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.
*ch 4, Turn , dc 5-tog in the ch-4 sp* ;
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) ;
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.
Join with a sl-st to the top of the 1st ch 3. One motif complete.
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.
*sc in the next 4 sts ; (hdc, dc, hdc) in the next 3 sts* ;
rep *to* till last st, hdc in last st. Turn.
How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8
*sc in the next 2 sts ; picot, sc in the next 2 sts* ; rep *to* till end.