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Beaded Crochet Chatelaine Purse.

Beaded Crochet Chatelaine Purse.

The last week has been quiet.  My projects have been staring at me.  I’ve been working on the beaded crochet chatelaine purse.  It’s been enjoyable, I may want to make another when I’m finished with this one.  I’m on the decreasing rows now.  Every other row decreases in stitches and shapes the top of the purse – just as the increasing rows shaped the bottom.  I’m waiting to order the purse frame until I’m finished, so I have the exact size that I’ll need.  Just in case my gauge is off by enough to make a difference.

The pattern is fairly easy to follow.  Each row is repetitive, so once I’ve completed one or two repeats, I can crochet across my row without referring to the pattern.  In another row or two I’ll stop crocheting in a spiral and begin working in rows.  Since I’m always working from the wrong side, this means that I’ll need to cut my thread and start a new one for each side and each row.  I’m excited to see how it turns out.  I’m fairly certain it’ll need blocking when it’s done.  I’ll likely try steaming it, and pinning it too if need be.

Keeping track so I can replicate on second mitten

Keeping track so I can replicate on second mitten

The yarn I spun and dyed is being put to good use.  I’ve gotten started on the work mittens I prepared this yarn for.  I have the three inches of ribbing and an inch of stockinette stitch done for one of the mittens.  I’m looking at this and while the ribbing fits me great, I’m wondering if it wouldn’t look better if I had used a smaller needle for the ribbing.  It would look tighter but still be able to stretch over my hand.  I’m in limbo over whether to pull it out and do it over or just keep going.  Whatever I do, I’ll need to replicate since mittens do best in pairs. 

Ribbing is complete, on to stockinette stitch

Ribbing is complete, on to stockinette stitch

There is still much to do with these mittens.  I need to chart out the ravens so I have a full-sized chart to work from.  I also need to work the thumb gusset and thumb.  The decreases at the fingers and grafting the top closed.  It should be fun.  If I really like the way the mittens come out I may make another pair with a yarn that’s soft.

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