” (or length that you think right for your bag).  Turn.
2.       Dc in the 3rd chain from hook, and dc in the next 9 stitches ; hdc in the next 5 sts ; sc in the next  sts till you have 15 sts left ; hdc in the next 5 sts and dc in the last 10 sts.  Turn. 
3.       Dc in the first 10 sts, hdc in the next 5, sc in the next sts till the last 15 sts, hdc in the next 5 sts, ending with dc in the last 5 sts.  Turn.
4.       The original pattern has leaves too.. so you now have a choice.. as I am giving you the choice J - so we start with a 15 ch, sc in the 2nd ch from hook , sc in next ch ; hdc in next 2 ch ; dc in next 2 ch; e-dc in next 2 ch ; trc in next 2 ch ; (one side of leaf complete)
5.       Ch 1, (turning your work at 90° and working along the edge of the trc you’ve just made) 3 sc along the trc just made, slip stitch into the next ch (i.e the ch on the ch-15 you’ve made earlier) ; and now working back on the chain to mimic the one side of the leaf you’ve just completed ,ch 3 (= your 1st trc) ; trc in next st,  dc in next 2 sts,  e-dc in the next 2 sts, dc in the next 2 sts and sc in the next st and slip stitch into the last st.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.   


Leaves : The original link has a cute curvy leaf.. I’ve written out one for a triangular one.. So go ahead and make either this triangular shaped leaf or the one from the original pattern – cute n wavy.. and as many as you wish.. and then we’ll get back to assemble these leaves and your handle. J




  


  
After making this large bag, I thought just a small tweak would give us a smaller one too.. so I made one, jotted down my notes as I went along, and would love to share them with you here.




LITTLE GIRL’S FLOWER PURSE



This purse too follows along the same lines, just changing a few things makes it a bit smaller.. and I think it looks cuter.





Materials used : Stash – DK yarn in yellow / off-white for the centre of flower and 3-ply light fingering yarn in pink/4-ply fingering yarn in red for the petals.
Hook used :  4mm (US 6, G) crochet hook

Flower centre instructions : (Make two)

Round 1 : Starting with the off-white, make a magic circle and 6 sc into that circle.  Join with a slip stitch to the 1st st. ( 6 sc)

Round 2 : 2 sc in each sc till end. Join with slip stitch to the 1st st. (12 sc)

Round 3 : sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc ;*sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* ; rep from *to* 4 times, till end.  Join with slip stitch to the 1st st.  (18 sc)

Round 4 : sc in 1st 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc ;*sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* ; rep from *to* 4 times, till end.  Join with slip stitch to the 1st st.  (24 sc)

Round 5 : sc in each sc till end. Join with slip stitch to the 1st st. (24 sc)
(In this round, just for contrast, I changed to the darker yellow yarn.)

We’ve completed the centre of the flower and will now make our six petals.  For convenience, I will restart the round counts.

Petal instructions : (Make two)
Round 1 : Starting with the red, ch 10. *Sc in 2nd chain from hook, and in each chain till end.  (9 sc).
Sc in the base stitch (on the flower centre, from where you’ve started your ch-10) , sc in the next 2 sc ; 10 ch from the next sc*; rep from * to * five times till end.  Join with a slip stitch to the 1st st.  (8 petals)

Round 2 : (In this round, just for contrast again, I’ve changed to the lighter pink yarn.)
*Ch 2 (or dc) in 1st sc, dc in the next 7 sc ; 6 dc in the top 9th sc ; [and now turning your work 90°, and working down the sc stem, dc in each sc till the flower base (22 dc) ; sc in the next sc; sc in the next 3 sc * ; rep from * to * till the end.  (8 petals)

Round 3 : (We will go around each petal with a dc once again, thickening our petal width)
*dc in the 1st dc and in each dc till the end ; sc in the next sc * ; rep from * to * till end. (8 petals)
You will make one more similar flower for the back, and then refer to the joining instructions for the large flower.  Do remember though that our counts differ here, as we only have 8 petals.
I haven’t bothered with lining for this tiny purse – as I feel it isn’t needed.. but of course, that’s your choice.

For the handle, I made a 75 chain with fsc.  At the end of 75 fsc, I did a ch 4 and join to the 1st ch ; *ch 3, slip stitch into the ch-4 sp* ; rep from * to * four times (for a really tiny floret in green) ; go back onto the 75 fsc and sc in each fsc till end.  At the other end rep the ch 4, join to the first ch and rep from * to * five times for the second matching little floret.
Join this little floret and part of the handle onto the sides of your flower purse.

To close this little purse, I’ve just attached a press button to the opening and voila.. we’re done ! J

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