Sunday, 3 January 2016

EASY COIN PURSE 1


EASY COIN PURSE 1

I found a chart for a coin purse on a Pinterest board which will make an ideal gift… for just anytime.. or that special time. So here are my notes for this creation. J

I’ve used this pattern chart before to make a spectacle case and a larger coin purse (links for both given at the end of this blog), and here is a tinier purse.  Using the same pattern, and just changing colours of yarn, see the two totally different looking purses that one can get.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn, about 1 cone, with a 3.25 mm crochet hook ; a press-button. Optional : Markers
If using two colours, then its probably a little of the contrast colour as well..

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] 3 times (7 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all 7 lps on hk.  One hdc 3-tog made.
The difference in this pattern is that we’re not going to be using this as a decrease stitch, but to make a puffed stitch, so we will insert hk into the same ch-sp each time to make the hdc 3-tog and not in three individual sts.

How to join sides of the bag with single crochet : Check the links below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30  or

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/

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 :
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, and then turning around, we’ll work 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.

Note : Please read through to end to see the 'tweaks'.

Start with 35 fsc.

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

Note : You may want to place a marker in the 1st of the 3 corner sts (that we’ve worked in that last fsc)

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 3-tog in this row. For a quick refresher, check the ‘how to’ on top of this blog write up.
Do remember that the difference in this pattern is that we’re not going to be using this as a decrease stitch, but to make a puffed stitch, so we will insert hk into the same ch-sp each time to make the hdc 3-tog and not in three individual sts.

Row 6 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till 1st ch-1 sp / marked sp ;
hdc 3-tog in that 1st ch-1 sp ; 
[ch 2, sk the next sc ; hdc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp] ; 
rep [to] 8 times ;
(Move marker to the last hdc 3-tog just made) ;
sc in each sc till end. Turn

Row 7 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till 1st hdc 3-tog / marked sp ;
sc in the 1st hdc 3-tog ; 
[2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next hdc 3-tog] ; 
rep [to] 8 times ;
(Move marker to the last sc – over that last hdc 3-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 ;
sc 3-tog in the 1st ch-1 sp ; [ch 3, sk the next sc ; sc 3-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.



Tweaks :
So how do we get a little purse with the base in one colour and the flap in another. Not too complicated.   
So for the Brown & Red flap purse : Starting on Row 2, at the 'flap end' where we start with the increases in the 3 dc, you will attach the yarn for your flap (i.e whichever colour you want the flap to be in), and work the 3 dc in this new flap colour.  You will carry your un-used main yarn along (see the How to links for this), and you will re-use your main (body) colour yarn for the stitches on the other side of the fdc.

Similarly in Row 3, for all instructions that follow for the stitches on the flap yarn, i.e the 3 dc of Row 2, you will use the contrast yarn for the flap, carrying the un-used main yarn along.
Ensure that you loop the two yarns neatly at the start and finish of each  colour change, and you will have a neat seamless colour movement.


For the black & white purse it's way simpler, as you start with one coloured yarn, and at the end of the row, you will attach the second colour and work that whole row.  


These are just two tweaks I'm giving you here, but the possibilities, as you will see, are endless.. so have fun.. create.. enjoy and share your creations with me.

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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