Tuesday, 30 December 2014


free crochet bag pattern, free crochet clutch purse pattern


This pattern looks like a neatly tied up bundle , or so I thought.. (hence the name!)
This is a cute pattern, with interesting texture.. and easy enough for anyone to follow.  Come and join me as we work on this lovely one-row repeat pattern.

This 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
http://klubka.net/yzor/394-uzor-dlya-polotna-kryuchkom.html may be the original link for this pattern.

Materials used : Purse thread (polyester/viscose) ~ 1 cone , with a 3.25 mm crochet hook
For Indians  & Non-Indians : The polyester / viscose purse thread I've used is available only in India but you could use knitting cotton with a 3 or 3.5 mm crochet hook as well, with similarly stunning results.   Try this using any yarn and a suitable hook, and make it to any size that you'd like

Sill level : Easy to Intermediate

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

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.

How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

In this pattern, we will use what I have called the Wrap Stitch.
Wrap stitch : The stitch we’re using for this pattern is a lot like the ‘wrap stitch’, with a small difference.  In the wrap stitch, we just go around the dc’s, but in this stitch, we go around the stitches and into a dc as well. So for our wrap stitch, we have one sk st followed by 3 dc.  Our wrap stitch is always after the 3 dc’s. 
Yarn over needle (like you’re going to do a regular dc), hk (from front) into the sk st and pull lp from behind the 3 dc’s (3 lps on hk) ; yarn over and pull through all 3 lps. One wrap st done.

So you have a neat loop ‘tying up’ all 3 dcs – and your work is reversible.
To allow your stitches to look neat and ‘breathe’ a bit.. ensure that you keep that wrapped stitch loose so the 3 dc’s in the centre are not all ‘strangled in’ together J

Now for clarification on what a other wrap stitch is do see this video by Tamara Kelly at http://www.mooglyblog.com/wrap-around-stitches/
Note though that our stitch here is NOT that wrapped stitch, as that stitch does not go through the sk st.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                                  sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                 ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                      sl-st : Slip stitch
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              st(s) : Stitch(es)          
yo : Yarn Over                                                             hk : Hook

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
You can make this purse to any size, using any yarn and suitable hook.  Just ensure that you get the stitch count right.
The stitch count is worked in multiples of 4 plus 3.

We start along the length of our purse.  
So start with as many stitches as you'd need for the length of your purse. 

Now the beauty of this pattern is that we bind a few stitches  together.  I found that both the front and back of the pattern are lovely, so you are going to be stuck deciding which side to show off!
While I do try and simplify the instructions on working this stitch, do try to follow with the chart too .. and slowly let’s improve our chart reading skills J

Please read instructions on "how to work a Wrap st" at the top of this blog.

Start with fsc in a multiple of 4 plus 3.  Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in the next 3 fsc ; Wrap st in next st ; 
*sk next fsc ; dc in the next 3 fsc, Wrap st in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till end ; 
sk next fsc, dc in the last dc .  Turn.

From this row on, you will sk all the sk-sts of the earlier row, and have your dc’s over the dc’s of the earlier row, and yes, you guessed it.. your Wrap sts will also coincide with the Wrap sts of the earlier row.. now how easy is this, right? J
This adds to the beauty of this pattern as you have stitches wrapped both ways - back and front.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sk next st, dc in the next 3 dc ; Wrap st in next st ; 
*sk next dc ; dc in the next 3 dc, Wrap st in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till end ; 
sk next dc, dc in the last dc .  Turn.

Rep Row 2 till you have a project of the width you desire for your clutch purse… and we’re done.  Now I’m sure you didn’t expect this superb pattern to be this easy, right !!?? But sometimes, the trickiest looking patterns are the simplest – and now you know J

Once done, check the top of this blog to see how you can line your lovely bag & add a zipper.  
You can even add on a long cord to make this a hanging bag.

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