Crochet GENTLE WAVES Pouch Free Pattern
Growing up in an island blessed with both majestic mountains and pearly seas, I spent most of my childhood days basking under a tropical sun swimming and splashing in our stony beach. I haven't been to the beach in a while. Maybe I should put the beach on a pouch. Hmmm...
I looked at the plarn I have and I had ample amounts of blue and white. Perfect!
What if I worked shells and dc-togs alternately? That should result into a wavy pattern.
Links to My Free Patterns and Crochet Articles
- Moira Crochets Plarn: Why do I Crochet with Plarn?
My journey towards crocheting with plarn was a complicated one but I found a lot of good reasons to stick with it along the way.
- Methods of Making Plarn
Compare double-strand and single-strand method of making yarn from plastic bags for crochet or knit
- Conditioning Plarn (Plastic Bag Yarn) for Crochet
This article discusses how to spin plarn with videos to the best tutorials. I also shared how to "soften" it if you can't spin it.
- Crocodile Crochet Stitch Pattern
An in-depth discussion of how to crochet the crocodile stitch pattern, includes free written and charted pattern too.
- All My Free Crochet Patterns
A list of my free crochet patterns: earrings, bracelets/bangles, flowers, hearts, squares, butterflies, dragonflies, necklace, jewelry Set, cross, headbands and cell phone cozies/holder.
Skill Level: EASY
- Length: 5 in
- Width: 7.5 in
- Gauge: 6 sts/ inch
The GENTLE WAVES Stitch Pattern
Perhaps I am not the first one to make this stitch pattern. But a wavy pattern such as mine is not yet an overly used stitch pattern. Which is such a shame considering how easy it is to crochet and how beautiful the resulting crochet cloth is.
Although I used it here as a pouch, but it would look lovely as a scarf or belt too. It would also work well for an afghan.
Having a variety of colors would also make the stitch pattern pop. Upon experimenting with my pouch I realized that the best number of rows for each stripe is 3. But that's just me.
I hope you use this stitch pattern for other stuff, too.
This pattern uses American notations.
- ch - chain
- sk - skip
- dc - double crochet
- sc - single crochet
- dc tog - double crochet together
- st/ sts - stitch/stitches
- sl st - slip stitch
Materials and Tools
- at least two colors of yarn
- suitable crochet hook
- sewing pins, needle and thread
For my GENTLE WAVES Pouch, I used blue and white 1/4-in single strand plarn cut from medium sized plastic bags that's thin and very pliable for crochet. I didn't need to condition it. I wanted it to be soft so I crocheted it using a #4 yarn hook. The white zipper is from YKK and the lining is from my old blouse that don't fit anymore.
How to Crochet a dc2tog?
Special Stitches: Shells and Dc-Togs
In crochet, shells are defined as a group of 3 or more stitches worked in the same stitch or space with at least one dc stitch. For this pattern, it refers to a group of 5 dc's worked in the same stitch/chain. Shells are also used to increase the number of dc's.
Dc-tog literally means dc together. It refers to a group of dc's drawn together at the top. This is a technique used to decrease the number of dc's. I wrote more about it in my STARBUST Pouch. (I wish I could just copy-paste that part here so you won't have to go somewhere else. But Hubpages is quite strict in terms of duplicity of content.)
Shells are quite easy to understand. Dc-togs are a bit challenging to grasp at first. The video shows how to make a dc-2-tog.
- The pouch is first worked as a strip. The side of the strip is lined with sc's twice. The zipper will be attached to these side. Then the strip is joined to form a coil with slip stitches. The remaining side will also be stitched to serve as the bottom of the pouch.
- The foundation chain I wrote for this pattern is NOT the actual number of foundation chains that I used for the pouch. While crocheting the side of the strip I realized that it will be difficult to locate where to insert the hook once you begin working sideways.
- The colors I used in each row are indicated in the table to the right.
To Make the Strip
Foundation Chain: Ch 29 (or a multiple of 6 + 4).
Row 1: Sk 3 ch, 2 dc in next ch, (dc5tog, 5 dc in next ch) repeat until 6 ch are left, dc5tog, 3 dc in last ch, ch 3, TURN.
Row 2: 2 dc in the 1st dc, (dc5tog, 5 dc in next st) repeat until 6 sts are left, dc5tog, 3 dc on top of turning ch, ch 3, TURN.
Repeat Row 2 38x or until length is sufficient.
Crochet the Side of the Strip
[Side Row: Ch 1, 5 sc every two rows, TURN.] Repeat 2x.
Join Strip into a Coil and Stitch the Bottom
Use sl sts to sew the side and bottom.
From Carrie Wolf's tutorial, I learned the basics of zipping and lining a crocheted bag.
However, I learned a few tricks of my own. Browse the pictures to the right to find out.