Saturday, 7 February 2015

HALF HERRINGBONE CLUTCH / BAG

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HALF HERRINGBONE CLUTCH BAG


Yes, I do seem to be caught in the clutches of these bags! Well, I seem to find so many stitches that are just so right for them that I just can’t resist either.  So here we go with yet another absolutely superb stitch called the Herringbone half double crochet stitch for our newest clutch.

So I’ve been inspired by this stitch from the net and then worked my clutch up.  As usual, this blog comes to you with lots of ideas - so while we will make this one half  herringbone clutch bag together, you have ideas to make another clutch bag as well as a market bag and an office bag.

Come along, and let's work on this lovely creation together

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Stitch detail

Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ one cone , with a 4 mm crochet hook. 
General yarn info : Polyester silk purse yarn is only available in India.  This particular yarn is not critical for the project.  You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project


Link for fitting a zipper on your bag :  

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.


Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                    sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                             fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             ch : Chain
Hhdc : Herringbone half double crochet


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
So we start our clutch purse at the top and are working along the length of our clutch – i.e the number of stitches you start with will determine the length you want.  
We will then work across side to side till we achieve the width (or height) of clutch purse we desire.

The beauty of this stitch is you can use as many sts as you want for your length, without a repeat or pattern count.  The slightly tricky bit is in getting that half stitch off first, before you execute the regular half double crochet.  

I've also changed the pattern very slightly for a different desired effect.  
So if you follow this pattern, you get one pattern, and if you follow the video link, you'll get a different one - so yet again, a lovely 2-in-1 set of ideas. Enjoy.

Start with fsc depending on the length of clutch purse you want.

Row 1 : Hhdc in 1st fsc and each fsc till end. Turn.

Row 2 : Sc in 1st Hhdc and sc in each Hhdc till end. Turn.

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

Rep Rows 2 and 3 till you have a clutch purse of the width you need.

Note : If you do a row of Hhdc in Row 2 as well, (i.e every row has only Hhdc), you will get a new pattern for a clutch.. so go ahead and experiment J

Fasten off then and weave in the ends.  

So here are some more ideas .. if you decide you want to have a nice sturdy market bag, just start with as many stitches as you want for the width of your bag, and then just work all the way up to get the length.  For the side width, you can either line it and then add in the material for the sides (just as I have done for this project as you can see in the photo below - the accordian-type opening) or you can make a long strip (of say 4 - 5 sc / hdc wide) that will go along the side of your bag.  If you opt for this, you will get an automatic 'base' as well, which will make this a suitable carry-bag for several situations (including carrying papers to the office!)
You just need to remember that when you are working the length, you need to keep the same 'width' for the base - so say you want the finished height/length to be 8", you will work (8" + 8" + 3" for bottom width = 19" in total).  Got it?  

Just for a nice difference, when lining my bag, I've added a few extra sections for holding credit cards - and am really happy with the end result!

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