Friday, 2 February 2018

FLAT EASY WALLET

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FLAT EASY WALLET


If you have been following my blogs, you will know that I have made a *lot* of clutch purses and bags.  I am constantly on the lookout for neat and easy accessories, and I think this one is a *winner*!
Come along then, let’s see what we have here.

Materials used : Just over two cones 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. 

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/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to change colours while crocheting with multiple color yarns : http://www.diyhowto.org/tapestry-crochet-free-patterns/


How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

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 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/




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 
fsc : Foundation Single crochet           



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For our wallet, I have used a really basic stitch and got the effect by playing with colours.

What we do is work a rectangle, and alternate colours as we go along.  Just so that we can all be individually creative, we are not going to write down just how many rows you work with each colour.. Go ahead and create.

However, I am going to tell you how I worked on my creation here.
a)   We will work our wallet as a rectangle, working side to side along the width of the purse.
b)   Decide on the length and width of your wallet.
c)     The number of stitches you start with will determine the width of your purse and as you work along the pattern, you will get the length of your wallet.
d)   There is no fixed number of stitches that you need to start with.  Just work it according to the width you want.
e)    I love that this beautiful pattern can be worked to suit any width or length. 

As I always suggest, please check the link at the top of this blog for the foundation single crochet start and work as many stitches as you’d like for the width of your wallet.  Turn and then work an hdc in each fsc all the way back.
You will continue working 1 hdc in each hdc all the way up and down till the end of each row.  Once you have reached the length you need for your project, fasten off.  And this is basically the pattern.  
So what makes this different?
1)      Well, the use of two colours, and the mix ‘n’ match of the combination of colours.
2)    The way we are going to fold this purse.  The diagram below is not to scale – it is only to show you how we are folding the wallet and how it will look eventually.

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How to fold the wallet after making the rectangle 


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Folded wallet finished


So how are we folding this wallet?  Into 3 sections (as against the regular 2 or folded straight down the centre)
So once you decide how wide you want each section, you will need to make just over 2 times that width.  You will then fold first the bottom section in and then the top folds over to clip down.  We will not be stitching the sides – so when you flip this wallet open, it will be one flat rectangle.  This is what makes it uniquely different. J


Finishing :

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free crochet ladies wallet pattern, free crochet easy wallet pattern, free crochet clutch purse pattern, free crochet bag pattern

Once you are done with the pattern, I have worked one round of sc all around – not just to neaten the edges but to give another accent with the contrast colour.  Just for kicks, I also worked in a shell at the top centre flap.

For the shell, I just counted the sts on that last row and marked the center stitch.  Work 1 sc in each st till you are 2 sts away from the marked centre st. 
I have worked a picot for my shell stitch, which is a ch-2 picot (ch 2 ; sl-st in the 2nd st from hk).  Check the top of this blog for a “how to picot”

Ok, so we are 2 sts away from that centre marked st : dc in that marked st ; (picot + dc in the ­same marked st) ; rep (to) 4 more times ; dc in the same marked st ; sk next 2 sts and work an sc in each st till the end ; work 3 sc in each corner and 1 sc in each st all around.

We are done with the basic flat wallet.  Please check the top of this blog for “how to” on lining this purse, attaching a zipper etc.

And that’s it.. your flat and easy wallet is ready to go , and we’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.

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