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Little Crochet Projects are the perfect way to be creative on the go. Whether you want to make something for yourself, a friend or to give as a gift, this book has got you covered. Inside this book, you'll find thirteen detailed, easy to follow patterns written in UK crochet terms with diagrams and images to help along the way.

Title: Little Crochet Projects
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Publisher: GMC Books
ISBN: 978-1-78494-162-8
Current List Price: *$9.95

13 Fun, Portable Crochet Projects!

Little Crochet Projects

Little Crochet Projects are the perfect way to be creative on the go. Whether you want to make something for yourself, a friend or to give as a gift, this book has got you covered. Inside this book, you’ll find thirteen detailed, easy to follow patterns written in UK crochet terms with diagrams and images to help along the way.

Little Crochet Projects Patterns

  • Cherry Brooch | Sport Weight Yarn [2] | 2.5 mm (C) crochet hook
  • Pretty Pebbles | No. 12 crochet thread or embroidery thread | 2.5 mm (C) crochet hook
  • Face Scrubbies | DK Weight Yarn [3] | 5 mm (H) crochet hook
  • Easy Belts | Worsted Weight Yarn [4] | 3 mm crochet hook
  • Hanging Bags | Worsted Weight Yarn [4] | 3.5 mm (E) and 5 mm (H) crochet hooks
  • Spring Garland | Worsted Weight Yarn [4] | 3.5 mm (E) crochet hook
  • 3 Snowflakes | No. 5 crochet thread | 2 mm (B) crochet hook
  • Coat Hangers | DK Weight Yarn [3] | 4 mm (G) crochet hook
  • Easter Eggs | DK Weight Yarn [3] | 4 mm (G) crochet hook
  • Necklace | Sport Weight Yarn [2] | 2.5 mm (C) crochet hook
  • Granny Squares Purse | DK Weight Yarn [3] | 2.5 mm (C) crochet hook
  • Votive Covers | Fingering Weight Yarn [1] | 2 mm (B) crochet hook
  • Boho Chic Shopper | Worsted Weight Yarn [4] | 4 mm (G) crochet hook

See more of the projects here.

The Granny Squares Purse includes instructions for 3 different granny squares, as well as a template from which you can cut out a lining for the purse. The images include how the curves are notched for the fabric to make it sit flap once sewn in place inside the purse.

Crochet Techniques and Stitches

All of the projects are written in UK crochet terms.

If you are used to following US crochet patterns, don’t let the fact that these are written in UK terms hold you back! You can find the US equivalent terms on page 48 and since each stitch is explained in the Crochet Stitches section, with helpful diagrams, it is easy to double check how a stitch is being made.

  • Getting Started: Hooks, needles, yarn, holding the hook, making a slip knot and holding the yarn.

Crochet Know-How:

Step-by-step written instructions and diagrams are provided for the following stitches:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Half Treble (htr)
  • Treble Crochet (tr)
  • Double Treble (dtr)
  • Magic Circle

Techniques and finishing instructions also included detailed instructions and diagrams. The following techniques are addressed: Changing colors, fastening off, weaving in ends, sewing up (whip stitch, slip-stitch seam) and double crochet seam.

The Yarns Used:

The yarns used for the some of the projects include (in case you have some in your stash!):

  • Rowan Kid Classic
  • Rowan Wool Cotton
  • Rowan Panama
  • Rowan Handknit

The other projects listed “oddments of” the yarn I specified in the Little Crochet Project Patterns list above.

Little Crochet Projects - Patterns for 13 Fun Portable Crochet Projects

Which Little Crochet Project is your favorite?

My favorite Little Crochet Projects are:

  • The Granny Squares Purse ( I love how there are lining instructions included!!).
  • The Easy Crochet Belts (I can see myself making one of these for my teen daughter).
  • The Votive Covers (when I first looked at them with the light shining through I thought they were beaded – it was a trick of the eye and it made me want some for my shelf at home).

I also really love the hanger covers and if we ever start using hangers again (we have only a few in our closet) this would be something I would love to make! The hangers we have on hand have covers on them from my husband’s Grandma and the cover really helps the clothes stay on the hooks! Definitely recommend covers for your hangers if you use them!

