Free Crochet Pattern: Stripey Pouch (Joined)

FREE, CONDENSED VERSION BELOW!

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Soft drawstring pouch protects eye wear from scratches. Use bright colors so you never lose your glasses again. Can also be used to hold cords for small electronics, pens and pencils, etc. Works up in one to two hours, so it’s great for a last-minute gift.

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Each round is joined and yarn colors are carried up.

 

 

 

 

Using four colors in single-color rounds, this method compensates for the “traveling seam” so common in crochet projects with joined rounds. The seam stays along the edge and is hardly noticeable.  

A nicely formatted, downloadable, printable version of this pattern is available in my Ravelry store or my Etsy shop for only $2.00. The paid version includes abbreviations, special instructions, a photo tutorial, and instructions for an alternate, tasseled drawstring.

Below is a free, condensed version of this pattern.

Skill Level: Intermediate. 

Stitches/Techniques: Ch, edc, sc, sl st, needle join, carrying yarn colors, working over yarn tails.

Finished Measurements: 8.5” long x 3.5” wide (21.5 x 9 cm).

Tools: H/8-5.0 mm hook, tapestry needle, and scissors. If you crochet with loose tension, you may want to go down one hook size to make denser fabric.

Materials: 58 yds (34 g, 1.2 oz, 53 m) any brand of worsted-weight yarn. Sample in photos use 100% cotton, Peaches & Crème bright orange (CA), Peaches & Crème sunshine (CB), Lily Sugar ‘n Cream mod green (CC), and Peaches & Crème white (CD).

Gauge: 8 sts and 9 rows in 2” (5 cm) of single crochet.

Instructions

Rnd 1. With CA, start with slip knot on hook, ch 15. Sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook (missed ch counts as first st). Sc in back loop of next 13 chains. Rotate the piece clockwise (counter clockwise for left-handed crocheters) and sc again in same ch. Sc over two unworked loops of next 12 chains along opposite side. Bases of sts will occupy the same holes as sts on first side of foundation chain. Sstj in first st (missed ch) with CB. Cinch tail and working yarn down tightly. Leave working yarn of CA hanging to back (wrong side), do not fasten off. 28 sts.

Rnd 2. With CB, ch1 and pull loop down tightly. Chain does NOT count as st. Sc in same st as join and next 27 sts. Sstj with CC. Cinch tail and working yarn down tightly. Leave CB on wrong side, do not fasten off. 28 sts.

Rnd 3. With CC, ch1 and pull loop down tightly. Chain does NOT count as st. Sc in same st as join and next 27 sts. Sstj with CD. Cinch tail and working yarn down tightly. Leave CC on wrong side, do not fasten off. 28 sts.

Rnd 4. This is the compensating round, so it’s a bit different. With CD, ch1. (Do not pull down tightly.) Sk first st (with join), causing ch loop to lean over the first st. Sc in next st and next 26 sts. Sc under both strands of leaning ch-1 loop made at beginning of rnd. Sstj in first sc of rnd with CA. Pull sl st loop tight; sl st does not count as st. Leave CD on wrong side, do not fasten off. 28 sts.

Rnd 5. With CA, ch1 and pull loop down tightly. Chain does NOT count as st. Sc in same st as join and next 27 sts. Sstj with CB. Cinch working yarn down tightly. Weave in the yarn tails at this point, to keep them out of the way. Also, you may wish to work the piece inside out, so all the colors hang outside, rather than inside, as you work. Don’t forget to turn it outside in, when finished. 28 sts.

Rnds 6 – 32. Repeat Rnds 2-5, stopping with Rnd 32, which will be in CD. Cut CC and CD leaving a 6” (15 cm) tail on each. 28 sts.

Rnd 33. With CA, ch3 (=edc), edc in next st and every st around. Sstj in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3 with CB. 28 sts.

Rnd 34. With CB, ch1. Sc in same and every st around. NJ. Fasten off. Weave in ends. See instructions for drawstrings below. 28 sts.

Simple Knotted Drawstrings – Make 2 for each pouch.

Ch 60. Cut yarn and pull tail out through last st. Pull sts at both ends of chain tightly and, leaving about 3” (8 cm), snip tails. Lightly press bag flat with your hands. Starting from either side of edc round, weave first drawstring in and out around posts of sts, until both ends of drawstring come out on same side of bag. You may use a yarn needle, a hook, or your fingers. Tie ends together in a firm knot, being sure to include the actual chain, not just the tails.

Repeat with second drawstring, starting on opposite side of bag. Make sure you weave second drawstring behind and in front of the same posts as you did with first drawstring. Both ends of second drawstring will come out on opposite side of bag from first drawstring. Tie ends together in a firm knot. Add beads or buttons, if desired. Snip ends.

Enjoy your creativity!

A nicely formatted, downloadable, printable version of this pattern is available in my Ravelry store or my Etsy shop for only $2.00. The paid version includes abbreviations, special instructions, a photo tutorial, and instructions for an alternate, tasseled drawstring.

Copyright 2018 by Cheryl Dee Floyd. All Rights Reserved. You are welcome to give away or to sell any items you make from this pattern. You may not copy, distribute, or otherwise publish this pattern as your own. More patterns: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/cheryl-dee or https://www.etsy.com/shop/CherylDeeCrochet

 

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