When I first received this kit, I was excited because this was my very first time crocheting with nylon cord. Annie’s had chosen a beautiful reddish nylon cord for this project in the thickness of 2 and in an unmarked label once again. Upon opening the pattern and grabbing the cord, I knew this would be an adventure in uncharted territory for me and I was very anxious to begin.
In addition to the skien, the kit also came with a magnetic snap closure and a 1 1/2 inch decorative button. I will need to supply a F and G hook, a tapestry and sewing needle and matching sewing thread in order to complete the purse.
Again, the kit came with two patterns one for knitting and one for crocheting. I will be working the crocheting pattern that required the skill of an intermediate level crocheter. The stitches you must be familiar with before crocheting the purse include the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch), the single crochet (The Single Crochet), slip stitch (Slip Stitch) and the speciality stitch of a variation of the single crochet.
For those of you who are like me and are inexperienced with working with nylon cord, here are some tips that might make this journey a little more enjoyable.
1. If you are working with nylon cord you will want to choose a hook that will keep the stitches tight to help utilize the strength of the cord by helping to make a denser crocheted fabric.
2. In working this projected I discovered I needed to keep my stitches tight. If I wanted the purse to be tightly woven and secured, I needed to keep my stitches even and closer together. So keep in mind when working this project, to take that extra care to grip it firmly in order to ensure the stitching tightness. Just work at a steady pace to keep your stitches uniform and consistent.
3. I found with that working with the nylon cord, I had to take frequent breaks and stretch my hands, fingers and wrists to prevent tiredness and stiffness. I believe this was necessary because I had to grasp my hook a little tighter then I was normally used to.
4. If you have to lay your work down for even a minute, it would be a good idea to use a stitch holder to secure the last completed stitch. The nylon cord has a tendency to slide easily and you could discover upon returning that you easily and accidentally had lost a row or few stitches.
If you are up to the challenge of working a project with nylon cord then I would like to suggest this kit. I found it to be an enjoyable and rewarding crochet adventure. I have to admit, when I was done and looked at the beautiful purse that I had worked, not only had I been enlightened, but I was delighted with the end results. With this project it was not only the appearance of the small purse at the completion, but it was a very satisfying and rewarding experience for me.
Unfortunately I cannot rate it a 10 though, losing one point for sending a skein in unmarked labels. Making it impossible for me to locate this particular cord again. The pattern was easy to read, although not suggested for beginners and very original. I could easily see myself repeating this journey. With all of this in mind, I am rating this kit a 9.
Upon ending this post, I would like to add I finished this project in time to give it to my mother for her birthday. She was ecstatic to receive it and I know will enjoy using it for years to come.
Until next time, keep those hooks flying.