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Travels With Charley: In Search of America

This month to honor our nation's birthday, I thought it would be fun to read something patriotic. John Steinbeck is one of America's greatest writers, and in the 1960s, after having lived in New York City for 25 years, he began to worry that he had lost touch with the rest of the country. Did he still know what America was? This was an important question for him to answer if were going to continue to write about America. So he packed up his custom-made truck and his French poodle Charley, and together they set out on an adventure to observe America in the wild. Travels With Charley: In Search of America is his memoir chronicling this journey.

This book is sure to make you want to go on that great American road trip of your own, so I thought the perfect crochet project to go with it is a travel hook clutch. I can't think of a single crocheter who doesn't take a project or two on vacation with them, and this clutch will keep your hooks organized on the road.

Broomstick Lace Travel Hook Clutch 2

The hooks are kept neatly in place by inserting them through the eyes of the broomstick lace strip.

Broomstick Lace Travel Hook Clutch 1

You'll note that this project has a lining sewn in. If you've never lined a crochet project before, tune in next week for our tutorial on lining with felt.

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Broomstick Lace Travel Hook Clutch


Finished Size: About 8x8 inches, opened flat

Materials
Main color (MC): Worsted weight yarn
Contrasting color (CC): Worsted weight yarn
Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook
Size 19 (15mm) knitting needle
8.5x11-inch sheet of felt for lining
Sewing thread in color to match felt
Sewing needle
Straight pins
Snaps, buttons, or fastener of choice

Gauge: About 4 broomstick lace shells and 3 rows in 2 inches

Inner Band - make 2.

With CC, ch 46.

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea rem ch across. 45 sc.

Row 2. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across.

Row 3. Transfer the loop on the crochet hook to the knitting needle. Skip first sc, then use crochet hook to draw a loop through ea rem sc across, transferring ea loop to the knitting needle as you go. 45 broomstick lace loops.

Row 4. Remove loops from knitting needle. Insert hook in first 3 loops and ch 1; 3 sc in same group of loops. *3 sc in next group of 3 loops; rep from * across. 45 sc.

Row 5. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across.

Finish off.

Outer Shell

With MC, ch 46.

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea rem ch across. 45 sc.

Row 2. Transfer the loop on the crochet hook to the knitting needle. Skip first sc, then use crochet hook to draw a loop through ea rem sc across, transferring ea loop to the knitting needle as you go. 45 broomstick lace loops.

Row 3. Remove loops from knitting needle. Insert hook in first 3 loops and ch 1; 3 sc in same group of loops. *3 sc in next group of 3 loops; rep from * across. 45 sc.

Rows 4-7. Rep rows 2 & 3.

Change to CC.

Rows 8 & 9. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across.

Rows 10 & 11. Rep rows 2 & 3.

Rows 12 & 13. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across.

Change to MC.

Row 14. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across.

Rows 15-20. Rep rows 2 & 3.

Change to CC.

Rows 21-26. Rep rows 8-13.

Change to MC.

Row 27. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across.

Rows 28-33. Rep rows 2 & 3.

Finish off.

Finishing
Pin Inner Bands to back side of Outer Shell so that they line up with the contrasting stripes of the Outer Shell. Join CC with sl st in corner of Outer Shell and sc evenly around, working through both the Outer Shell and Inner Band when you reach the Inner Band.

Using Outer Shell as a template, cut felt to size for lining, leaving a 1.5-inch overhang at the top and bottom for use as flaps to cover the hooks (tune in next week for our lining tutorial). Pin lining into place and sew. Attach snaps, buttons, or fastener of choice. Weave in all ends.

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