Friday, 13 March 2015

SIMPLY SHELLED PURSE

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SIMPLY SHELLED PURSE


It’s Women’s day and I just put a blog up today with another really lovely purse pattern.. and a little later today, we sisters are meeting up at mum’s to have lunch together and enjoy the day.  I made this quick project for mum and thought I’d share this with you too.

I had this lovely sunshine yellow / ochre yarn and thought that it would go really well for this pattern, along with a nice contrast gold flap.. so here goes.

Inspired by http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90138AD.html.  This lovely simple shelled purse below seems to be made in a cotton yarn - so I'd think that our Indian Laura cotton with a 4 mm crochet hook will look wow as well.

Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~one cone , with a 3.5 mm crochet hook plus oh about half a cone of a this lovely gold polyester silk purse yarn for the flap.
General yarn info : Polyester silk purse yarn is available only in India.  It has a 3 - 4 ply thickness.  It does not matter which yarn you use for this project.  You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project to any size.

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/

Shell stitch :  The designer has used the following stitch as a shell stitch – so just writing it again here for convenience.  [dc ; (ch 1, dc) ; rep (to) 2 times] all in the same st or ch-sp.

Instead of the sc in each sc all through, I decided to do the Linen stitch – and if you’re wondering what that is, here’s a video link to ease you through it.

The flap is the same as that in the pattern – a lovely row of shells.

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So a quick summary of what I did here.  I did not have the yarn required in the pattern so I figured the stitch count for the shelled flap pattern.

The shelled flap needs a stitch count repeat in multiples of 5 + 1.  

So if you start with this calculation for the base, then it gets a lot easier when you come to the shelled flap.
Start with fsc in in multiples of 5 + 1 (depending on the length you want for your purse - i.e from side to side).  Turn.

Row / Round 1 : In this first row / round, we will work first across the fsc ; 
and then at the end we will TURN 90°, and work 3 sc in that last st ;
 then we will TURN 90° again and work at the bottom of our fsc row ; 
and then TURN 90° one last time to work 3 sc in that 1st st.  
We will then join with a sl-st  – so from this row on, we will work in rounds. 

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; 
*ch 1, sk next sc, sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : sl-st in the 1st ch-sp, sc in that same 1st ch-sp
*ch 1, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-sp* ; 
rep *to* till end all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Rep Rounds 3, till you have your project about 2/3rd of the length you desire. 
The last 1/3rd will be made up by the shelled flap.  
The shell stitch has been given above and the pattern I used here was similar to that of the designer.
For convenience in following the pattern per designer, I suggest you do one (or two?) rounds of sc all around in the last 2 rounds, with an sc in each sc and an sc in each of the ch-sps. 

For the flap, please visit the link given above for the Perfect Purse from Lion brand or http://www.lionbrand.com/lby_freedownload/download/link/product_id/113711/

Right .. so off we go then to finish off the shelled flap and button.

Finishing :
Here are a few links on how you can finish your bag up if you so decide.

Once you have got the rectangle neatly completed, use the links below to work the finishing.
a)     How to line the bag :View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag. http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crocheted-bag/
b)     When lining the bag use a different coloured lining (i.e not the same colour as the yarn you have used) so that the paw prints show through
c)      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.  http://vimeo.com/88972371
d)     How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/


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