Monday, 19 January 2015

CRISS-CROSS CLUTCH

free crochet clutch purse pattern

CRISS-CROSS CLUTCH


So as promised here are a few more patterns for clutch bags and as this one is named for the shape of the stitch pattern.  I think this pattern can be used for a load of other projects – but let’s whip this one out first. J
So here’s yet another lovely 2-row repeat pattern for you. 

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
So below I give you the pattern as per the chart (by designer), but in my own project.

Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ one cone , with a 3.25 mm crochet hook
This yarn has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness, but do check guage if you’re using a different yarn.
For Non-Indians Polyester silk purse yarn is only available in India.   It is a 4-ply yarn. This project can be made using any yarn and suitable hook

Skill level :  Easy - Intermediate

I’ve been all lazy and got my bag lined professionally, so if you are in Mumbai - India, you may call Suresh on +91 91675 76825 , but I've also got a few lovely links on how one can line a bag and then attach the zipper, so here goes



Stitches used : Using U.S terminology
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.

Abbreviations used :  Using U.S terminology
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                            ch : Chain
trc : Treble / Triple crochet


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
A quick look at what we're going to do today.  We will make a rectangle with the pattern that will be the width and (folded) length of the clutch purse. I say *folded* because you need to add in an inch or two for the base ease.

I love the fsc start which not only gives a neat finish but also a great even stretch. I will *urge you* to try it too.  In case you cannot, then start with chains in multiples of 5 + 2 ; ch 3 , dc in the 3rs ch from hk in Row 1.  

Remember to make a note of  the number of stitches you start with.

Start with a row of foundation single crochet (fsc) in multiples of five plus 1, depending on the width of final project you want.

Row 1 : ch 3, 3 dc the 1st fsc ; sk 4 fsc, sc in the next fsc ; 
*ch 3, 3 dc in the same fsc (from where you made your ch 3) ; sk next 4 fsc, sc in the next fsc*;  
rep *to* till end. Turn

Row 2 : ch 4, 2 dc in same 1st sc ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; 
*ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till last dc ; ch 2, 1 dc and 1 trc in last ch-3 sp.  Turn.

Row 3 : ch 3, 3 dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the dc ; 
*ch 3, 3 dc in the ch-3 sp ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till last dc.  Turn.
Note : In the last set of this row, you will only sk 1 dc (as there are only 2 dc at that end) and then sc in the last dc.

Rep Rows 2 & 3 till you have twice the length that you wish for your sling bag. 
Isn’t this just the cutest pattern ever and so easy.  

Last row : sc in the 1st sc ; 
*sc in the next 3 dc, 1 sc in ch-3 sp ; sc in next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end. 
Ensure that you have the same no. of sc as you started out with.  
Fasten off and weave in ends

Finishing : Check out the links at the top of this blog for lining and adding a zipper.  To finish, fold the rectangle in half.  Join sides, line and add a zipper on top to complete your clutch purse.

Stitch detail

 Fasten off then and weave in all the ends. Line the bag as desired (Instructions given above). Now gift or show off your hard word d’art.  

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