Saturday, 6 May 2017

STUNNING BEADED CLUTCH PURSE

free crochet purse pattern

STUNNING BEADED CLUTCH PURSE

After yet another break, I am back with my clutch bag project.  This pattern has a lovely diamond cross pattern and will look absolutely splendid in any yarn and with any color.

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 a chart for this pattern 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.
If using beads, thread your beads before you start.
For number of beads needed, please read on for the ideas given in pattern

Difficulty level : Intermediate skill level. 
This pattern is intermediate if you decide to work it with beads

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/

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

How to add beads in crochet : Check out this neat link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M
How to thread beads onto your yarn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3WKv0W8miQ


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/




Instructions (Using U.S terminology)

free crochet clutch purse pattern


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

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.

I am also going to throw in a few beads in my project, so if you too wish to do that, then go ahead and load your beads onto your yarn first.  Check the top of this blog for lots of ideas and “how to links”.

First off, how many beads will you need?

Look at the pattern.  We’re going to work a series of large and small “V’s”. 
The large “V” is (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc)
The small “v” is (sc ; ch 2, sc)

What I propose to do is work my beads in that ch-2 sp.  So here’s where your creativity comes in.

A)   See how large you want your bag, as this pattern is worked side to side
B)   Decide if you want the beads all over your bag or just on the flap portion
C)   Then decide if you want it in both the large “V” and the small “v”.

Once you have worked all this out, here’s how I calculated my bead requirement.
I worked two beads per Large “V” ch-2 sp.

So how does this calculate into numbers?  If you are going to work say 5 large “v” per row, that means 5 “V”s x 2 = 10 beads per row.

NOW you will need to work a quick swatch with your yarn and this pattern to see gauge and see how many inches you will get with the pattern. 

Too confusing?

OK then here’s another idea : Just add a packet of beads and work the pattern, and once you have run out of beads, figure out what you’re going to do with this cool blingy bit.  Believe me, this pattern is so cool that it looks fantastic even without beads.. especially if you too have chosen metallic yarn with flecks of bling in the yarn itself!

I seriously think that working it just for the front portion or flap will be superb.. but if you have loaded more beads than required and it falls over onto some other part of the bag, it’s going to look swell too.. after all beads on bags is always a charm.  So rather than stress.. just create.

Right then, let’s get started.



Our stitch count is in multiples of 6 + 4



Start Row 1 : with fsc in multiples of 6 + 4. Turn.

For our pattern, we have a large “V” which is (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp ; and the small “v” is (sc ; ch 2, sc) all in the same st or ch-sp.

If using beads, here’s what I’ve done with the “V” stitch patterns.

Large “V” = (2 dc ; add 2 beads , 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp
Small “V” = (sc ; add 2 beads , sc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Row 2 : dc in the 1st fsc ; sk next fsc ; Large “V”-st in the next fsc ;
*sk next 2 fsc, Small “V”-st in the next fsc ; sk next 2 fsc, Large “V”-st in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the last 2 fsc ; sk next fsc, dc in the last dc. Turn.

In the following row, we will work a Large “V”-st in the Small “V”-st and vice versa.  So depending on what stitch you have end with, work the pattern accordingly.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ;
*Small “V”-st in the 1st ch-2 sp of the next Large “V”-st ; Large “V”-st in the next ch-sp of the next Small “V”-st* ;
rep *to* in each ch-sp till end. Turn.

And this is the basic pattern.  You will continue working Rows 3 for the pattern till you have the length and width needed for your purse.

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Just see how beautifully she shines in the sun - of course that's all thanks not just to the beads, but to the scintillating metallic yarn as well :)

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.

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