Thursday, July 11, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern...Ruffle Travel Pouch


I like to travel lightly.  While that is not always possible and dealing with a giant tote and hands full are unavoidable sometimes, ideally I like to just grab a small purse and go.  I have been really loving my cross-body style lately, it's kind of like a messenger bag, but smaller like a purse.  That way I can be totally hands free (to fill them up with other things of course).





I designed this little pouch to carry the bare necessities...phone, keys, perhaps a bit of cash or card.  Think of it like a hands-free clutch or an extra (and pretty) pocket.  If you've ever had to wander around an airport, you might find this useful too for a passport, tickets, etc.



Made with solid granny squares in beautiful sock yarn and topped off with a ruffly strap, this little purse pouch is extremely useful.



Ruffle Travel Pouch
By Jennifer Dickerson

Materials:
  • Leftover Sock Yarn (you can make yours monochromatic like the one shown here or make your squares or rounds different colors for an equally lovely effect)  Yarn used in the pictures in Dream In Color, Smooshy in "Spring Tickle" colorway.  Leftover yarn from the Arugula Scarf project.
  • E (3.5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle 
Sizing:
  • Purse shown is about 4 inches wide and 5.5 inches tall.  Strap can be made any length you'd like.

Instructions for front and back of travel pouch:


The pouch is the same front and back, each side having one large square and two smaller squares.

Click here for a photo tutorial on how to make this square stitch by stitch...

Larger square (Make 2):


Ch 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1: Chain 5, then work 3 dc into the center of the ring, then ch 2.  Work the (3 dc, ch 2) two more times into the center of the ring.  Work 2 more dc into the center of the ring, and join with a sl st to close.


Round 2: Sl st over to the first chain space, ch 5, then work two dc into the center of the ring.  Work a dc in each of the next three stitches.  To work the corner, work two dc, ch two, then two more dc in the ch 2 space from the previous round.  Work the next side the same way, working a dc in the next three stitches, then work the next corner by working 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc all in the same space.  Keep working in this manner all the way around the square.  At the corner where the round began, work one more dc in the corner space, Join with a sl st to close.


Round 3: Sl st to the first corner and then ch 5, and work 2 dc in the same space.  Work a dc in each stitch across the top (there will be seven this time), Work the corner the same way as the previous round (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) Keep going in this manner all the way around, working the corners and the sides as before.  When reaching the last corner, work one more dc, and join with a slip stitch to close.


Round 4: Sl st to the first corner and then ch 5, and work 2 dc in the same space.  Work a dc in each stitch across the top (there will be eleven this time), Work the corner the same way as the previous round (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) and keep going in this manner all the way around, working the corners and sides as before.  When reaching the last corner, work one more dc, join with a slip stitch to close.

Fasten off and weave in any ends.


Small square (Make 4):


Ch 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1: Chain 5, then work 3 dc into the center of the ring, then ch 2.  Work the (3 dc, ch 2) two more times into the center of the ring.  Work 2 more dc into the center of the ring, and join with a sl st to close.

Round 2: Sl st over to the first chain space, ch 5, then work two dc into the center of the ring.  Work a dc in each of the next three stitches.  To work the corner, work two dc, ch two, then two more dc in the ch 2 space from the previous round.  Work the next side the same way, working a dc in the next three stitches, then work the next corner by working 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc all in the same space.  Keep working in this manner all the way around the square.  At the corner where the round began, work one more dc in the corner space, Join with a sl st to close.

Fasten off and weave in any ends.

Two things to note:

*If you'd like a larger pouch, work more rounds of the squares. To work more rounds, you'll work the corners the same way in each round, and work the sides by working a dc in each stitch.

*Don't forget to work the corners of the square in the spaces, and the sides of the square in the stitches.



Instructions for strap:

Make a chain as long as you'd like for your strap to be.  Be sure to account for any extra stretch of the strap when measuring.  In the second ch from the hook, work one sc.  Work a sc in each ch until the end.  Ch 1 and turn.  Work a sc in the first st and in each st across   Ch 2 and turn.  Work a sc in the first st, skip the next stitch.  In the next stitch, work (sc, ch 2, sc) all in the same stitch.  *Work a slip stitch in the next stitch, skip the next stitch, then work (sc, ch 2, sc) in the next stitch.  Repeat from the * until you reach the end of the strap.  Fasten off and weave in ends.



Assembly & Finishing:
  • Join (slip stitch or whip stitch) the larger square with the two smaller squares as shown above.  Do this twice, once for the front panel, and once for the back panel.
  • Seam using the whip stitch or slip stitch the pieces together beginning at upper left corner, working downward, across bottom and back up to the upper right corner.  Leave top part open.  Fasten off.
  • To add the ruffle edge, re-fasten yarn in top left corner and sc all the way around the sides and bottom, leaving the top part open.  Fasten off.  Re-attach the yarn in the top left corner and ch 2.  Work a sc in the first st, skip the next stitch.  In the next stitch, work (sc, ch 2, sc) all in the same stitch.  *Work a slip stitch in the next stitch, skip the next stitch, then work (sc, ch 2, sc) in the next stitch.  Repeat from the * until you reach the upper right corner.  Fasten off.
  • Optional: if you desire a straighter top edge to your pouch, you can work a single crochet in each stitch around the top opening (not to close it, but rather in a circle around the opening) 
  • Sew strap securely to pouch.
  • Weave in any ends left...all done!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2013

Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!

12 comments:

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    1. Thank you! I've been enjoying carrying this!

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  2. so cute. thanks for sharing. I might have to give it a try.

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    1. Thanks! Definitely let me know how it turns out! :)

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  3. Love it!! May just have to give this one a try ☺ Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  4. Cutest bag ever and my favorite color too!

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  5. I'm about to make this now. This is so cute. Thank you for the pattern. :)

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  6. Just finished making this for my sister, she travels all around the world and I know she will just love this...thank you so very much

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  7. When are you going to do a youtube video for the ruffle travel pouch? I would love to see that.

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  8. I read your Interesting and awesome blog.

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