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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shawl – Full written pattern

Hi,
Autumn is knocking on the door again. So I made for you a pattern for very nice shawl, which will come handy. It is crocheted from connected squares, so you can adjust the size according to your needs.


This time I used ALIZE angora gold simli” - color number 4760. I liked the silver effect of this yarn. You can get this yarn all over the world. But this shawl can be made from any yarn or cotton of your choice. Multi-colored or single colored it will still look great.

There are many pictures to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this shawl. I have added charts as well. It may even be helpful with learning to read the charts.
I’m also confident the written pattern is suitable for a dedicated beginner as well.



I am providing the pattern for this Shawl for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


Have a nice week
Clara

Friday, September 8, 2017

Recycled denim bags

Hi,
As you might know already I really love to make bags and purses. I’m experimenting with combining crocheting and sewing to make some of my bags. You can see these in my earlier posts.
The past few weeks I was working on my first fully sewn bags. I used my favorite material-denim. To be more specific recycled denim, which I’m getting in my favorite charity store. The varieties are endless and it keeps the cost of material reasonably down.
As I mentioned before I only have minimal sewing skills and I –with some (big) help from Google –managed it.
The star shoulder bag you can see right below is measuring: cca 44cm x 37cm(17,6” x 14,8”), handles 50cm(20”).





The fold over bag you can see right below is measuring: cca 35cm x 45cm(14” x 18”), handles 50cm(20”).



I hope you like the bags as much as I do. I would like you to take this post as an encouragement to all of you, who are not professional tailors, and would like to try to sew something for yourself. It can be done with a little bit of dedication. 

Have a nice week
Clara



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Flower/denim bag – free tutorial



Hi,
I didn’t know what to do with all the sorts of quality cotton leftovers I had at home. I’m sure many of us, crocheters, have the same problem. 
Since I really love to make bags and purses, I decided to combine the leftover cotton with denim and try to make some bags bigger and smaller. For the denim parts I used jeans (preferably not stretchy) from charity store.
I understand it may look difficult at first, but I only have minimal sewing skills and I –with some help from Google –managed it. So don’t be scared. Google up how to sew simple bags (there are so many good tutorials on Pinterest for free) and go for it.
I have to admit sewing the first bag took me around nine hours, the second one was ‘’only five hours’’. I know a professional tailor would be probably be crying at the time I used and the fiddling around I did. But I’m very pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The sewing is not absolutely perfect, but it looks clean and professional enough for me.
The only advice I can give you is to make the front/flower part first. That way you can adjust size of the denim parts easily.
The smaller bag you can see right below is measuring: cca 37cm x 36cm(14,8” x 14,4”).
The bigger bag you can see further below is measuring: cca 39cm x 41cm(15,6” x 16,4”).



First you have to make flower squares (30 for small one, 36 for the bigger one). One square is cca 6cm x 6cm (2,4” x 2,4”) if you work with crochet hook G/4mm.
I used a free flower square pattern I found here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flower-pillow-2 

You can use any flower square as long as you like it. It is your choice. You need to crochet the squares together, I used sc’s.
I made two fully crocheted bags with a similar front some time ago. You can use it as a guide and you will find it here:
http://emmhouse21.blogspot.cz/2015/03/soft-flower-purse.html
http://emmhouse21.blogspot.cz/2016/05/another-pretty-flower-bag-pattern.html




You should have the front crocheted before you start with the sewing. Now sew the back using this crocheted part as a front side.
It is great way to use leftovers and recycled jeans to make a beautiful and eye-catching bag. Color combinations are endless and the price of materials very moderate. I just hope I will get faster with sewing, but they say practice makes perfect. I most certainly hope so because I have got so many ideas for new bag designs.

