Free Crochet Pattern: Eyewear Pouch (Simple Spiral)


I have just published a new pattern in my Etsy shop. You can also find it in my Ravelry store.  This is an easy pattern, great for beginners to learn working in a spiral. This item works up quickly and would be an excellent last-minute gift. Use bright colors so you never lose your glasses again. It can also hold pens, pencils, cords for small electronic items, camping utensils, guitar picks and capos, etc.

Below is a free, condensed version of this pattern. The expanded version in my Etsy shop or Ravelry store for only $2.00 and contains photos, abbreviations, special instructions,  and an alternative tasseled drawstring.

Skill Level: Easy.

Stitches/Techniques: Ch, edc, sc, sl st, needle join, 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 loosely, you might want to go down one hook size to make a denser fabric.

Materials: 58 yds (34 g, 1.2 oz, 53 m) any brand of worsted-weight yarn. Samples in photos used 100% cotton by Peaches & Crème in Bright Blue and Bright Pink.

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



Stitch Count

1 With slip knot on hook, ch 15. Cinch down 15th chain and do not work into it on next rnd. Sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook. Sc in back loop of next 12 chains. 2sc in last chain. Rotate piece clockwise (counterclockwise for left-handed crocheters). Working over tail, sc under two unworked loops of next 13 chains along opposite side. Bases of sts will occupy the same holes as sts on first side of foundation chain. Do not join. 28
2 – 32 Sc in next sc. If desired place st marker in 1st st. Sc in every st around for 32 rounds. Check to make sure pouch is long enough to fit your eyewear inside with an additional inch in length. Smooth pouch with hands into a flat rectangle. Finish 32nd rnd on either edge of pouch by joining with a sl st. 28
33 Ch3 (=edc), edc in every st around. Sstj in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. 28
34 Ch1. Sc in every st around. NJ. 28

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”, 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.




Free Crochet Pattern: Gumdrop Flower

Crochet Pattern by Cheryl Dee Floyd

(Click here for a nicely formatted, downloadable and printable version of this pattern available for $2.00 US in my Ravelry store. The expanded version contains many more photos that show the various steps.)

This flower is made in three sections which are sewn together. The round element in the center, which resembles a gumdrop, can also be used separately as a button on any other project. Instructions are included for making the flower into a brooch.


* 0.3 oz worsted-weight yarn. Samples in photo above are made with Red Heart Unforgettable, which is a self-striping yarn with long color changes.

* Sewing thread

* Jewelry findings – one (1.5”) pin back per flower (for brooch) or appropriately sized hair clip or barrette


* G/6-4.25 mm hook for Unforgettable yarn (H/8-5.0 mm hook for Super Saver)

* Yarn needle

* Regular sewing needle

* Scissors


4” to 5” diameter, depending on yarn and/or hook used.


bl = back loop; ch = chain; dc = double crochet (UK – treble crochet); edc = extended double-crochet (UK – extended treble crochet); hdc = half-double crochet (UK – half-treble crochet); hk = hook; lp(s) = loop(s); NJ = needle join; rnd = round; sc = single crochet (UK – double crochet); sl st = slip stitch; sstj = slip stitch to join; st(s) = stitch(es); tr = treble crochet (UK – double treble crochet); yo = yarn over.

Special Instructions

Modified hdc – On last yarn over, do a yarn under instead of a yarn over. This will keep each stitch closer to the previous stitch, thereby eliminating unsightly gaps.

Needle join (NJ) (a.k.a. Invisible Join)

* Leaving last lp on hk, cut working yarn about 4 to 6 inches from hk. Pull newly-cut yarn out through the lp on hk, making sure to keep the last lp loose. Set hk aside and thread end of yarn through yarn needle. Insert needle from front to back under both top lps of st indicated (usually, first st of rnd). Pull tail through, keeping tension similar to surrounding sts.

* If first st of rnd is a sl st, pull tail through and keep tension same as surrounding sts. This will keep the st count accurate.

* If first st of rnd is a standing st (begun with slip knot on hk), pull tail tightly in order to keep from adding lp to st count. Insert needle under bl, from front to back of last st of rnd where yarn was originally pulled through.

