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Friday, 7 April 2017
SMASHING DIAGONAL CLUTCH PURSE - 2
SMASHING DIAGONAL CLUTCH PURSE - 2
I’ve used this pattern before for a lovely
reversible diagonal spectacle case and then made a clutch purse as well, which
I posted yesterday. I said at that time,
that I could not wait to see all I can make with this pattern – and here’s my
next idea along the same lines.
…. and you will find a bunch of my earlier bag
patterns at the end of this blog.
Right then, let’s see what we can do with this
Materials used : Today I have
used ~ about two cones of our lovely Indian polyester purse yarn with a 3.5 mm
crochet hook ;
: Intermediate to Advanced Skill level
Stitches used :
Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops,
you only go through the back loop of each sc.
For a visual, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phf7Nj0_LJg
Please note though that I do not take any credit
for this pattern.
This pattern works from one corner, increasing
one stitch on each side till you have a neat square and you have diagonals
running across, which looks super fantastic.
In the original pattern, the effect of the
diagonals shows through due to the use of sc blo or working in the back loops
For this pattern, I thought that we could work directly in the sc, but
alternate colours to get the fantastic striped effect that makes this such a
So here’s how you start your work. As I said even in my last clutch purse
project of this type, first decide what kind of a clutch purse you are going to
make. Please also note that a diagonally
worked project has superb stretch.
you need it to just work two sides and then have magnet clasps on the top, in
which case you work just one rectangle and fold it in half ; or
you want a flap over the top, and are going to use it with a zipper along the
inside and have it soft and smushy.. in which case you will need to work a
longer rectangle, and then fold it into thirds, in such a way that just over
two-thirds makes up the lower half of your purse, and the last bit is the
flap that comes over the top.
Easy enough right? May I suggest that you draw your dimensions ,
or easier still , cut it out on a piece of paper, to keep it handy to measure
against. As we are working along a
diagonal, it is a little confusing to keep tabs on the fast growing width and
Please check the
link for my earlier similar clutch for the ideas on how to fold the flat piece
you’re creating to make it into a clutch bag.
OK.. So first off, we need to decide which
colours we’re using and make one the Main Colour and one the Contrast Colour. Decide then how many rows you will work with
each colour. Here are a few links for
when we are working with more than one coloured yarn.
Now I decided to work with 2 colours – for a
classic Black and White purse.
Start with any one colour, and then after you
decide how many rows you want of that colour, attach your Contrast colour
I have decided to carry my unused yarn along so
that it is easily available for me when I end my row.
Ensure that you bring your unused yarn up
every row and interlock it with the yarn in use, so that you get a neat end
finish and the yarn is tight at both ends.
You'll see that both sides present a similar and yet different pattern.. so you have a decision to make here as well.. which side would you like to use? hmmm.. why not use this pattern to make two of the same ??
This is the pattern detail for one side
This is the pattern detail for the other side
Work in sc all through, increasing 2 sc at each end,
as per the pattern. The only
difference is that we are working directly in the sc and not the back loop
of the stitch... and I've decided to use hdc instead of sc.
Head on over to the pattern for the Diagonal
dishcloth to see how you start and work.
I made the pattern exactly as suggested by the
designer and till one side of my project was about 8.5 – 9”.
I then worked the decrease as suggested by the
designer for one side.
This means that I then stopped one side at the
8.5-9” mark and worked the sc 2-tog decrease at this edge on every row,
while I still continued to increase (i.e working 2 sc in the end sc) along the
other side on every row , making the square into a rectangle.
Continue to work your increases only along
one side, and work the sc 2-tog along the other end and magically your square
becomes a rectangle.
Now that you are working only along one side,
you will need to to work it for as long you want your purse… as you have
already decided this just before you started.
For my clutch purse, all I did was fold in half... if you decide that you want a flap, then head on over to my yesterday's blog and check out the instructions there. Link is right below here - the first one ......
and if you want to make the simple clutch I have.. ta da.... you're done!
Once you have your project the length and width
needed, then all you need to do is fasten off, weave in ends and get it
stitched up into a bag.
If you decide to line your bag, add a zipper
etc, please check links at the top of this blog.
Have a fun creative time.
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