I made this cute purse as a gift for my mother. To get this special effect I made crossing front post double crochet. This technique is a bit slower than ordinary double crochet, but I thought it was fun and I liked the effect.
Inside mesures are 19 cm x 15 cm, outside is 21,5 cm x 16 cm. You can put make up in it or other small items. It’s not that big, but you can put a small crocheting project in it, and it fits nicely in your hand bag.
The purse is made in front post double crochet (fpdc). This is how you do it: Crochet an ordinary double crochet, but put your hook in from the fornt, and around and out on the other side of the stitch that you made in the previous round. Look at the picture to the right. This is a treble crochet, but it shows how to use your hook. The picture is from a pattern that I never finished because I was not content with the result.
- fpdc: front post double crochet
- sl st: slip stitch
- sc: single crochet
- dc: double crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- r: round
Yarn and hook
- 2 skeins Sandnesgarn, merino wool, grey: 1042
- 1 skein Sandnesgarn, thin merino wool, pink: 4312
- Hook number 3,5 mm
- Hook for the zipper: 2 mm
The zipper I used was 20 cm, but you can use both a bigger or a smaller.
You also need a tape measure and a pencil.
Start with the 2 mm hook. It’s important that you don’t crochet to tight, or else the zipper will curl.
Follow the instructions under the thumbnails.
- Fold the end of the zipper and start with the 2 mm hook. Start with a standing sc: Make a slip not on your hook and then insert your hook in the first mark, put the yarn over the hook and pull up the loop, through the zipper. Then yarn over again and pull it through both loops.
- Make 2 sc before you cross the zipper.
- 2 sc on the next side of the zipper.
- Crochet 3 more sc in the same mark as the last sc. In this way you get 4 sc in the corner.
- Contiue with 1 sc in each mark. Fold the end.
- Make 4 sc in the corner and then 1 more sc before you cross the zipper.
- Then make 1 sc on the next side of the zipper and 4 sc in the corner. Continue to make 1 sc in each mark.
- When your reaches the first corner, you make 3 more sc in the same mark as you made your first standing sc, now you have 4 sc in the corner.
- Fasten r with a sl st.
Crochet 1 r with dc. Remember to count the number of stitches. Its important that you hav even numbers.
You may have noticed that I didn’t crochet one round wit sc when I made the grey purse, and that was a mistake, because the purse, or the zipper, startet to curle.
In the right picture you see that I made one purse with a dc row, and this purse did not curle.
Whatever you do, don’t crochet too tight. If you usually crochet tight, use a larger hook.
Crossing double crochet
*:Start each round in this manner:
- Ch 3=1 dc.
- Yarn over.
- Crochet in the stitch that is previous to the ch3=1dc.
- Crochet 1 fpdc in this st.
- Finnish the dc.
This short video shows how you start each round.
This is your first crossing fpdc. Continue like this:
- Skip 1 st, make 1 fpcd in the next st.
- Crochet 1 fpdc in the previos st.
Repeat from 1 to 2 all the way around. Fasten r with sl st in the third ch in ch3=1dc*.
This video shows 1 and 2:
Start form * and follow the description on how to start and continue the r. It is very important that you make sure that the fpdc that crosses in front always is crocheted in the fpdc that is crocheted in front in the previous round. This is what makes the ripples.
In this short video you can see how I crochet fpdc in the fpdc that is in the previous round:
I crocheted too tight and my work curled. It turned out ok in the end, but the zipper is still a bit curled.
In the picture under you can see the inside of the purse. If you make sure to start each round like I explained the scare comes on the inside of your purse. You’ll anyway see a small bump crossing the backside of the purse, but it is so small I decided not to care about it.
Crochet the purse in the size you want. Then crochet it shut in the bottom with sc.
- Cut the yarn and weave in the tale. Lay the purse flat to get an edge on both sides.
- Start with a standing sc.
- Make sure to put your hook through both sides to prevent holes in the bottom of the purse.
- Crochet sc to close the bottom.
I wanted to embellish my purse and made pink edgings on top and on the bottom.
- Start with a standing sc.
- Crochet around the stitch that is crocheted in the zipper. I made 3 rounds on the top.
- In the bottom I made 2 rows.
Weave in all the ends.
Butterfly and heart
The pink edging on the butterfly and the heart is something I made by crocheting 2 sc in each stitch around the heart and the butterfly.
I hope you like my pattern and wish you a happy crochet. Feel free to ask questions about the pattern, and it will make me happy if you publish pictures of your work on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/heklepiken/
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