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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Crochet Yarn Carrier
By Berta Gilholm

 
Materials: Patons Classic 100% Wool Worsted Weight, 2 skeins Lotus, 1 skein Taupe
Crochet Hook, US J/10 6mm
Yarn Needle 
Abbreviations: Ch=chain, Sc=single crochet, Dc=double crochet, Hdc=half double crochet, FO=fasten off, Rnd = Round, St=stitch, Slst=slip stitch, Jwslst=join with slip stitch in top of first stitch of round.
Note: Ch 2 counts as hdc, Ch 3 counts as dc throughout pattern. Carrier body is made in one piece by working rows for bottom and then coming up working rounds for the sides. Weave in ends as work progresses. Straps are made one half from each end and gradually decreased, then joined at the center to compete.
Special stitch: Hdc2tog = Work a hdc in the next stitch without completing the very last step (keep all three loops on hook), then hdc in the next stitch without completing the last step. You should have 5 loops on the hook then yarn over and draw through all the loops. Decrease made.
Instruction: 
Carrier Bottom
(Approximate size: 16.5" long x 10" wide before felting) (11.5" long x 7" wide after felting)
With Taupe Ch 33,
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and in each ch across, turn (32 sc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in next sc and each sc across, turn (32 hdc)
Row 3: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc and in each hdc across, turn
Rows 4 through Row 42: Repeat Row 3
Row 43: Ch 1, sc in each hdc across, (32 sc) Do not FO, continue with Main Carrier below.
Main Carrier Sides:
(Depth in size: 12.5" high before felting)(7.5" high after felting)
Rnd 1: (Continuing with Taupe) Ch 2, (work across long side) hdc in each row end for a total of 42 hdc, hdc in next 32 st (across short end), hdc across other long side for 42 hdc, hdc in next 32 st across other short end, jwslst to first hdc (148 hdc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc and in each hdc around, jwslst. FO Taupe, join Lotus (148 hdc)
Rnd 3 through Rnd 23: Ch 3, dc in next st and each st around jwslst. (148 dc)
Rnd 24: Ch 2, hdc in next dc and each dc around, jwslst, FO Lotus and join Taupe (148 hdc)
Rnd 25: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc and each hdc around, "place a marker in 42nd, 74th, 116th and 148th hdc st, for strap work", jwslst, FO weave in ends.
Strap: Strap is worked on the ends of the Carrier, one half at a time. Hold Carrier, right side facing/bottom side down, (decrease to 3.5" wide prefelt at the thinnest point and 1.5" wide after felting) then the 2 ends of the strap are slst together to finish.
"Repeat pattern on each end of Carrier".
First half: Join Taupe in first hdc at marker on #74, of top right hand corner on end of carrier,
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 31 hdc across, turn (32 sc) "ending at marker on hdc #42"
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), Hdc in next sc and each sc across, turn (31 hdc + 1 ch2)
Row 3: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 28 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 30 hdc)
Row 4: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 26 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 28 hdc)
Row 5: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 24 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 26 hdc)
Row 6: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 22 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 24 hdc)
Row 7: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 20 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 22 hdc)
Row 8: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 18 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 20 hdc)
Row 9: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 16 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 18 hdc)
Row 10: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 14 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 16 hdc)
Row 11: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 12 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 14 hdc)
Row 12: Ch 1, Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in next 10 hdc, hdc2tog, turn (2 decreases made for 12 hdc)
Row 13: Ch 2, 1 Hdc in each of next 11 hdc, turn (12 hdc)
Row 14 through Row 44: Repeat Row 13, at end Do not turn and FO leaving a 24" tail for joining straps.
Second Half: Join Taupe at marker on hdc #148, of top right hand corner on other end of carrier and repeat Row 1 through Row 44, but, FO at the end of Row 44 and weave in end.
Finish Strap: Line up both strap ends front to front, join ends together with slst and slst in each set of stitches across, FO weave in end.
Hook Pocket 1: (size: 9.5" high x 14" wide before felting) (6.25" high x 10.25" wide after felting)
With Taupe Ch 29,
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across, turn (28 sc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in next sc and each sc across, turn (28 hdc)
Row 3 through Row 37: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc and each hdc across, turn, FO leaving a 42" tail for sewing to carrier.
Using tail, sew 2 sides and bottom of the hook pocket centered on one side of the carrier. Using same yarn and yarn needle sew 6 channels evenly spaced across pocket from bottom to top to form hook pockets for hook storage. Sew across  bottom edge and FO weave in ends.
Accessory Pocket:  (size: 9" high x 9" wide before felting) (6" high x 6" wide after felting )
With Lotus, ch 27,
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across, turn (26 sc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in next sc and each sc across, turn (28 hdc)
Row 3 through Row 24: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc and each hdc across, turn, FO leaving a 24" tail for sewing.
Using tail, sew the 2 sides and bottom of the accessory pocket centered to other side of the carrier.

Finish By Felting:
Felt the Carrier three times. Put a small hard piece of plastic or something similar inside the pockets to help separate that area, you can also put a piece in the purse area, but, it's not necessary. Then put the carrier in a pillow case and tie closed with a piece of yarn. Place pillow case, some tennis balls or other washing articles and detergent into washer. Wash on hot for a regular load until just before spin cycle (Do not use softener, it will stop the felting process) this usually takes me 15 minutes for each wash. Remove the purse from case, stretch to check for size after each washing and smooth and shape straps and pockets, take a thick dowel or a P or Q plastic crochet hook and stretch out the hook pockets to make sure they don't cling to themselves during felting.  When you are satisfied with the size remove plastic and rinse it out (this can be done in the washer after the last wash on cold rinse). Take a small cardboard box or similar item and push it inside the Carrier, stretch and adjust for smoothness, sit the whole thing on a towel to dry,  leave it there 2 days to dry in a dry warm spot. Don’t use the dryer during felting, it may mess it up. When Dry, take a disposable razor and shave the fuzz and lumpy areas smooth.

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