Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pokeball drawstring dice/change bag

Here's a nice simple pattern to share with you guys, it's a little pokeball drawstring for keeping small items like dice or change. You can change the colors to whatever you like, try making different kinds of pokeballs! This would be a good pattern for someone just learning to work in the round or a nice quick pattern for a quiet afternoon.  I can generally make one in under an hour, they make great gifts too!

*small amounts of yarn in your choice of colors
*yarn needle
*G hook

This pattern is worked in rounds (unless otherwise noted) and may use the following techniques/abbreviations:  
Sc- single crochet
 inc- increase  
dec- decrease, particularly you should use the invisible decrease if you know how to do it  
sc in each sc or work even- single crochet in each single crochet, don't add any increases or decreases  
R- round or row  
Ch- chain
# sc or sc #- for example 5 sc or sc 5 both mean to crochet in the next 5 sc, with one single crochet in each.  
Repeat (*)- repeat what is between the asterisks * until you come to the end of the round, unless otherwise indicated  
ring- magic ring. If you cannot do this technique then you may substitute this: ch 2 and sc however many were supposed to go in the ring into the second ch. However this will leave a small hole in the piece, this is why the magic ring is preferred, it leaves no visible hole. Many tutorials on how to do the magic ring are available online.
The numbers in parenthesis at the end of each row are the number of stitches you should have when that row is done. Mark the start of each round with a marker and move this marker as you complete rows/rounds.

Start with white, use G hook 
Tip: Try to crochet somewhat loosely so that the opening at the top is big enough to get your fingers in. (you might not have to crochet loosely, I just know I crochet super super tightly). The most imp part for crocheting loosely is near the top, the rest it doesn't matter.
Optional: you could make the last round (round 19) in hdc or dc to make it easier to weave the drawstring though. I haven't personally tried this though. You could also make an even bigger pokeball bag by using 2 strands of yarn and G hook, keep all parts of the pattern the same.

Round 1: 6sc in ring (6)
R2: *inc* (12)
R3- *sc, inc* (18)
R4- *2sc, inc* (24)
R5- *3 sc, inc* (30)
R6- * 4sc, inc* (36)
R7-8- sc in each sc (36) change to black at end of round 8
R9-10- sc in each sc (36) change to top of pokeball color
R11-12- sc in each sc (36)
R13- * 4sc, dec* (30)
R14- *3 sc, dec* (24)
R15-19- sc in each sc (24)
Finish off, weave in ends.

Start with white
Round 1: 6sc in ring (6) Finish off
Attach black yarn in any stitch, inc in each stitch for a total of 12 stitches, finish off and sew to pokeball. It's best to sew it where you changed colors so the button will cover up that part.

Chain 60 with the color of your choice. Weave it through the top opening of the pokeball to make drawstring. you could also use a ribbon ect. 

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