Anything is difficult to learn until you learn it. Learning to read a crochet diagram is like that. It would look all Greek and Latin until you know how to decode it. Recently, I had been searching for crochet patterns for making dresses, but what I found were mostly crochet diagrams. The pretty dresses that I wanted to make required me to learn to decode the complex diagram and dissect them into each stitch and then make them. It is not an easy task, but I did not want to give up. I read a lot about crochet diagrams and how to read them and was confident I could do it.
Since I did not want to be greedy and did not want to unwind a lot of yarn if it did go wrong, I decided to create something small. That’s how I ended up creating this mini crochet sling pouch. I am very proud of my intuitive skills. The circles I created weren’t perfect, but I found out that I really messed up with the pattern when they began to curl . After a lot of research, I found that I had been adding one extra stitch in each stitch making the number of stitches almost double that of the actual one. It means that the stitches are cramped and the pattern will begin to curl up. I found this article, and it is really helpful to understand what has gone wrong when the a round does not come out perfect. Now, I had to unwind one whole round that I had created, which means that I was undoing about at least a half an hour’s effort.
Though I was disappointed, I did not want to give up. I wanted to complete the project to see if I can fix the mistakes in any way possible. So, I made the pouch smaller in circumference than what was intended.
Many people start crocheting as a hobby, but they get addicted to it. For those who love to crochet, it is similar to how books are to book lovers. How many times have you gotten yourself immersed in a book so much that you forget your surroundings and feel like you are actually part of the book? Some books are so interesting that they take you to another world of fantasy; crocheting is like that when you get addicted to it. I think this is true for anything that you do out of passion. You make mistakes and learn from them to make more improvised mistakes only to learn from them too. But once you are hooked to something, you don’t give it up until you get it right. You might even become creative while rectifying your mistake. That’s how I landed upon my own creation of this mini crochet sling pouch. Below is the pattern for the mini sling.
Let’s make more mistakes and learn to make more, better mistakes; but never give up 🙂
Mini crochet sling pouch pattern
To make this mini sling pouch, I made two identical circles and sewed them together and added a sling. Make sure that the tension used is almost the same for both the circles since they should be identical in size so that they could be sewn together. Here’s the pattern to make one circle. The pattern is written using US terminology.
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
ch sp – chain space
Make a magic loop: ch 4, sl st into the first chain.
Round 1 (16 stitches in total): ch 3 (counted as 1 dc), 15 dc into the loop, sl st in the 3rd chain from the beginning.
Round 2 (32 stitches in total): ch 3 (counted as 1 dc), 1 dc in the same ch sp, 2dc in each of the 15 ch sp, sl st in the 3rd chain from the beginning.
Round 3 (64 stitches in total): ch 3 (counted as 1 dc), 2 dc in the next ch sp, 2dc in each of the 31 ch sp, sl st in the 3rd chain from the beginning.
Sewing the rounds
Place the right sides of the circles facing each other. Mark the width of the opening on both sides. I made the opening 20 stitches wide and sewed the sides of the circles together leaving this opening.
Make chain stitches until you get the desired length for the sling and sew it on both sides of the opening. Sew any open ended yarns and flip the bag inside out so that you get the right side.
Note: In my pouch, the stitches came very tight and close to each other, and because there are more stitches than necessary in the outermost round, it tries to curl up. Hence, I did not have the need to add a zipper or any other addition to close the opening of the bag. Feel free to add a button or a zipper if you want to. 🙂