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Tunisian Crochet: Shadow Stitching
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Shadow Stitching Instructions:

Make beg ch in multiples of 3, and add 2 more chs for Edge sts.  Continue using one of the patterns below.

Stripes in 2 Colors
Row 1: Forward and Return- With MC, PU lps in ea ch and DO lps one by one as you would for any TC st.  Attach CC, DO NOT end off MC.  You will carry both colors attached to piece and alternate the colors for each new row.
Row 2: Forward- With CC, Work (3 Tps, 3 Tks) across row, work last st as you normally would.  Return as you normally would for any TC st.
Row 3: Forward- With MC, Work (3 Tks, 3 Tps) across row, work last st as you normally would.  Return as you normally would for any TC st.
Repeat Rows 2 & 3 to create Length of piece and a pattern of two colored stripes.  With my stitching, this pattern is visible from all directions, and pretty much defeated the ‘illusion’ effect.

Stripes in 1 Color
Row 1: Forward and Return- With MC, PU lps in ea ch and DO lps one by one as you would for any TC st.  Attach CC, DO NOT end off MC.  You will carry both colors attached to piece and alternate the colors for each new row.
Row 2 & all even numbered Rows: Forward- With CC, Work (3 Tps, 3 Tks) across row, work last st as you normally would.  Return as you normally would for any TC st.
Row 3 & all odd numbered Rows: Forward- With MC, Tks across row & work last st as you normally would.  Return as you normally would for any TC st.
Repeat Rows 2 & 3 to create Length of piece and to create a striped pattern in 1 color.  With my stitching, this created a more defined ‘illusion’ effect.
With this pattern, the Main Color will be the color of the stripes, so this is the color you will start with.

Specific Instructions: This is what I did to create the sample.

Worsted Weight Acrylic yarns in red & black
Size K hook
Gauge: 8 sts x 6 rows = a 2x2 inch square

With Main Color: Ch 32
Follow stitching instructions above to create the pattern of your choice for a total of 48 rows (My piece has the 2 Color Stripes).  
End off.

Choose a color for the ‘gusset’ of the purse (side seams.)  Attach this color to the Return End of the Last Row.

Gusset Instructions:
Row 1: Forward-  Working down the Side of the piece, PU 16 lps and place st marker on hook.  PU 6 lps and place stitch marker on hook.  PU 16 more lps.  
Row 1: Return- DO lps up to 1st St marker. (Remove st marker.)  Yo, pull through 4 lps (Con Ch and 3 lps off hk) 2 times. (Remove st marker.) Finish Return as you normally would.
Row 2: Forward- 15 Tss, (1 Tss into Tss3tog) 2 times.  15 Tss and last st.
Row 2: Return- DO 13 lps from hk. (Yo, pull through Con Ch and 3 lps off hk) 2 times. Finish Return as you normally would.
Row 3: Forward- Remove hk from piece and place a WIP Clip in lp.  With Right Sides together, match-up stitching from Gusset Row 2.  
Insert hk into last st of Gusset Row 2.  Remove WIP Clip and place lp on hk, then pull through Last St.
Begin working Tks, making certain to go through sts from both sides.  It will take 13 Tks to finish seam, then work Tfs (to close seam).  Return as you normally would.  End off.

Turn piece right side out.

Attach yarn in 10th st from the ‘flap edge’ of second side (this should be in the exact same row as the edge of the gusset on the other side).  

Repeat Gusset Instructions.

Weave threads, steam block as necessary.

From here you can customize your Clutch Cover:
Sew on Snaps or Velcro circles to create a closure, OR Sew a zipper along the top, OR glue a magnetic closer.

If you follow the instructions closely, the top edge of the purse will be the very last row, that has the open loops.  Sew  buttons onto Flap and use the loops of the last row as Button holes.  Tuck the flap under the row of ‘open loops’ and pull the buttons through to the top.  This is NOT the most practical method for using the purse; it’s the easiest way to close it... so I could get quick photos.

How to figure the number of beginning Chains:
Using the stitch count you got from the swatch, make your beginning chain to fit the width of your purse/wallet.   
{# of sts per inch} x {Width measurement} = {# of chs for beg ch.}

Since the Shadow Stitch Pattern is a multiple of 3, you may need to add a stitch or two to your beginning chain to create an even stitch pattern.

How to figure the Length of your piece:
Multiple the Length measurement AND the Depth measurement by 2; add these two figures AND 2 inches more for a closing flap.  If you make a piece this long, and add all the rows of the gussets, it should accommodate a full wallet.

(Length x 2) + (Depth x 2) + (2" for closing flap) = final length of crocheted piece.
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