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Old 03-01-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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single crochet on a knitting project
HI All,

I am new to this site but need your help !!!

I am knitting a bag to be felted and the pattern calls for finishing the piece (before felting) with a single crochet chain along the surface of the piece that will serve as a decorative element as well as form the buttom loop at one edge of the closing flap.

I thought it would be simple but can't seem to get it right. What would you recommend in terms of how many knitted stitches to catch and should I change to a chain for the button loop? Again this would be felted so I want the ridge to really pop.

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Old 03-20-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
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Nobody's answered yet, so I'll try.

If the pattern doesn't say how many stitches to catch I would just eyeball it. Knitting and crochet gauges are completely different so it's really hard to give a specific number. Hopefully the pattern says what size hook to use for the edging; if not, you'd have to "play" with that too until you get an edging that looks good and doesn't make the bag either stretch out or draw in there.

You'll probably have to try it (meaning "rip it out" ) a few times before you get it right. But I think that once you figure it out you'll get a rhythm going - like "1 sc every x stitches" - and it'll get easier.

Crochet does make a thicker fabric than knitting and that had me wondering about using different yarn for the edging. But fabric usually gets thicker when it's felted so maybe that will make up for the difference.

As for the button loop - I do think a chain would be a good choice. If the pattern tells how many sc's to allow for the loop you'll probably have to do more chains than that because sc's are usually fatter. If it doesn't, you could make an educated guess based on the size of the button you'll be using for the closure. Just keep in mind that after the bag is felted everything will be smaller - including the loop - so you'll have to make the loop bigger than you normally would.

It's hard for me to more specific because I have no experience with felting. But I hope that helps you decide what to do. Good luck.

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