Just In Case (free pattern)

 

When I first started creating this case, it was intended to be an eyeglasses case. It was also suppose to be a gift for my mom for Mother’s Day. But I didn’t get it done in time. I had to perfect it a couple of times first. And then a few days ago I was Skyping with my mother and she asked what I was making, so I showed her. She said “Father’s Day is coming up and you’re dad needs a new case”…so, hint hint, lol. Blue is my mom’s color, not my dad’s color. So I made another one, in green, for my dad.

It doesn’t have to be an eyeglasses case. It can be used for many different things…crochet hooks, personal items, pens or pencils…anything that you don’t want to lose in the bottom of your purse or bag.

The case will look good in any color, and you can personalize it too…from choosing a special decorative button to sewing on crocheted appliques or flowers in a theme that appeals to whoever will be using it.

It is made with Peaches & Creme worsted weight cotton and will hold up nicely should it need to be washed.

This project works up quickly, in about an hour depending on your crochet skill level. And it’s simple enough for a beginning crocheter.

Just In Case- Free Pattern

© 2017 Amanda Bryant

Materials Used:

Peaches & Creme Worsted Weight 4-Ply Cotton Yarn (2.5 oz/70.9 g) Approx. 120 yards/109 m **1 ball will make 3 cases*** (1st Case- Main Color <MC>: Bright Blue, Contrasting Color<CC>: White) (2nd Case- Main Color<MC>: Forest Green, Contrasting Color<CC>: White)

5 mm crochet hook

stitch marker

yarn needle

18 mm button

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

MC- main color

CC- contrasting color

ch- chain

FC- foundation chain

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

sc2tog- single crochet two single crochet together (decrease)

sk- skip

sp- space

beg- beginning

Gauge: 4 stitches= 1 inch; 4 rounds=1 inch; 4 rows= 1 inch

Finished Measurements: 6 1/2 inches x 3 inches

Pattern Notes:

The main part of this project is worked in alternating back loop and front loop single crochet, and is worked in the round with no joins. The flap of the case is made in rows with a ch-1 at the end of each row before turning.

When working in the round, be sure to mark the end/beg of each round with a stitch marker, and move the stitch marker up with each round as work progresses.

Scroll to the end of the pattern to find helpful photos.

Instructions:

With MC, ch 13

Round 1- working in the back bump of the FC, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each of the next 11 ch across (see photos below: A is what the FC looks like from the front side. B shows what the backside of the FC looks like. You make your sc’s into the back bumps of the FC, which is shown with the orange arrow). DO NOT TURN. Work in the round, and make a sc in each of the unused loops of the FC (Photo C shows what Round 1 will look like when completed). You will have 24 sc’s around.

Round 2- make 1 sc in the back loop of the first sc, make 1 sc in the front loop of the next sc, (make 1 sc in the back loop of the next sc, make 1 sc in the front loop of the next sc). Repeat () around, ending with a sc in the front loop. (24 sc)

Rounds 3- 26- repeat round 2 (24 sc) do not fasten off

Creating the flap: (you will now be working in rows instead of rounds)

Flatten the work. You should have 4 sts already worked from the edge (the last 4 sts of the previous round. See Photo D. The orange arrow points to where the 4 sts are).

Row 1- make 1 sc in the back loop of the first sc, make 1 sc in the front loop of the next sc, (make 1 sc in the back loop of the next sc, make 1 sc in the front loop of the next sc). Repeat () 2 more times, ending with a sc in the front loop, for a total of 8 sts. These 8 sts, plus the last 4 sts of the previous round will be the 12 sts used for the beginning of the flap. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2- make 1 sc in the back loop of the first sc, make 1 sc in the front loop of the next sc, (make 1 sc in the back loop of the next sc, make 1 sc in the front loop of the next sc). Repeat () 4 more times, ending with a sc in the front loop, for a total of 12 sts. Ch 1, turn. (Photo E shows what your work should look like now).

