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Crochet coin purse pattern…

I have always had a weak for kiss clasps! They remind me of my childhood when my grandma used to open her leather kiss clasped coin purse and gave me money for ice cream or candies. Since then the nice ‘click’ sound of the frame’s opening became for me totally addictive and growing up I couldn’t resist to their romantic and vintage look.

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crochted coin purseAfter having looked around all the craft stores in my hometown and never found it, I finally bought the frame from an online shop on Dawanda.com. I have never used this website before, but my first experience with it was absolutely positive. The shop’s owner, a Portuguese lady was so kind and also helped me in the purchase ( I had some problems with my pay pal account). She has such a great selection of items for your craft projects, that I felt overwhelmed and wanted to buy everything. This bronze curved frame just caught my heart and I thought that it would have been the right combination of romanticism and vintage.

sew on frameThe pattern for this coin purse is very easy and it is worked holding two strands of cotton thread together. I also used two different shades of green color and two different thread thicknesses. This is completely optional, but I like to experiment new techniques and the mix of color and thickness that came out made me very proud!

What you’ll need :

  • 8.5 cm coin purse frame
  • 50 gr of cotton thread in the color you prefer (A)
  • 50 gr of cotton thread thinner than (A) and of a lighter shade (B)
  • 3.5 mm hook
  • needle

Holding (A) and (B) in a magic loop make 6 sc

row1: ch1, 2sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch (12)

row2: ch1, *1sc into the very next st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (18)

row3: ch1, *1sc into the next 2 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (24)

row4: ch1, *1sc into the next 3 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (30)

row5: ch1, *1sc into the next 4 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (36)

row6: ch1, *1sc into the next 5 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (42)

row7: ch1, *1sc into the next 6 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (48)

row8-18: ch1, 1 sc in each st around. At the end of each row sl st into the first ch. (48)

Fasten off the cotton threads

At the end of row 18 your coin purse will look like a little basket 5-6 cm high and that will be the time for the frame to be attached. Open your frame and fit it with the top of the coin purse just crocheted making the holes of the sew-on frame match the stitches beneath. Insert your needle in one stitch and in the hole of the frame.

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crochet coin purse sew on frameKeep holding the coin purse and the frame together and going in and out of both of them. Once you have gone through all the holes this is how your coin purse should look like.

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crochet coin purseI love how cute is this coin purse , I can’t wait to make others using other frames from la mercerie portugaise trying different shapes and patterns. I will update you as soon as I will make them, in the meantime try to make your own little purse and let me know if once you have done it you find less unpleasant to use your coins!!! XX

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Sweet macarons…

DSC_1646This was my third trial with macarons and definitely the best coming out! The first time I tried to make this delicious and nice looking cookies, they ended up straight into the trash. After an entire evening spent measuring, mixing, learning about ‘macaronage’, ‘croutage’ and other ‘age’ french words, I got some sticky, flat, colorless biscuits, which tasted more like a sort of almond chewingum..it was a complete disaster!!! I promised myself to give them another chance and I did it. Few weeks later, with all my enthusiasm and loving heart for those cute, pretty biscuits I made them another time. This time the result was much better, but still they had cracks on the shell and no macaron shape at all.So, abandoned the idea of cooking them for a while, but still in love with these patisserie beauties, I decided to make them following a recipe I know much better and finally I had my soft, colored, well looking macaron..yeahh!!!

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Here are the ingredients :

  • 20 gr of cotton thread in the color you prefer ( to make the shells);
  • a small amount of cotton thread for the cream (you can choose the taste you like more, chocolate, vanilla..) ;
  • 2 mm hook, scissors, a needle (tools);
  • fiberfill;
  • ribbon

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The shell

row1: into a magic loop, make 8 sc. Sl st into the first sc. (8st)

row2: ch1, 2sc in easc stitch around. Sl st into the first ch (16 st)

row3: ch1, *1 sc into the very next st and 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (24st)

row4 : ch1, *sc into the next 2 st then 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (32st)

row5 : ch1, *sc into the next 3 st then 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (40st)

row6 : ch1, sc in each st around. Sl st into the first ch. (40 st)

row7 : ch1, *sc into the next 3 st, 2sc joined together into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl into the first ch. (32 st)

row8 : ch1, *sc into the next 2 st, 2sc joined together into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl into the first ch. (24 st)

Repeat this pattern another time to have the second shell of your macaron.

 The cream

Start filling the two shells with the fiberfill. When they look puffy enough, join them making sc into any sc of row8. When you have done, fasten off your thread .

When my macaron was ready, I used it as a charm for my Eiffel Tour keychain. To make everything cuter I tied a small bow into the keychain and here it is! Now it’s your turn ladies, have fun crocheting your macarons, make them in different colors and if you have any tips or secrets to share about the cooked ones, I will be all ears!! I love you all..bye XX

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