Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Making a Small Crocheted Purse for Summer AND 30% off Crochet pattern ebooks!

You guys, put in coupon code "MAY2012" to get 30% off everything, even the treasuries, on my Etsy Pattern Store . I am going NUTS with polymer clay and felted flowers this week; summer always makes me focus on bags, bags, bags....I need bags to travel with, bags to carry my projects around in, bags MOST IMPORTANTLY because I like to wear sun dresses, and they HAVE NO POCKETS! Why, why, I ask you? Where, I ask you, does one put a phone or a car key?

The solution, summer dress wearers, is a tiny little summery bag...
Just use size 18 nylon string like you can find in a hobby store; a size F crochet hook...
and crochet a rectangle approximately 4" wide by 10" long. Fold it in half, slip stitch the sides together; then Chain a doubled-up strand of your nylon for a long stringy strap. I like about 35", nice and long to loop over the neck so it stays put. That's it! Most crocheters will know how to do this almost without thinking; if you're more of a detail person who wants a pattern, here's One You Can Buy on Ravelry for 4 dollars which includes not only very detailed instructions on the nylon purse (and a bit of a decorative edging), but also some flowers that look perfect with it! (You can see the project above)

You need the nylon string just mentioned, various scrap yarns in cotton, and crochet thread in a couple of colors for the stamens and the edging on the flowers. Size F hook and size 1 (2 mm) steel thread crochet hook are what you'll need, and you only need to know sc, dc, slip stitch, chain, just the basics.

Have a super summer and show me what you're working on! 

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