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How to Crochet a Book Cover Purse

There comes a point in every yarn lover's life when the most beautifully perfect skein of yarn comes along, but gasp! there is only one single, solitary skein in existence. The yarn lover covets the precious skein, but oh, what to make? What pattern could possibly be worthy of such a yarn, and with only one skein of it, to boot?

The Animator's Wife had this problem when she went to Ireland in 2010 and bought some local yarn spun from real Irish sheep. It was surprisingly hard to find, so she wanted it to be used for the exact perfect project--something that might last forever.

And so she ended up using it to make a book cover, but not just any book cover. To make it just a touch more interesting, she worked it so that the book cover would make the book look like a purse so that the book might be easily toted around.

Crochet a Book Cover Purse

As it so happens, the book we covered is The Animator's Wife's bible, but this technique could also be applied to personal journals, sketch books, scrap books, or any other book that has special meaning to the owner.

Book Review: Crocodile Stitch Afghans

Crocodile stitch has captivated the crochet world's imagination in the last few years. It seems every pattern designer has at least one textured accessory or dragon/mermaid-themed pattern that prominently features the stitch. We're guilty of it ourselves, with our Sirens of Atlantis Costume and Angel Wings. But one thing the majority of these crocodile stitch patterns we've seen to date have in common is that they tend to be all or nothing; as in, they are usually designed solely in crocodile stitch. Joyce Lewis sought to get a little more creative with the stitch in her new book, Crocodile Stitch Afghans, by combining crocodile stitch with standard stitches, and we're quite intrigued by the results.

Crocodile Stitch Afghans

As it turns out, combining crocodile stitch with standard crochet stitches increases the versatility of the stitch and expands design possibilities.