August 10, 2015 by holy rollin hooker
So, I recently bought this super cute purse for, like, $6, and I was all stoked about it, until I realized that it is way deep. I feel like I have to dig for days just to reach the bottom and of course the thing I’m digging for is hiding out in the furthest reaches of the corner somewhere. I got tired of having to stop, drop, and grope whenever I wanted to put on my sunglasses, so I did like all good crafters and made the solution to my problem.
This holder is done in griddle stitch. It’s a simple alternating single crochet, double crochet pattern. It gets its cool spike look from the color changes. Seriously, depending on how you line up the colors, it can look really impressive.
- Four different colors of worsted weight yarn (I used an off brand yarn, but I like Caron’s Simply Soft for this because it’s…well…soft and comes in lots of colors. You could also use a cotton yarn though)
- Size (H) hook
- Sew-on snap
- Decorative button
- 5” metal ring (click here to see what it looks like)
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and sewing seams
- Gauge: 14sts and 12 rows in 4″
- Ch 3 at the beginning of each row counts as dc
- Change colors every two rows
Row 1: (using color A) skip 3ch (counts as dc), *sc into next ch, 1 dc into next ch; rep from * ending with 1 sc in the last ch, turn.
Row 2: ch 3, skip 1 st, *1sc into next dc, 1 dc into next sc; rep from * ending with 1 sc into the top of the beginning ch3, turn.
Rows 3-24: Repeat 2nd row. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Don’t forget to change colors every two rows!
Fold your block in half and seam the bottom and the one open side. Fasten off.
Join any one of the four yarns to the top right corner.
Rows 1-5: Ch 1, sc in next 13 sc. Turn.
Fasten off after Row 5 and weave in ends.
Sew on a snap in the front middle halfway between the second and third rows from the top and in a corresponding spot on the underside of the flap (see pic below).
If you are as unskilled a seamstress as I, then the front of your flap where you sewed the snap on looks pretty tacky. Just cover that up with a decorative button. You could also buy a decorative snap to begin with, but those are, like, expensive, so forget that.
Once all that is done, just weave the metal ring through the bottom of the flap close to the top of the body of the holder (see pic above) and you’re done. You can attach it to any purse, bag, or belt loop you want.