Row 3- now working in both loops from this point on, sc2tog in the first 2 sts , make 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, sc2tog in the last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn. (10 sc)

Row 4- make 1 sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (10 sc)

Row 5- sc2tog in the first 2 sts, make 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc2tog in the last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)

Row 6- make 1 sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (8 sc)

Row 7- sc2tog in the first 2 sts, make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc2tog in the last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)

Row 8- (this row creates the button hole)- make 1 sc in ea of the first 2 sts, ch 2, sk the next 2 sts, make 1 sc in ea of the last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc and 1 ch-2 sp)

Row 9- make 1 sc in ea of the first 2 sts, make 2 sc in the ch-2 sp, make 1 sc in ea of the last 2 sts. (6 sc) Fasten off.

Trim:

Join CC with a sl st to the first unworked st of Round 26 (See Photo F. The orange arrow indicates which st to start at). Ch 1. Make a sl st in the next st, and in ea of the next unworked sts of Round 26. Sc evenly up the side edge of the flap, making 2 sc in 1 stitch at the top corner. Continue to make 1 sc in ea sc along the top edge of the flap (which is Row 9). Continue to sc evenly down the second side edge of the flap, making 2 sc in 1 stitch at the top corner of this edge as well. (See Photo G. The orange arrows indicate where the 2sc’s are placed on either top corner of the side edges). Join with a sl st to the first sl st and fasten off.

Weave in all yarn ends. Sew button to the front of the case (before securing the button, be sure to position it correctly so that when the flap is folded over the button lines up with the button hole).

And Voila! You are done!

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Celebrating A Milestone

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I have a nasty habit of beginning things and not continuing through with them. Whether it be a crochet project, a change in my lifestyle, or just a basic idea in general. However, that’s not the case with Crochet On The Brain.

I began this blog almost 2 years ago, July 13th, 2015 to be exact. Under “normal” circumstances I probably would’ve grown tired with the idea and just deleted it and completely vanished by now. I may not have been around here regularly over the past couple of years, due to challenges thrown at me in my personal life, but I HAVE stuck with it, even though sometimes sporadically.

I began crocheting probably about 10 or 15 years ago (I can’t remember, to be honest). Since the beginning I decided that I wanted to become a pattern designer, and even before then I had a desire to own my own website. I played around with a few sites and blogs “way back then”, but they all just fell by the wayside…I can’t even remember what they were called or if I ever deleted them (they might be floating around in cyberland still).

Sometimes I am amazed that Crochet On The Brain is still alive. It’s not just alive, but thriving! Checking the stats, it’s received almost 9,000 hits. And the Crochet On The Brain Facebook page is nearing 500 likes! I have all of my patterns listed on Ravelry, directing readers to this blog, which is where most of the blog’s views come from. But also, I see that some of my patterns are mentioned on other websites/blogs, with links directing viewers back to here. And the reviews I’ve read are just wonderful! In addition to this, many of my patterns have been pinned on Pinterest! I have to tell you, the positive feedback does wonders for my ego, and when I see that other’s are truly interested in what I’ve been doing, it really keeps me going!

So to celebrate the success of Crochet On The Brain, I’ve just upgraded the blog and paid for it’s domain name.  Now, it’s MINE ALL MINE! (at least for the next year, lol).

I have many ideas in the making. I have pattern ideas that I want to bring into fruition. I need to “revamp” the website a bit. It’s going to take a bit of time, especially considering I have a 2 1/2 year old who thinks she can help me with all of this, lol.

Before I “sign off”, I want to thank everyone who has made this blog the success that it is! THANK YOU! Without readers like YOU, Crochet On The Brain wouldn’t exist.

CHEERS!

Amanda

A Simple Pouch (free) Pattern

I do love it when my husband asks me to make him something 💖 

This pouch was made for my husband so that he can easily carry his phone and wallet with him while running errands and going to appointments. It tucks down nicely beside him, between his lap and the arm rest of his wheelchair.  The flap closure is large and easy to manipulate as it has no buttons or zippers, and the large flap helps to ensure that the contents inside the pouch don’t fall out.

