Thursday, 24 September 2015

WATERMELON SHAPED CASE



WATERMELON SHAPED CASE

I saw a photograph on a online purchase page for a tailored (in felt, I think) watermelon shaped pencil case, and thought one in crochet would be swell too.. so here’s what I’ve come up with.
This has been made with a pencil case in mind, but it can be used as a case for anything – from pencils, to make-up / cosmetics, travel, a First aid kit, and if you add on a strap, then a cute little bag for a little girl as well.  So have fun.. let’s create.

As usual, I’m using yarns available locally in India, and here I’ve used our lovely polyester purse yarns.

So there are two ways to make this case – either you work the little black seeds in as you’re working the red watermelon part, OR you can work that in later.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ;
(Optional, if adding seeds in later) embroidery needle

Skill level : Easy to Intermediate
While the stitches used are easy enough, if you decide to work the black seeds in, then there’s yarn switching and carrying, which makes it Intermediate.

Size : 9” across (the widest part) x 5”

Gauge : 5 dc (across) x 2 dc rows (high) = 1”

Stitches used : (Using U.S terminology)
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

How to carry your yarn along : To refresh your skill, do read http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html

How to change colours : To refresh your skill, do view one of these you-tube videos

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                        sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                             hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-together
           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We start with a circle of red and then working outwards, we’ll add on off-white and finally the green skin. We will work in the little black seeds as we go along.  In case you find it difficult to carry the black and red yarns along (when making the seeds), you just work in the red portion first, and then you can embroider or fill in the black seeds later as well.
Easy enough.. let’s start.

Start (using red) with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. 
Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; 2 dc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Attach your black yarn in now.  In the following row, we will be using both the black and red yarns alternatively.  So we will carry our unused yarn along.
We will also be using a dc 3-tog.
For a “how-to”, please go to the top of this blog for informative links

All dc in this round will be done in RED , and ALL dc 3-tog will be done in BLACK, and carry unused yarn along.

Round 3 : (using red) dc in the 1st dc ; 
*(using black) dc 3-tog in the next dc ; 
(using red) dc in the next 3 dc* ; rep *to* 11 times ; 
(using red) dc in the last 2 dc .  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

The next round will be done totally in RED , so at the end of this round, remember to bring your black yarn up.

Round 4 : (using red) dc in the 1st 3 dc ; 
*dc in the next dc 3-tog ; dc in the next 3 dc* ; 
rep from *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Round 5 : (using red) dc in the 1st dc ; 
*2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 3 dc* ; 
rep from *to* all around ; 
dc in the last 2 dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

We will repeat our RED and BLACK round once more to add another round of black seeds.

Round 6 : (using red) dc in the 1st dc ; 
*(using black) dc 3-tog in the next dc ; 
(using red) dc in the next 3 dc* ; rep *to* 14 times ; 
(using red) dc in the last 2 dc .  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 
Fasten off black yarn.

The next round will be done totally in RED

Round 7 : (using red) dc in the 1st 3 dc ; *dc in the next dc 3-tog ; dc in the next 3 dc* ; rep from *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Round 8 : (using red) dc in the 1st dc ; 
*2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 3 dc* ; 
rep from *to* all around ; dc in the last 2 dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Round 9 : (using red) dc in the 1st dc ; and in each dc all around . 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Attach your off-white yarn in now.  Fasten off red yarn.
Round 10 : (using off white) dc in the 1st dc ; and in each dc all around . Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Attach your green yarn in now.  Fasten off off-white yarn.

Round 9 : (using green) dc in the 1st dc ; and in each dc all around . 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.
  
Finishing : Weave in all ends for each colour from the inside of your pouch.  Attach a lining, zipper and a cord as required. (“How to” links provided above)

And wow.. just look at what you’ve created.  One little kiddo is going to be mighty  pleased

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