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. .

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

Valentine Doll- Free Pattern

I had intended to post the pattern for this doll quite a few days ago, but life got in the way. And when I had the time to do it, I just didn’t feel up to it. But there’s still some time before Valentine’s Day in case you want to make this little doll. It only took me a couple of days to design and make it, so if you have at least a little bit of experience in amigurumi then you should have no problem getting it made in time to give it to that special little child.

The pattern is pretty much completely customizable. You can change the colors of the clothing, skin and hair. You can also change how to make the hair, if you’re familiar with how to make hair. Different accessories can be made, depending on what you want. And it was all made with little balls of left over yarn.

Valentine Doll Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Materials Used:

Left over balls of worsted weight yarn (I used all Red Heart Super Saver)

  • Color A (Skin, ears and nose)- Aran
  • Color B (Dress, Shorts, Hat and mouth)- Cherry Red
  • Color C (Shoes)- Black
  • Color D (Socks)- White
  • Color E (Heart, Trim, Purse and Hair Ties)- Light Pink
  • Color F (Hair)- Coffee

3.75 mm hook

9 mm black plastic safety eyes

Decorative button

Polyester Fiberfill

Stitch marker

yarn needle

Height of completed doll: about 10 inches.

Notes:

  • The head and body are crocheted as one piece. Arms, legs, ears and accessories/decorations are created separately and then sewn into place.
  • The hair is attached to the inside of the hat and then the hat and hair together are sewn to the head as one piece.
  • The skirt is crocheted directly onto the body using the free/unused front loops of Round 27 of the body. Hold the doll upside down and work in the round.
  • Use a stitch marker to note the beginning and end of each round.
  • Parts of the doll are made in a continuous, non-joining round. Some parts are joined however. Read the instructions carefully.
  • If you are using safety eyes, I recommend that when it is time to place them, you first stuff the head and mark where you want the eyes placed. Then, unstuff, attach the eyes, and re-stuff. It sounds like a bit of work, but helps assure the eyes are placed properly before you snap the backing onto the eyes permanently.

Instructions:

Head & Body:

Starting at the top of the head with Color A, make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (30 sc)

Rounds 6- 10- sc in ea sc around (30 sc)

Round 11- (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (24 sc)

Round 12- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (18 sc)

**now would be a good time to place the safety eyes- between about rounds 6 & 7 (see notes)

Round 13- (sc in the first sc, sc2tog) repeat around (12 sc)

**stuff the head firmly

Round 14- (sc2tog) repeat around (6 sc)

Rounds 15-16- (neck)- sc in ea sc around (6 sc)

Round 17- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 18- make 2 sc in ea sc around (24 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

**stuff the neck firmly

Round 19- Join Color B with a sl st, ch 1, sc in the next sc and in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (24 sc)

Rounds 20-24- Ch 1, sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (24 sc)

Round 25- Ch 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 beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 26- Ch 1, sc in the next sc and in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc. (30 sc)

Round 27- Ch 1, in back loops only sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc) ** this is the round where the skirt will be crocheted onto)

Rounds 28- 29- Ch 1, in both loops again sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 30- Ch 1, (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc. (24 sc)

Round 31- Ch 1, (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (18 sc)

**stuff the body firmly

Round 32- Ch 1, (sc in the first sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (12 sc)

Round 33- Ch 1, (sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first sc and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail.

Using the yarn needle, weave the yarn tail through the last 6 sts and pull closed tightly. Secure the yarn tail and weave it in.

Legs (make 2):

Starting at the foot, with Color C make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Rounds 3-4- sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (10 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 6- Join Color D with a sl st, sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Round 7- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 8- Join Color A with a sl st, sc in ea sc around (10 sc)

**stuff the leg as work progresses

Rounds 9-11- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). After round 11 sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 12- Join Color B with a sl st, sc in ea sc around (10 sc)

Rounds 13-14- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). After round 14 sl st in the next st and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing.

**Sew the legs to the bottom of the body. If you’d like your doll to be able to sit, first sew the top opening of the leg closed before sewing it to the body.

Arms (make 2):

Starting with the hand, using Color A, ch 5.