If you want to make something special with your yarn stash but don’t have the time for big projects, these portable, little crochet projects are for you! With this collection of clever crochet projects, you can create a range of beautiful, useful items for your home or stunning handmade gifts for friends and family.

BONUS Free Granny Squares Purse

Granny Squares Purse GMC Publications. Extracts supplied with permission by GMC Publications, Little Crochet Projects by GMC Editors, RRP $9.95, available online and from all good bookshops.

Granny Squares Purse

Crocheted patches make a pretty lined purse to complement your summer wardrobe. Tension is important here so make sure you crochet a swatch before embarking on this project.

Materials

  • Rowan wool cotton 4-ply, 50% merino wool, 50% cotton (approx 196yd/180m per 50g ball) in: 487 Aqua (A), 492 Sea (B), 484 Petal (C), 485 Flower (D), 491 Leaf (E), 488 Butter (F)
  • 2.5mm (UK12/USC/2) crochet hook
  • Approx 16 x 8in (40 x 20cm) each of plain and patterned fabric
  • Sewing thread to match fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Approx 6in (15cm) purse frame
  • Fabric glue

Tension

6 sets of 3 tr and 1ch and 10 rows of treble stitches to 4in (10cm) on 2.5mm hook.

Use larger or smaller hook if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Special Abbreviation

3trcl (3 treble cluster): Yarn round hook, insert hook into next st, catch yarn and draw back through st (3 loops on hook), catch yarn again and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), *yrh, insert hook into same st, catch yarn and draw back through st (4 loops on hook), catch yarn and draw through 2 loops* (3 loops on hook), repeat from * to * once more (4 loops on hook), yrh, draw through all 4 loops.

CIRCLE IN A SQUARE PATCH

With 2.5mm hook and A, make 6 ch and sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: 3 ch to count as first tr, 1 tr into the ring, 1 ch, (2 tr into ring, 1 ch) 5 times, sl st to the third of 3 ch (6 sets of 2 tr).

Round 2: Sl st into next st, sl st into next 1 ch sp, 3 ch to count as first tr, (1 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr, 1 ch) into the same 1 ch sp, (2 tr, 1 ch) twice into each of the next five 1 ch sps, sl st to third of 3 ch (12 sets of 2 tr).

Round 3: Sl st into next st, sl st into next 1 ch sp, 3 ch to count as first tr, 2 tr into the same 1 ch sp, 1 ch, (3 tr into next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 11 times, sl st to third of 3 ch (12 sets of 3 tr).

Round 4: Sl st into next st, work as for Round 3. Fasten off.

Join in B to the first 1 ch sp with a sl st (image 1).

Circle in a Square Granny Square – Image 1

Round 5: 3 ch to count as first tr, (2 tr, 1 ch, 3 tr) into the same 1 ch sp, 1 ch, (3 tr, 1 ch) twice into each of the next eleven 1 ch sps, sl st to third of 3 ch (24 sets of 3 tr). Fasten off.

Join in C to the first 1 ch sp with a sl st.

Round 6: 3 ch to count as first tr, 2 tr into the same 1 ch sp, 1 ch, (3 tr into next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 23 times (24 sets of 3 tr). Sl st to third of 3 ch. Fasten off.

Join in D to the first 1 ch sp with a sl st.

Round 7: 3 ch to count as first tr, 2 tr in same 1 ch sp, *1 ch, 3 htr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch (2 dc in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 3 times, 3 htr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch, (3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr) in next 1 ch sp to create corner (image 2); rep from * twice more, 1 ch, 3 htr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch (2 dc in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 3 times, 3 htr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch, 3 tr into same 1 ch sp as beginning of round, 2 ch, sl st into third of 3 ch.

Image 2 - Circle in a Square Patch - Granny Squares Purse -
Circle in a Square Patch – Granny Squares Purse – Image 2

Round 8: Sl st into the 2 ch sp at the corner, 3 ch to count as first tr, 2 tr in same 2 ch sp, *1 ch, (3 tr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 6 times, (3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr) in next 2 ch sp; rep from * twice more, 1 ch, (3 tr, in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 6 times, 3 tr into same 2 ch sp as beginning of round, 2 ch, sl st to third of 3 ch (32 sets of 3 tr).

