9.26.2017

Phone Pouch Free Crochet Pattern

Since my return from Scheepjes Blogger Days things have been swirling in my head. Just being with my "peeps" has bloomed so many ideas that I couldn't get them all done in a year. But, of course, I'll give it a good try. ;)


Left to right: Maria (Fifty Shades of 4 Ply), Jellina (jellina-creations), Carmen (Craftyqueens), Esther (Happy in Red), Tammy (Canadutch), Esther (It's all in a Nutshell). Me, Dedri (Look at what I Made), Christa (TheCurioCraftsRoom), Nerissa (MissNeriss), Tatsiana (LillaBjorns Crochet), Kirsten (HaakMaarRaak)
I'm currently waiting for some Scheepjes Whirl* to arrive. (Oh. My. Goodness. I am having a love affair with that yarn.) So, while trying to be patient, I have to keep my hook moving. (Tell me you do this, too. I am not good at being still.) I thought I would pop in today and share the stitch pattern I've been playing around with. I also got my hands on a really nifty purse frame that screamed to be used. Here's what I came up with...


Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button


While sitting with Jellina of jellina-creations (one of my favorite people and a seriously talented designer), she suggested the purse frame be used for a pouch for her phone. So I thought that would be a quick and useful project for my purse frame, too. (Thanks, Jellina!)


Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I also had some really lovely Scheepjes Bloom and Catona in my stash that I gathered. This pouch took 1 ball of Bloom* in the gray and bits of Catona* in 6 colors with a 5mm hook.

Here are the specifics...
Scheepjes Bloom* (MC, Old Lily #422) -- 1 ball (100% Cotton; worsted/aran; 50g/80m)
Scheepjes Catona* -- 1 ball each (100% Mercerized Cotton; sport; 25g/62m)

  • A #514
  • B #385
  • C #251
  • D #398
  • E #397
  • F #400
If you would like a different color scheme, no worries as Scheepjes Catona comes in 109 colors. Really. One-hundred nine! I also gathered a smaller crewel needle that was smaller than my yarn needle but with an eye large enough for some pearl cotton embroidery thread and just the right size to fit through the holes in my purse frame. But I think any thread will do. Scheepjes will be making the purse frames available through Wool Warehouse* soon, but until then, you can find them on Etsy here and other shops around the web for about $5. Mine is the large size (18.5cm X 10.5cm). There are also a lot to choose from here.

My finished pouch was 7.75" high X 10" wide (before folding in half) It is plenty roomy for my phone plus a lipstick or cash, but it's also a good size for a small project purse. You can easily fit in your hook, a small ball of yarn, scissors, and a small container for stitch markers and a needle. I like that this stitch was dense enough that you don't get holes so it doesn't need to be lined.

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Gauge was not particularly critical to this project as I had plenty of yarn. If you want to make your pouch much larger, though, you'll want another ball of Bloom.

If you want to adjust the width of your pouch, the multiples number is 3 + 2. So just chain your foundation in any multiple of 3 and then chain 2 more. Remember, the pouch is folded in half width-wise before attaching to the frame so keep this in mind when you adjust the width. The height can be adjusted by working additional repeat rows.

Here are the stitches used in US terms:

ch(s) = chain(s)
FLO = front loop only
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
sk = skip
rep = repeat
RS = right side
SS = spike sc (see Special Stitches below)
WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over

Special Stitches used:
  • join with a sc = with slip knot on your hook, insert hook in designated st, yo and draw up loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook
  • SS (spike sc) = with yarn held behind work, insert hook in st 3 rows directly below specified st, yo and draw up long loop to height of current row, yo and draw through both loops on hook
Pattern:
With MC, ch 41
Row 1 (WS): sc in second ch from hook and each ch across, turn (40 sts)
Row 2 (RS): ch 1 (does NOT count as st), sc in first sc and each sc across, turn
Rows 3 and 4: rep Row 2; at end of Row 4, do not ch 1 and do not turn, drop MC
Row 5 (RS): with RS facing and holding two colors (A & B) together, join with sc in first sc at right, sc in same sc, *sk next 2 sc, work 3 SS in next st (see Special Stitches); rep from * across to last 3 sc, sk next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc, fasten off (40 sts; 12 SS groups)
Row 6: pick up MC loop, ch 1 (does NOT count as st), turn, with WS facing, sc in FLO in first st and each st across, turn (40 sts)

Rep Rows 2-6 using colors B/C, C/D, D/E, E/F, A/B, B/C on each following Row 5 rep and ending on Row 3 rep. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

You can tell this is the right side because of the little ridge along each colorful Row 5 left by that unworked loop.

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Fold in half width-wise, as shown below with the wrong sides together.

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I started by joining my embroidery thread at the fold at the bottom corner and whipstitching across the bottom of the pouch.

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Then I worked around the corner and up the rough side until I reached the point where the purse frame would need to be joined to the edges. Continuing with my whipstitch and opening the frame, I inserted my hook down through one fabric edge, and then up through the next hole on the purse frame.


I did this all the way to the top corner of the frame, whipstitching the corner of the fabric to the corner of the frame.

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Whipstitching across the top, when I reached the end of the frame, I began working through both thicknesses of fabric that extended beyond the frame. When I reached the fold, I simply whipstitched back...

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

...until I got to the frame again and joined the other thickness of fabric along the top of the frame to the corner and then back down the side. When I got to the end of the frame, I fastened off.

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Ta-Dah!!! This makes me happy! I love the colors. I love the weight of it. I love its versatility. Now there's just one more thing that maybe you can help me with...


This awesome purse frame has a terrific little ring at one end. I'm thinking it would be adorable for a charm, or even a wrist strap, or a little tassel, but I'm a cross-body kind of gal. I ALWAYS wear my purse around me for the convenience of hands-free. (Don't tell, but I've been known to forget it's there and work in the garden while wearing my purse. Lol.) Do you think I could work up a cross-body thing with that ring? If not, I still think I need to "decorate" it--otherwise it looks so unfinished to me.

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button

If you have any good suggestions or comments on this pattern or uses for the pouch, please leave them below. And feel free to share any Felted Button makes on my Facebook page here. Or follow me around on IG here or Pinterest here.

Stay tuned for the release of my newest pattern this weekend--the Afremov Pillow. It's an explosion of color and texture in typical Felted Button fashion. And I've got a great giveaway coming up later this week which will take place on my Facebook page. (Hint: It's a seriously awesome crochet tool that you may have not ever seen before--but is fashionably wearable, too.)

| On the Board | --  The true way to be happy is to do something to add to others' happiness.                                        ~~Heber J. Grant

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4 comments:

  1. Fantastic Susan!! I love your version of the pouch, it is so much colorful then mine ;)

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  2. Lovely idea! Love pouches and this one especialy.
    Can't find this frame. The link you gave is not working, and on Etsy, I can't find it.

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  3. Wow, I love the look of the two strands of catona together, they are beautiful! An interesting design, I love it.

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