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Sunday, 30 August 2015

A CUTE LITTLE COIN PURSE


A CUTE LITTLE COIN PURSE

A friend wanted a few small purses to gift her friends, and I thought this was just ideal – it’s small, cute, and timeless .. and of course yet another freebie that I found .. probably on Pinterest.. not sure..  

So, as always, here are my notes as I work on my own project.

Materials used : Indian Polyester cone yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; 2 markers (Optional) ; pins for sewing.
 
This will be superb with our Indian Laura cotton and a 3.5 – 4 mm crochet hook too.

Size made : ~ 6.75” x 5.5” and  5.5" x 4"

Difficulty level : Easy to intermediate skill level ; Minimal sewing skills.

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)

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg



The beauty of this pattern is that you could work with either an sc , an e-sc or dc.  So while I’ll write out the pattern as per chart, do substitute whatever stitch suits you, and with each differently sized stitch, you’ll end up with a differently sized pouch ! Isn’t this lovely?

So before we jump into the pattern, let’s see what we’re going to do here.
We start our little purse at the base, and then work our way upwards, slowly decreasing to give it this cute shape.  We will then make a little flap that we will attach at the top.
Right so forward march…

Start with 24 fsc, or as many fsc as you’d like for the width of your little purse. Turn.

We will now start working down this row, and at the end of this row, instead of turning back on this row, we’ll turn around and work under this fsc row, so that we will make a round. 
So at the end, turn and we’ll then work on the underside of this fsc row. 

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end ; 3 dc in the last fsc ;
Turn and working under the fsc row, dc in each fsc till the 1st fdc ; 2 dc in that 1st (or last for this side) fsc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 23 fsc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc) ; dc in each dc in the next 23 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the next dc . Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Now let’s review what we’re doing here on.  The next three rounds are going to be simple and with a st in each st all around – so no increases or decreases.

The 6th round on, we will be reducing at each corner st.  
So here’s my suggestion. Place markers in the corner sts at both ends of this last round.
(So our centre stitch is that the centre dc of the 3 dc in each corner)
Remember though that you need to move your marker every round, even if I do not say so in the instructions.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; and in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Rounds 4 - 5 : Rep Round 3

Rounds 6 : dc in each dc till one stitch before the marker
dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; dc in each dc till the last 2 dc ; 
dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Move markers

Rounds 7 - 12 : Rep Round 6.

Rounds 13 : sc in each dc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.




FANCY FLAP

Start with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.
Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

Round 1 : dc in the 1st sc ; *ch 1, dc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till last sc ; ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; sc in the same ch-1 sp ; 
*ch 3, sc in the next ch-1 sp* ; 
rep *to* till last ch-1 sp ; ch 3 and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : dc the 1st sc ; *ch 2, hdc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 2, dc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : sc the 1st dc ; *ch 5, sk next hdc , sc in the next dc * ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 5 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : sc the 1st sc ; *7 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next sc * ; 
rep *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 6 : dc the 1st sc ; 
*(ch 5, sk next 3 dc ; sc in the next dc) ; ch 5, sk next 3 dc ; dc in the next sc * ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 7 : sl-st into the 1st ch-5 sp , 
*(1 sc , 2 hdc , 2 dc) in the next ch-5 sp ; trc in the next sc ; 
[2 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc] in the next ch-5 sp ; sk next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.





Finishing : Now to sew on this lovely flap onto the top of our little purse.
Place the round flap over the back of your purse (There is no back and front to your purse, as we’ve done it in a round – so you decide which side is the back).
Place the flap in such a way that it overlaps evenly over the front and back – so if you keep the centre line of the flap circle over the top of the purse, you will just about get that right.
Pin the edges and centre of the back of your flap down, and then sew it down neatly.



Great.  Now you can finish this off with a neat lining, add a small zipper if needed to the top of the purse and then a little button to hold that flap down.

And voila ! We’re done !

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