Sunday, 11 January 2015

RIBBON BRAID CLUTCH

 
RIBBON BRAID CLUTCH

I thought I’d make a clutches /bag or two to take as gifts in my upcoming trip, I find that this is so much fun and quick that I’ve decided to go through my yarn and to-do list.  This is a really easy pattern for a clutch purse and the pattern is so good that I think it can be used for a scarf and shawl as well.. but that’s for another day.

I’ve  got a few more beautiful and unusual purse / bag / clutch patterns already written – so let me add a few links here for your easy reference.




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


Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ one cone , with a 4 mm crochet hook

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.

While I’ve taken the easy way out in finishing the bag with lining and zipper, giving it to a professional Mr. Suresh (available at +91 91675 76825),


Abbreviations used :
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

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
So we start our clutch purse at the top and are working along the length of our clutch – i.e the number of stitches you start with will determine the length you want.  We will then work across side to side till we achieve the width (or height) of clutch purse we desire.
Now this pattern has no chart – but it’s an easy enough one to follow without – sc rows followed by one shell row.. so let’s start.

Start with fsc in a multiple of three stitches depending on the length of clutch purse you want

Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc and each fsc till end. Turn.

Row 2 : sc the 1st sc and each sc till end.  Turn.
Note : The original pattern has 3 rows of sc, but with the purse yarn, I thought 2 rows sufficed a ‘border’.  However, choice is yours.  Do remember that when you finish off, repeat the same number of sc rows you’ve started with.

Row 3 : Sk 1st 2 sc ; *(sc and 2 dc in the next sc) ; *sk next 2 sc , rep (to) once* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 4 : Sk 1st 2 sts ; *(sc and 2 dc in the next st) ; *sk next 2 st , rep (to) once* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Repeat Row 3 till you have a clutch of the height / width you desire.

End off with two rows of sc or the same number of rows that you’ve started with to ensure evenness.

Fasten off then and weave in the ends

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