Hey skamamawa--you rock! I love that flower purse you've designed! I'm not sure that my crochet direction reading skills are up to it though! I have crocheted scarves and the like, but the abbreviations still throw me! Any suggestions?
Thanks!! The pattern has been updated now on the site. Of course, I think the pattern can be worked up pretty easily if you take it one step at a time and count your stitches. So far everyone has said it was easy, once they figured out my mistake. The main abbreviation to note is
blo = back loop only, you can find an illus of this here, http://www.stitchguide.com/stitches/crochet/stitch_pages/cro_front_back_loop.html
. This leaves the front loop exposed so you can add the petals at the end with simple slip stitches, half double, and double crochets.
The only trick is knowing where to put your first stitch in each round, but I note that your first stitch will be where your marker is when finish the round.
Here's alternative solutions to the handles as well:
1. Wood rings or Bamboo, I've seen these at Hancock fabrics and Joanns Fabrics. Try fabric shops in the purse making areas.
2. Buy a brass ring or make your own ring by cutting out the center of a plastic container, like sour cream or large yogurt. Then simply sc all around until you can't see the ring anymore. I saw this somewhere and can't remember where.
3. If you have one of those superknitter type things you can create a tube cord and make your own. Or if you knit, just do i-cord with 4 sts with medium size dpn's.
4. Crochet a long chain with an H hook, sc back and forth for about 4-5 rows, fold and slip stitch to the foundation chain to make a tube.
For the make your owns, you can use the same color yarn or a contrast color.