Sunday, 12 March 2017

C 2 C CLUTCH PURSE

free crochet clutch purse pattern

C 2 C CLUTCH PURSE


After a long break, I am back to making a purse.  The idea of using the C-2- C pattern for making a bag is probably not an old one, but it’s brand new for me.

So here I am back again, making something new and different, and I’m glad that you’re here with me as we work on this project together.

I found this chart for a C-2-C on the net, which I am using for this project..

Materials used : Indian Polyester cone yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.
This will be superb with our Indian Laura cotton and a 3.5 – 4 mm crochet hook too.

Difficulty level : Intermediate to Advanced skill level. 
The pattern we’re using here is the C-2-C, so if you have done this before.. come along and see how we’re making a square into a rectangle.

Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                               sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                         hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                                 yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                       sc : Single crochet


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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/


 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)


 Instructions (Using U.S terminology) 
The beauty of this pattern is that you could work with either an dc or an e-sc.  I love the e-sc and often have replaced that stitch for the dc, as I love that it gives you the length needed (almost same length as a dc), but is a ‘lighter’ stitch.. well, to *know* what I mean, you just gotta try it too... tee hee.

Before we head off, let’s try to visualize what we’re going to create here today.

The C-2-C pattern starts is one you have probably done before, in which case this is going to be a really easy project for you.
The pattern is worked basically side to side, in a seeming straight line, but due to the way we use our stitches, the end result looks complicated and diagonal.
Just to throw in the curve (and difficulty), you can add in a second color, which will not only accentuate the stitch but make it look awesomely complicated.

We may be working different sizes for our pattern, so as always, I’ll give you a general idea and write up and you go off and create your genius product.  Just remember to share my blog (with the full URL or blog link) please when you make your beautiful bag. Thanks.

How will our C-2-C work? Our pattern will work side to side, either for the length or breadth of your purse.  You need to decide that first.  Then after the first line (say you have worked the first strip to be your length), you will work the same pattern all through to get the width of your purse and vice-versa.  Simple enough, right?

So let’s get started.

I am going to give you instructions for a change of colour (using 2 colours) BUT you can work the whole pattern in one colour as well.



Start Row 1 : (using MC) : with 6 ch ; Turn and work dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
dc in the next 2 ch ;
*ch 6, Turn and work dc in the 4th ch from hk ; dc in the next 2 ch*Turn.


free crochet clutch purse pattern

free crochet clutch purse pattern


If not changing colours, please just continue with pattern.

free crochet clutch purse pattern


If changing colours, please change to your CC yarn now, attaching it at top of the 1st dc from end.

free crochet clutch purse pattern

free crochet purse pattern

 There are two ways to continue with our changing of colours.  You can either carry the unused colour yarn along OR you can fasten off and weave in ends when you attach your 2nd colour, and re-attach it again when you are done with your row. 

Please take a look at the many links on how to join yarns when using more than one color at the top of this blog.

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

As we’re working diagonally, we will have a little “square” made of the 3 chain and 3 dc each time.  We will attach our rows at the corner of each “square” each time so that we get a neat, tight finish.

That said, if you’ve done a C-2-C before, you know this.. I’m just making all these notes, as it’s my first time!

free crochet purse pattern


Row 2 : (using CC) :  6 ch ; Turn and work dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
dc in the next 2 ch ; (sk next 3 dc, sl-st and join with the corner of the last square)
ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp (which is the 4th dc of the 1st set).  Turn.

Row 3 : (using MC) :  6 ch ; Turn and work dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
dc in the next 2 ch ; (sk next 3 dc, sl-st and join with the corner of the last square)
*ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* once , ending with 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn.

I am sure you have understood the pattern, but let’s work one more row together.
Row 4 : (using CC) :  6 ch ; Turn and work dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
dc in the next 2 ch ; (sl-st and join with the corner of the last square)
*ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* once, ending with 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn.

And this is the basic pattern.  You will continue working Row 4 for the pattern, increasing one repeat every row.

Now here’s where we need to work out a new idea.  If we continue working the C-2-C all through, you will end up with a square project.
So at some time, you will need to figure out what length and width you want for your project.

At that time, you will need to stop adding the 6 ch and work a slightly different start to your row.

So let’s visualize this.  As you reach the length of your project, instead of working 6 ch, you will sl-st along the last 3 dc made, till you reach the 1st ch-3 sp, and then you will work your pattern in that ch-3 sp, and continue all the way to the end.

So what happens when you reach the width of your project?
Same thing.
You will work all the way till the end, and then you will sl-st along the 3 dc’s and work your next set of sts in the ch-3 sp. 

Once again, this is exactly how one works the C-2-C.  It’s just that as far as I know, I have seen the C-2-C worked for afghans and scarves / wraps – which are way larger projects and our purse is a tad smaller !

Our Row 5 then is just for the change of pattern when you have reached the length of your project

Row 5 : sl-st  ch ; Turn and work dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
dc in the next 2 ch ; (sl-st and join with the corner of the last square)
*ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* 2 times , ending with 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn.


Once you reach the length needed for your project, fasten off and weave in ends... and ta da, you're done!



For lining , making an I-cord for the bag and zipper ideas, please check the top of this blog.

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