Round 9: Sl st into the 2 ch sp at the corner, 3 ch to count as first tr, 2 tr in same 2 ch sp, *1 ch, (3 tr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 7 times, (3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr) in next 2 ch sp; rep from * twice more, 1 ch, (3 tr, in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 7 times, 3 tr into same 2 ch sp as beginning of round, 2 ch, sl st to third of 3 ch (36 sets of 3 tr). Fasten off.

Make one more patch to match the first.

SMALL MULTI PATCHWORK

With 2.5mm hook and A, B, C, D or F, make 6 ch and join with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Work as for the Circle in a Square Patch (6 sets of 2 tr). Fasten off.

Join E to the first 1 ch sp with a sl st.

Round 2: 3 ch to count as first tr, (1 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr, 1 ch) into the same 1 ch sp, (2 tr, 1 ch) twice into each of the next five 1 ch sps, sl st to third of 3 ch (12 sets of 2 tr).

Round 3: Sl st to next st, sl st into next 1 ch sp, 3 ch to count as first tr, 1 tr in the same 1 ch sp, * 1 ch, (2 htr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) twice, (2 tr, 2 ch, 2 tr) in next 1 ch sp to form a corner; rep from
* twice more, 1 ch, (2 htr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) twice, 2 tr into same 1 ch sp as beginning of round, 2 ch, sl st to the third of 3 ch. Fasten off.

Make 17 more patches.

Weave in the yarn ends.

Lay the 9 patches out for each side of the purse in the order you would like them.

Join C to corner of first patch with a sl st.

Next: With WS together, 2.5mm hook and C, work 1 dc into back loops only of the 13 stitches along one edge of both pieces at the same time to join.

Do not fasten off, but continue working down the next two sets of patches in the same way to join two rows of patches. Fasten off.

Next: Repeat to join the remaining three patches.

Next: Rejoin C to the corner of a row to be joined across the patch with a sl st.

Work 1 dc into the back loops only of the 39 stitches along the edges of both pieces of each patch at the same time to join. Fasten off.

Next: Repeat to join the remaining row of one side of the purse (image 3).

Small Multi Patchwork - Granny Squares Purse - Image 3
Small Multi Patchwork – Granny Squares Purse – Image 3

Next: Rejoin C to a corner with a sl st, 1 dc into the back loop only of each st, sl st to first dc (156 sts).

Fasten off. Repeat to finish the other side.

Weave in the ends.

FLOWER PATCH

With 2.5mm hook and F, make 6 ch and sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: 1 ch, work 16 dc into the ring, sl st to the first dc (16 sts).

Round 2: 6 ch, miss 1 dc, (1 tr in next dc, 3 ch, miss 1 dc) 7 times, sl st to third of 6 ch (8 sps). Fasten off.

Join in C to the first 3 ch sp with a sl st.

Round 3: (In the next 3 ch sp work 1 dc, 1 htr, 3 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc) 8 times, sl st to first dc (8 petals). Fasten off.

Join in D between the first and the last dc with a sl st.

Round 4: Work 1 dc in the same sp, 6 ch, (1 dc between the next 2 dc, 6 ch) 7 times, sl st to first dc (8 spaces).

Round 5: 1 ch, (in the next 6 ch sp work 1 dc, 1 htr, 6 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc) 8 times, sl st to first dc (8 petals).

Fasten off.

Join in E to the middle of the first petal with a sl st (image 4).

Flower Patch - Granny Squares Purse - Image 4
Flower Patch – Granny Squares Purse – Image 4

Round 6: 1 dc in same st, *6 ch, (3trcl, 4 ch, 3trcl) into the middle of the next petal (image 5), 6 ch, 1 dc in middle of next petal; rep from * 2 more times, 6 ch, (3trcl, 4 ch, 3trcl) into the middle of the next petal, 6 ch, sl st into first dc.

Fasten off.

Join B into a 4 ch corner sp with a sl st.

Round 7: 3 ch to count as first tr, 2 tr in same 4 ch sp, 1 ch, *(3 tr, 1 ch) twice into each of next two 6 ch sps, (3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr) into next 4 ch corner sp, 1 ch; rep from * twice more, (3 tr, 1 ch) twice into each of next two 6 ch sps, 3 tr into same 4 ch sp as beginning of round, 2 ch, sl st to third of 3 ch (24 sets of 3 tr). Fasten off.

