About a month ago I took a class from Skully, a local favorite at Yarntopia, about how to read a bloomin' crochet pattern. Yes, crochet patterns throw me for a loop. It's like Greek compared to a knitting pattern. In this basic class, Skully taught us how to read a pattern as well as crochet cables to make a felted bag! Who knew you could crochet cables!!! There were tears. There was cussing. There was lots of frogging, too. BUT, I got it finished today AND felted!! We used Ella Rae yarn. It felts beautifully!! I used magenta and toast. I tossed it in a pillow case and then into wash with some Tide and lots of hot water. It came out perfectly felted the first time! It sat outside in the wonderful sun drying and shaping. For shaping, I used a large butter tub...it fit like a glove.
I made an addition to the pattern. I crocheted about a 1" wide by 24" long strip that I felted. I'm going to tack it around the inside of the purse at different widths so I'll have little sections to hold knitting needles or hooks and a pair of sewing scissors. This makes a GREAT working project bag!!
Thanks, Skully!!! You have the patience of Job and are an excellent teacher for us noobs!!!!