April 24, 2017 by holy rollin hooker
Sometimes carrying a purse is just a pain, especially when you’re dancing and twirling all hippie like at some music festival this summer. Enter this Rasta inspired hip pouch. Because, let’s face it, you’re not doing festival season unless you’ve got on something Rasta. It’s…like…compulsory.
Not the festival type? Works great for amusement parks, bonfires at the beach, grocery shopping… I even use mine to hold all my quarters at the laundry mat. It’s just great for any time when you really don’t feel like lugging around a purse. It’s also a nifty scraps buster since it really doesn’t use much of any color but black.
What You’ll Need
- 1 skein each of Red Heart Super Saver in the following colors:
o Black (A)
o Hot Red (B)
o Paddy Green (C)
o Bright Yellow (D)
- Size 5.5 (I) crochet hook
- The usuals (scissors, tapestry needle, Adele playing in the background, etc)
Pattern: Make 2
With color A, Ch 20
Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc3tog inserting hook first into same ch as previous sc, then into each of the next 2ch, *1ch, sc3tog inserting hook first into same ch as 3rd leg of previous cluster, then into each of next 2ch; rep from * to last ch, 1sc into same ch as 3rd leg of previous cluster; turn.
Row 2-5: ch 1, sc into first st, sc3tog inserting hook first into same place as previous sc, then into top of next cluster, then into next ch sp, *ch 1, sc3tog inserting hook first into same ch sp as 3rd leg of previous cluster, then into top of next cluster, then into next ch sp; rep from * to end working 3rd leg of last cluster into last sc, sc into same place; turn.
Row 6: join color B; repeat row 2
Row 7: join color C; repeat row 2
Row 8: join color D; repeat row 2
Row 9: join color B; repeat row 2
Row 10: join color C; repeat row 2
Row 11: join color D; repeat row 2
Row 12: join color B; repeat row 2
Row 13-18: join color A; repeat row 2
Since the pouch needs to sit more or less on your hip, you’re gonna have to do some customization here. Here’s the formula:
- Measure your waist and add 3” to the number. This’ll make it so that the pouch hangs a bit off your hip.
o My waist is 38” (don’t judge me) and with the additional 3” that brought the total up to 41”.
- The gauge for this strap is 3 ½ sc per inch, so multiply your measurement by 3 ½. Round up to the nearest whole number.
o Mine: 41×3.5=143.5. I rounded it up to 144. This means my strap will be 144 sc long.
- Ch the appropriate number of stitches plus 1.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Sew the strap to both sides of your pouch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
**My pouch looks a little different because I attached a lobster claw from an old keychain I had laying around. I did it so that I could wear the pouch through the belt loops of my jeans. Feel free to do the same.
Couldn’t be simpler. I worked about 10 strands of 7” string through both ends of the pouch. You might wanna use a larger hook to do this.
That’s all there is folks. Now all that’s left to do is get yourself some cutoffs and strappy sandals and get thee to a festival…or to the laundry mat. Whatever.