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« on: August 27, 2010 06:33:19 AM »

I'm in the mood for stash-busting, and I'm also in the mood for a new purse. I'm thinking messenger-bag style, but I haven't quite decided yet. Anyway, I need help on how to prevent the purse's stitches from stretching out once I have the bag full of my junk. I'd really rather not line it, because I am terrible at sewing, but the only other way I could think of would be to do the bag entirely in tunsinian crochet, which would be difficult because I don't have an afghan hook (and a regular hook would make a very small purse indeed).

Anyone else have any brilliant ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010 06:38:19 AM »

If your stash is made up of wool or other animal fibres, you could felt it to make it more sturdy.

If it's acrylic, I think you'll have a hard time keeping it from stretching out.  I would probably try using sc with a too-small hook.

Thinking more creatively: I wonder if doing some decorative surface chains would help (or even non-decorative, worked on the inside).  They aren't as stretchy as crocheted fabric, and are even sometimes used to stabilize areas of knitting (like seams, for example).  I haven't tried this, but I think it could work.

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2010 06:54:04 AM »

I have never crocheted a purse before, but wouldn't the material that you line it with help keep it from stretching?
Or, maybe work with 2 strands to get a thicker sc.

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