Have a nice week
Clara

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Refurbished flower/denim bag – free tutorial


Hi,
My little daughter “desperately needed” a new bag. Which girl doesn’t?
I found a suitable denim cross body bag in my local charity store. The only problem was it had some not very nice labels and stickers all over it. I just removed them and properly washed the bag.
I have all sorts of yarn and cotton leftovers. I used them to make the flowers. My daughter made the choice of colors and beads.
And that is what we came up with. I think it looks very cute and the colors are matching to pretty much every shade of pink garment in my daughter wardrobe.


Refurbished denim/flower bag - free tutorial

Size: cca 20cm x cca 20cm (8” x 8”)

You need:
Any yarn or cotton of your choice (I used odd bits of cotton)
A Crochet hook
A Yarn Needle
A Denim bag of your choice (I got mine in charity store)

Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
ch       chain
slst     slip stitch
sc       single stitch
dc       double crochet
st        stitch

Body of the bag:
I just removed all the unwanted labels from the bag and washed it in the machine.

Flowers:
I used a very simple flower I found on the net. I don’t know who came up with the pattern for this flower first. There are so many practically identical free patterns available.
Round 1: MR, ch1, 15sc’s into the ring, slst. into first ch1, don’t turn.
Round 2: *ch2, 2dc’s in each of next two st,, ch2-slst. into next st.,* repeat 4 times, fasten off.

Sew the flowers on the bag the way you would like it or the way you can see it on my bag. I put a flower button in the center of each flower.







































There it is. You should have nice bag now or an inspiration for one at least.
I hope you understand, but if you come up with any problems or difficulties, write to me, and I’ll be more than happy to help.

Have a nice week
Clara

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pineapple top market/shoulder bag – full written pattern

Hi,
After, thanks to all of you, the great success of the previous pattern for “Pineapple Market Bag” from last year, I have come up with another market bag.


This one has got a much more tightly crocheted and stronger bottom. That way you can leave it without lining if you wish.
I added a little pineapple tassels – it makes the bag look even more romantic. They can be used to secure your bag as well.



The pictures are there to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this market bag.
I have added a few charts as well. It may even be helpful with learning how to read and use charts as well.

You can adjust the size of the bag or handles to suite your needs. I feel confident that the written pattern is suitable for a dedicated beginner as well.

I am providing the pattern for this very romantic, but practical market/shoulder bag for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


Have a nice week
Clara



Friday, June 30, 2017

T-shirt yarn Cross-body bag – Free written pattern




Size:
width cca 38cm x height cca 38cm (15”x 15”), adjustable handle cca 120 cm (48”), shoulder handle drop cca 60 cm (24”) long and cca 3cm (1.2”), the size is really depending on material you’ll use.

You need: 
I used cca 700 grams / 300 meters of  “YarnArt – ribbon”, color no. 757
7mm crochet hook 
Yarn Needle, markers
A sufficient amount off cotton for the lining (you don’t have to use cotton)
30 cm (12”) zipper
Hardware to complete the bag – 2 rings cca 5cm(2”), 2 rings with the hook, buckle cca 3cm(1,2”).

Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
ch       chain 
slst     slip stitch
sc        single stitch
hdc     half double crochet
st        stitch 

Bottom of the purse
Start with the bottom of the purse. It is worked in circular (oval in this case) crochet method, beginning at center of the oval. Slst. join at end of each round. Don’t turn, but continue in same direction.

























Begin by crocheting a chain of 25 + 1 ch, follow the chart above or the written instructions bellow.
Round 1: (Blue) Sc into the 2nd ch from the hook, 2sc into the same stitch, make sc into each of next 23 ch, 5 sc into last ch stitch. Do not turn - keep going around and make sc into each of next 23 ch, 2 sc into the last stitch (it’s the stitch where you have 3 sc already). Slst. to finish the round. Do not turn.

Round 2: (Orange) Ch1, work 3 sc into the same stitch, 3sc into next stitch, make sc into each of next 25 sc, 3sc into next stitch, 3sc into next stitch, 3sc into next stitch, make sc into each of next 25 sc, 3sc into next stitch, slst. into 1st ch1 to finish the round.

