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Puffballs purse

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Puffball purse was inspired by my cuddly, furry black and white panda hottie. It warms me up on cold nights and the lavender scented herb bag filling  aids my insomnia.  Cute and functional.

The puffball purse is a quick project perfect for using up ends of stash yarn. It is written using US terminology.   I would say it is suitable for a beginner crocheter using single crochet (UK dc) , double crochet (UK tc) and puffball stitches.

I always welcome feedback on my designs.  If you have any problems please do contact me.  I’m new to writing patterns so any tips on improvement or what parts you like most are much appreciated.

Materials
4mm crochet hook.
Any DK yarn in 2 differwnt colours
Size can be altered by increasing/decreasing chain length.  Ensure the chain length is divisable by 6.  Ensure that the colour changes are done on the inside of the purse and any lengths of yarn are on this side.

Abreviations:

US Crochet terminology used : Ch – chain, DC – double crochet, Tr – treble crochet, SC – Single crochet, SS – Slip stitch,

Special Stitches

Puffball stitch – (done in alternate colour to rest of bag: 1 ch (1  tr into next st two rows below) 6 times. Take hook out of last  tr, insert it into first chain of this group, pull the loop of the last  treble through the chain to create a puffball.

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Side of Purse
With colour A Chain # (divisable by 6 )  ss to join.  (I used chain 54)
Row1 Work sc into each chain, ss to join
Row 2 Ch 2, work dc into each chain, ss to join.
Row 3 Ch 2, work dc into each chain, ss to join.
Row 4: Ch2 1 dc into each of next 5 dc.  Join Colour B, *With Colour B *1 ch (1  tr into next st two rows below) 6 times. Take hook out of last  tr, insert it into first chain of this group, pull the loop of the last  tr through the chain to create a puffball. With Colour A 1 dc into each of next 5 dc, repeat from * to end.  Join with ss.
Row 5 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join. (Note puffball counts as one stitch)
Row 6: Colour A ch2, 1 dc into each on next 2  dc. *With Colour B do puffball stitch, with Colour A 1dc into each of next 5 dc, repeat from * to end.  Join with ss.
Row 7 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join.
Row 8 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join.
Repeat rows 4-8 until purse is required depth.
For the black and white purse I did one more repeat of row 4-6.

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Bottom of purse:
Sc into each dc with colour A.

Turn bag inside out and hold both front and back sides together.  Chain 2, SC through stitch on both front and back of the bag so that you join them together.   Work SC across the bottom of the bag until it is sealed shut.
Tie off end and weave in ends.

Finishing:
If you are a sewer you can line the purse and add a zip to the top.   I would recomend this method if you plan on using as a coin purse.
Alternatively if you wish to hold larger items such as make up you can add a flap as shown:
Flap
Row 1: Attach colour A to top back of purse.  Chain 2 then dc along back edge of the purse.
Row 2: Dc in each dc.
Row 3 working in back loop only sc in rach dc.
Attach press stud to middle of flap and middle of front or alternatively add a button for closure.

** Please feel free to make this project for gifts. If you choose to pass along this pattern, link my blog!**

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