Saturday, 6 January 2018

ENTWINED KITTY CAT CLUTCH PURSE

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ENTWINED KITTY CAT CLUTCH


I found this really beautiful (and seemingly simple?) cross stitch pattern, that I plan on adapting into a motif for a clutch purse.  This is the second one of this kind that I’m doing (i.e adapting a cross stitch pattern into crochet)

What I love about working such a pattern is that it is like unfolding a lovely puzzle, line by line and watching it grow right in front of your eyes.. oooh, aren’t you all excited to work on this too?!

I plan on using two colours – black & white – to showcase the beauty of the entwined kittens.  You need two colours (minimum) to differentiate  the cats from the background, but you got that bit before I said it ;)

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 suitable hook.

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/



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
                                       

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

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 cross stitch represents one sc in MC or Colour 1 ; each white unworked cross stitch 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) for the 2 kittens, we need 40 sts for the cat pattern in one colour.  There is then the border in the other colour. 
So decide how many stitches you want all around (as border) and start with 40 + border sts.
(i.e : Say you want 5 sts on each side, you will start with 40 + 10 = 50 sts). Got it?

The length (top to bottom) of the kitten cross stitch pattern is 20 sts plus border.
Once again, decide on how wide a border you want.

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

I am going to work this lovely cross stitch pattern only on the 
front side of my project , hence I will be working only in sc for the back half.
You can opt to work in sc , hdc or dc – depending on how fast you want to complete it and / or how fussy you are about the ‘holes’ between stitches.  Sc will show less holes as against dc, obviously.

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

So how do you calculate how much you work for the back?
Simple – look at the calculations given above for the number of stitches for width (side to side) and length (top to bottom). 
Work out a swatch for 40 x 20 sc, and see how many inches you get, and then decide how much of a border you want.
Basically one side of your clutch purse only need be this width and length, so once you have got this size, you can start on the pattern for the front.  However, if you are using a really thin thread and you need more length/width, all you need to do is ensure that you have the number of stitches required for the entwined cats and the border, and then you work an equal number of extra stitches for both sides. 
So say you want to work a total of 9” and you need 55 stitches to get the 9” ; you will work 56 stitches, with the 40 sts in the centre for the cat pattern, and the balance 8 sts on either side that will make the ‘border’ for you.  Easy enough, right?

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.
If you want the pattern on both sides, you will need to work an inverted image (i.e upside down) of this pattern along the back.

Right then, let’s start.

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Start Row 1 : (Using Colour 1 ) : with fsc (40 + the number of stitches you want for border).  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 40 fsc we started with).  If you have started with say 50 sts, that means 40 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 ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 17 sc ;
(Change to Colour 1) : sc in the next 6 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 17 sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : 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 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 14 sc ;
(Change to Colour 1) : sc in the next 2 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 4 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 2 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 14 sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 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 2 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 12 sc ;
(Change to Colour 1) : sc in the next 3 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 4 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next sc ;
(Using Colour 1) : sc in the next 3 sc ;
(Using Colour 2) : sc in the next 12 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
To join the front and back, use one of the joining techniques given at the top of this blog.

If you’d like to make the strap, use one of the methods given at the top of the blog.

For an easier strap, you could also work an fsc chain for the length needed, and then work sl-st or sc down the fsc chain using the other colours. 

In case you want to add tassels, just decide on the length you want for the tassel, and then cut a length of the coloured yarn double that length.  So say you want the dangling tassel to be 4” total, you will cut a yarn of 8” length.  Holding all your tassels together, fold in half and run a bit of yarn through the centre of them all.  Once they are held together in a bundle, you can neatly attach them along the side of the bag

Use one of the methods given at the top of the blog to line and add a zipper to your bag as needed. 

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

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