After I had finished designing each of the six crochet chess pieces, I decided the first full set I make should be for my Pappa. Since Christmas was right around the corner, I got to work on this Crochet Chess Set right away.
It took me 17 full days straight to complete this set. With 10 of them being just for the chess pieces, and the last week was spent crocheting the chess board/bag.
The board is Tapestry Crochet, and it doubles as a drawstring bag to store the pieces. When I started, I was still uncertain how I wanted to go about crocheting the board. I knew that I wanted it to convert into a draw string bag, and I knew how big it needed to be. I played around with several ideas. Should I make granny squares and sew them together? Should I single crochet squares and sew them together? Or, should I use one of my favourite techniques and make it all one piece even though it takes lots of time to do? I finally decided that I would do my favourite technique even though it would take more time.
As you can see, it turned out great! And most important, my Pappa loves it! Though I think is more because I made it for him then anything else. Wink, wink. This is the first time I have made something for my Pappa that I can remember. So it made it even more special, or at least I think so.
How to Store
Stack the pieces in the center 4x4 squares with the white pawns standing to one side and the black pawns standing on the other side.
Strings pulled tight.
Pull on the white and black strings at the same time.
Tie remaining strings into a bow to gather the excess length.
To open up again, untie the strings. Then gently stretch out the sides of the board, alternating the side that is pulled until the board is flat.