Wednesday, 9 September 2015

CONCH SHELL PURSE

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CONCH SHELL PURSE


Yet another interesting chart that I found on Pinterest that I could not resist… and as you’re here with me, guess you couldn’t too, huh? J
And I’m so happy you’re joining me again.

has a convenient chart, so if you can read charts, head straight on there. 

These are my notes as I make my own pattern.



Materials used : Indian 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. This particular yarn is only available in India. But it is not necessary to use just this yarn for this project.  Use any yarn with a suitable hook and make this clutch purse to any size.

Difficulty level :  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/

dc 5-tog : Double crochet 5-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 5 times (6 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 5-tog made.


How to attach a zipper onto a bag : 

How to thread beads onto your yarn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WKv0W8miQ


So before we jump into the pattern, let’s see what we’re going to do here.
This is a pretty straight forward pattern.  We decide how wide we want our purse, and figure out the pattern repeat.  We then work the pattern to the length we need and finish it all off.  Easy enough, right? So let’s move on..

There are links given above on how to use beads in crochet. Be creative.

Start with multiples of 10 + 1 fsc. Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; (ch 1 , dc in the same fsc) ;
rep (to) 2 times ;
ch 1, sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next fsc ;
*sc in the next 2 sc ; sk next 3 fsc , rep (to) 7 times in the next fsc ;
ch 1, sk next 3 fsc , sc in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the last 6 fsc ;
sc in the next 2 fsc ; sk next 3 fsc ,
rep (to) 4 times in the last fsc. Turn.

In the following row we’ll use our dc 5-tog.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st dc ; (sc in the next ch-1 sp ; sc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) once ;
*[ch 1, sk next 2 ch-sps, sk next 2 dc, sk next sc, dc 5-tog in the next sc ;
ch 3, dc 5-tog in the same sc] ;
ch 1, sk next sc, sk next 2 dc, sk next 2 ch-sps,
rep (to) 3 times ; sc in the next ch-1 sp* ;
rep *to* till last 3-sc set ; 
ch 1, sk next 2 ch-sps, sk next 2 dc, sk next sc, dc 5-tog in the next sc ; ch 3, dc 5-tog in the same sc ;
ch 1, sk next sc, sk next 2 dc, sk next 2 ch-sps, rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

In the following row, we’re going to be using the ch-3 sps between the dc 5-togs.  Now just before and after this, we’ll be skipping a whole bunch of stitches, and to reduce confusion, I’m not even going to mention them.. so try not to worry about it.. Do try and follow with the chart as well.  Great..

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

Row 4 : dc in the 1st sc ; ch 1 , dc 5-tog in the same 1st sc ;
*ch 1, sk next sc, sk next 2 dc, sk next 2 ch-sps, 
(sc in the next ch-1 sp ; sc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; sc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
[ch 1, sk next 2 ch-sps, sk next 2 dc, sk next sc, dc 5-tog in the next sc ; 
ch 3, dc 5-tog in the same sc]*
rep *to* till last 2 sc ; 
ch 1, sk next 2 ch-sps, sk next 2 dc, sk next sc, dc 5-tog in the last sc ; 
ch 1, dc in the same last dc.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; 
*sk next 2 sc , sc in the next 3 sc ; ch 1, sk next 2 sc , dc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[ch 1, dc in the same ch-3 sp] ; 
rep [to] 5 times*
rep *to* till end.
In our last repeat, you will do [to] only 4 times in the last ch-1 sp.  Turn.

And we’ve completed one repeat of our pattern.. so do put your work done and admire what you’ve created.

Our pattern repeat is Rows 2 – 5.  Rep these rows till you have a purse length you’re happy with.  If you want to make this into a long hanging sling bag, all you need to do is increase the length and width to the measurements you want.  Keep the stitch count in mind, and work the pattern row repeats till you get the length needed. 


Last Row : sc in the 1st st and each st till end.

Note : Remember that there are more sts in this row than when you started, so ensure that you only end with as many fsc as you started with, which means that you will sk a few sts.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  
Add beads for bling.  Add in your zipper , line it and this superb bag is ready to go.  Aren't you happy you came on this ride with me  J

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did. J

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