February 2009


I bought a croceted handbag pattern from Spotlight. It came with a set with 6 yarns (3 white and 3 brown color) and an instruction on how to make the handbag. I started by following  the instructions but later found out that the result was not very good. The instructions used a slip stiitch pattern throughout. Kind of boring and tedious to do. I decided to discard the project and come out with my own design for the handbag.

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I started to browse on my crochet pattern book and found this heavy weight pattern, trinity stitch I. I need a heavy weight pattern as my plan was to make a durable handbag with the given 55% Arcylic & 45% cotton yarn. I tried out the pattern first by crocheting a small piece of 10 patterns and  6 rows, at the same time testing out my guage size. Below are the instruction for the pattern, trinity stitch I:

1st row: 1sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc3tog inserting hook first into same ch as previous sc, then into each of next 2ch, *1ch, sc3tog inserting hook first into same ch as 3rd leg of previous cluster, then into each of next 2ch; rep from * to last ch, 1 sc into same ch as 3rd leg of previous cluster, turn.

2nd row: 1ch, 1 sc into 1st st, sc3tog inserting hook first into same place as previous sc, then into top of next cluster, then into next ch sp, *1ch, sc3tog inserting hook first into same ch sp as 3rd leg of previous cluster, then into top of next cluster, then into next ch sp; rep from * to end working 3rd leg of last cluster into last sc, 1sc into same place, skip tch, turn

Rep 2nd row.

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Since I have two colors yarn, I decided to make 2 rows of trinity stitch of the same color then change color alternately. the result looks good as the two row of trinity stitch of same color looks like a star pattern.

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With the gauge measured, I decided what size of the handbag to be made and increase the length of the pattern to sufficient length. As I have limited yarn given ( I won’t be able to purchase the same color yarn again), I have to roughly guage for the size of the handbag to be made. I would need to make 2 recetangle pieces of the same sizes to serve the front and back of the hand bag. I planned to sew the two pieces together at the side and at the bottom to form the base so as to do away the need of another piece for the base. To give some witdth to the bag, turn the bag with wrong side up. Then fold the two corners inwards and sew it tightly at the base.

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Here comes the top for the bag. I tried a few ways to see what is best for the opeing for the handbag. Be it with 2 slings and a button at the center  or a zip sewed at the opening. Where should the two sling belts be placed and how long should it be? After some tried out I finally settled with the zipper and the two sling belts sew at the sides as shown:

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That is almost all for my revamped crochet handbag. There is still this discision on how to settle with my previously half done slip stitch pattern piece. In order not to waste my effort, I converted it into a purse. Waiting to buy a 7 inches zipper to finish the project.

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Now I have left 2 rolls of yarn, what to do with it? Hmm.. thinking of doing a handphone cover. Then I will have a full set of accessories made from the same yarn: a handbag, a purse and a handphone cover. Instead of getting a handbag, I got myself 3 pieces of products. I like my project. 🙂

 

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Recently made a crocheted craft holder that uses a few crochet patterns. Basically just wanted to try out my design.

Started by makingCraft Holder a rounded base using a grey color yarn, I used the pattern for the making of a coaster.I make the side using forward and backward relief stitches with light purple yarn. Assemble the base with the rectangular side piece to form the shape of a holder, I slot in the circular cardboard yarn holder into the holder to strengthen the holder side. Fold the remaining length of the side piece into the holderdscn17211

I was thinking of create a cushion a the side of the holder to hold the pins and another pocket to hold scissors and crochet hooks. For the pocket I used grey yarn to make a single crocket rectangle block. For the pin cushion, I used a red color yarn to make a heart shape using single crochet.  Then attached the pocket to one side of the holder and the heart shape piece to the other side of the holder using sewing technique. Stuff in some cotton wool in betwen the heart shape pieces and the holder for the pin cushion.

 dscn1723Then I attached a lacey border surrounding the heart pin cushion. The lacy border was made with single crochet pattern, 2 ch, 2 sc on the 2nd ch, *2 ch 2 sc on the 2nd ch, repeat from * until the length of the chain is enough to cover the side of the heart shape pin cushion. Sew the finished chain onto the side of the pin cushion.

 

Wah lah! That’s it . It took me half a day to design and make it.

 

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Recently I have updated the outlook of this blog to include my flickr photos. I added all my crocheted products photo inside and would like to share them with whoever is interested.

The first two photos are my most recent crocheted pieces on a scarf. It was made by a very simple design using weaving chain technique. The foundation design pattern is to form a mesh fabric to allow length of chain woven through it. The mesh crochet fabric is simply just a repeating of double crochet follow by a chain across the row as shown below (width approx. 16 cm, 6 inches):

chain-pattern1It is very easy to follow and in order to make it more colourful, you can do your color matching with the use of 3 different colours:

  • Yarn A (dark grey): 5 rows
  • Yarn B (yellow): 2 rows
  • Yarn A (dark grey): 3 rows
  • Yarn C (red): 4 rows
  • Yarn A (dark grey): 3 rows
  • Yarn B (yellow): 2 rows
  • Yarn A (dark grey): 5 rows

Repeat the above until the whole scarf length is approximately 137 cm (54 inches).

 

After that, you will need to do the weaving chains. Using Yarn A, attached yarn to the base of one edge chain space, make a chain of 140cm (55 inches) long and fasten off. Weave ch in and out of mesh fabric, taking ch over 1st row, under 2nd row, and so on until the end. Attach other end of ch to end of last row and adjust the lenth of ch as required so that fabric lays flat.

Repeat the waving chains above using yarn B for the next two rows, use yarn A again for the next 3 rows, yarn C for the next 4 rows, yarn A for next 3 rows, yarn B for next two rows and finally end with one row of yarn A.

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To make the fringe, cut 24 lengths of each of yarn A, B and C, each 26cm (10.25 inches) long. Using one strand of each color, knot groups of 3 of these lengths across ends of scarf, positiong 12 knots evenly spaced across each end.

At the flickr photos showed the half weaved scarf using dark green, yellow, light purple colour. I have also used a forth color (ivory white) to replace the dark green color for the weaving chain part as I run out of the color. I personally find the results not bad as the contrast between the ivory white and dark green makes the weave chain quite outstanding. Below shows my end product:

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