Today’s a day for firsts, because I’m releasing my first FREE crochet pattern, the Crochet Striped Sunglasses Pouch.
So as you might now, I’ve been designing & self publishing crochet patterns for purchase for years. However I’ve been contemplating for the past few years, why paid patterns & why free?
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So as a conclusion, I haven’t really made up my mind, but I wanted to give those free patterns a go!
For my first free crochet pattern I wanted to go back to some of my first crochet pattern design ideas, a crochet sunglasses pouch. Well, it’s about exactly 5 years since my first sunglasses pouch design was released.
In the beginning I played around a lot with designing small pouches & purses before I found a passion for designing crochet garments. Some of those designs are still available as premium patterns here.
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For designing the Crochet Striped Sunglasses Pouch I’ve used scrap yarn, because I’m not a fan of having lots of scrap yarn laying around. Because of that it makes so much sense for me to grab some leftover yarn to make those cute & small crochet projects.
You can essentially use any yarn for this project, but I recommend using a yarn that can withstand some wear & tear. The yarn shouldn’t be too soft either, as it should be used as a stiff protection for your sunglasses.
But you might want to grab the exact yarn I used. It’s a cotton yarn from Thailand, that I purchased on Etsy years ago. However it’s still available:
Related: Scrap yarn crochet ideas.
Also related: One skein crochet ideas.
THE PERFECT SPRING & SUMMER CROCHET PROJECT
Why a sunglasses pouch?
Well’ if you’re anything like me, during summer, your sunglasses go with you everywhere. But just popping them straight into your handbag isn’t the best solution. Because everything goes straight in there right?
Your keys, your wallet, your phone….your everything. Most likely that means there’s so many sharp edges in there & thus you’ll end up with some really ugly sunglasses that looks really old & are full of scratches.
That’s the main reason why I made the crochet Striped Sunglasses Pouch.
However, I also think that having something handmade in your purse makes so much sense. Or why not multiple handmade crocheted items?
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?
Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.
It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.
All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.
CROCHET STRIPED SUNGLASSES POUCH – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
About the pattern:
The striped sunglasses pouch is the perfect spring & summer crochet pattern. It’s worked flat & then assembled for the best possible result. The pattern does not include instructions for lining it, but this tutorial will show you how.
Be creative & please do not hesitate to mix up the stripes & or make it in just one color.
Look through your yarn stash & make it with your scrap yarn.
- Crochet hook size 5 mm / US: H – 8 / UK: 6
- Hook I used: Waves Crochet Hooks from Knitpro
- Cotton Yarn – 4 Medium Yarn:
- Yarn I used: Cotton Yarn from Thailand
- Color 1: <1 skein, approx. 22 g / 30 m / 33 yards
- Color 2: <1 skein, approx 22 g / 30 m / 33 yards
- Find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
- Measuring tape
Measured in the combination of the pattern (1 row of hdc, 1 row of sl st & 2 rows of sc st).
1.5 stitches and 1.8 rows per cm // 16 stitches & 18 rows per 10 cm.
4 stitches and 4.5 rows per inch // 16 stitches & 18 rows per 4 inch.
Size & Measurements:
Width: 9 cm / 3.5 inches
Length: 16 cm / 6.25 inches
CA = color A
CB = color B
Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)
Hdc = half double crochet (tutorial)
Prev = previous
Sc = single crochet (tutorial)
Sl st = slip stitch (tutorial)
St = stitch (es)
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that change from person to person.
- Gauge isn’t that important for this tutorial. It can be made in any size & just use your sunglasses as a model for it to fit.
- But if trying to match gauge: Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
- At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis. It includes starting chain(s).
With CA ch 15 st.
Row 1 with CA: Ch 1 (counts as 1st st), sc 1 in all ch from prev row, turn (14 st).
Row 2 with CB: Ch 2 st (counts as 1st st), hdc 1 in all st from prev row, turn (14 st).
Row 3 with CB: Ch 1 (counts as 1st st), sl st 1 through the back look in all st from prev row, turn (14 st).
Row 4-5 with CA: Ch 1 (counts as 1st st); sc 1 in all st from prev row, turn (14 st).
Row 6-25: Repeat row 2-5, 5 times, with respective colors.
Row 26 with CB: Repeat row 2.
Row 27 with CB: Repeat row 3.
Row 28 with CA: Repeat row 4-5, once.
Row 29 with CA: Ch 1 (counts as 1st st); sc 1 through the back look all st from prev row, turn (14 st).
Row 30-53: Repeat row 2-5, 6 times, with respective colors.
Row 54 with CB: Repeat row 2.
Row 55 with CB: Repeat row 3.
Row 56 with CA: Repeat row 4-5, once.
Fasten off & cut yarn.
Fasten threads & weave in ends.
Fold the pouch double & sew side seams or crochet it together with slip stitches.
SHARE IT & SHARE PICTURES!
I really hope you liked the Crochet Striped Sunglasses Pouch!
However, if you really like it, make sure to share the FREE pattern & share pictures of your Crochet Striped Sunglasses Pouch that you’ve made with me.
- Tag me on Instagram: Take a picture of your project, use #joyofmotioncrochet & tag me!
- Share your finished Striped Sunglasses Pouch on Love Crochet.
- Share your finished Striped Sunglasses Pouch on Ravelry.
I can’t wait to see your pictures!
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