Crochet LACY CLUSTERS Pouch Free Pattern

LACY CLUSTERS Pouch
LACY CLUSTERS Pouch
LACY CLUSTERS Pattern Up Close
LACY CLUSTERS Pattern Up Close
LACY CLUSTERS Pattern Up Close in another color. Black is not that clear.
LACY CLUSTERS Pattern Up Close in another color. Black is not that clear.
The pouch bags I made for my friend Gina.
The pouch bags I made for my friend Gina.

When a friend of mine, Gina, saw the Charcoal Weaved Wave Bracelet, she asked me if I could make her pouch bags made from the same materials - plarn from black garbage bag plied with silver radiant yarn. I immediately complied since she was paying and she wants it in 5 days.

Out of the three pouch bags I made for her, these pouch bag is my favorite.

The pattern for this pouch is from the book Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. (God, I love this book!) I only modified it a bit to be worked in rounds instead of rows.

If you are interested in my free patterns or in crocheting with plarn, please take a look at the following links.

Complete Guide to Needlework
Complete Guide to Needlework

The gorgeous LACY CLUSTER stitch pattern for this pouch is from this book. I love this book.

 

My FREE Pouch Patterns

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Materials and Tools

Materials:

  • yarn
  • zipper
  • cloth for lining

Tools

  • hook suitable for yarn
  • sewing pins, needle and thread

I used 1-cm plarn from black garbage bag plied with KYOTOTEX silver radiant yarn, #7 steel hook (usually used for crochet thread), YKK black zipper, and scrap cloth from a failed T-shirt surgery project.

Skill Level

The only difficult  part in this pattern is making the puffs on the first round since they have to be worked on the chain. After the first round, this pouch is a JOY to CROCHET.
The only difficult part in this pattern is making the puffs on the first round since they have to be worked on the chain. After the first round, this pouch is a JOY to CROCHET.

Abbreviations

All my patterns use American notations.

  • ch- chain
  • sk - skip
  • dc - double crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • ch-sp - chain space
  • sc - single crochet
  • y o - yarn over

How to Crochet Puff Stitch?

Special Stitch: PUFF Stitch

What is a puff stitch?

"A puff stitch ... is a stitch made up of multiple stitches connected at the top and bottom.... By having multiple stitches connected at the top and bottom, it creates a denser part of the pattern, or a puff, that sticks out. This gives the pattern texture and depth." - quoted from E-How: How to Crochet a Puff Stitch

How to crochet a puff stitch?

(y o, insert hook , draw up a loop)3x in the same stitch or space, y o, draw through 7 loops on hook


Pattern Notes

What is dc*

The stitch in this pattern marked dc* represents the boundary between one side from the other side. It is located exactly at the opposite end of the turning chain.

Aside from marking the boundaries of each side, it also serve to give the pouch a shape. If the dc* is not there, the pouch would limp on that side

Where is the dc* in the charted pattern?

The dc* and the turning chain are colored blue in the chart patterns that shows each round.

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Lacy Clusters Pouch Chart PatternFoundation Chain: This shows three multiples of 6 and where the extra 3 chains goRound 1: The most difficult part of the pattern because you need to work on both sides of the Foundation Chain. Turning chain and dc* are shown in blueRound 2: This round shows the repeat that will form this beautiful pattern. From this moment on, crocheting this pouch will be pure happiness. Turning chain and dc* are shown in blueTop Round: When you have your desired length, time to make the top round. This is where your zipper will be anchored later.
Lacy Clusters Pouch Chart Pattern
Lacy Clusters Pouch Chart Pattern
Foundation Chain: This shows three multiples of 6 and where the extra 3 chains go
Foundation Chain: This shows three multiples of 6 and where the extra 3 chains go
Round 1: The most difficult part of the pattern because you need to work on both sides of the Foundation Chain. Turning chain and dc* are shown in blue
Round 1: The most difficult part of the pattern because you need to work on both sides of the Foundation Chain. Turning chain and dc* are shown in blue
Round 2: This round shows the repeat that will form this beautiful pattern. From this moment on, crocheting this pouch will be pure happiness. Turning chain and dc* are shown in blue
Round 2: This round shows the repeat that will form this beautiful pattern. From this moment on, crocheting this pouch will be pure happiness. Turning chain and dc* are shown in blue
Top Round: When you have your desired length, time to make the top round. This is where your zipper will be anchored later.
Top Round: When you have your desired length, time to make the top round. This is where your zipper will be anchored later.

Crochet Instructions

Foundation Chain: Ch 45 (or a multiple of 6 + 3).

Round 1: Sk 3 ch, [(1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) in next ch, sk 2 ch, 1 puff, ch 1] repeat till 2 chains are left, sk 1 ch, dc* in last ch. Work on the other side of the Foundation Chain. [(1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) in ch where puff is anchored, 1 puff where dc-ch-dc group was anchored] repeat to end, sl st to the last ch of Foundation Chain, ch 3, TURN.

Round 2: [(1dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) on top of puff, 1 puff in next ch-sp, ch 1] repeat on one side, dc* on top of previous dc*, repeat [ ] on the other side, sl st to top of turning ch, ch 3, TURN.

Repeat Round 2 till desired length is achieved. (I forgot how many rounds mine was.)

Top Round: Ch 1, [sc on top of puff, sc on top of dc, 2 sc in ch-sp, sc on top of dc] repeat on one side, sc on top of dc*, repeat [ ] on the other side, sc on top of turning ch, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

As with all my pouch patterns, I followed the tutorial by Carrie Wolf. I wasn't able to take a lot of photos for this pouch because I was in such a hurry.

During this time, I still haven't figure out how to apply the zipper properly. The zip protrudes too much.

But I already got the lining right. My stitches are almost invisible!

Check out my BOXY Pouch because I was able document how to apply the zipper and line a pouch PURR-FECTLY.

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Comments Make ME Happy! 10 comments

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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Yes, everything is well. We are all okay. We're almost done cleaning up. We just need to save for new cabinets and adding another floor to our house. Thanks, Patrice!


PWalker281 4 years ago

Moira, glad to see that you are back in action. I was really worried about you and your family after all that flooding. Hope all is well!


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Hi Raissa from Cebu! I'm from Cagayan de Oro!

I'm very happy that you liked my design!


Raissa from Cebu 4 years ago

Hi, this is so cute. I love to make this pouch.


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MoiraCrochets 5 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thanks for pointing that out. I'll look into it. I hope you enjoy crocheting my pouch patterns.


Shannon 5 years ago

Hey, I have been trying and trying to do this following the written pattern. I think in the written pattern there should be a sk 2 after you make the puff stitch other wise the (dc ch2 dc) is right next to the puff stitch and it doesn't work out right. After I finally figured out what was going wrong with it, it made up a cute little pouch. I haven't put a zipper in or lined it yet, but the tutorial that you have linked to Broken Promise looks easy enough I can't wait to finish it!! :)


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MoiraCrochets 5 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thanks Patrice! Christmas is so near and I haven't finished my list yet!


PWalker281 5 years ago

This is a beautiful evening bag! I have GOT to make one of your bags soon! And I understand Virgo perfectionism. I'm a Taurus, but have a couple of planets in Virgo, so it's got to be perfect, right? Bookmarking this one. Rated up and awesome.


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MoiraCrochets 5 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thank you RTalloni!

These stitches are not really mine, I just modified them from the book I mentioned above.

Yes, the stitching does look good but the zipper is not perfect. A Virgo at heart, I'm such a perfectionist at times.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Your stitches are very nice, and the zipper does not look bad in the photo--it looks nice and neat even though it does show. :) Love seeing your projects!

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