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Melon Ball


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This purse is a great introduction to the art of felted crochet. Worked entirely in single crochet, the purse features a circular front and back connected by a gusset that does double-duty as a shoulder strap. I chose to crochet my project in two solid colors, but imagine the possibilities. Hand-painted yarn, self-striping yarn...the sky's the limit! For best results, make sure that you are using 100% wool, though, and do felt a swatch before you begin your project. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Single Crochet GAUGE Unfelted Gauge 14 sts and 12 rows = 4" in single crochet Felted Gauge 181/2 sts and 16 rows = 4" in single crochet SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approx. 101/2" in diameter after felting

Recommended with this pattern

  • 475 yds worsted weight 100% wool yarn in main color
  • 60 yds worsted weight 100% wool yarn in contrasting color
  • Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook

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The fiber obsession began at six years old, and my first original design was the infamous Barbie tube top. Since Barbie wasn’t paying me a living wage to keep her stylishly dressed, I ended up going to college, knitting feverishly throughout my education to maintain my sanity. I quit my day job at the phone company when I discovered that real people actually liked what I made, and have been designing ever since. I have co-authored two books: The Knitter’s Guide to Yarn Cocktails and The Crocheter’s Guide to Yarn Cocktails. I have designed for several major yarn companies and contributed to various magazines, books, and other publications .