Round 3: (Green) Ch1, work 3 sc into the same stitch, sc into each of next 2 stitches, 3sc into next stitch, make sc into each of next 27 sc, 3sc into next stitch, sc into each of next 2 stitches, 3sc into next stitch, sc into each of next 2 stitches, 3sc into next stitch, make sc into each of next 27 sc, 3sc into next stitch, sc into each of next 2 stitches, slst. into 1st ch1 to finish the round.

Round 4: (Red) Ch1, work 3 sc into the same stitch, sc into each of next 4 stitches, 3sc into next stitch, make sc into each of next 29 sc, 3sc into next stitch, sc into each of next 4 stitches, 3sc into next stitch, sc into each of next 4 stitches, 3sc into next stitch, make sc into each of next 29 sc, 3sc into next stitch, sc into each of next 4 stitches, slst. into 1st ch1 to finish the round.

I ended the bottom of the bag here. That gave me width of the bag cca 38cm/15”. You can do a row or two more for longer bag or row or two less for shorter one. It’s really up to you.

Body of the purse
I worked in rounds. Sc into every sc from the bottom of the bag. I can’t remember exactly how many rounds I did. It doesn’t really matter. I finished mine when the body was cca 38cm (15”) high. Again, you can make your bag longer or shorter by adding or reducing the number of rows. Fasten off.

























Adjustable handle 
It is cca 120 cm (48”) long and cca 3cm (1.2”) wide.
Ch 130, hdc into the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc into the same stitch, make hdc into each of next ch, 5 hdc into last ch stitch. Do not turn - keep going around and make hdc into each of next ch, 2 hdc into the last stitch (it’s the stitch where you have 2 hdc and ch2  already). Slst. to finish the round.
 


Shoulder handle
This handle is constructed out of three pieces, two shorter and one longer.

The shorter bits are cca 10cm (4”) long and cca 3cm (1.2”) wide. Ch 12, hdc into the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc into the same stitch, make hdc into each of next ch, 5 hdc into last ch stitch. Do not turn - keep going around and make hdc into each of next ch, 2 hdc into the last stitch (it’s the stitch where you have 2 hdc and ch2 already). Slst. to finish the round. Make two of them.

The longer part is cca 60 cm (24”) long and cca 3cm (1.2”) wide. Ch 65, hdc into the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc into the same stitch, make hdc into each of next ch, 5 hdc into last ch stitch. Do not turn - keep going around and make hdc into each of next ch, 2 hdc into the last stitch (it’s the stitch where you have 2 hdc and ch2 already). Slst. to finish the round.

Zipper:

























I’m adding zippers to most of my bags and purses. You can find two options of how to add the zipper in these two free links bellow:
I used a little bit thinner yarn, of a similar color around the zipper.

Lining:
I put a lining in my bag.  I sewed it on machine and sewed it in by hand, to the second last round of the purse’s body. I suppose, you can sew the lining by machine. The lining is not really necessary, as the bag is strong enough on its own.

Assembling:
I found a shoulder bag at my local charity store. I didn’t like it, but the hardware on it was in excellent condition, just perfect for my project. I am sure if you look around your local charity stores you can find plenty of bags with interesting and/or nice rings, hooks and buckles for a fraction of the price you would pay if you would buy it separately. 
Assemble the bag as you can see on the picture below.


There it is. You should have a nice bag now or an inspiration for one at least.
If you come up with any problems or difficulties, write to me, and I’ll be more than happy to help.

Have a nice week
Clara


Monday, June 19, 2017

Another Circular Pineapple Cardigan/Vest

This circular pineapple cardigan is very popular. It is not only interesting and beautiful, but also handy for the up coming summer. In the last few weeks I have been working on another one for a customer.




I’m confident the written pattern is suitable for a dedicated beginner as well.
There are many pictures to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this cardigan.

I am providing the pattern for this very elegant pineapple cardigan/vest for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


or here:


Have a nice week
Clara