While I was making this, which only took a couple of hours, my mind was racing with ideas on how to make this pouch cute and pretty and even into a purse with straps. I have some cute fabric flower shaped buttons that I think would add a lot of girliness to it, but I don’t think my husband would appreciate that, lol. So I might just have to make this again, tweak it here, change it there, add some flowers, some trim…of course, if YOU want to spice up the pattern at all, feel free! And I would love to see what you’ve come up with ☺.

Ok…so here’s the really simple pattern:

A Simple Pouch – Copyright Amanda Bryant 2017

Materials:

Peaches & Creme worsted weight 4 ply cotton yarn- 1 ball (2.5 oz/70.9 g; approximately 120 yards/109 meters) – the color I used, pictured above, is “Navy”. **I used almost exactly one full ball. I had probably about 15 or so inches of yarn left from the ball after I fastened off at the end.

5 mm hook

Stitch marker 

Yarn needle, to weave in yarn tails

Gauge: 4 sc = 1 inch, 4 rounds= 1 inch

Finished size: approximately 5″×8″ , with a 1/2″ wide base (base consists of only the 1st round)

Instructions:

**be sure to remember to mark the beginning/end of each round with the stitch marker 

Ch 31

Round 1- sc in 2nd Ch from hook and in each ch across, and then working around the backside of the foundation Ch,  sc in each ch across (60 sc)

Round 2- sc in each sc around (60 sc)

Rounds 3- 20- repeat Round 2

At the end of Round 20, flatten the pouch and sc over to the side edge (it was 6 sc for me). Ch 1 and turn, now you will work in rows instead of rounds, to create the flap.

Next- sc2tog,  26 sc across,  sc2tog,  ch 1, turn (28 sc)

Next- sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (28 sc)

Repeat this last row until the flap is about 5 inches long, or until you’re just about out of yarn if you’re using the same yarn and hook size as I did.

Fasten off and weave in yarn tails with yarn needle.

I’m still here!

I came across this image while scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook the other day, and I feel that it very accurately describes my life at the moment. Actually, for about the past year.

So no, I did not fall off the earth’s surface. But rather a series of unfortunate events, which were really a blessing in disguise. First starting with my husband becoming disabled, and then our family becoming homeless.  Although we have been motel living for over 6 months now, things seem to be back on track for us…upward and onward! Or is it onward and upward?

When time and my energy level allows, I try to stay creative. In December I was able to sell some crocheted Christmas goody bags and stockings. Because of those sales I was able to acquire a few new regular customers, some of which I’ve become good friends with.

I’ve made a few things outside of orders since the December sales, but haven’t had very much luck in selling those items. I made a Valentines Day teddy bear, which interested a lot of people. One lady asked me to embroider her child’s name on it, but I don’t know how to do that. Alas, the teddy bear is still sitting here in my stockpile of unsold items. I also made a purple bunny and tried to sell it over Easter. Once again, people showed interest but it too failed to find a new home. However, a lady has asked me to make one for her, in a different color, for the month of June. A few months ago someone requested a stuffed Pikachu,  but she’s in no hurry for it. I’ve worked on it here and there, but it’s not complete yet. I sent the woman an email about it, and she’s still not ready for it. Based on past experiences I feel this Pikachu will become a part of my stockpile too.

Because of my lack of time and energy, I’ve made a few dishcloths, both crochet and knit, some following patterns, some made off the top of my head.  Quick and easy to work up, and I can always use them myself should I never sell them.

Maybe a month ago I bought one of those adult coloring books and some pencil crayons,  hoping to find time to relax by myself,  but whenever I get some quiet time I’m either too exhausted to even take them out of the drawer (let alone sit upright,  lol), or I’ve got crochet on the brain!  I tried coloring while my daughter is awake but she wants to be a part of everything I do.  This is a problem too when I’m trying to crochet.  I love her with all my heart,  but she needs to learn to give me some space and leave my things alone! See her little toddler fingers in the photo below? If I want to take a photo of anything I have to be quick before she runs off with it!

