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Friday, 24 July 2015

LATTICED CLUTCH PURSE

LATTICED CLUTCH PURSE

I’ve just found this lovely chart and I could not resist it.
It seems like a pretty easy pattern, as the base bit is all sc (or hdc, dc) and then the flap is this lovely spidery lacy pattern.  I love patterns that look all complicated and are so easy to make, don’t you?

Inspired by the pattern on this link http://postila.ru/post/15853743 , these are my notes as I make my own project.  Oh, and below is the lovely photograph that got me all excited and inspired.


Materials used : Indian Metallic Polyester cone yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.
This will be superb with our Indian Laura cotton and a 3.5 – 4 mm crochet hook too.

Difficulty level : Easy to intermediate skill level

Stitches used : (Using U.S terminology)

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/

Extended Single Crochet (e-sc) : hk into st, yo (2 lps on hk), pull through one lp, yo (2 lps on hk),pull through both lps.  One e-sc made. (An e-sc is basically an sc on an sc)

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 beauty of this pattern is that you could work with either a sc , an e-sc or a dc. 
I love the e-sc and that is what I’ve used. 

So we’ll make a rectangle first, all in a simple basic stitch which will make up the base of our purse.  Once we have this rectangle of the size needed for our clutch purse (i.e when you fold this rectangle in half you should be happy with the size for purse) , we will work in a continuous movement for the filigree lacy flap.

Start with fsc in multiples of 6 + 1. Turn

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

Row 2 : e-sc in the 1st e-sc and in each fsc till end.  Turn

Rep Row 2 till your project is the size you want for your clutch.



FLAP

Without a break , we will continue with the lovely lattice pattern for the flap.  However for convenience, I am going to restart Row numbering from 1

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

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

Row 3 : dc in the 1st sc ; ch 3, (sc in the next ch-3 sp , sc in the next sc , sc in the next ch-3 sp) ; *ch 5, sk next sc, rep (to) once* ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, dc in the last sc. Turn.

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

Row 5 : sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next ch-3 sp ; *ch 5, sk next sc, (sc in the next ch-3 sp , sc in the next sc , sc in the next ch-3 sp)* ; rep *to* till last sc ; ch 5 sk next sc, sc in the last ch-sp ; sc in the last sc.  Turn


Great.  I’m sure you’ve seen how the lattice is working out.  We’ve completed one pattern repeat. 
Rep Rows 2-5 till you have a flap of the length needed. 

The designer has used picots on the last row of the flap. 

How to do a picot : Here’s a convenient and self explanatory video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

Fasten off and weave in ends.  Finish your bag with lining and a zipper as required.  Then attach on the handle.

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