• Aloha Bling Purse DIY

For this last Christmas DIY we teamed up with Sandrine from the blog Sunrise Never Ends to bring some tropical beach vibes into the cold. Let Sandrine be your crochet teacher and guide you step by step to make a beautiful Aloha Bling Purse !

"To do a little bit of DIY this year and to go with the exotic, images of sandy beaches that Billabong sends us throughout the year, I wanted to make a tropical accessory to get into the Christmas spirit with a little dash of sunshine. So here’s my tutorial for a small pineapple-shaped bag that you can crochet!!!

As with any crochet accessory, you’ll need patience for this tutorial and also a little bit of prior experience. But I promise, it’ll all be worth it as your friends will be blown away and super jealous of your new bag!!

To make this purse, I decided to mix two slightly technical threads from Phildar. But to make the tutorial easier, I’ve just mixed two identical lurex threads using different colours… You can change the size and style of your Aloha Bling Purse by using the threads of your choice!

For the model in this tutorial, you’ll need:

2 balls of Myriade lurex thread from Phildar

1 no.3.5 crochet hook

Abbreviations :

Chain stitch CS

Single crochet SC

1/The base

Begin with 6 CS then close the loop with a slip stitch in the first CS.

First row

Crochet 10 SC inside the loop

Close with a slip stitch in the first CS

Second row

Make one CS

Crochet two SC into each of the stitches of the last row. You’ll have 20 stitches in total

Close the loop

Third row

Make one CS

Crochet 2 SC in the first stich, then 1 SC in the next stitch. Repeat (2.1.2.1.2.1, etc.) all along the row. Close the loop. You’ll have 30 stitches in total.

Fourth row

Make one CS

Crochet two SC in the first stitch, then 1 SC in the next stitch and another SC in the stitch after. Repeat (2.1.1.2.1.1.2.1.1, etc.) all along the row. Close the loop. You’ll have 40 stitches in total.

The idea is to continue increasing the stitches along the rows until you reach your desired diameter.

For this tutorial, I crocheted 8 rows for a total of 80 stitches at the end.

2/ The body

The body of the purse is crocheted with a speciality stitch, known as Fan stitch, directly onto the round base that you have just crocheted.

First row

Crochet 3 CS, then 4 double crochet stitches in the first SC. Skip 2 stitches then make a SC in the third.

Skip two more stitches and make 5 double crochet stitches in the seventh stitch, skip two stitches and make 1 SC in the tenth stitch. Repeat this pattern all along the row.

To close the row, make a SC at the top of the third double crochet on the first row and then increase the spiral pattern until you get the height you want. The fans will then slot into each other.

The height you stop at depends on what you want to put in your purse! I made the tutorial for a perfumed candle (or a bag of sweets!!!) and so mine is 14 cm high, about 18 rows.

3/ The top of the base

So that you can close your purse, you need to make a Ladder stich through which you can thread a ribbon.

To do this, one you’ve reached the desired height with your Fan stich, make 4 CS, skip a stitch and make 1 double crochet stitch in the next stich, one CS, skip a stitch and 1 double crochet in the next stitch. Repeat (1 DC, 1 CS, skip a stitch, 1 DC in the third stitch) all along your row. Close with a slip stitch in the first double crochet.

Make 1 CS and crochet two rows of SC, then fasten off your thread, your purse is almost finished!

4/ The leaves

Begin a chain of 6 stitches.

Crochet 3 rows of SC then begin reducing it until you get a leaf in the shape of a triangle:

In the fourth row, make 1 SC, skip a stitch then crochet the next 4 with SC. You’ll have 5 stitches left.

In the fifth row, make 1 SC, skip a stitch then crochet the next 3 with SC. You’ll have 4 stitches left.

In the sixth row, make a row of 4 SC.

In the seventh row, make 1 SC, skip a stitch then crochet the next 2 with SC. You’ll have 3 stitches left.

In the eighth row, make 1 SC, skip a stitch then crochet the last with a SC. You’ll have 2 stitches left.

In the ninth row, make a row of 2 SC.

In the tenth row, make a SC and fasten of your thread. Your leaf is finished! For this tutorial, I made 9 leaves.

5/ Finishing touches

Sew your leaves at regular intervals (I spaced mine about 5mms apart) inside the last two SC rows of your purse, above the Ladder stich.

Thread a silk ribbon or a crochet cord (be careful, depending on the thread you use, it might get stuck, which is why a silk ribbon might be better!) into your Ladder stitch and you’re done! Well done!"