And here she is again, sneaking into the photo! 

A few months ago I decided I wanted to try cross stitch,  so I bought this:

It’s still in its package  (however, I did take it out once to look at it!) At the time I was waiting for my new eyeglasses (bifocals) and decided to hold off on starting this project until I could see better.  I can see clearly now…but…I also have this to work on:

My tote bin of yarns I’ve been collecting!  Each one has a specific purpose in mind, of course. It’s just a matter of getting it all started!

But the project I’ve been devoting most of my time to is this:

I’m designing a cotton bag. It’s about 12 1/2 inches tall.  When (if) I get it done, and once I tweak the pattern (I’ve been keeping notes) I’ll be sharing the pattern here with you.

And speaking of writing patterns,  I’m nearly 100% certain that I’ll be devoting most of my crochet time to creating my own patterns now, both free and for sale, rather than trying to sell finished products . This decision being based on past experiences,  with it being difficult to sell to people the finished product. I think it’s a combination of reasons…some people are broke, some people are cheap, and the stores sell cheaper versions of these items! Those cute little diaper cover sets are being sold in Walmart now, handmade by women in poorer countries. As we know, crochet can’t be duplicated by machine. I’m pretty certain these women aren’t being paid properly,  but I’m not going to get into my thoughts and feelings on that right now…

I have A LOT of patterns and designs floating around in my mind. I’ve been working on an idea for an amigurumi doggy for my daughter, basing it on a stuffed doggy she’s had since birth. It’s been washed a number of times, and it’s lost its shape and fluffiness. Below is what it looks like now, after almost 2 1/2 years of love:

I also want to make her an amigurumi kitty, since she meows constantly. A few days ago she woke up meowing! Lol.  I made a trip to Jo-Ann’s yesterday to stock up on safety eyes and found green cats eyes. Of course I bought them. Now to come up with a pattern!

In addition to my blog, you can also visit my profile on Ravelry.com:

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/amanda-bryant

When I decide to sell any of my patterns, they will most likely be sold through Ravelry.  However, I’ll keep everyone updated on my decision through my blog posts and Facebook page.

I am really hoping to be able to spend more time crocheting and updating Crochet On The Brain, now that life seems to be settling down a bit. But regardless of what happens, the blog will always remain published, even if I never have the chance to update again ☺.

Until next post…take care and happy creating!

Amanda

Some Of My Recent Creations

I’ve been living life without an internet connection, except for on my husband’s smartphone, for the past 7 or 8 months, and so I’ve not been able to post any patterns in that time (save one really easy peasy neck pillow pattern). But of course that does not mean I’ve not been crocheting! Here are some pics of some of my recent creations (sorry, no patterns):

I created the Raggedy Ann doll, Pikachu and the Big Red Dog (based on Clifford, obviously) freehand. The stars were made using a free pattern I found online Lil Starfish by champygirl .

There are a few other things I’ve made here and there over the past months, but at the moment I don’t have photos….

Happy Hooking!

 

Recent Makes

So I haven’t posted lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crocheting 🙂 I’ve gotten two projects started AND completed in the last couple of weeks.

First, I made this little granny square blanket. It’s about 30 inches square. Big enough to be a lapghan or crib blanket, or a play blanket for on the floor. I based it on a pattern from an old book I picked up at a flea market 3 or 4 years ago.

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And then next, I just finished this hooded sweater this morning for my 15 month old daughter. I followed a pattern from a free e-book I downloaded a few years ago called Winter Fashions For Toddlers. The pattern is called “Simplest Toddler Sweater”. I added a few extra rows to it, and also an extra button. It really is a simple pattern. It took only a few days to make, and that’s with a toddler hanging off my leg, lol. I’m thinking I might change the buttons at some point. These are just buttons that I had on hand.

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And now I don’t know what to make. We will be moving in a few days, so maybe I should make some boxes, lol. On that note, we won’t have internet access at our new place, for how long I don’t know. But I’ll try to pop in whenever I can.

Until next time!

Amanda