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Crochet GENTLE WAVES Pouch Free Pattern

Updated on May 30, 2014
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GENTLE WAVES Pouch - Side AA top view of Side AGENTLE WAVES Pouch - Side BA top view of Side BThis is my beloved home for 10 years - CAMIGUIN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES.I visited my home island Camiguin with my colleagues (teachers from Merry Child School). Sadly, I was not able to visit my hometown. But this is still the best vacation I had with my home island.This is my photo taken at White Island, the mountain at the back is Camiguin Island. This island vanishes when the tide goes high.
GENTLE WAVES Pouch - Side A
GENTLE WAVES Pouch - Side A
A top view of Side A
A top view of Side A
GENTLE WAVES Pouch - Side B
GENTLE WAVES Pouch - Side B
A top view of Side B
A top view of Side B
This is my beloved home for 10 years - CAMIGUIN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES.
This is my beloved home for 10 years - CAMIGUIN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES.
I visited my home island Camiguin with my colleagues (teachers from Merry Child School). Sadly, I was not able to visit my hometown. But this is still the best vacation I had with my home island.
I visited my home island Camiguin with my colleagues (teachers from Merry Child School). Sadly, I was not able to visit my hometown. But this is still the best vacation I had with my home island.
This is my photo taken at White Island, the mountain at the back is Camiguin Island. This island vanishes when the tide goes high.
This is my photo taken at White Island, the mountain at the back is Camiguin Island. This island vanishes when the tide goes high.

My Inspiration

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.

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Skill Level: EASY

The stitch pattern is a simple repetition of dc increases and decreases.
The stitch pattern is a simple repetition of dc increases and decreases.

Measurements

  • 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.

Abbreivations

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

Materials

  • at least two colors of yarn
  • zipper
  • cloth

Tools

  • 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.

Color Change

Color
Row #
Blue
1
White
2
Blue
3
White
4
Blue
5
White
6-7
Blue
8-9
White
10-11
Blue
12-13
White
14-16
Blue
17-22
White
23-27
Blue
28-31
White
32-34
Blue
35-36
White
37-39

Designer Notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The colors I used in each row are indicated in the table to the right.

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Foundation Chain: Multiple of 6 + 4Row 1: Alternate dc5tog and dc shells.Row 2: Same as Row 1, repeat for pattern.Side Row: Work on the side of the strip formed. Take note of FIRST SIDE ROW, zipper will be attached there.
Foundation Chain: Multiple of 6 + 4
Foundation Chain: Multiple of 6 + 4
Row 1: Alternate dc5tog and dc shells.
Row 1: Alternate dc5tog and dc shells.
Row 2: Same as Row 1, repeat for pattern.
Row 2: Same as Row 1, repeat for pattern.
Side Row: Work on the side of the strip formed. Take note of FIRST SIDE ROW, zipper will be attached there.
Side Row: Work on the side of the strip formed. Take note of FIRST SIDE ROW, zipper will be attached there.
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The slip stitches of the side and bottomClose up on the bottom of the pouch.
The slip stitches of the side and bottom
The slip stitches of the side and bottom
Close up on the bottom of the pouch.
Close up on the bottom of the pouch.

Crochet Instructions

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.

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GENTLE WAVES Pouch lining and zipper shownPin the zipper in place. Stitch the zipper to the FIRST SIDE ROW. Why?So that the stitch is far from the zipper's opening.Stitch this end at least three times. It will receive a lot of stress and stretch when the pouch is opened and closed.This end, too.Sew the lining. Crop the corners to lessen bulk. Since I used a cloth that ravels, I stitched the edges to keep them from raveling.Place the lining inside the crocheted pouch and pin it in place. Then turn it inside out so it will be easier to attach the lining to the zipper.Be sure to match the sides of the lining and the crochet pouch.
GENTLE WAVES Pouch lining and zipper shown
GENTLE WAVES Pouch lining and zipper shown
Pin the zipper in place.
Pin the zipper in place.
Stitch the zipper to the FIRST SIDE ROW. Why?
Stitch the zipper to the FIRST SIDE ROW. Why?
So that the stitch is far from the zipper's opening.
So that the stitch is far from the zipper's opening.
Stitch this end at least three times. It will receive a lot of stress and stretch when the pouch is opened and closed.
Stitch this end at least three times. It will receive a lot of stress and stretch when the pouch is opened and closed.
This end, too.
This end, too.
Sew the lining. Crop the corners to lessen bulk. Since I used a cloth that ravels, I stitched the edges to keep them from raveling.
Sew the lining. Crop the corners to lessen bulk. Since I used a cloth that ravels, I stitched the edges to keep them from raveling.
Place the lining inside the crocheted pouch and pin it in place. Then turn it inside out so it will be easier to attach the lining to the zipper.
Place the lining inside the crocheted pouch and pin it in place. Then turn it inside out so it will be easier to attach the lining to the zipper.
Be sure to match the sides of the lining and the crochet pouch.
Be sure to match the sides of the lining and the crochet pouch.

Finishing

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.


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    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      It's not normal. You could be missing the instructions in the beginning and towards the end. On odd rows you start and end with a full "wave". On even rows, you start and end with a half "wave".

      Thanks for appreciating my work. ",)

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      Eleanor 

      4 years ago

      It looks great, but I'm having one slight problem... It is getting wider and wider, like a fan sort of shape. Is this normal or am I doing it wrong?

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