Join A into a 2 ch corner sp with a sl st.

Flower Patch - Granny Squares Purse - Image 5
Flower Patch – Granny Squares Purse – Image 5

Round 8: 3 ch to count as first tr, 2 tr in same 2 ch sp, 1 ch, *(3 tr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 5 times, (3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr) in next 2 ch sp, 1 ch; rep from * twice more, (3 tr in next 1 ch sp, 1 ch) 5 times, 3 tr into same 2 ch sp as beginning of round, 2 ch, sl st to third of 3 ch (28 sets of 3 tr).

Round 9: Work as for Round 8 of the Circle in a Square patch.

Round 10: Work as for Round 9 of the Circle in a Square patch. Fasten off.

Make one more patch to match the first.

TO FINISH

Weave in the ends and press the patches with a warm iron under a damp cloth.

To join the circle in a square and flower patches

With RS together, miss the 2 ch sp and 3 tr at the corner, miss next 2 sets of 3 tr and rejoin yarn last used to back loop of next tr with a sl st. Working into back loops only on both sides at the same time to join, 1 dc in the same tr, 1 dc in next 2 tr, (1 dc in next ch, 1 dc in next 3 tr) 5 times, 2 dc in each of next 2 ch at corner, (1 dc in next 3 tr, 1 dc in next ch) 8 times, 1 dc in next 3 tr, 2 dc in each of next 2 ch at corner, (1 dc in next 3 tr, 1 dc in next ch) 5 times, 1 dc in the next 3 tr, fasten off (image 6).

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Flower Patch - Granny Squares Purse - Image 6
Flower Patch – Granny Squares Purse – Image 6

To join the multi patchwork pieces

With RS together, rejoin C to the side edge with a sl st in the first dc of the second patch. Working into both sides at the same time to join, 1 dc into back loops of the first and the next 24 dc, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc at the corner, 1 dc in the next 37 dc along lower edge, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc at the corner, 1 dc in next 25 dc (image 7). Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Flower Patch - Granny Squares Purse - Image 7
Flower Patch – Granny Squares Purse – Image 7

To make the lining

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric each in printed and plain from the lining pattern. Stitch a 3⁄8in (1cm) seam between the dots to join lower and side edges. Cut diagonally across the corners.
  2. With RS together, slip one piece of fabric inside the other, aligning the raw edges at the top and sides. Working on one side at a time, stitch the two pieces of the lining together around the curved top edges between the dots, allowing a 3⁄8in (1cm) seam. Leave an opening of around 5cm on one top edge to turn the piece right side out. Notch the curves (image 8).
  3. Turn the lining RS out and press. Sew the opening together by hand or machine. This way, the raw edges are inside the lining and won’t show through the open work of the crocheted patches.
  4. With the patterned side on the inside, insert the lining into the crocheted purse. Line up the curved edges and pin in place. Sew by hand or machine around the open edges to attach the crocheted piece to the lining (image 9).
  5. Working on one side at a time, apply the glue to the channel of one side of the purse frame, coating the base and sides. Carefully insert the top of the lined crochet and allow the glue to dry. Repeat to attach the other side of the purse frame.
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Little Crochet Projects are the perfect way to be creative on the go. Whether you want to make something for yourself, a friend or to give as a gift, this book has got you covered. Inside this book, you'll find thirteen detailed, easy to follow patterns written in UK crochet terms with diagrams and images to help along the way.

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9 Comments

  1. I love those belts! I definitely would make at least one of them.

  2. I was immediately drawn to the granny square purses! I crochet a lot when I am on the go in waiting rooms etc. so bringing a bulky blanket just doesn’t work out for me. So I love the idea of crocheting small projects when I’m out and about. I will put this book on my Christmas list! Thank you! (Sorry if this posted twice, the screen went blank and I wasn’t sure it uploaded correctly.)

  3. This is my favorite of your current book reviews. Small project ideas are a must have. I would like to try the Boho Chic Shopper.

  4. Such cute squares and I love the simplicity of it with a great finished project that’s useable for any age.

  5. The book looks like there are many items I would make. I love the hanging baskets and the granny square bag sounds cute. I would especially like to see the part about lining the bag.

  6. What a lovely book. I also like the belts and votive candle covers but also like the hanging baskets. What fun 😀