E-Reader Purse (Felted)

Author

Birdie Gee

Introduction

Made for my daughters Birthday and all those books she reads. Take your time with the instructions and you will have a E=reader carrier of your own in a few days. I am working on another one with a one piece design. You can use any 5 1/2″ Granny Square and experiment by designing your own square and adding the pattern instructions after row 8 of the propeller square.

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Materials List

Materials: 100 % Wool, #4 worsted weight, 100g/3.5 oz.
I used: 1 skein Patons Classic Wool in Cognac Heather(a rusty color) and off brands of old leftover Goldenrod, Orange and Dark Olive. Note: For the off brands I suggest; a Patons color in yellow, pumpkin and dark olive hues.
Crochet Hook: US I-9/5.5mm
Yarn Needle
Washing Machine, detergent, 2 tennis balls, 3 small cloth bags or pillow cases, towel (for felting)
(Color Key: (A) = Cognac Heather Color, (B) = Goldenrod, (C) = Orange, (D) = Olive

Finished Size

Size: Purse is approx. 9” x 12” before felting and 6” x 9” after felting, the strap is approx. 44” long before felting and 38” long after sewing in and felting. Pic before felting: Propeller Square is approx. 51/2 inches square.

Gauge

Gauge: Approx. 6 dc plus 4 rows = 2 inches.

Notes

Stitches:
ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
Tr = triple crochet
Other Abbreviations: Rnd = round, St = Stitch

The Pattern

Pattern:
Propeller Square: (Make 2)
With (D) Ch 3, join with a sl st to first ch to form a circle (or start with a sliding loop to form a circle)
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 Sc in ring, join with a sl st to first sc
Rnd 2: *Sl st on next sc, Ch 4, Tr in next 2 sc, Ch 4, Repeat from * 3 times, join with slst to first ch, fasten off (D)
Rnd 3: Join (C) to top ch of last ch 4 of previous rnd,*Ch 4, tr in next 2 ch, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, Ch 4, Tr in next 2 tr, Ch 4, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, Repeat from * 3 times, fasten off (C)
Rnd 4: Join (B) to top ch of last ch 4 of previous rnd,*Ch 4, tr in next 2 ch, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, Ch 4, Tr in next 2 tr, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, Ch 4, Tr in next 2 tr, Ch 4, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, Repeat from * around, fasten off (B)
Rnd 5: Join (A) to top ch of last ch 4 of previous rnd,*Ch 4, tr in next 2 ch, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, (Ch 4, Tr in next 2 tr, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd) 2 times, Ch 4, Tr in next 2 tr, Ch 4, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, Repeat from * around, fasten off to keep in pattern
Rnd 6: Join (A) to top ch of last ch 4 of previous rnd,*Ch 4, tr in next 2 ch, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, (Ch 4, Tr in next 2 tr, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd) 3 times, Ch 4, Tr in next 2 tr, Ch 4, Sl st in top of next ch 4 of previous rnd, Repeat from * around, fasten off to keep in pattern
Rnd 7: Join (A) to top ch of last ch 4 of previous rnd, Ch 1, *Sc in same ch, Hdc in next ch, Dc in next ch, Tr in next ch, [Sc in top of next ch 4, Hdc in next tr, (Dc, Tr) in next tr] 3 times, (Sc, Hdc) in top of next ch 4, (Dc, ch 2, dc) in next tr, (Hdc, sc) in next tr, Repeat from * 3 times, join with a sl st to first sc, Do Not fasten off
Rnd 8: Ch 1, Sc in next 23 stitches, Sc, ch 1, sc in next corner, *Sc in next 26 st, Sc, ch 1, sc in next corner, Repeat from * 2 times, Sc in next 3 st, join with a sl st to first sc, fasten off, weave in ends
Note: From this point on you will be working in rows until piece is complete.
Row 1: Join (A) in any ch 1 corner (working across square from right to left on the back-side facing you), Ch 3, (counts as dc), Dc in next 27 sc, turn
Row 2: Ch 3, (counts as dc), Dc in next 27 dc, fasten off (A), turn
Row 3: Join (C) in top of last dc worked, Repeat Row 2, fasten off (C), turn
Row 4: Join (D) in top of last dc worked, Ch 1 (counts as first sc), Sc in next 27 dc, fasten off (D), turn
Row 5: Join (B) in top of last sc worked, Repeat Row 2, fasten off (B), turn
Row 6: Join (A) in top of last dc worked, Repeat Row 2, Do Not fasten off, turn
Row 7: Ch 3, (counts as dc), Dc in next 27 dc, fasten off (A) weave in ends
Fastener: Join (A) to one of the Propeller Squares on the front side of work, around the post of the 14th dc on row 6 of pattern (2nd row from top), Ch 26, Slst in the post of the 15th dc in same area, fasten off, weave in ends.
Strap: (make 1)
With (A) Ch 158
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, Sc in each ch across, turn
Row 2: Ch 4, Skip next sc, *Dc in next sc, Ch 1, skip next sc, Repeat from * to last sc, Dc in last sc, turn
Row 3 : Ch 1 (counts as first sc), Sc in each dc and each ch 1 space across, turn
Row 4: Ch 1, Sc in each sc across, fasten off, weave in ends
Strap chains: (Make 3 Chains, one of each color (B), (C) and (D))
Leave a tail of 8 inches at beginning of ch and end of chain for braiding. Chain 174 for each color. Tie one end of tails together and hold
Finishing:
Weave chains in and out of chain stitches between dc on strap.
Put each square piece and strap in it’s own pillow case and tie closed with a piece of yarn. Place pillow cases, tennis balls and detergent into washer. Wash on hot with a small load until just before spin cycle. Remove squares and strap from cases and flatten out on towel to check shrinkage. Rewash the same way until your squares measure 6 ” x 9” and lay squares flat on the towel or tacked to a board and let dry for 24 hours in a dry warm spot. Your strap should measure 40”, I tacked mine vertically on the hinge side of a door with staples, dry 24 hours.
Sew sides and the bottom of the squares together to form a kaddy and attach one side of strap 1 inch inside each side of kaddy. I used regular matching thread and a sewing machine for this, for a smoother seam.
Sew a half inch round solid button to the middle top of the goldenrod row on front of kaddy for fastener. Weave in and trim loose ends and shave bag lightly with razor to remove fuzz.

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