Tutorial: How to make a pochette with Prefelt Ribbons

from Gaia Gualtieri - 24 July 2017

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This pochette is by far my favourite piece of the Mood Afro-Chic Style. It’s contemporary, chic, fun and absolutely to be copied. Only 3 ingredients are needed to make it: DHG prefelt ribbons, a crochet hook and lots of love. Follow the instructions step by step and you’ll see it isn’t hard.

Afro-Chic - DHG prefelt ribbons

MATERIAL

2 2cm press-studs

Prefelt ribbons Col. Dark– about 50 metres/55 yards

Prefelt ribbons Col. Passion, Earth, Theatre, Saffron – about 30 metres/33 yards per colour.

NOTE

For this project, the prefelt ribbons have been treated before being crocheted. For this important step please follow the instructions here.

NEEDLE

No. 5 crochet hook

STITCH

Tunisian Entrelac crochet

Afro-Chic - DHG prefelt ribbons

How to make a pochette with prefelt ribbons

The Tunisian crochet consists of working forwards and backwards and a row of diamonds at a time.

1st round: cast on a chain of 56 loops.

Forward pass

Knit a single crochet in the second loop from the hook, insert the hook above the single crochet just done and pull the thread through. Insert the hook into the third loop of the chain but without casting off. At this point you will have 3 loops on the hook.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 (2 closures).

Forward pass

Insert the hook above the single crochet just done and pull the thread through, and come out in the vertical stitches below then insert into the base row (4th) and pull the thread through. At this point you will have 4 loops on the hook that we’ll close in the return pass 2 by 2.

Repeat these 2 steps increasing the number of loops until you have 8 loops.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 7 closures. At this point you have made the initial triangle.

Bind off with slip stitches in the vertical stitches below and the last slip stitch on the starting loop of the chain.

***

Now we must create a diamond as in the classic Tunisian technique

Forward pass

Insert the hook in the base row and pull the thread through, repeat this step on the 7 initial loops. In total there will be 8 loops on the hook.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 8 closures.

Forward pass

Repeat these 2 steps always taking the last loop from the initial chain and keeping 8 loops on the hook.

The diamond will consist of 8 loops for every 6 vertical stitches.

Bind off with slip stitchs inserting in the vertical stitches from the previous round and taking the last from the initial chain.

Repeat from *** to *** until you have 2 diamonds per colour (3 for the Colour. Dark)

***

Lastly, we have to make the final triangle

Forward pass

Take 7 loops on the chain plus the one we had, for a total of 8 loops on the hook.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 7 closures.

Forward pass

Take 6 loops plus the one that we had on the hook for a total of 7 loops. Don’t take anything from the base row because we must decrease the loops to create a half diamond.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 6 closures.

Forward pass

Take 5 loops plus the one on the hook for a total of 6 loops.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 5 closures.

Forward pass

Take 6 loops plus the one on the hook for a total of 5 loops.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 4 closures.

Forward pass

Take 3 loops plus the one on the hook for a total of 4 loops.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 3 closures.

Forward pass

Take 2 loops plus the one on the hook for a total of 3 loops.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 2 closures.

Forward pass

Take 1 loop plus the one on the hook for a total of 2 loops.

Return pass

Bind off with 1 closure. Fasten off.

***

Change colour

Forward pass

Start in the middle of the initial diamond. Point the hook at the top of the half diamond and pull through a loop.

Take out a loop from every slip stitch of the diamond below for a total of 7 loops on the hook plus 1 loop on the next diamond for a total of 8 loops on the hook.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 7 closures.

Forward pass

7 loops on the hook plus one on the next diamond for a total of 8 loops.

Return pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 7 closures. At the end there will be a diamond consisting of 8 loops by 6 vertical stitches.

Bind off with a slip stitch like we did in the first row of diamonds.

Repeat like this until all the diamonds are completed.

***

Change colour

Repeat from the beginning, then make the initial half diamond and the other whole ones and finish with the closing of the half diamond.

***

At the beginning and at the end of the work, empty spaces were created to be filled by creating triangles

Warning: you work the same way for both the initial part and the final part of the job.

Forward Pass

There must always be 8 loops on the hook and the last one must always be of the next diamond.

Return Pass

Bind off 2 by 2 with 5 closures. Bind off the remaining 3 loops together to form one single loop.

Repeat these steps until there are only 3 loops left on the hook to bind off together. Repeat this process in all the empty spaces.

***

Turn it over and fold the rectangle at 19cm, and with a sewing machine close the sides. Fold the top part and apply the press-studs to the corners.

NOTE

The project as we have done, is a rectangle of 40×58 cm / 16×23 inches. It begins with the Colour. Dark and then alternates the colors Theater, Saffron, Earth, Passion ending again with Col. Dark.

A long process but in our opinion it’s worth it! Don’t you agree?

Afro-Chic - DHG prefelt ribbons

You can find very good tutorials that show step by step how to make the Entrelac Stitch with Tunisian Crochet. We advise this one: https://youtu.be/RkuB1Aln1v8

Happy viewing!

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