Saturday, 10 October 2015

A SIMPLE SPECTACLE CASE


A SIMPLE SPECTACLE CASE

I found a chart for a coin purse on a Pinterest board, which I made, and then thought that a small tweak in this would probably give me a nice spectacle case. Do note that I have not tested this etc.. just that these are my notes for this creation. J

and the  photograph that got me started ...


Materials used : Polyester purse yarn, about 1 cone, with a 3.25 mm crochet hook ; a press-button. Optional : Markers

Size :  ~ 6.75” x 3.5”

Gauge : 5 sc (across) x 4 sc rows (high) = 1”

Skill level : Intermediate to advanced

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/

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

How to join sides of the bag with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join sides of the bag with whip stich : Check the links below :

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

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

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/
  
Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                       sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                         
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                                   
                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We will start with a fsc row.  We then work till the end of that row, then work around and along the bottom of our fsc chain.  The following rows will then be worked back and forth to give it this classic shape and effect. Our flap will be worked in at one end as we grow the sides of our little coin purse.  How cute is this, right? So let’s get started.

This pattern is worked from the top to the bottom, along the length of the case. So, you will start with as many fsc as you want depending on the length of the case you want.

So, if you decide you want a case that is a finished length (without including flap) of 6” (which is the approx. length of my spectacles), then you will be working a total of 12”.  Our pattern is a total of 9 rows.  So here are your calculations .

Work a swatch and check your gauge.  Work out how many rows you will get for per inch, and according to that you can work out how many fsc you start with.. or you just go along with my start stitches, and then figure out how many more / less you want for your next project J

I started with 55 fsc. (and my fsc chain was just over 10”)

Row 1 : sc in the 1st sc ; and each sc till last fsc ;
3 sc in the last fsc ;
Turn and we’ll work all along the bottom of the fsc row with 1 sc in each sc till end. Turn

Note : You may want to place a marker in the last sc (of that 3 sc set at the end of the fsc row)

Row 2 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till the marked st ;
2 sc in the marked sc ; 3 sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;
(Move marker to the 2nd sc of this last 2 sc set just made) ;
sc in each sc till end. Turn

Row 3 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till the marked st ;
2 sc in the marked st ; 2 sc each in the next 2 sc ; 
sc in the next sc ; 2 sc each in the next 3 sc
(Move marker to the 2nd sc of this last 2 sc set just made) ;
sc in each sc till end. Turn

Row 4 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till the marked st ;
2 sc in the marked st ; 1 sc in each of the next sc ; 
[2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc] ; 
rep [to] once ; sc in the next  2 sc ; 
rep [to] 3 times
(Move marker to the 2nd sc of this last sc of the 2 sc set just made) ;
sc in each sc till end. Turn

Row 5 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till the one sc before the marked st ;
ch 1, sk the marked st ; sc in the next sc ; 
[ch 1, sk the next sc ; sc in the next sc] ; rep [to] 8 times ;
(Move marker to the sc after the last ch-1 sp  just made) ;
sc in each sc till end. Turn

We will use our hdc 2-tog in this row. For a quick refresher, check the ‘how to’ on top of this blog write up.
There is a small change in our hdc 2-tog here.  
We will do this stitch in the same ch-1 sp each time.

So for our hdc 2-tog , we will do the following : 
[yo, insert hk in ch-1 sp, yo and pull up a lp]  ; 
[yo, insert hk in same ch-1 sp, yo and pull up a lp] ; (5 lps on hk) ; 
yo, draw through all 5 lps on hk.  One hdc 2-tog made.

It is a little tricky, but we get this really cute little bobble stitch that is well worth the lip biting J

Row 6 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till 1st ch-1 sp / marked sp ;
Hdc 2-tog in that 1st ch-1 sp ; 
[ch 2, sk the next sc ; hdc 2-tog in the next ch-1 sp] ; 
rep [to] 8 times ;
(Move marker to the last hdc 2-tog just made) ;
sc in each sc till end. Turn

Row 7 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till 1st hdc 2-tog / marked sp ;
sc in the 1st hdc 2-tog ; 
[2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next hdc 2-tog] ; 
rep [to] 8 times ;
(Move marker to the last sc – over that last hdc 2-tog) ;
sc in each sc till end. Turn

Row 8 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till one sc before the marked sc ;
ch 1, sk the marked sc , sc in the next sc ; 
[ch 1, sk the next sc ; sc in the next sc] ; 
rep [to] 13 times ;
(Move marker to the last sc – over that last ch-1 sp) ;
sc in each sc till end. Turn

Row 9 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till one sc before the marked sc ;
hdc 2-tog in the 1st ch-1 sp ; 
[ch 3, sk the next sc ; hdc 2-tog in the next ch-1 sp] ; 
rep [to] 13 times ;
(Put marker away) ;
sc in each sc till end.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Finishing :
As we have a nice flat purse right now, I’d suggest that you line it (if desired) first and then sew the sides up.  You will then attach your button before you’re finally done with this oh, so cute and awesome little purse.

There are several ‘how to’ links for sewing the sides of this bag up.

Depending on the size your bag has turned out, and if you so decide, I’ve also added a few ‘how to’ links on making an  I-cord for this bag, so you can make it a sling bag as well.



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