Friday, 8 February 2008

Shell Coin Purse

What do you do on a February afternoon when you are bored of all your big projects and fancy some quick gratification? You make a shell coin purse! It's a great way to stash bust those left over balls of yarn.

Shell Coin Purse

You need 50g dk yarn, a 3mm crochet hook and a 5/8" (15mm) button.

(British crochet terms used)

Make 20ch.

ROW 1 - DC into second ch from hook. Dc into each chain to end. Turn.

ROW 2 - 3ch, 2tr at base of 3ch. *Skip 2sts, dc in next st, skip 2sts, 5tr in next st. Repeat from * once more. Skip 2sts, dc in next st, skip 2 stitches, 3tr in next st. Turn.

ROW 3 - 1ch. Dc at base of 1ch. *SKip 2sts, 5tr in next st, skip 2sts, dc in next st. Repeat from * twice more. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 9 times.

Row 22 - 1ch, slst into next 3sts, skip 2sts, 5tr in next sts, skip 2 sts, dc in next sts, skip 2 sts, 5tr in next st, skip 2sts, dc in next sts. Turn.

Row 23 - 1ch, slst in next 3sts, skip 2 sts (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next st, skip 2sts, dc in next sts. Fasten off.

Weave in ends. Fold up bottom half of purse to within an inch of where the flap shaping starts. Sew side seams. Sew on button. The 2ch space in the shell on the last row forms a button hole.

Copyright Clair Louise Coult 2008. For personal use only.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Quick Mini Shopper!

I had some spare time this afternoon and a bunch of wool left over from other projects so I thought to myself, why not make a little bag? And the mini shopper was born!

It didn't take long, maybe 2 hours plus felting time. It was dead easy, if you fancy having a go yourself here's the pattern.

You will need:

About 150g pure wool aran weigh (I used hand dyed BFL aran)
7mm crochet hook


Make 35 chains.
1 treble in 3rd chain from hook. 1 treble into each chain to end. Turn.
3 chains to count as 1st treble. 1 treble into each treble to end. Turn.
Repeat the last row until you have done 32 rows. Fasten off.

For the handles (make 2):

Make 50 chains.
Double chain into 2nd chain from hook. 1 double chain into each chain to end. Turn.
2 chains to count as 1st double chain. 1 double chain into each double chain to end. Fasten off.

To make up:

Sew the handles to the short sides of the bag, about half way between the centre point and the edge. Overlap the handles by about 2 rows for security. Fold the bag in half lengthways and sew up the side seams. Now you have a mini shopper ready for felting.

To felt it:

Put the bag in the washing machine with a pair of old jeans (with the fly/buttons fastened) and wash at 60 degrees with wool safe detergent.

Voila! One felted mini shopper! It measures about 8" x 10" once felted, perfect for a little handbag or a childs shopper but you can make it in a bigger size by making more chains and doing more rows.



Wednesday, 3 October 2007


Hello and welcome to WoollyMamas! We are Clair and Sarah, two wool mad mamas addicted to knitting and crocheting , well, just about anything! We've currently got a thing going on for felted bags, if you ask us nicely we might even sell you one! We're working on lots of ideas for bags at the moment including knitting and crochet patterns so you can make your own felted bags so come back soon! Clair