Having worked with “We Are Knitters” before (more info can be found in this blog post), I was very pleased when – right before summer – they asked me to cooperate with them again. Given the ‘summer-break crochet plans’ I had already made, I knew this time around I would not have the time to start (and finish…) one of their many gorgeous, but a bit more time-consuming projects, like last year’s “Porch Crawler Sweater”.
So, I searched for a quick(er) project, and immediately fell in love with the “Rosella Clutch”.
Soon enough the beautiful and ultra-complete kit arrived. And I can assure you: every once in a while, it’s such a treat to have everything you need from beginning to end already gathered for you!
As I assumed, it was a fast, easy (super for beginners!), and very enjoyable crochet project.
While finishing the last couple of rows, I suddenly remembered a small piece of fabric I once bought at my local quilt-store, just because I adored the colors.
Sure enough, it turned out to be a perfect match with the pink tape I crocheted my “Rosella Clutch” with, and I used it to line the purse.
The “We Are Knitters”-tip to personalize the project (with pins, brooches, and/or clips) was an excellent one, and I decided to crochet some flowers and leaves.
Given my rather extensive Cotton-DK-stash 😉 I had no problem finding the colors as used in the fabric. The flowers were made in a jiffy; I think hand stitching them to the clutch took more time than crocheting them. All extra time invested was well spent though, because I so love how my “Rosella Clutch” turned out!
When I showed a sneak peek on Instagram earlier this week, some of you asked for the pattern of the flower, and I decided to quickly write it down and share it with you here: a flowery little gift from me to you 🙂 …
maRRose Rosella Flower
(same pattern in Dutch → click here)
puff stitch: (photo tutorial here, YouTube tutorial here) – (1 loop on your hook) in same stitch or space as indicated in the pattern [yarn over hook, insert hook, pull up a loop (to height of – in this case – a double crochet)] 4 times (you’ll have 9 loops on your hook); yarn over and draw through all 9 loops on your hook, chain 1 to lock the puff stitch: puff stitch made.
tip: when working IN a puff stitch on the following round/row, you insert your hook under the locking chain stitch.
treble stitch: (1 loop on your hook) yarn over hook twice; insert your hook into the stitch or space as indicated; yarn over, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 1st 2 loops (3 loops left on hook); yarn over, pull through next 1st 2 loops (2 loops on hook now); yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.
round 1: in a magic ring (or, chain 4, close with a slip stitch to form a ring): * (make the loop on your hook a bit bigger, and crochet) 1 puff stitch, close the puff stitch with a chain, and chain 2 more stitches, 1 slip stitch **; repeat from * to ** 5 more times (6 petals: 6 puff stitches, 6 x 3 chain stitches, 6 slip stitches), fasten off – do not close magic ring too tight; some of the stitches made in round 2 are crocheted in the magic ring as well;
round 2: with a new color, attach yarn in the top of any puff stitch (under the 1st chain, that you closed the puff stitch with) with a slip stitch; * chain 2, 1 treble (right between 2 petals, crocheted in the magic ring), chain 2, slip stitch in top of next puff stitch **; repeat from * to ** 5 more times (12 chain-2 spaces, 6 slip stitches, 6 trebles); fasten off – pull magic ring tight, and sew in your ends.
I really like it when we – crocheters, knitters, crafters – can show the world that crochet, or any other craft, is not old-fashioned, but trendy and hip. Inspiring other people accordingly is great fun, and you’ve just gotta love companies like “We Are Knitters”, that are key in this ‘modernizing’ process.
Also… I can’t wait to take my pretty, pink “Rosella Clutch” on its first outing!