Little crochet purse & my first tutorial

crochet purse

I made this little purse for a lovely friend, a very strong and wise woman for her birthday. I know she has been waiting for it for a long time 🙂

This is also my first attempt to write down how I made it. I really hope it is clear and easy to follow. I would appreciate any comments and advice on how to improve it.

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Tutorial 

Materials You need a purse frame, yarn and a crochet hook. For this purse, I used a frame of approximately 15cm, about 150 grams of synthetic yarn, and a matching crochet hook, No. 3.

The purse is crocheted in a round, without joining rows, starting from a magic loop. It is then sewn to the purse frame. The handles are crocheted separately and attached to the frame.

Used stitches (US)

SC – single crochet

HDC – half double crochet

DC – double crochet

PC – popcorn stitch – 5 DC together in one stitch

Base

1 Six SC in the magic loop = 6 stitches

2 Two SC in each stitch = 12 stitches

3 SC in the next stitch, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 18 stitches

4 SC in the next two stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 24 stitches

5 SC in the next three stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 30 stitches

6 SC in the next four stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 36 stitches

7 SC in the next five stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 42 stitches

8 SC in the next six stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 48 stitches

9 SC in the next seven stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 54 stitches

10 SC in the next eight stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 60 stitches

11 SC in the next nine stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 66 stitches

12 SC in the next ten stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 72 stitches

13 SC in the next eleven stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 78 stitches

14 SC in the next twelve stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 84 stitches

15 SC in the next thirteen stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 90 stitches

16 SC in the next fourteen stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 96 stitches

17 SC in the next fifteen stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 102 stitches

The size of the base can be adjusted depending on the size of the frame. For this purse, the size of the base circle was slightly larger than the metal frame. This way the purse will have some volume.

Once you have reached the desired size, you can proceed to the next stage.

18 HDC in the next five stitches, 1 PC – repeat sixteen times more = 102 stitches

19 HDC in each stitch = 102 stitches

20-21 Repeat row 19

22-29 Repeat rows 18-21

30 SC in each stitch = 102 stitches

31-33 Repeat row 30

Finish off. Next, the purse is sewn to the frame.

Handles Crochet a cord of desired length. You may also want to have a longer cord, so that the purse can be worn on the shoulder. You can use the so-called Romanian (point) lace cord stitch. Attach it to the frame and sew the ends together. Cut off the yarn and weave in the ends.

Have fun crocheting 😉

Less is more zpagetti bag

simple zpagetti bagSometimes you don’t need a very elaborated pattern to crochet something cute. It was a present for a friend, and, yes, I’ve seen her wearing it 😀

This bag is crocheted around only with the single crochet stitch. It is a great project for beginners – it will get you hooked! 😉

I used my favorite Zpagetti yarn in light jeans and wooden handles. All from Hoooked. Other projects made from the same yarn can be found here and here.

Last summer project

red crochet bagOnly because the calendar says it is the last day of summer 🙂

As planned, in August I worked only with the materials I had at home. Here, I followed the lovely pattern designed by Sayjai of K and J Dolls, mostly because of the bobbles 🙂 My bag came out a bit different, because I used another kind of yarn and a much smaller hook size.

While the first signs of autumn are already here and this bag is in such a bright summer color, I am looking forward to still wearing it a couple of times, maybe on those particularly grey days…

Now the time is coming for woolly crochet – scarves, hats, blankets… Can’t wait 🙂

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This bag is made of synthetic yarn for macrame (which I also used for the Crocodile and the Raspberry bags) with crochet hook size 4. The pattern consists of chain, slip, single crochet and double crochet stitches. The handle is made of a metallic chain and a crocheted strap attached with metallic clasps.

 

Summer pink

pinksummerpurse

Yeeeey, it’s summer here! Temperatures finally exceeded 30 degrees – unbelievable 😉

I love love love pink in summer! Ah, I have to admit that I love pink in autumn, winter and spring as well 🙂 I also like the vintage-looking purse clasps. At first, I was hesitating of buying this one, because of those bright pink balls. Then I couldn’t find a matching yarn. In the end, I chose the multi-colored yarn (which is not really my favorite), but it goes so well with the summer outside. And here it is – the pink purse! 🙂

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The purse was made of Schachenmayr’s Catania cotton yarn with a 3 mm hook. It is crocheted with single crochet stitches adding stitches to form a circle of the desired diameter and some more rows to achieve the volume. This is then sewn to the clasp. The strap is made of foundation single crochet stitches (not so sure this is the correct term). I made it longer so that I can have a bow and adjust the length as needed.