Crochet Felted Guitar Strap
Lion Brand« Lion® Wool
12 sc (measured along bias row; Note: final strip width above is measured horizontally across body of strap, not diagonally along the bias) x 12 rows = 4 inches (10 cm). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size
specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be
sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what
the designer used, but is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person.
If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller
size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
Making a Gauge Swatch
Strap is created on the diagonal. Item is crocheted with two strands of yarn held together throughout pattern.
With two strands of A, Ch 2
Row 1 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook - 1 sc.
Row 2 Ch 1, turn. Work 3 sc in one sc.
Row 3 Ch 1, turn. Work 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in last st - 5 sts.
Row 4 Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sc in each st across - 5 sts.
Row 5 Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next st; work to within last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in last sc - 7 sts
Row 6 Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, work to within last 3 scs, sc2tog, sc in last sts.
Row 7 Ch 1, turn. sc to end.
Repeat Rows 6 and 7 until piece measures 30 inches (76 cm)
Next 2 Rows: Change to 2 strands of B, repeat Rows 6 and 7. Do not cut yarn; carry up outside edge
Next 2 Rows: Change to 2 strands of C, repeat Rows 6 and 7. Do not cut yarn; carry up outside edge
Repeat stripe rows until piece measures 49 inches (23 cm), ending with a B stripe. Cut C.
Next Row: Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog, work to within last 3 sc, sc2tog, sc in last sc - 5 sts
Next Row: Work even
Next Row: Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog, work to within last 3 scs, sc2tog, sc in last sc - 3 sts
Next Row: Work even
Next Row: Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog, 2 sts
Next Row: Sc2tog, fasten off and cut, leaving a 24 inch (61 cm) tail.
Cut one piece each of B and C, 48 inches [122 cm] long. Thread pieces in half, through the end of the Guitar Strap, so that there are 6 pieces of yarn, 24 (61 cm) inches in length. Using two strands of C together and two each of B, braid strands together then fasten off. This is the tie for the neck of the instrument.
Work in any loose ends of yarn; trim.
After felting, trim edges if desired, cut slit in the blue end for the peg on the bottom of the guitar.
Felting is a process whereby the wool is deliberately handled so that it is matted into a fabric. Wool fibers have scales and are also crimped. When these fibers are wetted and softened and then rubbed together they grab each other and are permanently bound together. This happens when you put a wool item in a washer and agitate it -- it comes out much smaller and also denser, because the fibers have bound together.
Finished strap size depends on how much the piece is felted. Keep in mind that you can always felt more, but once felting is done, it is not reversible.
Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. At the end of the wash cycle measure the item. If you like it, stop! Place it flat to shape and let dry. If it is larger than you want, you can felt it additionally, if you dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and lie flat to shape.
Steam if desired.
If the strap is still too large, you can felt it additionally by washing again. Felting is often improved by adding about 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash water to increase the alkalinity.
Learn to Crochet Instructions: http://www.lionbrand.com/learnToCrochet.html
When you are in New York City, visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio at 34 W. 15th Street for a one-of-a-kind yarn lover's experience.
For more information, visit the website, LionBrandYarnStudio.com