Archive | May 2017

Drawstring Pouch (Free Pattern)

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This is a very simple pattern and it works up quickly (depending on your speed, only about 1-2 hours) It is an ideal project for a beginning crocheter to tackle.

Drawstring Pouch Pattern

© 2017 Amanda Bryant

Materials:

Peaches & Creme worsted weight cotton – The pouch on the left in the photo is color “Black Currant” and is available in a 2.5 oz/70.9 g ball, approx. 120 yards/109 m in length. The pouch on the right in the photo is color “Pansy” and is available in a 2 oz/56.7 g ball, approx. 95 yards/86 m in length. Both pouches took about 1/3 of a ball of yarn (35-40 yards) each.

5 mm crochet hook

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Gauge-  4 sts=1″ and 4 rounds=1″

Pouch Measurements- the finished pouch measures approximately 8″ in circumference, and approximately 5 1/2″ in height (when flattened, as shown in photo, it is about 6″ in height).

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

Instructions:

Starting at bottom of pouch, Ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the second ch from the hook, join with sl st to the first sc

Round 2- ch 1, make 2 sc in ea sc around,  join with sl st to the first sc (12 sc)

Round 3- ch 1, (make 1 sc in the first sc,  make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat around,  join with a sl st to the first sc (18 sc)

Round 4- ch 1, (make 1 sc in ea of the first 2 sc,  make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat around,  join with a sl st to the first sc (24 sc)

Round 5- ch 1, (make 1 sc in ea of the first 3 sc,  make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat around,  join with a sl st to the first sc (30 sc)

Round 6- ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each sc around,  join with a sl st in the first sc  (30 sc)

Round 7- ch 1, working in both loops again, sc in each sc around,  join with a sl st to the first sc (30 sc)

Rounds 8-21- Repeat Rounds 6 and 7, 7 times.

Round 22- repeat round 6

Round 23- ch 2, working in both loops,  hdc in ea sc around,  join with a sl st to the top of the ch-2 (30 hdc)

Round 24- ch 1, working in back loops only,  sc in each hdc around,  join with a sl st to the first sc (30 sc)

Round 25- ch 1, working in both loops,  sc in each sc around,  join with a sl st to the first sc  (30 sc)

Round 26- ch 1, (sc in the first st, hdc in the second st, make 3 dc in the third st,  hdc in the fourth st, sc in the fifth st); repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the first sc  ( 42 sts around).  If you are not doing the slip stitch trim (next round), fasten off here.

Round 27 (optional) Slip Stitch Trim (it was used on the “pansy” color pouch, but not on the “black currant” color pouch)-  (do not ch 1)- sl st in each of the first 3 sts (in the sc, hdc, and dc),  ch 3, sk the next dc, sl st in the next dc and in ea of the next 2 sts (in the hdc and the sc). <Sl st in ea of the next 3 sts (in the sc, hdc, and dc), ch 3, sk the next dc, sl st in the next dc and in ea of the next 2 sts (in the hdc and the sc). > Repeat the < > around, and join with a sl st to the first sl st. Fasten off. Using the yarn needle, weave in loose ends.

Drawstring- ch 75 and fasten off. Weave the finished drawstring through the hdc sts from round 23.

Bunny Finished! (Finally)

In April I made a purple bunny and tried to sell it over Easter,  but instead of selling it I received an order for a pink bunny for a baby shower gift. I finally started working on it a couple of weeks ago, in between everything else I was making. Today I finished it. I’m awful with trying to embroider faces, or any sort of embroidery to be honest. I had to cut the nose off once and try again. I can’t say that I’m completely happy with it, but it’s the best I can do. I sent a photo of the finished bunny to the customer who ordered it, and she likes it enough to buy it, lol. Perhaps I’m too hard on myself. What do you think of my bunny? 

The pattern is the One Skein Bunny by Deb Richey.  I love this pattern and I’ve made this bunny many many many times over the past 6 or so years, in many different colors using many different brands of yarn. The pattern calls for Caron One Pound, but this one is made of Caron Simply Soft.  So is the purple one (in the photo below).  It uses about 1 1/2 skeins of the Simply Soft yarn. 

I tried to make the pink bunny identical to the purple one…I think I did a pretty good job of it, it’s just the embroidery that’s a bit different.

Now that this order is out of the way, I can spend more time on the gazillion other projects I’ve got on the go! Lol 

Amanda 🌹

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.