Tuesday, 2 January 2018

ADORABLY CUTE CAT WALLET

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ADORABLY CUTE CAT WALLET


This is my second kitty cat clutch purse inspired by a cross stitch pattern. 
Check out my earlier patterns as well – links given at the bottom of this blog.

What I love about these cross stitch inspired crochet patterns is that they are like unfolding a lovely puzzle.

We need to use two colours to showcase the beauty of this adorable startled-looking kitten.

Materials used : One cone each of polyester purse yarn in cones , with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians : The polyester purse yarn is available only in India (to my knowledge). This yarn has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness.
You can make this project with any yarn and a hook that suits it.

Skill level : Intermediate.  You must know how to read a cross-stitch chart for this project.

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/

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 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/

How to line the bag : View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag. http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crocheted-bag/

How to attach a zipper : Check this link at


Abbreviations used :  (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                    sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                                              ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over 
MC : Main Colour                                        CC : Contrast Colour
                                       

As usual, before we head off into our project, let’s take a quick look at what we’re working on today. 

I am going to share all the links I have shared on my first cross stitch inspired crochet creation once again, just in case you have joined me for the first time today.

In case you have seen / worked my first project along these lines, skip on past the links below to the pattern ideas.

For this lovely project, there is a bit of work that we all need to do.  I read through and watch the video by Mikey at http://thecrochetcrowd.com/crochet-graph-afghan-series/ on how to read a crochet graph and https://www.happilyhooked.com/reading-crochet-graphs/

Do also watch these videos on how to change colours neatly.

Please also go through the link on how to carry your yarn along at the top of this blog.

The cross stitch pattern is going to be our chart.

Each black darkened square represents one sc in MC OR Colour 1 ; each white square also represents one sc in CC or Colour 2.
Right then.. let’s now waste any more time.

If you count the stitches from one end to the other (side to side), we need 25 sts for the cat pattern in one colour. 
The length (top to bottom) of the kitten cross stitch pattern is 30 sts
So calculations :
a)   Work a swatch with your yarn and suitable hook to see how many inches you get with a rectangle 25 (across) x 30 high) rows of work in sc.
b)   Then decide how many stitches you want all around (as border) (i.e : Say you want 5 sts on each side, you will start with 25 + 10 = 35 sts). Got it?
c)     Finally decide on the border for the top (above the cat)


I am going to work my project in sc all through.

We start with a foundation (fsc) chain and work in sc all the way till you reach the front.

I am going to work this lovely cross stitch pattern only on the front side of my wallet , hence I will be working only in sc for the back half.

Why are we working the pattern so much later?  Well, if you start with the pattern, it will be upside down when you are done.

Oh, I added a few beads (for bling and to show off the blue of the eyes) for our lovely startled kitty cat – and used an embroidery needle to add them in after I’d finished my work.  I did this as an after-thought, and anyway the beads I chose would not go through my yarn.

Right then, let’s start.

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Start Row 1 : (Using Colour 1 ) : with a (25 + the number of stitches you want for border) in fsc.  Turn.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.  Turn

Row 3 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn

Rep Row 3 till you have the length needed for the back.

We will now start with the cross stitch pattern for the front.

I hope you have gone through all the links above on “how to read charts” to work this pattern.

We will read the pattern chart / embroidery from right to left

As we may have different borders, I will ONLY be writing the chart for the actual embroidery. (i.e for the 25 fsc we started with).  If you have started with say 35 sts, that means 25 for this pattern + 5 each for the two sides of border.  So when I say sc in the 1st st, you will work 5 sc for the border in CC and then start the pattern on the 6th sc in MC.  Got it?

I am sure you will get the hang of how we are reading this chart really quick, so I am just going to take you past the first few rows.
We start reading the pattern from the right hand side of the chart / embroidery

Cat pattern Row 1 : (Using Colour 1) : sc in the border sc ; sc in the next 8 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 4 sc ;
(Change to Colour 1) : sc in the next 5 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 4 sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 3 sc ; sc in the border sc.  Turn.

We are now on the left hand side of the chart / embroidery
Row 2 : (Using Colour 1) : sc in the border sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 5 sc ;
(Change to Colour 1) : sc in the next 4 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 5 sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 8 sc ;  sc in the border sc.  Turn.

You see how we did this?  So let’s work the next row together and then you can carry on.

We are back at the right hand side of the chart / embroidery
Row 3 : (Using Colour 1) : sc in the border sc ; sc in the next 9 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 4 sc ;
(Change to Colour 1) : sc in the next 5 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 4 sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 4 sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 2 sc ; sc in the border sc.  Turn.

And we are now on the left hand side of the chart / embroidery.  Got it?


Carry on with the pattern, interchanging colours till you are done with the pattern J
The easiest way to work this, as you may have seen on the video is to mark the rows off as you go along. 


Finishing

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Join the sides of your wallet / clutch purse, using one of the joining techniques given at the top of this blog.
Check the top of the blog for lining ideas, how to add a zipper, as well as ideas to make an I-cord.

We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.

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