Hip-Hop

Author

by Carol Ventura

Introduction

Hip-Hop Felted Tapestry Crochet BagFor those who like to crochet loosely, this is the project for you since it’s tapestry crocheted with a large hook and loose stitches. With tapestry crochet, one yarn is single crocheted, while another is carried. Colors are switched while two loops of the single crochet stitch are still on the hook. For more information about tapestry crochet, please visit www.tapestrycrochet.com.

The bag shrinks and felts like magic in a washing machine. The beauty of felted tapestry crochet is that the carried yarn increases the sturdiness of the fabric and the pattern is visible on the inside and the outside!

Materials List

  • Berroco Hip-Hop (100% wool; 76yd per 3 1/2 oz / 70m per 100 g), 4 balls each of:
    • MC:  #7240 Zion
    • CC:  #7231 Dreamz
  • stitch marker
  • 1 1/2” button
  • yarn needle.
  • US size Q (15.75-16 mm) or hook needed to obtain gauge

Finished Size

Before felting: 31” wide x 18” high (with base, but without handles)

After felting: 13” wide x 15” high (with base, but without handles)

Gauge

Before felting: 6 sc and 7 sc rows = 4” / 10 cm square

Notes

When changing from one color to another in sc, the final yo and draw-through is done with the second color. Additionally, one yarn is “carried” while the other is being crocheted. This technique, which should be applied throughout this pattern, is known as the tapestry crochet stitch and is illustrated in detail here.

The Pattern

Hip-Hop bag before felting
Hip-Hop before felting

Pattern

With MC, make a slip knot (leaving a 6” tail), ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1: Work 6 sc loosely into the ring (while carrying the tail of the yarn).  (6 sts)

This piece is worked as a spiral, not in concentric rings, so do not join rounds. To keep track of where each round ends, slip a stitch marker into the top of the last st of the round. You will remove the marker from the st as you come to it again and slip it into the new last st at the end of each round.

Round 2: Continue to carry the tail, work 2 sc in each st around.  (12 sts)

Round 3: Cut the tail and begin to carry the CC yarn, work 2 sc in each st around.  (24 sts)

Round 4: *Sc in next st, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (36 sts)

Round 5: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (48 sts)

Round 6: *Sc in each of next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (60 sts)

Round 7: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (72 sts)

Round 8: *Sc in each of next 5 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (84 sts)

Round 9: *Sc in each of next 6 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (96 sts)

Graph 1
Graph 1 (for right-handed crocheters) is read from bottom to top, from right to left.

Begin tapestry crochet motif

Rounds 10 through 28 correspond to Graph 1, above.

Round 10: *With CC, sc in each of next 6 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 6 sts,* rep from * to * around.  

Rounds 11: *With CC, sc in each of next 7 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 5 sts,* rep from * to * around. Rounds 12: *With CC, sc in each of next 8 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 4 sts,* rep from * to * around. Rounds 13 – 14: *With CC, sc in each of next 9 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around. Rounds 15: *With MC, sc in next st, with CC, sc in each of next 8 st, with MC, sc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Rounds 16: *With MC, sc in each of next 2 sts, with CC, sc in each of next 7 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Rounds 17: *With MC, sc in each of next 3 sts, with CC, sc in each of next 6 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Rounds 18 – 20: With MC, sc in each st around.

Round 21-28: Rep Rounds 10 – 17.

Graph 2
Graph 2 (for right-handed crocheters) is read from bottom to top and from right to left.

Rounds 29 through 38 correspond to Graph 2.

Round 29: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 10 sts, * rep from * to * around. (88 sts)

Round 30: Sc in each st around.  

Round 31: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 9 sts, * rep from * to * around. (80 sts)

Round 32: *With CC, sc in each of next 5 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 5 sts,* rep from * to * around.  

Round 33: *With CC, sc in each of next 6 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 4 sts,* rep from * to * around.  Round 34: *With CC, sc in each of next 7 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around. Round 35: *With CC, sc in each of next 8 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 2 sts,* rep from * to * around. Round 36: *With MC, sc in next st, with CC, sc in each of next 7 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 2 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 37: *With MC, sc in each of next 2 sts, with CC, sc in each of next 6 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 2 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 38: *With MC, sc in each of next 3 sts, with CC, sc in each of next 5 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 2 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Handle and Rim

NOTE:  Except when crocheting with both yarns together, one yarn will be “carried” when crocheting with the other.  

With MC, sc in next st, then join MC and CC yarns together and while they are still attached to the bag, ch 45 sts (increase or decrease the number of ch sts to make handle longer or shorter).

Round 1: Insert hook into the rim 40 sts away from the base of the ch (this attaches the handle to the other side of the bag), with MC, sc in to each of next  40 sts across rim, with CC, sc in each ch st across handle.

Round 2: With MC, sc in each of next 40 sts across rim, with CC, sc in each st across handle.

Round 3: With MC, sc in each of next 40 sts across rim, with CC, sc in each st across handle.  

Cut MC flush, sl st with CC.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

To finish on opposite side of handle strap, turn the bag over and insert the hook into the upper right inside corner of the rim and handle, attach MC, leaving a 2” tail hanging out the back.

Round 4: With MC, ch 1, then begin to carry the CC yarn (along with the 2” tail of MC), sc in each st across the rim, with CC, sc in each of next 45 sts across handle by inserting the hook into the bottom loops of the foundation ch.

Round 5: With MC, sc in each of next 18 sts across rim, join the MC and CC yarns together, ch 9, skip next 4 sts of bag rim, with MC, sc in each of next 18 sts, with CC, sc in each st across handle.  

Round 6: With MC, sc in each sc and chain st across rim, with CC, sc in each st across handle.  

Cut MC flush, sl st with CC.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  

Hip-Hop after felting
After Felting

Felting

To felt the bag, set the washing machine for small load, hot wash, cold rinse, normal agitation, then wash it by itself twice with mild soap (not detergent; 1 tbs. of Ivory Dishwashing liquid works for me) and once without any soap. It will shrink and felt a little more each time it is washed. It may be thrown in the drier or air dried, then steam ironed.

Sew the button on with MC after the purse has been felted.

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