Saturday, 20 December 2014

NEATLY WHEELED BAG


free crochet clutch purse pattern

NEATLY WHEELED BAG


I am slowly going through my long "to-do" list for bags / clutch purses as you can see. 
The pattern looks like a little wheel ..thought the name fit.   
Of course, one would generally associate wheels and bags with the ones that you wheel when you’re going out of town – but this one can put a totally different spin on your evening – so let’s wheel away.

This is not my original pattern.  I found a chart (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

Materials used : Purse thread (polyester/viscose) ~ 1 cone , with a 4 mm (US 6, G) crochet hook
For Indians & Non-Indians : Purse thread is only available in India.  However, you can make this project using any yarn and suitable hook.  Gauge is not important.

Skill level : Intermediate to advanced.
We use a dc 9-tog stitch here that needs a little expertise.

Size made : Width : 10” ; Length :  22”.  You can make this to any size.

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.

dc 5-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 5 times (6 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 5-tog made.
  
 How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html



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/

  

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                             ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                                  sl-st : Slip stitch
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together                       st(s) : Stitch(es)          
yo : Yarn Over                                                                       hk : Hook
lp(s) : Loop(s)             
                                               

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
As I said before, you can  use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project, to any size you wish.  Just keep the stitch count in mind and work it to the size you want.  

The stitch count is in multiples of 8 and we start along the length of our purse.  
So depending on how long you want your purse, go ahead and count off your start stitches. 
With all my projects, I urge you to try the foundation single crochet (fsc) start.  
You may notice that our chart has an extra ch at the end, and that’s because the designer has started with ch’s. So you choose your start stitch and work accordingly.

This pattern would look great in single colour or two colours – so if you do decide to go two colours, I'd suggest you work 2 rows in one colour, then neatly switch over to the next colour for the following two rows.  
This is so cool that you don’t need to have a trailing thread and can switch colours really neatly along the edge.
Remember that to switch colours neatly, in the last st, switch yarns in that last yarn over, so that the colour you need is just where you want it.   Please check the top of this blog for loads of easy "How to" links. J


Start using Colour 1 : with fsc in a multiple of 8 for the length you want for your bag. Turn.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ; sk next 3 fsc , 9 dc in the next fsc ; 
*sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next fsc ; sk next 3 fsc , 9 dc in the next fsc* ; 
rep *to* till last fsc ; 
sc in the last fsc.  Turn.

The beauty of this pattern is the together stitches that we’re going to use.  
As far as I know there are videos for dc 2-tog to dc 5-tog stitches.  
A link has been given above for the a ‘how to’ dc 5-tog stitch.  
However, in our case, we’re going to be working a dc 9-tog over 9 stitches.  Basically, this is the same as working any dc-tog stitch - you just spread it over more stitches. You will be handling and holding 10 lps in your hook at one time - a little tricky, but great fun too !
So while I do try and simplify this, do follow with the chart too.. and slowly let’s improve our chart reading skills J

I’ve also introduced the chain-less dc start – so if you are comfortable with that then we’re good, else (like the designer has) go ahead and use the 2 ch sts for that 1st dc

Row 2 : dc 5-tog over the 1st sc and the next 4 dc (of that 1st 9-dc set) ; ch 3, sc in the next dc (which is the 5th or middle dc of the 1st 9-dc set) ; ch 3, dc 9-tog over the next 4 dc (of the 1st 9-dc set), the next sc, and the next 4 dc (of the 2nd 9-dc set) ; *ch 3, sc in the next dc ; ch 3, dc 9-tog over the next 4 dc , the next sc, and the next 4 dc* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 3, dc 4-tog over the last 4 dc and the last sc.  Turn.


From this row on, the pattern becomes even simpler – you still need to do the dc 5-togs and the dc 9-togs, (they make the pattern) but you don’t need to figure out which stitch to go into, as its always going to be the sc after the ch-3 sp! Cool, huh?? J

If you’re using two colours (and switching yarn colours), this is where you should be doing it.   
Attach Colour 2 now.
Row 3 : sc in the 1st sc ; sk next ch-3 sp , 9 dc in the next sc ; *sk next ch-3 sp, sc in the next sc ; sk next ch-3 sp , 9 dc in the next sc* ; rep *to* till last dc ; sc in the last sc.  Turn.

Row 4 : dc 5-tog over the 1st sc and the next 4 dc (of that 1st 9-dc set) ; ch 3, sc in the next dc (which is the 5th or middle dc of the 1st 9-dc set) ; ch 3, dc 9-tog over the next 4 dc (of the 1st 9-dc set), the next sc, and the next 4 dc (of the 2nd 9-dc set) ; *ch 3, sc in the next dc ; ch 3, dc 9-tog over the next 4 dc , the next sc, and the next 4 dc* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 3, dc 4-tog over the last 4 dc and the last sc.  Turn.

If you’ve used an alternate colour, change back to the Colour 1 here.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 till you have a project of the length you desire.  
Remember your colours are switched every 2 rows.


free crochet clutch purse pattern
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