* Turn work over so wrong/back side is facing and use needle to weave in end, making sure to keep tension similar to surrounding work. Snip end of yarn. Weave in ends. See photo tutorial:—needle-join

Pointy picot – Ch2. Insert hk in 2nd ch from hk, yo, pull up lp and leave on hk. Insert hk under 2 front strands (front loop and loop below) of last st worked, yo, pull up lp and leave on hk. Yo, pull through all 3 lps. (The downloadable, printable version of this pattern in my Ravelry store contains photos that illustrate this process.)


Rnd 1. Make magic ring, ch1. [Working over yarn tail, sc into ring, ch3] 5 times. Pull on beginning yarn tail to close ring. Sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 2. [In next ch-3 sp: sl st, ch2, 3dc, ch2, sl st] 5 times. Sstj.

Rnd 3. Ch1. Flip piece over to work this round into the backs of the petals formed in rnd 2. Sts should not show through on front. [In next petal: sl st under 2 lower strands of middle dc, ch4] 5 times. Sstj in beginning sl st.

Rnd 4. Ch1. Flip piece over again so right side is facing you. [In next ch-4 sp: sl st, ch3, 5edc, ch3, sl st] 5 times. Sstj in beginning sl st.

Rnd 5. Ch3. Flip piece over to back again. [In next petal: sl st under 2 lower strands of middle (3rd) edc, ch5] 5 times. Sstj in first sl st. If continuing with same yarn color, skip to Rnd 6 now.  Alternate method: If desired, use new color to represent leaves, attaching new yarn with [sl st under 2 lower strands in middle (3rd) edc, ch5] 5 times. Flip flower so front is facing you.

Rnd 6. Ch1 and cinch down.  With front of flower facing you, [in ch-5 sp: sl st, ch4, 3tr, picot, 3tr, ch4, sl st] 5 times. NJ.

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(The downloadable, printable version of this pattern in my Ravelry store contains photos that illustrate this process.)

Step 1. Leaving a 12-inch beginning tail, make a slip knot, ch4, sstj in first ch made to form ring.

Step 2. Do not work over yarn tail and do not ch1. Work 18 modified hdc into ring. Cut yarn leaving a 12-inch tail. NJ to first st of rnd. Do not weave in ends. Remove yarn needle from ending yarn tail.

Step 3. Thread needle with beginning yarn tail. Whip stitch through the back-back strand of every st (loop below bl, on back of st). Be careful not to split any strands. Remove needle and gently but firmly pull yarn until center of work becomes slightly convex, with the front side out. Remove yarn needle from beginning yarn tail.

Step 4. Thread needle with ending yarn tail. Whip stitch through the front loop of every stitch around. Remove needle and pull yarn to gather the stitches, until piece takes the form of a sphere or gumdrop. Pull on both yarn tails to ensure piece is as spherical as possible. If desired, tie yarn tails in a knot. Leave both yarn tails free to use for attaching gumdrop center to flower.

Place Flower Center on top (front) of Flower, pull tails of Flower Center to back through center hole of Flower. Thread yarn needle with one tail and sew securely around posts that radiate out from center. Weave in ends. Do the same with second tail. If desired, you may use this second tail to sew flower as an applique to another project.

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Make a magic ring, ch3, 15 edc into ring. Depending on your yarn thickness, it may be necessary to add a round of 2 sc in each stitch in order to increase the diameter. Circle should fill the space inside last rnd of flower. NJ.

Using yarn and yarn needle, sew circle to back of flower to stabilize it for use as a brooch, etc. Use regular sewing needle and thread to attach pin back.

This pattern was professionally edited by Amy Curtin, technical editor for Crochet Now magazine.


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: or



Hexagon Puzzle Layouts



These diagrams represent various possible arrangements of my snowflake hexagon patterns. I have yet to write patterns for all but the full and half hexagons.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Unadorned Beret

Plain and Simple Slouchy Hat with Slip-Stitch Band. Crochet Pattern with US Terminology by Cheryl Dee Floyd.

A downloadable, printable version of this pattern is available in my Ravelry store for $1.00.

The stretchy slip-stitch band makes this roomy hat very adjustable and able to accommodate most adult heads. It can be pulled down to cover the ears in cold weather. Those with long hair can fit all their hair inside the beret, making it a great cover up for freshly washed and towel dried hair. Make two berets, one with fewer increase rows, and wear the smaller one inside the larger one for double layers in really cold weather.

Tags: Unisex, adjustable, one-size-fits-most, worked-bottom-up.

