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The rainbow clutch…

Raffia bags are definetely a must-have accessory during summer times. Whether you carry them on the beach with all your sun products and towels, or use them in a smaller size to style your outfits, they always bring that exotic touch we can’t resist during this time of the year! What I couldn’t resist as well, was the warm and bright mix of color of this beautiful paper raffia from Katia, which was exactly what I was looking for, to create my first and ‘everyday wear’ raffia clutch.

Rainbow clutch

rainbow clutch IIBeing my first time working with raffia, I was really surprised. Against my expectations, even if it is very flat and soft, this material is truly resistant and easy to work with. Two balls were enough to make my clutch and I was able to do it usign my 6 mm hook, switching to my 4 mm hook for the edge.

raffia

The pattern for this project couldn’t be easier! Starting from a foundation chain, the clutch is worked as a long rectangle of basic stitches which we are going to fold properly in three parts to create the body of the bag and its flap. Then, once you have chosen the color of your clutch, start chaining 30+2.

row1 : 1 hdc into the third ch from hook, then hdc in each ch across. (30 st)

row2-38 : ch2 and turn your work. Hdc in each stitch across. (30 st)

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raffia stitchesedging : using a 4 mm hook, make a row of single crochet all the way around our rectangle. Just remember to do 3 sc into the stitch at each corner of our rectangle to keep it flat.

edge

Since I wanted to add a nice detail to my clutch, I took a gold chain about 25 cm long and started joining it to my pattern through a row of single crochet.

gold chain

To close up the little spaces between one stitch and another and prevent stuff inside my purse from falling, I sewed a neutral piece of fabric all along my rectangle shape.

This part may sound a bit intimidating if you have never sewed anything in your life, but don’t be afraid and remember that handmade products don’t need to be perfect ;).

Put your piece of fabric on your rectangle to match it. Insert a neutral cotton thread into your needle and tie a strong knot at the tale. Start going into the fabric first and then into the following stitches including the fabric. Continue repeating that all the way around.

fabricSince crochet purses usually tend to be a bit floppy, I also interposed a cardboard between the raffia rectangle and the fabric to make everything look more rigid and ‘in shape’.

cardboardNow to transform our rectangle into a clutch we need to fold it so that the side of your purse measures about 1/3 of the entire piece length.

foldingTo keep our purse closed we are going to install a magnetic bag clasp not visible on the outside of the clutch. To do that, position one half of the clasp right in the center of your clutch flap and the other half on the corresponding half of your body clutch and sew them in place.

magnetic clasp

endI really feel enthusiastic about my ‘rainbow’ clutch. I love how the colors blend together and create a unique shade that matches perfectly these sunny, warm, summer days. As I am sure this one was my first attemp with raffia, I am sure it won’t be the last, but I’ll use it for sure again maybe for a bigger bag. I hope you guys liked this pattern too, give it a try and stay tuned for the next post…byeeee !!!!

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Vintage Ruffles…

Hi my dear friends! It’s sale time here in Italy and I couldn’t miss a tour in my favorite yarn store. Everything was half priced, so what a great chance to buy all the things I liked and even more ! When I saw this ‘crochetable’ polka-dots fabric, it was love at first sight! No way I would have left it in there!! As a vintage style lover, my mind went to 1950s fashion straightaway and I decided to use it like ruffles for a skirt. Here is the final result and believe me, I can’t help running my hands through those ruffles . They are incredibly soft!!!

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Here is the pattern I made up for this work and I can ensure you it’s really easy, quick and beginner friendly (that was my second skirt project ). The final size fits a 3 years old child ( waist circumference of about 55 cm and a total length of 21 cm), but I am gonna give you some tips to customize your size. Well, keep reading and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment, I’ll answer as soon as I can. Happy crocheting !!!!

What you’ll need :

  • 250 gr of yarn in the color you prefer; I chose the white cream.
  • 3.00 mm crochet hook;
  • 2 balls of dark red dots fabric (400 m)
  • elastic band ;
  • yarn needle;
  • scissors.

Stitches used :

  • chain stitch (ch);
  • single crochet stitch (sc);
  • double crochet stitch (dc);
  • slip stitch (sl st).

The first thing you need to do is to take some measurements. You should define waist circumference, hips width and total length of your project. If you’re crocheting this skirt as a gift and you want to surprise the person who’s gonna receive it, you can find in this post the size table I usually use.

Once you have all your measures, start crocheting a foundation chain as long as the hips width you want to reach. Then, join to the first chain with a slip stitch to form a circle, making sure your work doesn’t twist.

Rounds 1-10 : ch 1 (it counts as the first sc), sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first chain.

 Rounds 11-15 : ch 2 (count as the first dc), 1dc in the back loop of each stitch around. At the end of the row sl st into the second ch.

 Rounds 16 : ch 2, *1 dc in the back loop of the next 13 stitches, 2 dc in the back loop of the 14th stitch (increase)*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Then sl st into the second chain.

 Rounds 17-20 : ch 2, 1dc in the back loop of each stitch around. At the end of the row sl st into the second ch.

 Rounds 21: ch 2, *1 dc in the back loop of the next 16 stitches, 2 dc in the back loop of the 17th stitch(increase)*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Then sl st into the second chain.

 Rounds 22-26 : ch 2, 1dc in the back loop of each stitch around. At the end of the row sl st into the second ch.

 What’s working in back loop?

As you can see the upper part of the stitch is defined by 2 loops. Working in back loops only, means that you are going to insert your hook underneath the loop on the back to make your stitch.

backloop

How to attach the fabric :

Once you have the ‘body’ of your skirt, you need to attach the fabric. As you can see it comes with big holes in the upper part to be crocheted.

  1. Insert your hook into row 11 from the back, grab the entire fabric and pull it through
  2. In the back of the work, go few stitches over, grab your fabric and pull it through
  3. Sew the fabric to secure
  4. Insert your hook in the front loop of row 11 and in the first hole of your fabric and pull I through.
  5. Insert your hook in the very next front loop and in the second hole of the fabric and pull it through the two loops you have on your hook.
  6. Keep repeating point 5 until the end of the row
  7. Sew the fabric to secure.

 Attach your fabric to rows 11-16-21-26.

I put an elastic band to make the skirt more comfortable to wear. To create the elastic casing, fold the waistband in half and sew all the way around, leaving a 10 cm opening to add the elastic. Cut it to be the length of the waist circumference minus 10 cm. Slide the elastic into the casing, using a pin. Pull it through the loop until you reach the other side where you are going to sew the two ends together. Close the opening left and that’s it!

 I hope you guys enjoy this pattern. I tried to explain step by step what I have done, but if you have any doubts or questions leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help you. Also I will be pleased to see the pictures of your handmade projects using this pattern and the fabric print you chose. Now I can only wish you happy crocheting and keep in touch! Byeeeee.

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