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Sunflower Purse: Tunisian Crochet Lesson


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Are you a knitter who has never tried Tunisian (Afghan) crochet? Maybe you don't like to crochet, or maybe you never heard of this technique. I'd like to teach you how to do it! Tunisian (Afghan) crochet is a cross between knitting and crochet and it forms a lovely fabric that looks as if it's been woven. It's VERY easy and is quick and fun!! Crocheters have their own established way of doing Tunisian (Afghan) crochet, but since I'm primarily a knitter who dabbles in crochet, I prefer to approach the craft from a knitter's point of view. This pattern includes a "knitter's lesson" in the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS). My "Sassy Sunflower Purse" is a flat construction and the only seams you'll sew are the side seams. The sunflower embellishment is knitted separately and sewn on. If you've never felted before, don't worry! I've included felting instructions. If you have felted knitted pieces before, you're used to seeing the stitch definition disappear. With felted TSS, however, the fabric retains a lovely texture. The pattern includes detailed instructions for making and felting the purse and learning the TSS. Color photos of various aspects of the purse are included to help with the construction. Although it is suggested that the purse be lined and a zipper or hook/loop closure be added, I have not included instructions for that. I refer you to sewing resources for that information, or you may prefer to ask a professional to assist with this task. As with all my designs, please feel free to contact me with any questions that may come up as you work up my design. I want you to have fun and end up with a fabulous outcome, so I'm always available to assist. Thank you! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on, knit, purl, yarn over, bind off Single crochet Knitting needles, Size US 4 (3.5 mm) GAUGE In Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch, 7.5 stitches and 6 rows = 2 inches/5.9 cm SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Finished Felted Measurements: About 8"/20 cm long, 10"/25.5 cm wide SUGGESTED YARN 400 yards of Worsted weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • Worsted weight yarn (about 400 yards/366 meters)
  • Tunisian (Afghan) crochet hook, size US #8 (5.0 mm)
  • Tunisian Crochet hook Size US 10 (6.0 mm)

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Lenas's Legacy Hand Knits
Follow my blog at: I am certified as a Level 1 Master Hand Knitter by The Knitting Guild Association. My grandmother Lena taught me to knit when I was 4 years old and told me that a lifetime of knitting pleasure was her legacy to me. I love to design and knit and enter my work in competitions. I've won numerous awards and ribbons over the years and that's a lot of fun, but the greatest pleasure is the actual creative process. I specialize in Beginner and Intermediate level designs that teach new skills and promote excitement for the art that is Knitting. I think new knitters should have the opportunity to work with a well-written design that reinforces their current skills, teaches them new skills and gets a "WOW, you made that?!!?" response when showing off their completed project.