Pretty Blooming Purse
This pretty crocheted purse is great for casual or formal wear.
Designed by Candi Jensen
Clutch measures 12-1/2 inches wide by 7 inches high
Red Heart Designer Sport Yarn: 2 balls 3750 Girlie Pink (A), 1 ball each 3261 Terra Cotta (B), 3570 Iced Violet (C), 3770 Berry (D), 3730 Blush Rose (E)
Crochet hook: K/10-1¿2 (6.5 mm) 4 jumbo craft sticks, 6x3¿4 inches Yarn needle
Gauge: With 2 strands held together, 10 sc and 12 sc rows = 4 inches. Check your gauge. Use any size hook to obtain gauge given.
How to Make a Gauge Swatch With 2 strands held together, ch 11. Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across -- 10 sc. Row 2-12 Ch 1, turn; sc in each sc across. Swatch should measure approx 4 inches square. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Purse Sides (make 2) With 2 strands of A held together, ch 33. Row 1 (right side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch remaining across -- 32 sc. Rows 2-21: Ch 1, turn; sc in each sc across. Row 22: Ch 1, turn; sc in front loop of each sc across. Rows 23 and 24: Repeat Row 2 twice. At end of row 24, fasten off.
Flowers (Make 14 total: 3 each with A, B, C and D; 2 with E) With 2 strands held together, ch 16.
Row 1: Work 3 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, *([ch 1, dc] 3 times) in next ch, ch 1, sc in next ch; repeat from * once more; ([ch 1, dc] 3 times) in each of next 2 chs, ch 1, sc in next ch; **([ch 1, tr] 3 times) in each of next 2 chs, ch 1, sc in next ch; repeat from ** once more; ([ch 1, dc] 2 times, ch 1, hdc) in last ch -- 10 petals. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Assembly Fold last 3 rows of top edge of Purse Sides to wrong side, inserting 2 crafts sticks end to end on each Side. Sew last row in place below crafts sticks. Sew between crafts sticks at top center of each Side. Sew snaps on top center of each Side. With right sides of Purse Sides together, matching rows, sew edges together along left and right edges. Turn right side out. With wrong sides of Purse Sides together, matching sts, sew bottom edges together through back bars of foundation chs. Roll Flowers into shape, tack bottom edges of Flowers and sew in place on right side of each Purse Side. Make 3 rows of Flowers with 5 Flowers in top and bottom rows and 4 Flowers in middle row, arranging colors of Flowers as shown in photo or as desired.
Weave in ends.
Abbreviations: ch(s) = chain(s); dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); tr = treble crochet; * = Repeat directions following * as many times as indicated; [ ] = Work directions inside brackets as many times as indicated; ( ) = Work directions inside parentheses into st or space indicated.