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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Crocheted Pendant Pouch- pattern


This is a pendant pouch that I made for my son. The rocks in it are supposed to encourage creativity- the set was put together by my friend Cat. She works the stone department at my local bead store, Black Elk Leather, Beads and Stones. They do mail order, and she puts together sets for various things. They are inexpensive (the set above was 2.25) . You can call the store and ask to speak to Cat, if she's not too busy, she'll tell you what she has available and how much it will cost. If you're in Alaska, go in and say hi to her next time your in Anchorage! (The stones are on the far left from the entrance. You'll have to pass Teri in beads, so say hi to her as well, and check out any beadwork she has on display.)

The pouch, made for my texture loving son, has a very simple spiraled texture, you can see the ridges on the photo above.

Crochet Pendant Pouch Pattern
American terminology used.
You will need:
Size 10 thread
Size 7 hook
Tapestry needle with a big enough eye for the thread to weave in ends
Scissors

Stitches:
ch=chain
sc=single crochet
dc=double crochet
hdc=half double crochet
sl st= slip stitch
st= stitch

Where it says "repeat ** around" that means repeat the instructions between the *asterisks* for the round until you reach the first stitch. It's a common instruction you'll find in a lot of crochet patterns.

Each round starts with a tight chain that does not count as the first stitch. I've found it makes a neater seam for me. If you prefer to start rounds with chains that count as the first stitch, do that.

Ch 2 or magic ring and ch 1
Round 1: 6 sc in first ch or magic ring, sl st to join (6 sts)
Round 2: (ch 1) 2 sc in each stitch around, sl st to join (12 sts)
Round 3: (ch 1) sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* - repeat ** around, sl st to join (18 sts)
Round 4: (ch 1) sc in first st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*- repeat ** around, sl st to join (24 sts)
Round 5: (ch 1) sc in first st, sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  repeat ** around, sl st to join (30 sts)
Round 6: (ch 1) sc in first st, sc in next st, sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, sc in next st, sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* , repeat ** around, sl st to join (36 sts)
(base done)

Round 7: (ch 1) sc in first st, double crochet in next st, sc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st,* repeat ** around, sl st to join
Round 8: (ch 1) sc in first st, sc in next st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next st*, repeat ** around, sl st to join
Round 9: (ch 1) dc in first sc, sc in next st, sc in next st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, sc in next st*, repeat ** around, sl st to join

Round 10: Repeat Round 7
Round 11: Repeat Round 8
Round 12: Repeat Round 9

Round 13: Repeat Round 7
Round 14: Repeat Round 8
Round 15: Repeat Round 9

Round 16: Repeat Round 7
Round 17: Repeat Round 8
Round 18: Repeat Round 9

Round 19: Repeat Round 7
Round 20: Repeat Round 8
Round 21: Repeat Round 9

Round 22: Repeat Round 7
Round 23: (ch 1) hdc in st, ch 1, skip stitch *hdc in next st, ch 1, skip stitch*, repeat ** around, sl st to join.

Break off thread and weave in ends.

To make the strap, I single crocheted a length long enough to fit over his head with a couple inches to spare, then slip stitches down the length of the strap, wove it through the ch 1 spaces on the pouch, and then put one end on the needle and pulled it through the other end, tied a firm knot in the ends, and wove in both ends.

If you want to make a smaller pouch, start the pattern at round 6 instead of round 7, and work less rounds for the pattern.

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

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