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Saturday, 18 October 2014

CUTE TINY PURSE


CUTE TINY PURSE

The world wide web and its freebies.. aaaah! Superb world we’re living in now !J

And for a few more bag / mobile phone holder ideas .. some with free patterns, so do take a quick dekho  at

This one though, is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you.  J

Right ho then.. let’s see how the designer has thought this one through.  So this little purse starts as a  circle at the base, and then you work along the sides bringing it up. We finally finish it all off with this really lovely flap , that adds the ooh.. aah to the creation!

Sizing  .. hmm.. easy to adjust I’d say – as you can increase size with different yarn thickness and /or hook.. go ahead, play with it and enjoy J

Now the designer’s pattern has been given as is, below.  Just after that is a tweak I’ve made as well.. so do look through the whole pattern sheet first.

Original pattern link probably http://islaura.it/

Materials used : Unbranded purse yarn, about 1 cone, with a 3.25 mm crochet hook
Gauge : 5 sc (across) x 6 sc rows (high) = 1”

Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : This is the regular single crochet, but using the back loops only.  In this pattern, it will give our little purse a little edge, defining the base from the sides.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                       sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

BACK

Round 1 : Start with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : sc in the 1st 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to*
till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 4 : sc in the 1st 3 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 3 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 5 : sc in the 1st 4 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 4 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 6 : sc in the 1st 5 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 5 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.


Round 7 : sc in the 1st 6 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 6 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 8 : sc in the 1st 7 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 7 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 9 : sc in the 1st  sc and in each sc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 10 : sc in the 1st 8 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ; * sc in the next 8 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.


Now as I am happy with the base size here, I’m going to stop increases and start building up on my sides.  If you want a larger purse, please continue increases, and once done, come back to this round for continued instructions.

Round 11 : sc-blo in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 12  : sc in the 1st  sc and in each sc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Rep Round 12 till your purse / project is of the 'height' you need.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


FRONT FLAPTo get this flap a little larger, I’ve used a 4 mm crochet hook here.  So with my little ‘cheat’ here, my semicircular flap is L : 6.25” x W : (at centre / deepest point) 3” , and this is just perfect for my little pouch. 



Start with a magic circle.  8 sc in that circle.  Do not join.  Pull the circle closed, (but not tightly). Turn.  

Row 1 : dc in 1st sc ; (ch 1, dc in next sc) ; rep (to) till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in 1st dc ;  2 dc in next ch-1 sp ; (sk next dc, 2 dc in next ch-1 sp) ; rep (to) till end ; dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in 1st dc ; (dc in next dc ; 2 dc in next dc) ; rep (to) till end ; dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 4 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 3, sk next dc , 3 dc in next dc ; (ch 3, sk 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc) ;
rep (to) till end ; ch 3 , sk next dc, dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 5 : dc in 1st dc ; (5 dc in next ch-3 sp ; sk next 3 dc) ; rep (to) till end ; 5 dc in last ch-3 sp ; dc in last dc.

Fasten off.  Leave a long tail to sew this in to the top of your cute little purse, and you’re done!
Attach a button that will slip into one of the convenient ch-3 holes in the last row, and this gift is DONE !

You could, if you have  yarn, and feel like it, attach a nice long chained cord to the sides of your purse – so it can be slung along.  So for this, I’d suggest you keep your purse flat, mark the two opposite sides.  Re-attach yarn into one side and make a ch (oh maybe 100 – 12 ch should do, but depends on the yarn you’re using too), and then sc into the opposite side marker.  To strengthen this cord up a bit, you could do an sc (or hdc?) in each chain all the way back to the start.  The important thing here is to ensure that these ends are neatly hidden away – and if this doesn’t happen neatly, then do what I do.. ensure that you put in a largish button or tassels off this end – neat not just neatly hide-up the extra yarns.. but make it looks lovely too J





Now given above is the pattern as per the photos and charts – but if you (like I did) want a purse just large enough for your cell phone and probably a set of keys, and preferred an oval base, then here’s what I did. I have used this unique chainless way to start, but you could do it the old-school way too.. it’s the end result that counts !

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !


Start with about a 3” long fdc ‘chain’ (or about 1.5 - 2” less than the final width of purse you are looking for).

Round 1 : sc in each fdc till end ; (then turning your work 90°, work one more sc in that same end st, 2 sc in the last dc, 2 sc in the other end of the same dc (so its like this last dc you have a total of 6 sc) ;
(then turning your work 90°, work once more such that you’re now working along the bottom edge of your fdc chain), work one sc in each fdc till end ;
(then turning your work 90°, work once more such that you’re now working along the side edge of your fdc chain), work one more sc in that same end st, 2 sc in the last dc, 2 sc in the other end of the same dc (so agan in this end dc you have a total of 6 sc) ;  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : sc in each sc till end of this row, then at the corner you increase by 3 sc : so 2 sc in the corner sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in the centre sc , sc in next sc and finally 2 sc in that bottom turning sc (turning onto the bottom part of your row) ; continue sc in each sc  till end of this bottom row till you once again reach the opposite side, and increase by 3 scs again.

Continue one or two more increases, till you have a width that you’re happy with.

Now if you want the ‘edge’ to be sharp, then after you’ve got the width required, you do an sc-blo round without increase.

If you do not want that sharp defining edge (edge defining bottom from sides), then you just continue sc in each sc all around, without increase.

Like you did for the other pattern (on this sheet), you will then continue sc in each sc all around (making the sides), till you have a purse of the length you desire.

The flap and the strap are made following the same instructions above.

So yaay, for a 2-in-1 idea.


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