Round 1- sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in ea of the next 3 ch’s. Then, working in the round, sc in ea of the unused loops across the opposite side of the foundation chain. (8 sc)

Rounds 2-4- sc in ea sc around (8 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) twice (6 sc)

*stuff hand and continue to stuff arm as work progresses

Rounds 6- 9- sc in ea sc around (6 sc). After round 9 sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 10- Join Color B with a sl st and make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Rounds 11-12- sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 13- (sc2tog) repeat around (6 sc)

**At the end of round 13 either sew the top of the arm opening closed with a yarn needle (using the long yarn tail after you fasten off), or, fold the opening closed and sc through both thicknesses (3 sc across). Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Sew arms to the sides of the doll, lining the arm up with round 19 of the body (where the dress color begins).

Hat:

Beginning at the crown of the hat with Color B make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (24 sc)

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

Round 6- Ch 1, in back loops only, sc in ea sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 7- Ch 1, in both loops again, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 8- Ch 1, in front loops only, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc). Fasten off.

Hair:

Cut 30- 6 inch strands of Color F. Fold one strand in half and hook it through the back unused loop of round 8 of the hat. Repeat with each of the other strands, having one folded strand hooked through each of the back loops of round 8 of the hat, for a total of 30 folded strands. If you would like longer hair, cut a longer strand. After all strands are hooked into place, sew the hat, at a slight angle towards the back of the head, making sure that the strands of hair don’t get stuck under the hat. Before completely stitching the hat to the head, add a tiny bit of stuffing under the hat. Trim the bangs, if desired.

(see the photo below for what the hair looks like attached to the inside of the hat)

Hair Ties (make 2):

With Color E, ch 30. Fasten off. Divide the hair evenly and tie each side into a pony tail.

Skirt:

Holding the doll upside down (so that the Right Side of the work is showing when completed), join Color B with a sl st to an unused front loop of round 27 of the body.

Round 1- Ch 1, sc in the next loop and in ea loop around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 2- Ch 1, (make 2 sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in the next sc) repeat around. Join with a sl st in the beginning sc( 45 sc)

Rounds 3-5- Ch 1, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st in the beginning sc (45 sc). At the end of Round 5 fasten off.

Round 6- Trim- Join Color E with a sl st, ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in the next st and in ea st around. Join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3. (45 dc). Fasten off.

Ears (make 2):

With Color A, ch 2. Make 5 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Using a yarn needle, weave in the beginning tail to the backside of the ear. Using the long end-tail, sew the ears to either side of the head, at about rounds 7-9.

Nose:

With a long strand of Color A and using a yarn needle, make a few overlapping stitches.

Heart Motif (on front of dress):

Color E- I used a pattern that I found HERE. Since the chest of the doll isn’t very big, I made the heart using only round 1 of the pattern. I sewed it to the front of the doll and then sewed a decorative flower button into the middle of it.

Purse:

Color E- The heart shaped purse is made using the same heart pattern I used for the motif for the front of the doll’s dress. Again, it can be found HERE. I made two hearts (using both Round 1 and Round 2 this time) and then sewed them together, leaving the top of the purse opened. Next, I added a strap. The strap was made holding 2 strands of yarn together. I joined the yarn to the sewn edge of the purse, made a ch of 25 and then (careful to not twist the ch) attached it to the other sewn edge of the purse.  Then I made sure it was secured and weaved in all the loose ends. When completed, hang the purse strap over a shoulder (and then fill the purse with a little candy or two!)

Mouth:

Stitch the mouth on, as seen in the photo, with Color B.

And so there it is. I hope you enjoy making this little doll, and especially that the special child you give it to will cherish and love it forever 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Amanda

 

 

Progressing with leftovers for Valentine’s Day

So, yesterday I went through all my leftover’s and separated my worsted weight yarns (mostly Red Heart Super Saver with some Bernat mixed in) into “Valentiney” colors and “other” colors. This is what it looked like:

Then I sat and thought about what Valentine’s Day projects I could turn this mess into. This is what happened:

So far I have one stuffed heart and an armless, hairless and almost faceless doll, lol. I hope that I’ll have the doll finished by sometime tomorrow. Then, if it all works out well enough, I can share the pattern with you.

Have a wonderful day 🙂

Amanda