by Jo Anne Tracy
Cigars are the traditional gift among, and for, new fathers. This little case will hold four or five full sized cigars. Made entirely with Tunisian stitch, the fabric for this case is solid and firm, but still flexible. The size can be easily altered by using more or less stitches/row, and increasing or decreasing the number of rows.
If you’re not a big tobacco fan, the case also nicely holds a small package of baby wipes.
You will need a Tunisian or Afghan crochet hook for this project. These long-handled hooks are available at most any place that sells yarn, but often in limited quantities. Occasionally a store will carry double-ended crochet hooks, and one of these works fine. Just wrap a rubber band around one of the ends so there is no confusion about which end of the hook is the working end. While it is possible to make the cigar case with a regular crochet hook because there are so few stitches with which to work, I don’t recommend it. Most crochet hooks have a flat area in the middle to secure and orient your grip. This flat area will distort the shape of the loops. Additionally, the relative shortness of the hook, compared to the longer-handled Tunisian hook, makes it uncomfortable to hold for this particular stitch. Tunisian hooks, on the other hand are smooth and round for the entire length of their long shanks. Likewise, hooks with unusually shaped or large, padded handles won’t do at all. For more information on Tunisian crochet, please see the tutorial appearing in this issue.
- Lily Sugar’n Cream, 100% cotton (120 yds/109 m per 2.5oz/70.9g), 1 ball
- Tunisian or Afghan Hook size US size G (4.5 mm)
- Elastic band (such as a hair band)
US pattern notations used
Tss = Tunisian simple stitch. See tutorial.
ch = chain
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
Row 1. Forward: Pull up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across – 15 loops on hook. Return: yo, draw up loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops. Repeat from * across.
Row 2. Tss across: Pull up a loop in 2nd vertical st from hook and each vertical st across. On last st of forward part of row, insert hook under both vertical sts. Return.
Rows 3-10. Repeat row 2.
Row 11. At end of forward part of row, increase 1 st as follows: at end of forward, ch 2. Remove hook from last loop, pick up back loop of 1st chain and place last loop back on hook. Return. (16 st)
Row 12. Make increase before starting this row. Ch 1, then work new st into ch. Continue Tss across. Return. (17 st)
Row 13.Tss across and return.
Rows 14 – 44. Repeat row 13.
Row 45. At end of forward part of row, increase 1 st as follows: at end of forward, ch 2. Remove hook from last loop, pick up back loop of 1st chain and place last loop back on hook. Return. (18 st)
Row 46. Make increase before starting this row. Ch 1, then work new st into ch. Continue Tss across. Return. (19 st)
Rows 47 – 77. Tss across and return.
Last row. Bind off: Pull up loop in 2nd vertical st. yo, pull through both loops. Continue across. Break off.
With wrong sides together, fold at line B (see Figure 1). Whip stitch sides together, beginning at bottom of case. Sew towards top, leaving last 5 rows open. Inner front flap will roll down – that’s ok for now.
Edging. Working on outside of case (right side), sl st beginning at right side of case (facing you). When you reach the front edge of the front flap, attach elastic band. Holding band in back, begin by working sl st through band. *Work next sl st over the band, then the next through (under) the band. Continue from * across the front flap.
Once elastic band is secured to the flap (see Figure 2), continue sl st around the edge of the case.
Break off and weave in loose ends.