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Check out the All Around Wristlet

This wristlet is completed in the alpine stitch.  It gives it an elegant look making it great for every day use or it will look lovely for nice occasions as well.

I use to be that girl with the huge purse with everything under the sun in there. Anytime they played those wants in your purse games at showers I won every single time. When I had my first child and it turned into a very full backpack. I had every baby item you could imagine that a mother might need. Then he started to walk and I had a second child.

I could no longer be bothered a bag flopping around on my back in between chasing two active boys in two different directions. This is when I moved to carrying wristlets. They were perfect. It could fit my phone and my keys inside. Then I can hang everything off my wrist and be hands free. Well as my hands can be free to carry my boys.

This worked for a while until I bought a new iPhone. The iPhone Plus was new and had appealing features, so I got the big one. I, however, quickly ran into a big problem. I couldn’t find a wristlet that fit the new iPhone. This has been an ongoing problem for me since the iPhone plus premiered. I found some bigger wristlets but none were durable enough. Eventually my iPhone aged and I gave up. The kids knocked my phone so often it wasn’t a big deal if I dropped it to while chasing them.

Recently I got a new iPhone and wanted to make sure it was in pristine shape for the first year. This is when I got the idea to design my own wristlet. I wanted something I could use everyday but would also look nice when I had to a fancy event.

As I started the hunt for a new wristlet, I discovered Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton yarn. It is a mercerized cotton which holds up very well. You by no means have to use this yarn. This is just the only mercerized cotton I found in stores. Regular cotton yarn can be substituted but you may have to go up a hook size. I recommend making a gauge swatch first to see which hook works best. You want tighter stitches so there are no holes.

That is how this pattern came about. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do.

Materials

         24/7 cotton or another mercerized cotton(1-2 skeins depending on the size bag you are making)

3.5/E hook

         Small swivel hook and D-ring

         Zipper (9” for small or 12” for medium and large)

         Thread and sharp needle (for sewing zipper on)

         Needle (for weaving ends of yarn in)

Gauge

         20sts = 4”

         17 rows = 4”

Abbreviations

         FHDC – foundation half double crochet

         FPTR – front post treble crochet

         Sk – skip

         St – stitch

         Hdc – half double crochet

         Ch – chain

Notes

  • I recommend using a mercerized cotton because it holds up well for the wear a purse will get.  However, regular cotton yarn can be used instead.  You will have to go up a hook size.  I recommend making a gauge swatch to make sure the you don’t have any holes.
  • There are three sizes which are small, medium, and large.  The number of stitches are in parenthesis in that order.  You will have to follow the first number if you are making small, the second one if you are making medium, and the third if you are making the large one.  After row ten, find the size you are making and finish using those instructions.
  • In row 5, you will FPTR in row 4 instead of row 3.  You will do the stitch in row 4 so the stitch is visible.  If you were to do it in row 3, it would have to be in the chain of the row but it would get lost when the two pieces are sewed together.

Panels (make 2)

Start here for small, medium, and large.  Then continue to the size wristlet you are making.

  1. FHDC (27, 37, 47) or chain (29, 39, 49) hdc in the 3rd chain from the hook and across.
  2. Ch 2, 2 hdc in the 1st stitch, hdc across until 1 stitch remains, 2 hdc in last stitch. (29, 39, 49 stitches)
  3. Ch2, 2 hdc in 1st stitch, hdc in next st, FPTR in 1st stitch in 1st row (ch does not count as 1st stitch), skip stitch, hdc in next stitch, FPTR in 3rd stitch of 1st row, sk st, hdc in next stitch, *FPTR in 2nd stitch of row 1 after last FPTR, skip stitch, hdc in next stitch* repeat until there is 1 stitch left, 2 hdc in last stitch. (31, 41, 51 stitches)
  • Ch 2, 2 hdc in 1st stitch, hdc across until 1 stitch remains, 2 hdc in last stitch. (33, 43, 53 stitches)
  • Ch 2, 2 hdc in 1st stitch, FPTR around 1st hdc in row 3, sk st, hdc in next stitch, FPTR in 3rd hdc of row 3, *skip stitch, hdc in next, FPTR in next hdc of row 3* repeat until 3 stitches remain, sk st, hdc in next, FPTR around last hdc in row 4 (see notes), 2 hdc in last stitch. (35, 45, 55 stitches)
  • Ch 2, 2 hdc in 1st stitch, hdc across until 1 stitch remains, 2 hdc in last stitch (37, 47, 57 stitches)
  • Ch 2, hdc in 1st stitch, FPTR in 2nd stitch of row 5, *skip stitch, hdc in next stitch, FPTR around next hdc in row 5* repeat until 2 stitches remain, hdc in next 2 stitches. (37, 47, 57 stitches)
  • Ch2, hdc across (37, 47, 57 stitches)
  • Ch 2, hdc in 1st stitch, FPTR in 2nd stitch of row 7, *sk st, hdc in next st, FPTR in next hdc of row 7* repeat until 1 stitch remains, hdc in last stitch.  (37, 47, 57 stitches)
  • Ch 2, hdc across (37, 47, 57 stitches)

Small

11-14. repeat rows 7-10

15-17. repeat row 7-9

Fasten off.  Make two.  On one, leave a long enough tail to sew the two pieces up on the sides and the bottom.

Medium

11-18. repeat rows 7-10 2 more times

19. repeat rows 7

Fasten off.  Make two.  On one, leave a long enough tail to sew the two pieces up on the sides and the bottom.

Large

11-22. repeat rows 7-10 3 more times

23. repeat row 7

Fasten off.  Make two.  On one, leave a long enough tail to sew the two pieces up on the sides and the bottom.

Weave in ends on purse panels.  Line zipper up with long edges of the panels.  Sew zipper on invisibly by pulling needle through fabric of the zipper and loops on the back of the panels.  After zippers are attached, undo your zipper.  Then lay the panels so the good sides are touching.  Sewing around the sides closing panels.  Weave in end.  Fasten off.  Turn it right side out to attach the D-ring and arm holder.

Loop

  1. FHDC 7 or ch 9, hdc in 3rd loop from hook and across (7sts)
  2. Ch2, hdc across

Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew this piece onto the bag.

Fold this piece around the D-ring and sew the two ends on the edge below the end of the zipper.  Weave in end and fasten off.

Arm Holder

  1. FHDC 55 or ch 57, hdc in 3rd loop from hook and across (55 sts)
  2. Ch2, hdc across (55 sts)

Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew the ends together.

Place swivel hook loop on the arm holder.  Sew the two ends together so it becomes a circle.  Place the swivel hook where the two ends are sewed together and sew just above that so the swivel hook cannot move.  Weave in ends.

Attach your swivel hook to your D-ring and you are done!

Head over to Ravelry if you would like to buy a PDF copy of this pattern.

When you are done, feel free to share your finished work on Instagram using #llamaunraveled. You are welcome to sell completed projects, but please link back to my site. Please do not copy my pattern, do not redistribute my pattern, do not claim it as your own, and do not publish it anywhere.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

llamaunraveled@gmail.com

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