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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cotton Lover’s Bridal Purse



June Bride? Better start crocheting now! Here’s a pattern I made specially for that delightful day.

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate
Warning: Sewing Skills Needed!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Finished purse measures approximately 4.5 inches wide and 5.5 inches tall

YARN
Cannon Mercerised 4-Ply Cotton Thread size 8
OR any crochet cotton thread size 10, size 8 or light fingering (4-ply) Choose White or Natural

CROCHET HOOK
Aluminium Crochet Hook size 2.2

GAUGE
25 sc = 4 inches

TERMINOLOGY
Pattern is written using US crochet terminology

NOTIONS:

Sewing needle and thread of matching colour 10 pcs Pearl Beads – 10mm
Satin Cord for purse drawstrings

DESIGN NOTES:
The mesh body of the purse and the individual motifs are crocheted first, then they are blocked and starched lightly. The leaves and large flowers are then sewn onto the mesh. The side seams of the purse are sewn and then the small flowers are added. A trim is crocheted along the opening of the purse. Satin cords are woven through the spaces along the opening of the purse to make a drawstring. Beads are then sewn onto the centres of the flowers.



INSTRUCTIONS
BRIDAL PURSE

MOTIF #1 The Flower with Curly Petals (Make 4)

Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to make ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *ch 2, dc in next sc, ch 1, 6 sc around stem of dc, sc in next sc, rep fr * to make 6 petals ending the last rep with sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, working from behind the petals, make a sc in ring through the space in the centre of the first petal, *ch 3, tr in same sp, ch 3, around same stem make (4 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc), sc in space in centre of next petal, rep fr * to make 6 petals ending with sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

MOTIF #2 The Flower with the Rounded Petals (Make 2)

Special Stitch:

Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Yarn over hook, keeping hook in back of work, insert hook from right to left around post of stitch indicated and pull through loop; *yo, pull through two loops on hook; rep fr * once.

Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to make ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *5 ch, sk next sc, sc in next sc, rep fr * to make 6 5-ch loops, ending the last rep with sl st in 1st ch to join.

Rnd 3: In 1st 5-ch loop make (sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc), and make the same for the remaining 5-ch loops, ending the last rep with sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, BPdc around sts between two petals, *ch 7, BPdc around sts between next two petals, rep fr * to make 6 7-ch loops, ending the last rep with sl st in top of 1st BPdc to join.

Rnd 5: In 1st 7-ch loop make (sc, hdc, 7 dc, hdc, sc) and make the same for the rest of the 7-ch loops, ending the last rep with sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

MOTIF #3 The Small 5-Petal Flower (Make 2)

Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to make ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 2, 3 dc in ring, ch 2, sc in ring, rep fr * to make 5 petals ending the last rep with sl st in 1st ch to join. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

MOTIF #4 The Small 5-Petal Star Flower (Make 2)

Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to make ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 3, sc in ring, rep fr * to make 5 3-ch loops ending the last rep with sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2: In 1st 3-ch loop make (sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc) and make the same for all remaining 3-ch loops, ending the last rep with sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

MOTIF #5 Small Leaf (Make 4)

Ch 11.

Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch fr hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in each of next 4 ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch, ch 1.

Rnd 2: Now working along the other side of foundation ch, sl st in each ch across, sl st in ch at tip of lead. Now work sl st in each st across the other side of the leaf, ending with sl st in base of leaf. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.

MOTIF #6 Leaf (Make 6)

Ch 15.

Work the same as Motif #5 Small Leaf but make 8 tr instead of only 4. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.



PURSE BODY (Mesh)
The mesh pattern is based on a beautiful mesh design found in Duplet 112. I include the crochet symbol chart here for your reference.

Special Stitch:

Double crochet 2 together (Dc2tog): Keeping last loop of each dc in hook, make dc in next st, sk 2 ch, dc in next st, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Finished rectangle should measure approximately 10′′ x 4′′

Note: Thanks to Gamzulatova (Darla) for the correction on the pattern!

Ch 38.

Row 1: Keeping last loop of each dc on hook, make dc in 7th ch fr hook, sk 2 ch, and in next ch, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, in next ch make (dc, ch 2, dc), ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc2tog, rep fr * two more times, ch 2, dc in last ch, ch 8, turn.

Row 2: * Sk (1st dc, 2 ch, dc2tog, 2 ch), dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next dc, ch 5, *. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Sk (2 ch, dc2tog, 2 ch), dc in 3rd ch of 5-ch at end of previous row, ch 5, turn.

Row 3: * sk 2 ch, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc2tog in next 2 dc *. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Ch 2, sk 2 ch, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in 3rd ch of 5-ch at end of previous row, ch 5, turn.

Row 4: Sk 2 ch, * dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 5, sk (ch 2, dc2tog, ch 2) *. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch of 5-ch 5 end of previous row, ch 5, turn.

Row 5: Sk 2 ch, * dc2tog in next 2 dc, ch 2, sk 2 ch, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch *. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Dc2tog in next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch of 5-ch at end of previous row, ch 8, turn.

Rows 6-21: Rep rows 2-5 four times.

Rows 22-23: Rep rows 2-3. Fasten off with a long tail for sewing.



BLOCKING

Block the mesh and motifs. Lightly starch to stiffen and protect the fabric.

ASSEMBLY



Refer to the diagram above showing the position of the motifs on the purse, sew the motifs onto the mesh carefully.





Some Guidelines:

Try to sew the motifs onto the stems of stitches while keeping the shape of the mesh. Be careful not to close the meshes.

Don’t sew too tightly, especially the leaves. Sewing too tightly may also distort the motifs.

Sew at strategic points on the motif and take care not to flatten the motifs. Later, when the bag seams are sewn, you will be able to see where you still need to sew the outer points of the motifs in order to give the motifs a full and healthy appearance.

Now working on the wrong side of the purse, sew the side seams together taking care not to sew in the motifs along the sides.

When done, inspect the purse and carefully sew on the smaller motifs on the purse. I selected open areas near the base of the purse. This will provide some coverage and also add weight near the base of the purse.

Sew the beads onto the center of the flowers.

Join thread with sl st to sp at the opening of the purse. In each sp make 4 sc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch fr hook. Work this trim all around the opening of the purse. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Cut two strands of satin cord about 16 inches long Weave through the spaces along the top opening of the purse to make a drawstring. Knot ends of satin cord to secure.