Tarot Bag with Flap and Catch by Karen Shelley
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Tarot Bag with Flap and Catch

August 2009
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in single crochet and slip stitch
4.5 mm
65 - 75 yards (59 - 69 m)
3.5" x 5.5", or 3.5" x 6", or any size to match your tarot deck
This pattern is available for free.

I totally improvised on this project, and I ripped it out plenty of times to get it the way I envisioned it. (And each time I do a bag, I alter something to try to improve on the design.) I used cotton yarn because I wanted all natural material, but I found it a bit tough to work with; it doesn’t give very much. I also like bags that are very snug around the cards, so I kept my tension rather tight to produce a more dense weave to lend more support to the deck. (I don’t use the box when I have a bag.)

I like bags with a flap rather than a drawstring style, but I didn’t want to use velcro. So I fashioned a catch for the flap that comes down over the front of the bag.

This pattern is continuous with no weave-in’s except at the end. You could basically split it up into 4 parts: the base, the tube of the body, the catch for the flap (on the body), the flap. (I’ll try to write down the pattern the best I can, but there are parts that are hard to describe because I was improvising.) If you can’t figure out what I was trying to say, please let me know so that I can improve my wording.