Saturday, May 23, 2009

From Knit to Crochet



The photo is my first completed knitting project. I used directions from a kid’s book and while I was pretty pleased with the outcome, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could crochet the same thing.

Here is the crochet pattern I came up with for the change purse.

I used Peaches & Creme cotton yarn (a small skein will make more than one) and a size E Hook. Gauge doesn’t matter for this project.
The other necessary supplies are a button and a large needle for weaving in the loose ends
The stitches used are single crochet, single crochet back loop, and single crochet 2 together
It is crocheted in one long piece that is then folded and crocheted together.
The finished size is approx. 4-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches
This is easy to make

Make a slip knot and chain 16.

Row 1 - Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and then across. 15 stitches made. Chain 1 and turn your work.

Row 2 - Single crochet across. Chain 1 and turn your work. Repeat this row until the piece is about 3 inches long.

Row3 - Single crochet in the back loop across the row. Chain 1 and turn your work. This makes nice little ridges. Repeat this row until the piece is about 8 inches long.

The flap (now you are going to start decreasing)
Row 1 Single crochet, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet the next 9 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet. The 15 stitches has now been decreased to 13. Chain 1 and turn your work.
Row 2 - Single crochet, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet the next 7 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet. Now there are 11 stitches. Chain 1 and turn your work.
Row3 - Single crochet, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet the next 2 stitches, chain 2 (this is for the button hole), single crochet the next 2 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet. Now there are 10 stitches. Chain 1 and turn your work.
Row 4 - Single crochet, single crochet 2 together, single crochet, single crochet 2 together, single crochet, single crochet 2 together, single crochet. Now there are 7 stitches. Chain 1 and turn your work.
Row 5 - Single crochet, single crochet 2 together, single crochet, single crochet 2 together, single crochet. Now there are 5 stitches. Chain 1 and turn your work.
Row 6 - Single crochet 2 together, single crochet, single crochet 2 together. Now there are 3 stitches. Chain 1 and turn your work.
Row 7 - Single crochet 3 together and fasten off.

Finishing: Weave in all the loose ends. Sew on the button with a regular needle and thread. Fold the piece and single crochet on each side to join the back and front. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Below is the crocheted version. Personally, I like it better. What do you think?

5 comments:

elysabeth said...

I like the crocheted one better since I don't knit. Maybe it's the colors of the yarn that is more appealing but the crocheted one looks a bit more polished for some reason. They are both really cute.

I could see some young girl enjoying getting these. You could actually make it wider and chain a handle on it - for a small carry tote - cell phone, money and lip gloss - lol - just a thought - E :)

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Love it and can't wait to try it. I'm trying to use up my yarn before we move so I won't feel guilty about carting it to another state!

Betty Hechtman said...

Elysabeth, you're right. You could just make bigger versions and add handles.

By the way, I was looking at directions for knitting a handle on a little purse, and it was so much more complicated than crocheting one.

Joanna, the good thing about moving yarn is that it is light weight. If you don't use it all up, you can probably cram a real lot in a box.

Cher said...

I like the crochet version much better!

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