cupcake wristlets

these awesome little bags are super fast and super easy...
 perfect for festival days when you don't need to bring much
and perfect as gift bags that can be used to carry precious momentos and 
little things later... or organize drawers
makeup, jewelry on trips, hair ties and other things on dressors... 
the options are really limitless

I prefer to make all bags from cotton yarns because cotton is a stronger fiber and doesn't tend to stretch as far out of shape as acrylic and other blends when crocheted into a shaped fabric.

You may use whatever yarns you like for this project as acrylic doesn't alter the shape of these bags that much. I recommend worsted weight yarn and the pattern is written taking that size into account.

Lets get started.

What You Will Need:
worsted weight cotton or cotton/poly blend in 2 colors (I used Premier Home Cotton 85/15)
a 5.5mm or size I crochet hook
scissors
a darning or yarn needle
a stitch marker or piece of contrasting string to use as a stitch marker
optional:
a large hole bead with 3-4mm hole - pony beads work awesome for this, I used euro style big hole beads
some "sprinkle" beads with at least a 3mm hole - again, pony beads work well

Abbreviations:
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
flo = front loop only - used to create the frosting drips and frosting top in the same row
blo = back loop only - used to create the frosting top and frosting drips in the same row
fpdc= front post double crochet (yarn over from the front to the back of the post of the dc in the previous row)
bpdc = back post double crochet (yarn over from the back to the front of the post of the dc in the previous row)
cluster = a group of stitches worked together in the space of one stitch - used to create the frosting drips
dec = decrease, double crochet 2 together or decrease - used to make the bag opening slightly smaller
inc = increase - 2 of the same stitch worked in the same space to add stitches to the round
sl = slip stitch (I do this to finish off)
f/o = finish off and tie in your ends
m/c = magic circle or magic ring - a slip knot used to tighten down the center of a piece worked in the round
(#) = # of stitches in that round

Notes:
-This pattern is worked bottom up, so you will start with the base of the cupcake wrapper and make your way up the cupcake paper and to the frosting drips and then the top of the cupcake.
-I color change as I work my way up and will show you how to do that in a short video. You can choose to end off the cupcake wrapper color and then start your frosting drips with the new color if you feel more confident at that.
-The first ch 3 of each round counts as your first dc and can be considered a back post dc
-First Row of dc you will work in blo
 ch 3 to start the dc row
dc in blo and this leaves a row of stitches that you can see
you wont use these, it just provides the bag a place to "fold"
so that the bottom sits flat and the sides go up
-Front and Back Post Double Crochet
 Front Post Double Crochet - you will yarn over from the front side of the posts
 Back Post Double Crochet - you will yarn over from the back side of the posts
By alternating Front and Back Post Double Crochet
it creates a ribbed effect that simulates the crimps 
in a cupcake wrapper
(this is also used to add the knit-look ribbing on sweater edges and hat brims)
-YouTube Video Link coming when it loads and can be linked. LOL

Cupcake Wristlet/Makeup Bag
Round 1: work 6 sc in m/c - tighten and sew in ends after round 2 (6)
Round 2: inc in each around (12)
Round 3: sc and inc around (18)
Round 4: 2 sc and inc around (24)
Round 5: 3 sc and inc around (30)
Round 6: sl into first stitch and ch 3, dc around blo and sl into top of first ch 3 (30)
Rounds 7-11: ch 3, dc around from the front of the post of the dc from the previous round, then around the back of the post from the next dc from the previous round and repeat around ending on front and then sl into top of ch 3 (30)
Round 12: (color change) ch 1, sc in each stitch around and begin round 13 without sl
Work in clusters per stitch, 5 stitches per sequence
Round 13: flo sc and hdc in 1st stitch, hdc and dc in 2nd stitch, 3 dc in 3rd stitch, dc and hdc in 4th stitch, hdc and sl in 5th stitch, repeat around for 6 petals or frosting drips. At last sl go to back loops you didn't work in last time and sl
Round 14: working in blo ch 3 then dc in each back loop all the way around, sl into top of first ch 3 (30)
Rounds 15-16: ch 3 then dc in each around, working in the spaces between dc from the previous row, sl to top of ch 3 (30)
Round 17: ch 3, working in the spaces between the dc from the previous row 3 dc, dc dec, 4 dc and dc dec and repeat around sl into top of first ch 3 (24)
Rounds 18-19: ch 3 then dc in each around, working in the spaces between dc from the previous row, sl to top of ch 3 (24)
Round 20: ch 2, working in spaces between the dc from the previous row work "clusters" into each stitch sc and ch 2 all the way around and f/o and sew in ends

Wristlet Tie:
ch 65-80 (this is really personal preference, I like long dangly ties that I can put beads on and still have room to fit my arm in... 65 gives you less of this, 80 gives you more)

Assembly, Embellishment and Finishing:
Weave the tie through the top row of dc beginning the tie in a space on the opposite side of the bag from where you were joining the rows. Bring the tie through the dc closest to where you started or the same dc space.

Feed both ends of the tie through the big hole bead and then knot the ends of the tie together below the bead so that the bead acts as a closer for the ties.

Embellish the cupcake as you see fit by sewing beads to the frosting as sprinkles or beading the ends of the tie or in whatever other way you want to see your cute little purse embellished!


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