Thursday, 6 April 2017
SMASHING DIAGONAL CLUTCH PURSE
I’ve used this pattern before for a lovely reversible diagonal spectacle case. This is such a neat pattern, and has so many uses, that it’s so great! I just love it and can’t wait to see what else I can come up with.
The original pattern here is for a dishcloth, so let’s see how we’re going to turn that pattern into a purse!
Oh, if you missed my blog on the spectacle case, here you go http://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2017/02/reversible-diagonal-spectacle-case.html
Right then, let’s see what we can do with this pattern.
Materials used : Today I have used ~ about one cone 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 line your bag : Check this link at http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crocheted-bag/
How to attach a zipper : Check these links at
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
sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only
Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)
For this smashing diagonal clutch purse, I’ve used the
Diagonal Dishcloth pattern by Ananda Judkins at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diagonal-dishcloth-3
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.
So here’s how you start your work. First decide what kind of a clutch purse you are going to make. Please also note that a diagonally worked project has superb stretch.
1. Do you need it to just work two sides and then have magnet clasps on the top, in which case you work just one rectangle and fold it in half ; or
2. Do you want a flap over the top, and are going to use it with a zipper along the inside and have it soft and crushy.. in which case you will need to work a longer rectangle, and then fold it into thirds, in such a way that just over two-thirds makes up the lower half of your purse, and the last bit is the flap that comes over the top.
Easy enough right? May I suggest that you draw your dimensions , or easier still , cut it out on a piece of paper, to keep it handy to measure against. As we are working along a diagonal, it is a little confusing to keep tabs on the fast growing width and length.
This is if you are going to fold in half and attach the magnet catch on the top
This is if you are going to fold in thirds and have a flap over the front
Now here’s where the fun begins. If you continue with the pattern, you will get a square project. For our bag, we need a rectangular piece. So here’s what I did.
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.
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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