Skill Level: Intermediate
For the pouch, you'll need the following tools and materials:
Crochet thread in 3 different colors. I used size 3 Royale Fashion crochet thread to make my sample pouch. The three colors I used are:
- Sage (the green color) -- Color A
- Natural (the off-white color) -- Color B
- Coffee (the brown color) -- Color C
- Crochet hook: I used a size C aluminum crochet hook to crochet the sample pouch.
- Tapestry needle
For the lining, you'll need the following tools and materials:
- Fabric -- woven fabric works best, in my experience.
- Sewing thread that matches your fabric
- A sewing machine is optional, but really helpful.
- Zipper in a length that's about the same size as the upper edge of your pouch
- Straight pins
- A steam iron
Gauge is not critical for success with this project, as a crocheted pouch could be used no matter what size it turns out. But if you want to check your gauge, a good range to be in would be in the neighborhood of 6 - 6.25 sts = about 1 inch when working sc sts using the tapestry crochet technique in the checkerboard pattern, carrying your unused thread color.
The finished pouch measures about 7.75 inches wide by about 5 inches high.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Using color A, ch 46.
Begin carrying color B starting with the very first stitch in row 1.
If you prefer working from a chart instead of written instructions, click here to get the checkerboard pouch chart.
Rows 1-5: [Work 4 sc in color A; begin the fifth st in color A but change to color B before completing the last step of the st. Work 4 sc in color B; begin the fifth st in color B but change to color A before completing the last step of the st.] Rep in brackets all the way across the row. End the row with 5 sc sts worked in color A.
Rows 6-10: (Work 4 sc in color B; begin the fifth st in color B but change to color C before completing the last step of the st. Work 4 sc in color C; begin the fifth st in color C but change to color B before completing the last step of the st.) Rep sequence in brackets all the way across the row. End the row with 5 sc sts worked in color B.
These 10 rows form the basic pattern repeat. Repeat them over and over until your pouch is the desired height. My sample pouch is 25 rows high.
End off. You can either weave in your loose ends or crochet overtop of them (if possible) in the next step.
Using color C, work 3 rounds of sc st around the outer edge of the checkerboard piece. When you get to a corner, work 3 sc sts in the corner st, then continue working sc all the way around.
Surface Crochet Details: Using color A, work a round of surface crochet slip stitches where the checkerboard pattern touches the edging worked in color C. Using color B, work another round of surface crochet sl sts right next to the first round you worked in color A.
Make a second piece identical to the first using the instructions above.
Thread a tapestry needle with color C and use it to whip stitch the pouch pieces together down one side, across the bottom edge, and up the other side.
Follow these instructions for how to sew a lining for a crocheted pouch. Insert the lining and attach the zipper using the instructions linked.