Saturday, December 8, 2018

Crochet Pouch Gift Bag or Hanging Tree Ornament


Gift Pouch,
These pouches work up pretty quick making them great last minute gift ideas. I designed them to hold my miniature Hunny Bear (free pattern here) but they can be used for any purpose. Fill them with goodies of your own choice, hang them from a Christmas tree or off of a gift. They could be used as party favors too. I hope you enjoy the pattern!

Video tutorial,
There's a video tutorial for this pouch, it is beginner friendly. View video here
Please give the video a thumbs up if you find it helpful and feel free to share it with others!

Pooh's Hunny Pot Pouch,

You can also make the pouch with a change of color at the top, I've included the
instruction for the change of color below, please review all the options below before starting the pattern.




Supplies:
worsted weight yarn 
4mm hook
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors
OPTIONAL: small bells. I found mine in the dollar store
OPTIONAL: ornament hook

Abbreviations:
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
ch1 = chain one
sl st = slip stitch
tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off

How to read the rows that work  in the round: Mark off the last stitch and move that marker at the end of each row. Each row has a sequence. Example: 1hdc then 2hdc in next st means repeat that sequence 1hdc then 2hdc in next st followed by 1hdc then 2hdc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

Gift Pouch in one color: Work starting yarn tail into the 2nd row.
1) magic circle  with 6hdc (6)
2) 2hdc in each st (12)
3) 2hdc in each st (24)
4) 1hdc in next 3st then 2hdc in next st (30)
5) 1hdc in next 4st then 2hdc in next st (36)
6-8) 1hdc in each st for 3 rows
9) 1hdc in next 4st then 2hdc tog (30)
10-12) 1hdc in each st for 3 rows
13) sl st next st then *ch3 and 1sc into the 2nd st from the start of the ch*
Repeat steps from * to * then sl st the last st in the row. Do not break free yet. Decide what kind of tie do you want.  I will tell you how I did mine but feel free to get creative and do your own thing.

Tie:
ch45.  f/o leaving a tail (if you make a bobble then leave a very long tail to work with). Thread the yarn tail with your needle and weave it in and out around the loops of row 13, once you get back to where you started weave through the first loop again. That part is now done.
You can now add bells, leave it plain or add a sliding bobble at the end of the chain using 4dc.

Bobble: Insert your hook through the last chain, pull the yarn through and ch1 then yarn over your hook, go through that last chain again (skip the ch1) and pull the yarn through, you will have 3 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops only, now you have 2 loops remaining. Yarn over, go through the last chain, pull the yarn through, yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops only, now you have 3 loops remaining. Repeat until you have 5 loops remaining on your hook, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops. f/o leaving a tail for sewing.
Sew the bobble and the chain together but do not sew through the chain, instead sew around it so the bobble can slide up and down the chain. Wrap the yarn tail around both chains and sew though both ends of the bobble.  Once sewn in, knot off on the bobble and hide the yarn tail inside the bobble.


Adding bells:  Before adding bells or sewing the chain the pouch should be all the way open, that way you know how much chain there is to work with. The bells I bought had little loops on the ends making it easy to slide them onto the chain. I didn't bother sewing the loops onto the chain, I left them loose. Once the bells are on, loop the chain and sew it closed. Weave the yarn tail into the knot and into the chain then cut the excess. To be extra sure that yarn tail won't fray or come loose, dab a little tacky glue on it. Let dry completely before using the pouch.



Gift Pouch with change of color at the top:
Follow the same pattern for the pouch in one color from rows 1-12.
13) insert your hook into the next st and pull the new color through then through the loop on your hook then sl st the next st with the new color (sl st around the new yarn tail), ch3 then 1sc into the 2nd st from the start of the chain, (sc around the yarn tail). Repeating, ch3 then 1sc in the 2nd st from the start of the chain around the pouch, sl st into the first sl st you made then follow the same tie instructions as given in the one color pouch. For the hunny pot pouch I added a bobble at the end, it makes me think of a little drop off honey dripping down the pot. 

Tip: Once you're all done, dab a little tacky glue on those 2 yarn tails that you crocheted around just to be sure they stay hidden away. Let dry completely before using the pouch.



Hanging the pouch on a tree with a bear inside,
If you want to hang these on a tree with the bears inside, I found the best way to display them was to put an ornament hook through the hat. Depending on where you put that hook will determine how it hangs. If you put it more in the center, in the front of the hat, it hangs straight up and down.  If you put it through the tip, the bear hangs a bit forward.

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