Zelie is a vintage-inspired bag pattern that is perfect for moms and daughters alike, so it’s time to twin with your little one! Using a variety of colors to create the puff flowers, the bag is completed with a sleek metal purse clasp and chain.
Time: 16-18 (L) and 7-10 (S) hours pattern(s).
Skill Level: Easy
Size: L (S); Each motif measures 2” (4 cm) diameter. See figure 1 for final measures.
Gauge: See motif size.
Yarn: Scheepjes Catona (100% Mercerized Cotton; 137yards [125 meters]/50 grams colors: 505 (MC, 3 balls), 386 (CC1, 1 ball), 514 (CC2, 1 ball), 252 (CC3, 1 ball), 226 (CC4, 1 ball).
Hook: US size E-4 (3.5 mm).
Notions: Tapestry needle (size smaller than the metallic bag holes). Metallic bag fasteners (12” x 3.5” (L), 9” x 2” (S)), Metallic chains (2 x 38” (L); 1 x 24” (S)). Linen flax waxed or some other heavy cotton thread (matching color with MC).
Puff Stitch (PS): *Yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, pull up lp, keeping the yarn lps long; rep from * 3 more times, with 9 lps on hook yo and draw through all lps on the hook, ch1.
The construction starts making 75 (28) flower, and 4 (4) square motifs that are then distributed and joined according to the chart. The upper edge is finished by a combination of sc, hdc and dcs to adjust to the mouthpiece of the metallic bag fastener.
I recommend using a Linen flax/heavy cotton thread to join both the motifs among themselves and to the metallic bag. Assure the needle pass through the metallic bag holes easily.
The table below indicates the number of motifs in each CC by size.
Flower Motifs (see chart)
Rnd 1: With MC, make a magic loop, ch 1 (count as first sc), 11 sc in loop, sl st on top of first st (12 sc).
Rnd 2: Ch 1 (count as first sc), *ch 2, sk 1, sc; rep from * 4 more times, ch 2, sl st to first ch to join. (6 sc)
Rnd 3: With CC, ch 1 (count as first sc), * [sl st, ch 2, puff, ch 2, sl st] in next ch-2 sp, sc in next sc; rep from * 5 more times, sl st to first ch to join. (6 puffs)
Rnd 4: With MC, ch 2, *6 sc in puff, dc in next sc; rep from * 4 more times, 6 sc in last puff, sl st to first ch to join. (36 sc, 6 dc)
Weave in all ends.
Make 4 (4).
Rnd 1: With MC, make a magic loop, ch 1 (count as first sc), 11 sc in loop, sl st on top of first st. (12 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a sc), *[sc, ch 2, sc] in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * 3 more times, sl st on top of first st. (16 sts).
Rnd 3: Ch 1 (does not count as a sc), *[sc, ch 2, sc] in ch-2 sp, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * 3 more times, sl st on top of first st. (24 sts).
Cut yarn and weave ends.
With a MC-color matching thread, sew hexagons together with a mattress stitch following instructions (figure 2a (L) and 2b (S)). Pay attention to the top edges, where you will need to adjust the motifs to the metallic fastener you chose.
Attach metallic chains.
Master Crochet Abbreviations Used
dc – double crochet
CC – contrast color
ch – chain
hdc- half-double crochet
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
st – stitch
*– repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
[ ] – work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
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