One thing I love about having a girl, is sharing all the things with her that make being a woman fun.
I recently took Craftsy’s Amazing Crochet Textures class and decided to make a purse for Natalie using the new stitches I learned.
Once I was done, and handed the purse over to her, she slid it over her shoulder and toted it around like a natural.
Back to the class….Craftsy has some great online crochet classes, including this free one, called Amazing Crochet Textures. If you aren’t familiar with Craftsy classes, they are online courses which teach almost any creative skill you can think of. They are ready to take whenever, and wherever you like, AND you can watch them again and again indefinitely so you can completely master the skills and techniques they teach.
For the Amazing Crochet Textures class, the instructor Drew Emborski, also known as “The Crochet Dude,” shares how to create a ribbed texture, cables, and how to add beads. He also teaches how to make a foundation row. Meaning, there is NO chained foundation. He said that this method totally changed his “whole crochet life” and I have to agree. I can’t wait to use foundation stitches in lieu of chain stitches in more of my projects and patterns.
His class is geared toward making squares for an afghan, but I thought they would also make for a great purse.
The purse dimensions need to be longer and thinner, so I created a new pattern for this project. Be warned though, that the pattern is best understood after watching the videos, especially the section on making basic cables. The stitches are fairly complicated, so it helps to watch the video and practice a few times.
Okay, ready for the pattern?
100 yards of worsted weight yarn
G/6 or 4.25 mm hook
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
fdc = foundation double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
4″ x 4″ square = 18 stitches x 10 rows
This pattern is written in American terms. If British terms are needed, refer to Craftsy’s handy conversion guide HERE.
Row 1: Fdc 25, turn
Row 2: Ch 2, fpdc in next stitch, bpdc in next stitch [cable A, bpdc] repeat 4x, fpdc, hdc, turn. (23)
Row 3: Ch 2, fpdc in all posts facing you and bpdc in all stitches facing away, hdc in last, turn. (23)
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Repeat row 3
Rows 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24: Repeat row 2.
Rows 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25: Repeat row 3.
You should now have a rectangle that is approximately 5.5″ x 10″.
Edge stitch around all four sides, in the same way that is taught in the class.
Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, [1 sc, skip st] 11 times.
When you get to a corner, 3 sc in same corner space/stitch.
sc down side rows/loops about 24 times.
3 sc in one corner space/stitch, [1 sc, skip st] 11 times.
3 sc in one corner space, sc down side row loops, 1 sc in first corner you started with and tie off.
You should now have something like this:
SEW PURSE TOGETHER
Next, you need to seam the purse sides together. You can do this with sl st up the sides (A), or with a yarn needle and whip stitching (B). Weave in ends.
Insert your hook into one side of the purse. Chain to desired strap length.
Insert hook into other side of purse and sl st. Sc into a loop right next to it, in the purse.
Now, dc along the chain all the way back to the beginning chain.
Sl st into the other side of the purse, right next to where you started. Tie off and weave in ends.
Once you get a purse under your belt. Go for the free afghan pattern offered with The Amazing Crochet Textures class! There is a beautiful criss cross cable pattern in there that I want to try as well.
The post was sponsored by Craftsy. All opinions are my enthusiastically and genuinely own. :) I honestly think Craftsy is fanastic!
SOURCES: Yarn – “Bright Red” Patons Classic Wool, worsted, 100 g/3.5 oz. || Hook – Boyd || Toggle – from stash || Yellow cardigan – H&M || Striped shirt – Old Navy || Jeggings – Walmart || Floral boots – Zulily