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.

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.


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:

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!


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

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