YES!!!! I'm so excited to be talking to you about this Challenge! And for several reasons. First of all... I LOVE THIS YARN! And secondly, I have been itching to design something like this for a LONG time! Well, the stars have aligned and everything seems to have worked out! First a little about the yarn....
Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton is new to the Lion Brand Family of yarns. It's a 100% mercerized worsted weight cotton. Mercerisation is a sodium hydroxide treatment given to cotton threads. Although it increases the likelihood to lint, it also increases lustre, strength, affinity to dye, and resistance to mildew! 24/7 Cotton comes in 24 incredible shades and is completely machine washable! When deciding on which yarn I wanted to use for this design, I knew right away that I wanted a cotton yarn and this one did not disappoint! I found this yarn very easy to work with. It didn't split or tangle. The center-pull worked really well for me and I didn't find any knots or snags!
My design for this challenge is such a great fit for this yarn! I decided to make a Purse that was more structured than a lot of crochet purses that are currently available. I wanted one that would stand up to some regular wear and is roomy enough to carry around all my things, plus extras that I usually cart around for the kids. I also wanted pockets! I love being organized and wanted to make sure that I had somewhere to keep my phone and keys where they wouldn't get lost in the bottom of my bag.
The Penny Purse is a fun project that works up fairly quickly! The front, back and bottom panels are all double layered with a sheet of plastic canvas in between to give it more structure. I have added a side pocket that you see in the photo above, as well as an outer zipper pocket on the back, and some extra pockets inside! The Bag Handle Loops attached to the Handles and Base Nails on the bottom give this Purse a real polished look. The Handles were created using 2 lengths of rope and some yarn, but you could easily substitute ready-made Handles as well. At a finished size of 14" wide x 11" tall, you will have plenty of room for everything you need to take with you!
This pattern is rated Intermediate, but I have included plenty of step by step instructions and photo tutorials to help you along! Which colors will you use for your Penny Purse?
My name is Pam! I'm a 30-something WAHM of two amazing children! I live in beautiful Northern Ontario with my husband, kids and our feisty Westie, Rigby.