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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

MY TACO CASE



MY TACO CASE

I saw a photograph on a online purchase page for a tailored watermelon pencil case, and on the same google page was this one for a taco case.. so obviously Imagination went into overdrive and I thought hmmm.. let’s do this in crochet .. so here’s what I’ve come up with.

This has been made with a pencil case in mind, but it can be used as a case for anything – from pencils, to make-up / cosmetics, travel, a First aid kit, and if you add on a strap, then a cute little bag for a little girl as well.  So have fun.. let’s create.

As usual, I’m using yarns available locally in India, and here I’ve used our lovely polyester purse yarns.

And while we’re at it, let’s throw in a little 3D, shall we? So our basic taco shell is flat and then we’ll make the ‘ingredients’ separately and assemble it all in .. what do you say ?

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle

Skill level : Easy to Intermediate ; also needs basic sewing skills.
Easy enough pattern, but there are several elements that may be a bit tedious to attach.

Size : 9.75” diameter

Gauge : 5 dc (across) x 2 dc rows (high) = 1”

Stitches used : (Using U.S terminology)
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                      ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                          sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                              hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                               dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-together
           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We start with a circle of brown that we will fold in half to make our taco.  We will then make the little ingredients that we will attach to the top of our taco case, and then when it’s lined, zippered and finished, these little fillings will stick out of the top and look really yummy. 

So for the base, (taco) I've used brown, then green for the iceberg lettuce, red for the tomato and finally yellow for the cheesy bits.

Sound interesting ?? Let’s start.

Start (using brown) with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; 2 dc in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (24 dc)

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (48 dc)

Round 3  : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 
*dc in the next 3 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (60 dc)

Round 4  : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 
*dc in the next 4 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (72 dc)

Round 5  :  dc in each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (72 dc)

Round 6  : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 
*dc in the next 5 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (84 dc)

Round 7 - 8 :  dc in each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (84 dc)

Round 9  : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; *dc in the next 6 dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (96 dc)

Round 10 - 11 :  dc in each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (96 dc)

Fasten off and weave in ends.


TACO INGREDIENTS
So peeping out of the top of our taco shell, we’re going to make tomato slices, cheese triangles and a long leaf of ice berg lettuce.

So get your red, yellow (or off white) and light green yarn ready… and let’s do this.


TOMATO
Make in red, as many as you’d like for your taco. 
I made 6, three per side of my taco shell

Start :  with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 1 :  2 dc in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (16 dc)

Round 2  : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 
*dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. (24 dc)
Fasten off and leave a long tail to join.


ICE BERG LETTUCE
Make in green. 
I made 2, one per side of my taco shell
Start :  with a fsc chain of 56 fsc or as long as you need to go from one side to another of your taco shell, in multiples of 7.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ; 
*sk next 2 fsc , 5 dc in the next fsc ; sk next 2 fsc , sc in the next fsc* ;
Rep *to*till end. 
Fasten off and leave a long tail to join.



CHEESE TRIANGLE
Make in yellow or off white. 
I made 3.

Start :  with a ch 3.  Turn and 2 dc in the 1st ch (0r 3rd ch from hook)

Row 1 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 3 dc ; 2 dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 5 dc ; 2 dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Fasten off and leave a long tail to join.


Finishing :
Now for the really fun bit – putting our taco together.

So I’ve thought of putting my tomato slices and cheese triangles right against the taco shell, and then attaching the green iceberg lettuce on the inside, as this will make it easier to line the bag. 

However, it does not matter how you decorate your taco shell.. so go for it.

Weave in all ends for each colour from the inside of your pouch.  Attach a lining and zipper (“How to” links provided above)

And wow.. just look at what you’ve created.  One little kiddo is going to be mighty  pleased




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