Skill Level: Advanced beginner. Stitches used include chain, slip stitch, half-double crochet, half-double crochet increase, and half-double crochet decrease.

Tools: 4.0 mm hook, scissors, yarn needle, stitch marker (optional).

Materials: 195 yds (3.7 oz, 105 g) light worsted or DK yarn. Sample shown uses Caron Simply Soft Solids.

Gauge: Beret – 16 sts and 13 rows in 4”. Band – 20 sts and 28 rows in 4”.

Size: Fits most adults. Beret is 11” in diameter. Band is 2” wide, with 18” circumference un-stretched, 24” stretched. To make beret smaller, increase fewer rounds.

betw – between
ch – chain
dec – decrease
ea – each
hdc – half double crochet (UK: htr – half treble)
hk – hook
lp(s) – loops
rnd – round
sl st – slip stitch
sstj – slip stitch to join
st(s) – stitch(es)
thru – through
yo – yarn over (UK: yoh – yarn over hook or yrh – yarn round hook)

Special Instructions:
Half-double crochet increase. Work 2 hdc in same st.
Half-double crochet decrease. Yo, insert hk in st, yo and pull up lp. Keeping 3 lps on hk, insert hk in next st, yo and pull up lp to make 4 lps on hk. Pull 4th lp thru all of first 3 lps at once.

Row Band Procedure Stitch Count
1 Ch11, leaving 12” tail for sewing ends of band together. Sl st in back lp of 2nd ch from hook and all remaining chains. 10
2 Ch1 and rotate piece clockwise. Sl st in back lp of ea st across. 10
3 thru 120 Repeat Row 2 for 118 rows to make a total of 120 rows. On last row, ch1 and extend loop to use later, or place a st marker in the loop to secure it. Set hook aside. Thread yarn needle with beginning yarn tail and sew ends together to form hat band. Weave in end of yarn tail. 10
Rnd Beret Procedure Stitch Count
1 Reinsert hook into loop and cinch it down. Working along edge of band, hdc in end of ea row. Sstj. 120
2 Ch2 (does not count as st here and throughout), hdc in ea st around, increasing in every 15th st. Sstj in first hdc (not in ch-2). 128
3 Ch2, hdc in ea st around, increasing in every 16th st. Sstj in first hdc. 136
4 Ch2, hdc in ea st around, increasing in every 17th st. Sstj in first hdc. 144
5 Ch2, hdc in ea st around, increasing in every 18th st. Sstj in first hdc. 152
6 Ch2, hdc in ea st around with no increases. Sstj in first hdc. 152
7 Do not chain 2. [Insert hk into same joining st, yo and pull up lp to make 3 lps on hk. Insert hk into next st, yo and pull up lp to make 4 lps on hk. Pull 4th lp thru first 3 lps. (dec made) Hdc in next 17 sts.] Repeat [ to ] 7 more times. Sstj in first dec made. 144
8 Repeat Rnd 7 with 16 sts betw decreases. 136
9 Repeat Rnd 7 with 15 sts betw decreases. 128
10 Repeat Rnd 7 with 14 sts betw decreases. 120
11 Repeat Rnd 7 with 13 sts betw decreases. 112
12 Repeat Rnd 7 with 12 sts betw decreases. 104
13 Repeat Rnd 7 with 11 sts betw decreases. 96
14 Repeat Rnd 7 with 10 sts betw decreases. 88
15 Repeat Rnd 7 with 9 sts betw decreases. 80
16 Repeat Rnd 7 with 8 sts betw decreases. 72
17 Repeat Rnd 7 with 7 sts betw decreases. 64
18 Repeat Rnd 7 with 6 sts betw decreases. 56
19 Repeat Rnd 7 with 5 sts betw decreases. 48
20 Repeat Rnd 7 with 4 sts betw decreases. 40
21 Repeat Rnd 7 with 3 sts betw decreases. 32
22 Repeat Rnd 7 with 2 sts betw decreases. 24
23 Repeat Rnd 7 with 1 st betw decreases. 16
24 Repeat Rnd 7 with 0 sts betw decreases. 8
25 Hdc in ea st around. Fasten off, cut yarn, leaving 8” tail. Using yarn needle, thread yarn under top 2 lps of each st and pull tight. Weave in ends. 8

This pattern was professionally edited by Amy Curtin, technical editor for Crochet Now magazine.