Gifting

Gifting

I love gifts. And I love giving them. It is a secret of mine (ok, well not anymore) that I LOVE giving handmade gifts to little girls and see their little eyes light up. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really enjoy the flowered and lacy and really cute things when I was a girl that much. Maybe I’m reliving it a bit now.

Anyway, I made a cute drawstring purse for a little lady’s 3 year old birthday this weekend and a little bunny to put in it. The bunny I made from this website that I found through www.ravelry.com. http://www.clover.co.jp/kyan/knit/amigurumi.shtml It’s in Japanese but I was able to figure it out from the diagram. Maybe sometime I’ll write about how to crochet from a diagram/chart. I find it fun as I’m a very visual person. It’s been useful several times for me as many foreign patterns use them. For now, here’s the purse pattern though. Enjoy the free pattern!

 

pattern

Little Lady Drawstring Purse

Things to know for this pattern- sc, hdc, dc, sl st, sc2tog, magic ring, blo (back loop only)

I used red heart super saver yarn for the bag, sport weight yarn for the ruffle, and a mix of sport weight (dark pink) and simply soft (light pink) for the drawstring and flowers. I used a size H crochet hook. Finished height was 6” and finished diameter (of the bottom) was 5 ½”

Row 1- 12 hdc in Magic ring (12 hdc total)
Row 2- 2 hdc in each hdc around (24 total)
Row 3- hdc in next, 2 hdc in next, repeat around (36 total)
Row 4- hdc in each next 2, 2 hdc in next, repeat around (48 total)
Row 5- hdc in each next 3, 2 hdc in next, repeat around (60 total)
Row 6- hdc in each next 6, 2 hdc in next, repeat around (72 total)
Row 7- sc blo in each next 5, sc2tog in next, repeat around (60 total)
Row 8- join with sl st blo, ch 2 (this counts as a dc), 2dc in blo same st, sk 2, 1 dc in blo next, sk 2, *5 dc in blo next (shell), sk 2, dc in blo next, sk 2* repeat between *s 8 more times, 2dc in blo same stitch as ch2, join with sl st to blo 2nd loop of ch 2 (10 shells, of 5dc each, total + 10 dcs total= 60 total)
Row 9- ch 1, sc in blo same st, sc in blo each around, join with sl st to 1st sc (60 sc total)
Row 10- ch 2, 2 dc in blo same st, skip 2, *shell in blo next, sk 2, dc in blo next, sk 2*, repeat between *s 8 more times, 2 dc in blo same stitch as ch 2, join with sl st to blo 2nd loop of ch 2
Row 11- repeat row 9
Row 12- repeat row 10
Row 13- repeat row 9
Row 14- repeat row 10
Row 15- repeat row 9
Row 16- repeat row 10
Row 17-repeat row 9
Row 18- Drawstring row- ch 3, sk next, dc blo next, ch 1, sk 1, *dc blo next, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat between *s around, join with sl st to blo of 2nd loop of ch 2.
Row 19- repeat row 9
Row 20- repeat row 10
Row 21- Ruffle- Change color, ch 1, sc, ch1, sc in same stitch (through both loops, not blo), *sc ch 1 sc in next st*, repeat between *s around, join with sl st. Finish off and work in ends.

Flowers (make 3)- In a magic ring, *ch 1, hdc, hdc, ch 1, sl st* repeat x5, tighten magic ring and finish off.

Drawstring- Cut approx 5 feet of 6 strands of yarn. Twist together 3 and 3 strands into a rope. Weave through row 18 and pull ends to make them even. You can tie them together to make a purse or to make it a backpack pull the ends through holes at either side of the shell at the very bottom of the bag and tie together inside the purse (see pics below) This was made for a 2yr old but the model is a petite 6 year old so you may need to make the rope longer depending on who you are making the bag for.


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