by Carmen Statham



Friday, March 4, 2011

Photo Tutorial for Thistles Evening Clutch

After much anticipation, here is my newest creation! I love this purse and how easy it is to make. I would say this purse is easy since it's all in single crochet. And now, a photo tutorial:

Using Vanna's Choice and a 5.00 mm hook crochet a chain of 43.
Single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across. This will make a total of 41 single crochet stitches on the chain. Turn and chain 2. Now single crochet in each stitch across again. Repeat the last row until piece measures 12 inches.

This is the 12 inch piece with single crochet in every stitch. The rows are very tight, but you can see how neat they look. DO NOT FASTEN OFF
Row 1: ch 2, *sk 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * to end, 1 sc in last sc.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. *2 sc in first sc, sk 1 sc, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end, 1 sc in last sc.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 4 inches. Fasten off.

This is the flap of the clutch close up so you can see the thistle stitch.
After the last row of the thistle stitch is complete and you have a flap, fold the bottom half of the purse so that purse measures 6 inches and has a 4 inch flap.
Now, to finish make a row of sc along edges of flap and sides of purse. Join with yarn, *ch 1, skip 1 st, sc in next st, ch 1, sc in next st* to end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Here is a close up of the single crochet edge used to finish purse.

Crochet a rose or sew a button to bottom half of flap to finish.

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