Sunday, 8 March 2015


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Just as I was making and writing up my last purse, I wrote about ‘temptation’ and how I was sure I’d fall into that trap.. well, said it.. did it.. and here’s what I created with this new inspiration.
And looks like you enjoy it all too.. as here we are .. once again !

My creation has been made with our Indian polyester silk yarn, and I think the pattern that inspired me has been made with a cotton or linen yarn - what a difference yarn makes !

Inspired by one of these free floating patterns on the net,  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. J

The Inspiration

Materials used : Indian polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ under two cones , with a 3.5 mm crochet You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project and make it to any size.  
Stitches used : Using U.S terminology
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

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 5-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 join with single crochet :Check the links below :

How to join with whip stich :Check the links below :

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.

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at

How to line the bag :View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag.


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
dc 5-tog : Double Crochet 5-together

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

So let’s quickly analyse what we’re going to do here.  
We are making a set of ch 3 + dc 5-tog shells that go all the way up – there are 11 shells in each section.  We will then encase or wrap these shells within a dc oval, and after making several of these oval motifs, we will join them together.   Each one of these pieces is one motif.  
So basically we will first make our motifs first and then we will join them up to make the purse.
 Now as we’re working one oval at a time, and one shell within that oval, the numbering is going to be a little different.

Part 1 : Motif

Start with a 5 ch. Turn
Dc 5-tog in the 1st ch from hook. (1 dc 5-tog and ch 4 sp made) ; 
*ch 4, Turn ,  dc 5-tog in the ch-4 sp* ; 
rep *to* 9 times (total of 11 shells made) ;
ch 3, [2 dc into the top of the last dc 5-tog ; 9 dc in the next ch-4 sp] ; 
1 dc on top of the next dc 5-tog (2nd from end) ; 
*2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; 1 dc on the next dc 5-tog* ; 
rep *to* all till end of one side ; 
then rep [to] at the opposite end , but instead of working the 9 dc in the ch-4 sp, you’ll work them in one of the bars of the dc 5-tog.  
You then continue with rep *to* all the way to the end. 
Join with a sl-st to the top of the 1st ch 3.  One motif complete. 

NoteThis is the pattern you will now use to make 7 motifs across.  
For size : Each motif you made, divided in half will be the width of your clutch purse. 
Now depending on the thickness of yarn you’ve used, you can play with the number of shells made to increase length of your oval motif or you increase the thickness of yarn to get the gauge per design.
By doing this, you can make a slender clutch purse or a larger bag as well.

So the gauge given is W : 4.5 cm x L : 32 cm.

So if you take a look at the chart, you’ll see that there are 11 shells , but the finished photograph  shows 15 shells.  So go ahead, and be creative.

I started with one strand of the purse yarn, but preferred the effect of the two strands held together for my final creation.

OK.. so once you’ve made as many motifs as you want (depending on the length you need), attach them all together. We will then make a lovely decorative picot edging to finish off our work d’art.

Now you’ll see that you have two scalloped edges for your purse.  You can either leave it as it is and then line and attach a zipper directly, or you can follow the design below to flatten that edge and then add the picot edging.

So to even this up, you will need to do a set of (hdc, dc, hdc) in the scalloped part, and sc’s all along the flatter part of the edges.

Part 2 : Edging :
Row 1 : 1 hdc in the 1st st ; 
*sc in the next 4 sts ; (hdc, dc, hdc) in the next 3 sts* ; 
rep *to* till last st, hdc in last st.  Turn.

In our final row, we’re going to make a decorative 3-ch picot which is ch 3, and then sl-st into the 3rd ch from hook.

How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st hdc ; 
*sc in the next 2 sts ; picot, sc in the next 2 sts* ; rep *to* till end.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Attach your lining and zipper or clasp and show off you new beautiful creation. Check the top of this blog for neat links for finishing your bag.

Fasten off then and weave in the ends

We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.

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