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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Friday, 28 August 2015

MICQ BLANKET – 3 and 4




MICQ BLANKET – 3 and 4

So as I’ve said before in my first write up for the MICQ Blanket – 1 , this  event is one involving all Indian crocheters in a beautiful event – to try and make the largest Crochet blanket and enter the Guiness Book of World Records.  

We have named our group Mother India Crochet Queens with the catchy acronym MICQ.
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There are so many charts on the internet, so using some of them for inspiration for the centre of the blanket, these are my notes on what I’ve done.  Todays’ two creations have been inspired by a lovely set of Lindt Excellence chocolates that my son recently gifted me.  So a dark chocolate and mint ; and then a dark chocolate + raspberry and dark chocolate + orange combination.. what do you think?
Coincidentally, the yarns for this set have also been sponsored by him!  J

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 5 mm crochet hook

Stitches used :

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

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

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF6OkNL5rY4
OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6979knxSLKM

How to join granny squares :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE


How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                       sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                                              ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                               sk : skip
hdc : Half Double Crochet                             dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog


I’ve used three coloured yarns for this little granny square, but one can do the whole thing in one colour.  I am not going to write when we change colours, as this is where our creativity comes in… so enjoy and change when it suits you.


MICQ BLANKET 3 INSTRUCTIONS

Start with a magic circle and 16 dc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. Pull lightly to close the circle.

Round 1 :  dc in the 1st dc ; * ch 2, dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all the way around ; ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 :  sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp ; 3 dc in same the ch-2 sp ; 
* ch 1, sk next dc , 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* all the way around ; ch 1 , sk next dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 :  sl-st in the 1st 2 dc ; sc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
(ch 3, sk next 3 dc , sc in the next ch-1 sp) ; 
*[ch 6, sk next 3 dc , sc in the next ch-1 sp] ; rep (to) 3 times ; 
rep *to* 2 times ; rep [to] once ; rep (to) 2 times , and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

For the purpose of making this square a granny square for the centre, I’ve altered the pattern per chart just a little bit. So here’s the small tweak with an additional ch-1.

Round 4 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-3 sp ;  3 dc in the same 1st ch-3 sp ; 
(ch 1, 5 dc in the next ch-6 sp ; ch 2 , 5 dc in the same ch-6 sp) ; 
* [ch 1, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp]  rep [to] 2 times ; rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* all the way around ; ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.


Fasten off and weave in ends.

We’ve completed our first square which measures 6” square.

I’ve made three more like this, and then joined them up first, before doing the outer portion of the blanket.
So let’s go off and finish that off and we’ll meet back here in a bit for the joining bit.

Now once you’ve got your four 6” squares, join them up using one of the join methods given above. 

I used this new method for joining, as it gave me the neat 3 dc’s start that I needed. http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk/2009/06/granny-square-joining-tutorial.html

Then it’s the simple case of doing the regular 3 dc in each ch-sp and (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) for each corner till you get the square for the size you desire.  In the case of our MICQ challenge, we’re working it till we have a 40” x 40” square.. so off we go.

And though we’ve not got the centre this way, just so you can see what the 3 dc in each ch-sp and the corners look like, here’s the chart.




MICQ BLANKET 4 INSTRUCTIONS

For our next 40” x 40” blanket, we’re going to do a centre large granny square and then work the sides up as we have for Blanket 3.  Ready, set .. hook on..

Start with a magic circle and 16 sc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. Pull lightly to close the circle.

Round 1 :  sc in the 1st sc ; * ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* 6 times ; ch 1 and hdc to the 1st sc.
(You are now in the centre of that last ch-3 sp)

Round 2 :  sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; * ch 5, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep *to* 6 times ; ch 1 and dc to the 1st sc.
(You are now in the centre of that last ch-5 sp)

Round 3 :  sc in the 1st ch-5 sp ; * ch 6, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 4 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-6 sp ; (sc, hdc , 5 dc , hdc, sc) all in the next ch-6 sp ; 
*sk next sc, rep (to) in the next ch-6 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Now in this round, we’re going to do our sc’s in the space between the 2 sc’s.  These are the 2 sc’s that are the 1st and last st of each ch-6 sps.  Got it?  So this is what I mean in the sc-sp.

Round 5 :  sc in the 1st sc-sp
*ch 2, sk next 4 sts, dc in the next dc ; ch 5, dc in the same dc ; ch 2, sk next 4 sts, sc in the next sc-sp*
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

In the following round, we’ll use our dc 4-tog.
Round 6 :  dc 4-tog in the 1st sc ;
[ch 5, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, sc in the same ch-5 sp] ;
*(ch 5, sk next dc, dc 4-tog in the next sc ; ch 5, sk next dc, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; 
ch 5, sk next dc, dc 4-tog in the next sc ; rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 7 :  sc in the 1st dc 4-tog
*ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, (3 dc in the corner ch-5 sp ; ch 5, 3 dc in the same ch 5 sp) ; 
ch 5, sc on top of the next dc 4-tog ; 
[5 sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next sc ; 5 sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; 
sc on top of the next dc 4-tog* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 8 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-5 sp, sc in the same 1st ch-5 sp
*ch 5, dc in the next 3 dc, 
[3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, 3 dc in the same ch-5 sp] ; 
dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
(ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in the next sc ; ch 5, sk next 4 sc, sc in the next sc ; 
ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in the next ch-5 sp)* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 9 :  sl-st in the 1st ch-5 sp, and till the next dc
* dc in the next 6 dc,  3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, 3 dc in the same ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 6 dc ; ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
(ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; rep (to) once ; ch 5, sk next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.


Now in the original pattern, we’ve got a ch-5 corner sp.  For the purpose of our square here in this MICQ blanket, I’m changing that to a ch-3 sp

Round 10 :  * dc in the next 9 dc,  3 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, 3 dc in the same ch-5 sp ; dc in the next 9 dc ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; (ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; rep (to) 2 times* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 11 :  dc in the 1st 3 dc, *(ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next 3 dc),  
rep (to) 2 times ; 
[ch 1, 2 dc in the corner ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch-3 sp] ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; 
{ch 1, sk next sc, 3 sc in the next ch-5 sp} ; 
rep {to} 2 times* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

This piece now measures 12” x 12”.  Fasten off and weave in ends.





So here are our options for the MICQ blanket :
a)   You could continue on here with a regular blanket pattern doing a set of 3 dc in each ch-1 sp and then the [ch 1, 2 dc in the corner ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch-3 sp] in each corner till you reach the required 40” x 40”
b)   You could make 9 of these pieces which will then make this centre piece 36” x 36”, and then you could just do 2” all around (to complete the required 4”) to make the 40” x 40” blanket.

For option (B), join these centre pieces first and then do the regular stitch all around to complete your blanket.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 You now have several choices for your blanket.. and whatever you choose to do, you will have one really cute project at the end of it all J

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