Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tasseled Miser's Purse ~ Crochet-Along ~ Free Pattern ~ Part I


Hi everyone! We are going to jump right in and get started on the Tasseled Miser's Purse. Please click on the name link to find out what materials you will need. I'll be using standard abbreviations. Here are the basic ones:

Abbreviations:
yo - yarn over
beg - beginning
sp - space
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sc - single crochet
sc inc - single crochet increase
sc dec - single crochet decrease

Yarn A -
Patons Silk Bamboo - Sapphire
Yarn B -
Patons Classic Wool - Black

Crochet hook size H or 8 (USA 5mm)

This project is primarily worked in single crochet. If you have any concerns about the stitches, here's a very nice Stitch Guide by DMC.

Part I





With Yarn A, join yarn to key ring with sc. Do this by inserting the crochet hook through the ring, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook. you will need to hold onto the beg tail to maintain tension. From this point forward, as you sc around the ring, carry the tail in your stitches thus weaving it into the work as you go. (pictures 1-4)



Sc around the ring until it is completely covered. This will take approximately 32 sts. Your sts should be tight, but not so much so that you cannot work in them. When you have almost enclosed your ring, (picture 5) trim off the excess portion of the beginning tail of yarn. Also in this picture, you can see that by joining the yarn as we did, there is no knot bump. The stitches are smooth all the way around. When you have covered the entire ring, join with sl st to 1st sc. (picture 6)




Making the Drawstrings
*Note - Throughout this portion of the pattern, it is particulary important to maintain even tension. Also, be aware that your work will want to twist. Play close attention to the front and back sides of your piece to avoid error.

Ch 23, turn
Row 1: (front facing) skip first st, sc in next 7 sts, ch 15, join with sl st to the ring just to the right of the first drawstring chain. (back facing) ch 15, work 7 sc back across your 7 sc sts from the beg of this row. (Pictures 7-10)





Rows 2-5: ch 1 turn, (front facing) sc across (7 sts), ch 14, join with sl st to the ring just to the right of the previous drawstring chain. (back facing) ch 14, work 7 sc back across your 7 sc sts from the beg of this row. (pictures 11-12 show row 4 being worked)

Row 6:
ch 1 turn, (front facing) sc across (7 sts), ch 14, join with sl st to the ring just to the right of the previous drawstring chain. (back facing) ch 15, work 7 sc back across your 7 sc sts from the beg of this row.

Row 7:
ch 1 turn, (front facing) sc across (7 sts), ch 15, join with sl st to the ring just to the right of the previous drawstring chain. (back facing) ch 15, work 7 sc back across your 7 sc sts from the beg of this row.

Part I is now complete. You should have 15 drawstring chains attaching your key ring to your work. Picture 13 shows the completed Part I and you can see how the work wants to twist and curl. It is helpful at this point to lightly iron your work. Use medium heat and light steam. Your work will then look like picture 14. Now your ready for Part II!

Special thanks to my son Westen (age 10), the photographer for pictures 1-4.

Related Posts:
Tasseled Miser's Purse ~ Crochet-Along ~ Free Pattern
Tasseled Miser's Purse ~ Crochet-Along ~ Free Pattern ~ Part I
Tasseled Miser's Purse ~ Crochet-Along ~ Free Pattern ~ Part II
Tasseled Miser's Purse ~ Crochet-Along ~ Free Pattern ~ Part III
Tasseled Miser's Purse ~ Crochet-Along ~ Free Pattern ~ Part IV
Tasseled Miser's Purse ~ Crochet-Along ~ Free Pattern ~ Follow Up

3 comments:

joeandriki said...

Hello,
I got both patterns for the Miser's Purse. I made the double last night, no problems. Was great! On the single purse though, I am confused. On the first part of the pattern it says "Ch 23, turn
Row 1: (front facing) skip first st, sc in next 7 sts, ch 15, join with sl st to the ring just to the right of the first drawstring chain. (back facing)"
I don't know where exactly to join (next single stitch on key ring?) or what front and back facing means. I see in #9-12 pictures that every other chain seems to go behind the next, but can't figure out how to make it do that LOL
Thanks for your help :)
Have a great day, Riki

Jenn said...

Hi Riki, I'm probably being too wordy. I think you simplified it beautifully by "next single stitch on the key ring". That's all it is. Don't worry too much about the chains looking like they are in front or behind each other. It just naturally takes on that appearance as you go.

Jenn

Anonymous said...

Heya,
I've just got into making this pattern. So far, so great. But, I was wondering... Could you put the # of drawstrings there into the pattern as you go? I know there are 15 total, but I keep having to double and triple check myself to make sure that I have the right amount. I just think it'd help, especially for people like me who zone out on their work and don't realize what they've done until they go too far. Lol.

Thank you!