Saturday, 17 January 2015

SHELLED CLUTCH

free crochet clutch purse pattern

SHELLED CLUTCH


Having started making a few clutches and bags, I find that this is so much fun and such a quick project, that I’ve decided to go through my yarn and to-do list.  This is a really easy pattern for a shelled 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.

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  (not in English, by designer) at http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/makedosha/post261387515/
  
Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ one cone , with a 4 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians Polyester silk purse yarn is only available locally in India.  However, you can use any yan with a suitable hook to make this lovely pattern


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.



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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.

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

Row 1 : 3 dc the 1st fsc ; 
*sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next fsc ; sk next 3 fsc, 5 dc in the next fsc* ; 
rep *to* till the last 4 fsc ; sk next 3 fsc, 3 dc in the last fsc.  Turn.

Row 2 : sc the 1st dc ; 
*sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc ; sk next 2 dc ; sc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : 3 dc the 1st sc ; 
*sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc ; sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till the last sc , 3 dc in that last sc.  Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 till you have a clutch of the height / width you desire.

Tip for tight crocheters : The sc in each row holds the 5 dc’s in the next row, so ensure that you keep this sc loose to allow all five stitches to neatly fit in.  I also feel that this works for all crocheters, no matter if your tension is light, loose or tight – as the looser this sc is, the better the 5 dcs’s fit in and it forms a cute little ‘hole’ that enhances the pattern (well, methinks) J

End off with one row of sc – ensuring that you have the same number of stitches that you started with for evenness.

Stitch detail

Fasten off then and weave in the ends.   

Finishing : Use the links given at the top of this blog to line your bag, add a zipper and generally make it "Wow"-worthy :)

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