Saturday, 8 April 2017

SMASHING DIAGONAL CLUTCH PURSE - 3


free crochet clutch purse pattern

free crochet clutch purse pattern

SMASHING DIAGONAL CLUTCH PURSE - 3


This is my third creation for a clutch purse using a similar pattern, and just playing with colors and stitches.  I am so totally enamoured by this pattern, as you have guessed, that I have been creating different things with it.  Come along and let’s see what we are creating here today..

Oh, if you missed my blog on the spectacle case, here you go http://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2017/02/reversible-diagonal-spectacle-case.html , and in case you missed the earlier clutch purse patterns using this pattern, then check at the end of this blog for those …. and a bunch of my earlier bag patterns as well.

Right then, let’s see what we can do with this pattern.

Materials usedToday I have used ~ about two cones of our lovely Indian polyester purse yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ;

Difficulty level : Intermediate to Advanced Skill level

Stitches used :
Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : For this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops, you only go through the back loop of each sc.  For a visual, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phf7Nj0_LJg

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


How to attach a zipper : Check these links at
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Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

free crochet clutch purse pattern


As I said in yesterday’s post to, for this smashing diagonal clutch purse, I’ve been inspired by Diagonal Dishcloth pattern by Ananda Judkins at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diagonal-dishcloth-3

Please note though that I do not take any credit for this pattern.

This pattern works from one corner, increasing one stitch on each side till you have a neat square and you have diagonals running across, which looks super fantastic.

In the original pattern, the effect of the diagonals shows through due to the use of sc blo or working in the back loops only.

For this pattern, I thought that we could work directly in the sc, but alternate colours to get the fantastic striped effect that makes this such a superb pattern!
In my post yesterday, I used just two colours – a black and white.. and got a classic B&W purse .. stunning.. elegant.. chic!

For this creation, I have decided to use two shades of blue interspersed with brilliant white. I have used the shaded colours to match a sari that this is going to be paired with.  I am sharing this just to show you how one small tweak and change can just wow up a simple pattern!

For this pattern I’ve used three rows of blue, followed by a combination of white and blue stripes.  Just playing with the striped colours makes this such a different pattern.  Look at the striped purse I made yesterday – the B&W one, and compare it to today.. still a mix of colours and still stripes, but two totally different looking creations.  Ain’t this just superb?

free crochet clutch purse pattern

free crochet clutch purse pattern

Please check the link for my earlier similar clutch for the ideas on how to fold the flat piece you’re creating to make it into a clutch bag, given below (with the similar name as this blog).

OK.. So first off, we need to decide which colours we’re using.
Decide on the Main Colour and the Contrast Colour(s). 
Decide then how many rows you will work with each colour. 
Here are a few links for when we are working with more than one coloured yarn.

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


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

Right, so you are all set with your ideas ?

Work in sc all through, increasing 2 sc at each end, as per the pattern.  The only difference is that we are working directly in the sc and not the back loop of the stitch.

I made the pattern exactly as suggested by the designer and till one side of my project was about 8.5 – 9”
I then worked the decrease as suggested by the designer for one side
This means that I then stopped one side at the 8.5-9” mark and worked the sc 2-tog decrease at this edge on every row, while I still continued to increase (i.e working 2 sc in the end sc) along the other side on every row , making the square into a rectangle.
Continue to work your increases only along one side, and work the sc 2-tog along the other end and magically your square becomes a rectangle.

Now that you are working only along one side, you will need to to work it for as long you want your purse… as you have already decided this just before you started.

Once you have your project the length and width needed, then all you need to do is fasten off, weave in ends and get it stitched up into a bag.

OK.. I am sure your head is buzzing with ideas, so head on over to the pattern for the Diagonal dishcloth to see how you work this pattern.

If you decide to line your bag, add a zipper etc, please check links at the top of this blog.

Have a fun creative time.
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