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Topic: How to Avoid Making a Tacky Crochet Purse?  (Read 804 times)
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« on: September 20, 2010 02:20:54 PM »

 Crochet fabric by nature is compactly dense and works up heavy which makes it difficult to avoid a tacky crochet purse. I have no issue with crocheting itsef (love it and I think it makes better elegant projects than knitting). But I've been searching for yarn that will yield a fashionable crochet purse. Any suggestions?

I avoid working with Mercerized cotton yarn because I don't enjoy working with thin yarns and small hooks. Plus projects worked with mercerized cotton yarn are floppy (not a good for an everyday purse.)
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2010 11:37:18 AM »

The fabric gets looser if you use a bigger hook. If you don't want tiny things to fall through you'd need a tighter stitch or just line it. There are some beautiful designs on ravelry.

So it's not necessairily the yarn but the hook size that is giving you the unwanted result. You could make a beautiful purse out of arcylic, cotton, wool, or whatever you wanted. You could always search for a few articles that talk about adding drape to your crochet fabrics and that would probably help.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2010 12:02:39 PM »

I agree with ^ go up a hook size or two. There's a article on this here:
http://blog.lionbrand.com/2008/05/27/5-problems-solved-by-gauge-from-yarncraft-episode-15/
http://blog.lionbrand.com/2009/11/16/swatching-its-not-just-for-gauge-anymore/
http://blog.lionbrand.com/2010/08/31/suggested-size-choosing-the-right-needles-or-hook-to-get-gauge/
There used to be this AWESOME article on crochet me with photo's but the photo's aren't there. But I'd suggest making a swatch and seeing how big you need to make your hook size. Typically 2-3 sizes bigger helps so much.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2010 08:25:41 AM »

Most commercially available crochet purses are made with nylon thread, sold as crochet nylon http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/KnittingCrochet/Threads/Worsted+Weight/JP+Coats+Crochet+Nylon
it's pretty much the same as nylon cording or rope, just sold with better colors and much larger amounts, it's really dense, ultra shiny, and even though it's called thread it's not super thin, recommended hook size is G. It works up to make a sleek, shiny, non-fuzzy fabric that is really tough and never pills or fuzzes up.
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2010 02:48:36 PM »

I don't feel it's fair to say it's *always* a dense fabric. The result really depends on the stitch chosen, the yarn thickness (wpi) and the size of hook. Remember, we've seen some really beautiful lace projects.

I would suggest you swatch, swatch, and swatch. What about joining dainty motifs made in a fine cotton and lined with silk? Luxury! If that's too dainty you could make a freeform purse in any yarn you like. Freeform is my latest phase. Smiley

In my opinion, how you finish the purse makes a *really big* difference. Consider using a set in zip, lining fabric, real wooden handles, or studs on the base to reduce wear, or felt the fabric to make it stronger and more water-resistant. Take your time and enjoy adding finishing the touches. Smiley
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