Crimson Cape

Crimson Cape

The humble single crochet stitch is shaped into a chic hip-length cape from the top down, with arm slits and a double-breasted button-front closure. Designed to be worn over other garments for both warmth and style, it is surprisingly lightweight.

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How to Construct Eliza’s Felted Bag – The Breakdown

Eliza's Felted Bag by TurquoizBlue for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010

Eliza’s Felted Bag

Eliza's Felted Bag by TurquoizBlue for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010Eliza’s Felted Bag is a Tunisian crochet bag that is crocheted in one flat piece, including the body of the bag, the handle and the closure. The sides of the bag are created by using an entrelac-type technique. There is no cutting and rejoining yarn to change colors. Just carry the unworked color along the side of your work and switch when instructed.

Eliza's Felted Bag by TurquoizBlue for This Is CrochetWhen felting this crochet bag, I recommend using a hot water wash cycle. I put my work inside a pillowcase and tie the end of the pillowcase closed. This keeps little felt balls from clogging your washing machine. The felting should produce a THICK and HARD fabric. If your bag is still soft, do another wash cycle.

Eliza's Felted Bag by TurquoizBlue for This Is Crochet After the crochet bag is felted, the bag is pin blocked to the correct dimensions while it is still wet and the side panels are folded inward to create permanent creases while blocking. When the bag is still slightly damp, fold it in thirds to create permanent creases that will become the edges of the bottom of the bag. I like to put a heavy book on top and weights on top of the book. Let your crochet bag dry completely.

Eliza's Felted Bag by TurquoizBlue for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010Eliza's Felted Bag by TurquoizBlue for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010Eliza's Felted Bag by TurquoizBlue for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010
Eliza's Felted Bag by Turquoizblue for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010Once the crochet bag has dried, I dampen the folded creases. Then I cover with a pressing cloth (or towel) and use an iron on wool with steam setting to press along the creases. This gives the creases nice crisp edges. This completes the blocking.

Now, it is time to sew the side triangles together to make the sides of the bag. With wrong side facing, use a tapestry needle to seam each triangle to the next triangle along both sides. Be sure that your stitches do not show through to the right side of your bag. Fasten off and weave the ends into the fabric of your bag. Turn your crocheted felted bag right side out and enjoy your new crochet purse.

Eliza's Felted Bag by TurquoizBlue for Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010

Seaside Throw Afghan

Seaside Throw Afghan

This innovative throw by Rhonda Davis uses Tunisian slant stitch to make sturdy star-shaped motifs and triangular inserts. The starfish are caught in a netting of Tunisian double crochet and bordered in a rope-like stitch. Two sizes of crochet hooks balance the dense interior and looser netting for a light throw with drape.

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