Friday, 27 January 2017

A QUICK RECTANGULAR POUCH

easy crochet pouch, crochet bag

A QUICK RECTANGULAR POUCH

( #Blogaday 27/365 )

This is a really quick project that can be done with one skein of yarn.  I think that one should always have some tiny little gifts ready at home, so that when you have a sudden guest with a little one, you can easily spread smiles…. And in keeping with that thought, I decided to make a little bag, which can work as a pencil case as well as a toiletries bag / jewellery case as well.

This is my original pattern.  Thank you for joining me as we work on this pattern together.

Materials used : Today I’ve used about one cone of our Indian Polyester silky purse yarn with a 4 mm crochet

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                   ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                  rep : Repeat



Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

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Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

crochet pouch, crochet pencil case

crochet pouch, crochet case


Let’s start off with a visualization of what we’re creating here today.  I am going to start with a long fsc foundation chain.  You will keep the chain length as long as you want your pouch to be.  We will work all the way down the length of our chain, and then turn and work around the bottom of the same foundation chain to make a longish oval.  This will form the base of our bag.
We will then work in rounds all the way up to make the sides of our pouch, and continue till we have the length needed.
Simple enough, right? Let’s get started.

I have also decided to use three colours.  So I have a Main Color (MC) which is pink, and then two Contrast Colors (CC 1 and CC 2) which are blue and red.


Start (using MC) with about 36 fsc 
(or as many fsc as you want for the length of your pouch). Turn.

In the following round, we will work all the way down the fsc chain, 
and then turn at the end, and work around the bottom of the same fsc chain.

Round 1 : (using MC) sc in the 1st fsc and in the 34 fsc till the last fsc ; 
3 fsc in the last fsc ; Turn ; sc in the next 35 fsc till the last (or 1st) fsc ; 
2 fsc in that last fsc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Now here’s where it gets fun.  How quickly do you want to complete your project?  Depending on that, you can choose to work a sc , hdc or dc in each st all around. 
I have worked in hdc all around, so that’s what I am going to write in my instructions.

Round 2 : (using MC) hdc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 - 4 : (using MC) hdc in 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : (using CC) hdc in 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 6 – 9 : (using MC) hdc in 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 10 : (using CC) hdc in 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 11 - 14 : (using MC) hdc in 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Your little bag is almost complete.  All you need to do is get the lining done (if desired) and then add a zipper on the top.  Please check the top of this blog for ideas on “How to” get this done.

As you can see, I have decided that an unlined bag will work for this purpose, but lining this bag makes it a really soft space to store jewellery – so go for it.

Have fun creating something beautiful and hope the recipient loves it too.

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