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Crochet LACY CLUSTERS Pouch Free Pattern
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.
- 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. In this lens (Squidoo jargo
- 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.
- 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.
The gorgeous LACY CLUSTER stitch pattern for this pouch is from this book. I love this book.
My FREE Pouch PatternsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Materials and Tools
- cloth for lining
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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!