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Monday, 23 November 2015

MY CHEVRON CLUTCH PURSE


MY CHEVRON CLUTCH PURSE

One of the first Chevron creations I made was Tamara Kelly’s Chevron Lace Wrap.  Till I actually got to making this one, I always shied from Chevrons as they seem so .. well, difficult.  They are not.. however, they are definitely not the ‘do-in-front-of-TV-and-not-pay-attention’ kind of projects either.  Chevrons need counting.. well, at least I think so.  Getting that “V” shape just right needs a little focus, but once done.. aah, it’s so totally worth it.

Now there are many Chevron clutch purses I’ve seen on Pinterest, but many of them use the sc.  Being lazy, I always try to find ‘cheat ways’ to get my project done ‘faster’ but I am fussy enough to want it to look nice and stylish too. So this is what I’ve come up with. J

Difficulty level : Intermediate crochet skills

Materials used : Today I’ve used our Indian polyester metallic yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; beads (optional)

This yarn is similar to a 4-ply, light fingering yarn.
If using cotton, I’d say we can get a great project with our Indian Laura knitting cotton and a 3.5 mm crochet hook.  Anchor knitting cotton will also work, though it’s a little thinner yarn, so I’d suggest a 3 mm crochet hook.

Size : 11 " x 6"

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 hdc : Half 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/

Foundation half double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of chainless double crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even .. http://www.mooglyblog.com/standing-half-double-crochet/.
If you do not like this start, do start with a ch 2 that will count as your first hdc.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using a Chainless /Foundation hdc start.


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

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Pattern Instructions : Using U.S terminology

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  We start with fsc, my preferred stitch, and start with the base of our wallet.  We will make a long rectangular piece, which we will fold up to make this lovely wallet / clutch purse. 

If you decide to use the beads in this project, please load your beads onto your yarn now, as we will start with our flap and then work down to the inside of our wallet.

Per row for this stitch count, we’ll need 18 beads.  So we use a total of 6 beads per “V” of the Chevron stitch.

So how do you calculate how wide you want your purse? (i.e from side to side)

So each “V’ of the chevron is made up of (10 + 10 + 2) + 2 , the 10 sts being one half of the “V” and the 2 being sk sts in between the “V”. 
Our project has three “V’s” which makes it (60 + 8) = 68. 

Now my suggestion is that you work the first row (or 2, depending on how mad you get frogging stuff back) and then decide on how wide you want your start row.  You cannot decide on the length of the 68 fsc as that will shrink when it becomes a “V”.

Finally, to give it a lovely texture to our purse , we will be working only in back loops throughout the project. 
So that’s what hdc-blo means. (Half double crochet in back loop only)

Right, we have got all our ideas down and you have your calculations ready .. Let’s get started.

Start with 68 fsc.

Row 1 : 2 hdc-blo in the 1st fsc ; hdc-blo in the next 9 fsc ; sk next 2 fsc ;
*hdc-blo in the next 10 fsc ; 3 hdc-blo in the next fsc ; hdc-blo in the next 10 fsc ; sk next 2 fsc* ;
rep *to* till the last 10 fsc ; hdc-blo in the last 9 fsc ; 2 hdc-blo in the last fsc.  Turn

Row 2 : 2 hdc-blo in the 1st hdc ; hdc-blo in the next 9 hdc ; sk next 2 hdc ;
* hdc-blo in the next 10 hdc ; 3 hdc-blo in the next hdc ; hdc-blo in the next 10 hdc ; sk next 2 hdc  * ;
rep *to* till the last 10 hdc ; hdc-blo in the last 9 hdc ; 2 hdc-blo in the last hdc.  Turn

Row 3 : Rep Row 2

Row 4 : Bead  row :  2 hdc-blo in the 1st hdc ; 
(hdc-blo in the next hdc ; INSERT BEAD , sk next hdc ; hdc-blo in the next hdc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; sk next 2 hdc ;
*[rep (to) 3 times ; hdc-blo in the next hdc] ; 3 hdc-blo in the next hdc ; 
rep [to] once ; sk next 2 hdc* ;
rep *to* till the last 10 hdc ; rep (to) 2 times ; 2 hdc-blo in the last hdc.  Turn.

Row 5 - 7 : Rep Row 2.

Row 8 : Rep Row 4.

Note : In Row 5, finding that back loop may be a bit troublesome, but don’t worry too much about it, as the lovely bead will make up for it.  In the following rows you will find the back loop easily.

Rep Rows 5 - 8 till your project is the length  you are happy with. 
So let’s get this rectangular bit done and we will then fold our rectangular project to make a neat clutch .. that looks like a cute crown!

Fasten off and weave in ends.




Finishing :

Line your bag, attach the zipper .. and we’re done with this lovely beaded Chevron stitch clutch purse.


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