Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Flower Garden Purse Pt 3

Technique: Crochet

8 ply yarn in various colours;
blue and green for the bag
3 complimentary colours for the flowers
4mm hook
tapestry needle

The original pattern for this purse appeared in Crochet World Magazine 2007. I'm sure I'd get in trouble for republishing the pattern here, but I can take you through what I did step by step.

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OK onto the instructions, and mine differ somewhat to the original. The instructions are part of an ongoing project, see the related posts below if you have come across them in the incorrect order:

Part 1, The Flowers
Part 2, The Bag
Part 3, The Liner (you are here!!)
Part 4, Construction

In total you will be constructing:
12 flowers
1 bag body
1 bag insert/liner
2 straps

Today, I made the the liner for the bag. The original pattern did not include a liner, however I felt it was necessary to finish the bag.

Inside the Bag
You can see here the stems and leaves of the flowers, which could easily catch on keys if left unlined.

Once the flowers and stems get attached there are quite a few threads on the interior that could catch on things like keys. You could sew a liner if you prefer, but the double layer of crochet I felt would make the bag sturdier. I made the liner one stitch smaller in dimensions than the outer bag. You could also, if you prefer, make the liner one solid colour rather than the two colours as I did here.

Row 1: With green, chain 11, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each remaining chain across, turn (10 sc)
Row 2-23: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. At the end of row 23 do not turn.

This is where you begin working in rounds now rather than rows:

Round 24: Chain 1, sc across the long edge into the end of each row (23 sc), sc across the short edge (10 sc), sc across the long edge into the end of each row (23 sc), sc across the short edge (10 sc).

Now remember on the outer bag we worked in the bag loops to form a right angle so the bag would sit nicely, for the liner we want to work in the front loops, so that the right side of the crochet is facing the inside of the bag, which will allow us to put wrong sides together when we stitch the lining in.

Round 25: Working in front loops for this round only, ch 1, sc in each stitch around, do not join in beginning sc.

Round 26-29: Sc in sc around.

Also remember on the outer bag when we switched colours we worked into the back loops again, no need to do that for the liner, simply switch to blue at the start of row 30 and continue in sc rounds until your liner matches the height of your bag and finish off.

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