Monday, 10 April 2017

SIMPLY EXQUISITE SHELLED CLUTCH

free crochet clutch pattern

SIMPLY EXQUISITE SHELLED CLUTCH


Wow! This one is a beauty, and once again I thank my friend Rajeshwari for her zillion-a-minute shares (ok.. so that’s a bit of an exxag, but she does share some wonderful photos and inspirations)

So we’re back again.. and I just *know* we’re going to love doing this one together.

Inspired by this photograph and an attached chart(but no written notes), I will as usual share my notes with you as I make this project.



Materials used : Indian Polyester cone yarn (just under two cones) 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 : Easy to intermediate skill level. 
The little flower embellishment needs patience so be warned J

OR


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/


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/

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)


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.

So before we head off to make our lovely purse / clutch, let’s quick see what we’re going to do here.  We will start at the base and work up towards the top of the purse, then when you reach the length you want for your finished purse , work the diagonal flap and finally the flower embellishment .



Our stitch count is 12 + 1

Start : with fsc in multiples of 12 + 1 for the width you want for your purse.  Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc  ;
(ch 2, dc in the same fsc) ;
sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next 5 fsc ;
*sk next 3 fsc, dc in the next fsc ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next 5 fsc* ;
rep *to* till last 4 fsc ;
sk next 3 fsc, dc in the last fsc ; rep (to) once.  Turn

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc  ; 4 dc in the  next ch-2 sp ;  sk next dc & 1 sc, sc in the next 3 sc ;
*sk next sc & 1 dc, 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
dc in the next dc ; 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ;
sk next dc & 1 sc, sc in the next 3 sc* ;
rep *to* till last ch-2 sp ;
4 dc in the last ch-2 sp ; dc in the last dc.  Turn

Row 3 : sc in the 1st 3 dc  ; sk next 2 dc & 1 sc, dc in the next sc ;
(ch 2, dc in the same sc) ; rep (to) once ;
*sk next 2 dc, sc in the next 3 dc ; 
sk next 2 dc & 1 sc, dc in the next sc ; rep (to) 2 times*
rep *to* till the last 5 dc ; sk next 2 dc , sc in the last 3 dc.  Turn

Row 4 : sc in the 1st 2 sc  ;
*sk next sc & dc, 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
dc in the next dc ; 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; sk next dc & sc, sc in the next 3 sc*
rep *to* till last ch-2 sp ; sk next dc & sc, sc in the last 2 sc.  Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st sc  ;
(ch 2, dc in the same sc) ;
sk next sc & 2 dc, sc in the next 5 sc ;
*sk next 2 dc & 1 sc, dc in the next sc ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the next 5 sc* ;
rep *to* till last 9 dc ;
sk next sc & 2 dc, dc in the next 5 dc ; 
sk next 2 dc & 1 sc, dc in the last sc ; rep (to) once.  Turn

free crochet clutch purse pattern


and Ta da.. we’ve successfully completed one pattern repeat. 

Now here comes your *decision time*.

What shape do you want for your purse and how long do you want each side?

The pattern is being worked side to side presently, and this represents the width.  As we work our pattern, we are going to be increasing the length.

Here’s what the designer has done. After deciding the length (say 5”) per side, she has worked a total of 10” to start.  Thereafter, she has started decreasing the pattern to get this slanted front flap.

1.       So first you will need to decide how long you want each side and whether you want to follow this design as well
2.      OR would you like to make just twice the length you want per side, and then add a zipper along the top and be done with your purse?
3.      OR work 2.5 times the length and then use that last extra (0.5) to be the straight line flap.

So whatever you decide, work the pattern till the point and we’ll meet back here shortly for the diagonal flap.
If you are working 2.5 times the length and not the diagonal, then you will get a cute scalloped finish, which is also really trendy.


Rep Rows 2 – 5 for as long as you wish your purse length, ending with Row 4.

And we’re back.. we’ve got this rectangular shelled piece done, and we’re going to work on the flap.  If you are going to keep the flap flat, then you will first decide how long you want your flap, fold that bit up first, and then divide the remaining section into half.  (See diagram)

In case you are working on the diagonal pattern, carry on to the instructions below.

Diagonal decrease ideas :

Before we start on the decreases, let us understand how we are going to do it.  You already have the pattern figured out, so this section is going to be a lot easier.

We will work our pattern till the 9-dc section.  Each 9 dc section is made up of 4 dc in the two ch-2 sps and one dc in the middle, right?  It is this middle dc that is the most important in our decreases, and with each row, we will work till this dc and then turn.

As we’re working the similar pattern, but with decreases every other row, I’m going to restart numbering our rows with an “A”. 

Decrease Row 1 A : dc in the 1st sc  ;
(ch 2, dc in the same sc) ;
sk next sc & 2 dc, sc in the next 5 sc ;
*sk next 2 dc & 1 sc, dc in the next sc
rep (to) 2 times ; sk next 2 dc, sc in the next 5 sc* ;
rep *to* till last 9 dc ;
sk next sc & 2 dc, sc in the next 3 dc.  Turn

Row 2 A : sc in the 1st 2 sc  ;
4 dc in the  next ch-2 sp ;  sk next dc & 1 sc, sc in the next 3 sc ;
*sk next sc & 1 dc, 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
dc in the next dc ; 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ;
sk next dc & 1 sc, sc in the next 3 sc* ;
rep *to* till last 9 dc ;
sk next sc & 2 dc, sc in the next 3 dc.  Turn

Decrease Row 3 A : sc in the 1st 3 dc  ; sk next 2 dc & 1 sc, dc in the next sc ;
(ch 2, dc in the same sc) ; rep (to) once ;
*sk next 2 dc, sc in the next 3 dc ; 
sk next 2 dc & 1 sc, dc in the next sc ; rep (to) 2 times*
rep *to* till the last 5 dc ; sk next 2 dc , sc in the last 3 dc.  Turn

Row 4  A: sc in the 1st 2 sc  ;
*sk next sc & dc, 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
dc in the next dc ; 4 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; sk next dc & sc, sc in the next 3 sc*
rep *to* till last ch-2 sp ; sk next dc & sc, sc in the last 2 sc.  Turn.

Continue decreases every alternate row till you have one shell left (or one set of 9 dc), ending with either a Row 2A or a Row 4A.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

free crochet clutch purse pattern

free crochet clutch purse pattern


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

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did.. come back right here for more freebie patterns J

If you're visiting me here for the first time, and have liked the experience, do add me to your mailing list (for your convenience) , and all my future free patterns will come straight to your mail box.  


Have a great day and see you soon. J

People who liked this pattern also looked at these beautiful and unusual bag / purse patterns. Click on the individual links for one feast after another!