Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Crochet on the Go! Pattern

I created this case to carry my crochet hooks and other essentials (scissors, yarn needles, markers, etc.) a few weeks ago and I'm totally loving it. I've gotten in the habit of taking my crochet with me so that I can work when I'm riding in the car or sitting in a waiting room. Before, I would do mad search for anything I might need right as I left the house. Now all I need is this case, a pattern, and my yarn and I'm ready to crochet anywhere.








A couple of fun features I added were the long crocheted tie that wraps around the case and then circles the multi-colored button to fasten closed. The handle makes it easy to tote around. I finished it with a simple embroidered butterfly.


Inside are 4 compartments. Three skinny compartments hold needles and scissors and one large compartment for other items. Needles and markers can be attached directly to the case.

It's really a simple pattern and quite a handy little tote. Let me know if you have any problems with the pattern directions.

I used a size H hook.

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet

Ch 30
Row 1 - sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2 - sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-46 - Repeat Row 2, 44 times.
Row 47 - Working in front loops only, sc in each sc across. (This makes the flap fold nicely.) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 48-64 - Repeat Row 2, 17 times.
Row 65 - sc in 1st sc from hook. *sc, ch 3, sc in next sc (pivot stitch)*. Repeat from * to * all the way across. At the end of the row slip stitch and tie off.
Weave in ends.

Finishing:
Your crocheted piece will measure approximately 17" by 9".
Fold the case to create a pouch that is approximately 4 1/2" deep. Sew sides with same color yarn.
Again using the same color yarn, backstitch to create a total of 4 compartments in your pouch. 3 of the compartments are about 1 1/2" wide and the fourth compartment is about 4 1/2" wide.

To create button:
Ch 2.
Round 1 - dc in 2nd ch from hook. 5 dc in same stitch. Slip stitch in 1st dc. Tie off.
Round 2 - Change color. 2 sc in each dc around. Slip Stitch to 1st sc. Tie off.
Sew button to front of flap.

To create tie:
Slip stitch same color yarn on the underside of flap to attach. Crochet a chain that is long enough to go all the way around case and circle button.

To create handle:
Ch 45.
Row 1 - sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2 - sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3 - sc in each sc across. Tie off.
Sew ends of handle to underside of flap.

I just added the embroidered butterfly free-hand. I wasn't particularly thrilled with the way it turned out, but I guess it prettied the case up a bit.


14 comments:

Robin said...

This is great, I'm going to make one just like it thanks.

Deb said...

I LOVE your butterfly!! Great job on the case :)

crochetnut said...

Oh I LIKE that a lot! I think I need one just like it! thanks for sharing your pattern and ideas with us!!!!

Sarah said...

Just letting you know I linked to your project on my blog post about projects to help people with their resolutions. Great project!

You can see it here:
http://trashmystash.blogspot.com/2011/01/5-resolutions-you-can-make.html

lulu said...

you should be very proud of all your work . its wonderful . thanks for the mitt pattern. i needed something for grandchildren. thanks .dolly

Craftybegonia said...

Very cute and practical, great idea!

Anna Trusty said...

I really like this! What kind of yarn did you use for this?

Shanna said...

Thanks everyone! I used the Sugar and Cream cotton yarn.

Rae said...

Love it! I definitely want to make this.

Jen said...

Can I link this pattern to www.ravelry.com?! I love it and want to add it to my queue. :)

Shanna said...

Sure Jen! I'm a member on ravelry, but haven't taken the time to figure out how to post patterns there yet. :)

Melissa Van Eyk said...

Hi Shanna,

Thanks for sharing this pattern. I thought it was so cute. I poseted a link to it from my blog...hope that's ok :)

Love your stuff!

Melissa

Maya Dunayer said...

Thanks! I am going to start this right away!

G said...

I just made a case for my hooks (just last week), very plain tri fold. I loved it, till I saw this one. I am making it now, on row 28. Turquoise so far (Peaches & Creme), I m thinking
black a few rows before the flap. Button & tie alternate between the 2. Not sure which color for the strap yet. But I just love the pattern.
I might try the mitts too.

TY So Much
Gloria

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