Monday, 19 September 2016
EASY CREDIT CARD HOLDERS
This photograph was shared a few days back on Facebook, and it was so coincidental as I was just thinking of making something just like this. Recently a friend (who travels *a lot*) misplaced one of her mobile phone sim cards and it was quite a merry mess. She had this really over-filled wallet that had both her visiting cards as well as plastic cards and she was pretty frustrated. Of course, there is no real need to have a crocheted card holder, as one does get other variants of this in the market – but hey! A handmade project, made with love and concern.. can’t beat that.
Inspired by this photograph below and it's free pattern
https://www.crazypatterns.net/en/items/18128/free-crochet-pattern-for-beginners-coin-purse. Using this inspiration, I've made this as a credit card holder, and made another similar pattern too.
Materials used : Today I’ve used ~ 30 gms of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ;
Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate Skill level
Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation Single crochet hdc : Half double crochet
ch : chain ch-sp : chain space
sp : space rep : Repeat
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/
How to do a sc-blo / Single crochet back loop only : Check these useful links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phf7Nj0_LJg OR
How to crochet the Split Single Crochet Stitch : (ssc) : The Split Single Crochet stitch (ssc) is an sc that is done in the sc of the earlier row. See the video link at
How to do join sides : Check these useful links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBYfdRgy5II
How to single crochet join : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30
How to line a bag : http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crocheted-bag/
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
EASY CREDIT CARD HOLDER 1
First off, as usual, let’s think take a look at what we’re going to create. We’re going to make a small rectangle and then smartly fold it in three – two of which will form the ‘credit card holding portion’ and the third will become the flap.
So here’s a whole load of ideas and tweaks :
a) You can make this for any size you wish – you just need to figure out the width you wish for your wallet and then what you are going to use it for
b) For the ‘credit card portion’, you will need to measure your credit card (it is a regular size for most cards but check anyway) and you will work a minimum of 2.5 times this. This means that if your credit card is 2” x 3.25”, your rectangle width will be a minimum of 3.5” and the rectangle length will be 5”.
c) Depending on the pattern stitch you are using, you need to line your project (or not). Check the links given at the top of the blog for lining.
For my first credit card holder, I have used this free pattern https://www.crazypatterns.net/en/items/18128/free-crochet-pattern-for-beginners-coin-purse
Notes for the Beginners Coin purse by crazypatterns.net
1. I started with my regular chosen and much loved Foundation Single crochet (fsc). The designer has worked the first row along the length of the project. I have decided to make my wallet about 7” long, and started with 35 fsc.
2. As we’ve worked with fsc, you can work an sc in that very 1st fsc, and then *ch 1, sk next fsc, sc in the next fsc* ; rep *to* all the way to the end.
3. I then followed the pattern per the designer till my project was about 3.75 – 4” (width of a credit card).
Finishing ideas :
1. I have a quick diagram here for the folding, just in case this is your first such project.
2. Fold from bottom up (yellow arrow) and then sew one side till end. Fasten off and weave in ends at that side.
3. Re-attach yarn at the bottom of the other side and join the other side as well.
4. At the 2nd fold, we will attach our key chain, and then I continued with sc all along the top flap, working 3 sc in the corner (so that it opens neatly), working sc along the top flap edge and 3 sc in the 2nd corner too all the way down the other side to the end (follow the red dashes and arrows in the diagram below).
5. We will finally run a row of sc along the inside edge of our little credit card wallet. Fasten off and weave in ends.
EASY CREDIT CARD HOLDER 2
The idea for this credit card holder is the same as the one above. I’ve just tweaked the stitch & orientation and created something a little different.
In our first project above, we worked a rectangle and our first foundation row determined the length of our card holder.
In this project, our first fsc row will determine width of our project.
We will also use the Split Single Crochet stitch (ssc) that will give our project a neat knit-like finish. Check the top of our blog for a “how to” on ssc.
Basically a ssc is an sc that is done in the sc below. Usually we work our sc in the space between 2 sc. For the ssc, we work it in the sc. The video link by New Stitch A day shows you what I mean.
So imagine our sc – It is like an inverted or upturned “V”. We usually work (without even thinking about this) in the space between the “V”s formed by 2 sc. For our SSC though, we will work in that upturned V”.
I have tried to draw out the sc and the spaces that we usually use for the sc and what we need to use for the ssc. This and the lovely video should show you which space we need to use for this lovely stitch.
As also mentioned on that video, this stitch gives us a nice dense finished product, which is also ideal for a small little bag like this one, which you do not need to now line.. So how cool is this? Right?
Start with 20 fsc (or as many as you want for the width of your project).
Turn. (20 sts)
Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ; ssc in the next 18 fsc ; sc in the last fsc.
Turn. (20 sts)
Row 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; ssc in the next 18 sc ; sc in the last sc.
Turn. (20 sts)
Rep Row 2 till your project is about 2.5 times the length of your credit card or the length you would like it to be.
Last Row : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till the end.
Turn. (20 sts)
Do not fasten off your yarn, but continue to finishing working first one side and then fastening off.
Re-attach yarn on the other side and follow the diagram and instructions above for the finishing of this little credit card holder as well.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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