Sunday, 16 August 2015

PRETTY EASY CLUTCH PURSE



PRETTY EASY CLUTCH PURSE

This is one of the coolest clutch purses that I’ve seen.. and looks like it’s going to be among the easiest to write and make too  J

Inspired by this photograph that seems to have no specific chart or information online, here are my notes as I create my clutch purse


Difficulty level : Intermediate crochet skills

Materials used : Today I’ve used a our Indian Polyester yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.
This yarn is a 4-ply thickness.  One could also use our superb Indian Laura cotton yarn with the 3.5 or 4 mm crochet hook.

Size made : 10" x 7"

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat

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/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  We start with fsc, my preferred stitch, and then work on both sides of this first foundation row all around till we get this oval shaped piece.  We then fold this over, line it, put in our zipper and the lovely button on top and we’ve got ourselves a lovely new clutch purse.

The beauty of this clutch purse is that you can use just about any stitch and get a different end product – so you can use an sc, hdc or dc.  I am using an hdc, as I love the shortish stubby nature of this stitch.
The start stitch (chainless dc start) for all rounds is a great way to start a row / round – and I’ve given you that link in case you are using the dc stitch.  If using hdc, then start with a ch 2 or  try to start with a chainless hdc, using the basic info for the chainless dc start.

Right.. so let’s get started.

Start with fsc to equal about 1/3rds of the length of the final clutch size you’re looking for.
I started with an 8” long fsc.

Round 1 : hdc in the 1st fsc and each fsc till end ; 3 hdc in the last fsc ; turn and work along the other side of the fsc ; hdc in each fsc till end; 2 hdc in that last fsc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : Increase row :  hdc in the 1st hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc and each hdc till 1 hdc from end of this side ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ; turn and work along the other side of the hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in each hdc till 1 hdc from end ; 2 hdc in that 2nd last hdc ; hdc in the next hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : Increase row :  hdc in the 1st  2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc and each hdc till 1 hdc from end of this side ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ; turn and work along the other side of the hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in each hdc till 2 hdc from end ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : Increase row :  hdc in the 1st  3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc and each hdc till 1 hdc from end of this side ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ; turn and work along the other side of the hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in each hdc till 3 hdc from end ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Continue the increase row till your clutch width and length you need.



Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing :

Line your bag, attach the zipper and then add that lovely buckle or button for more pizzazz.. and we’re done with this lovely clutch purse.

I am not going to make the flap, but if   you want to, do check my Rectangular Clutch purse and follow instructions for that flap.



See, what did I tell you.. this is the simplest pattern you’ve done and ended up with such a lovely purse too.. right?

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