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« on: November 02, 2005 03:00:12 PM »

I screwed this up sooooo badly, but I really wanted my son's little friend to have a Hello Kitty purse for her birthday, because she loves HK and so do I.  I couldn't find a free pattern, and I'm the cheapest crafter ever, so I tried to freehand it, which was stupid since I'd never done that before.  It took me about two weeks to figure out how to crochet a proper oval (and even then it was more like guess-work than actual pattern-designing).  So I did two ovals, then I did four ears and attached two to each oval, then I whip-stitched around the outside to attach the front and back.  I stitched the handle to the body of the purse while I was sewing the two pieces together.  The purse isn't lopsided like the picture makes it look, but the back oval is very oddly shaped.  It sort of makes a half-cone in the middle.  Anyway, if there are any experienced crocheters out there who can enlighten me on the oval problem, I'd love to hear it!

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2005 04:44:34 PM »

Your purse is so cute!

About.com has a good crochet page:
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa052398.htm

Unfortunately the only oval pattern they have is for a rug, but I think you could adapt their flat circle pattern:

Half circle --- rectangle --- half circle

I think you would start with a chain of x+2 stitches, then work around the ends with half as many increases as the circle pattern calls for, and go up and down the long sides with x sc's.  Does that make sense to anyone besides me? Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2005 03:50:26 PM »

Thanks, Miyoko.  I did try to follow their directions for an oval but it still looked really weird.  The half circle, rectangle, half circle idea is a good one.  I'll have to try it again and see if I can get it to turn out better this time.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2005 02:57:45 AM »

That's a cute bag Cheesy  I can't tell from here if it's wonky!  A friend of mine would love one of those!
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2005 04:52:21 AM »

here are a few links i've had saved for awhile, they might help. i think tho it's mostly charts for hello kitty done in filet. still, might be very helpful. 

http://www.mountainharmony.com/crafts/mhc_cartoons.htm#kitty

http://web.archive.org/web/20010429062252/http://www.homestead.com/hookingit/hKittyBPpattern.html

this site has many hello kitty purses, takes a while to download but worth it if you love HK. she also offers free patterns in exchange for yarn!
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Cottage/3606/bags.html
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2005 05:11:24 AM »

PurpleHeather, it is wonky.  Even if no one else could tell, I would always know it's wonky.  Thanks, though.   Grin

Shsh, thank you so much!  That third link is actually where I got the basic shape for the bag.  Even though I didn't know how to get mine to look as good as that.  And it was sort of on short notice that I had to make this bag, so I didn't have time to send off for her pattern.  I might do that now, though, since this stupid thing is vexing me so much.  BUT the second link is a great resource - I think that might be just what I was looking for!  After I'm done with the three projects I'm doing now (two of which have to be done by tomorrow, yikes!) I'm going to start another purse using that method for just the face.  Thanks again!
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2005 06:50:41 PM »

Hi Recycled Earth.  I made a Hello Kitty purse that I will post as a separate thread.  The trick is to make the oval out of straight rows and increase in multiples of two.  So, rather than working in rounds, you start with about a row of 16 chain and then single crochet.  Hopefully, it will make sense when you see the pictures.  I cut the eyes out of felt and used an embroidery stitch on the nose.  The flower was just a generic thread crochet pattern.

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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2005 10:00:44 AM »

aaaaw but its still so cute. Home made things are bound to get messed up. You just accept it, learn the lesson, and move on. Regardless of whether you think its horrible or not, I think its so cute! You should see my horrible attempts at hats. Well, now i can make hats, but for a year I couldn't crochet a hat.
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2005 10:31:29 AM »

Aw, thanks.  Smiley  What a nice thing to say.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2005 12:29:55 PM »

That is adorable and a purse that any little girl (or big one like me) would be proud to own!
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