Crochet Medicine Pouch
18 Hilos La Espiga nylon yarn
Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook
glass beads (with medium/large holes)
stitch marker (a fish hook style earring works well for this)
place hook through front loop only of the stitch you are skipping (front to back), do not yarn over, place hook the same way in the next stitch, yo, pull yarn through both stitches and complete as normal. This technique eliminates an obvious hole.
Nylon yarn unravels very easily. Apply glue or nail polish on all ends to keep them intact.
Base Ring Ch 3, sl st in first ch to join. (3 ch)
Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, do not join (6 st)
(From now on, indicate first stitch of each round with a marker to keep your place)
2 sc in each sc (12 st)
*1 sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * all around (18 st)
*1 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * all around (24 st)
1 sc in each sc (24 st)
*1 sc in each of 3 sc, invisible decrease, repeat from * all around (18 st)
1 sc in each sc (18 st)
At end of Round 11, sl st in next ch to join.
ch 2, hdc in each sc around. Put a hdc in same place as ch2 originates, sl st in 2nd ch to join (18 st)
ch 1, *1 sc in sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * all round (24 st)
Ch 95 (or to desired length) for neck strap. Sl st to opposite side of bag. Finish off. Weave in all ends with yarn needle.
Ch 34. Finish off. (Make sure both ends have enough room for stringing on beads and tying knots.)
Weave drawstring through the hdc row, skipping every two or three stitches. Bring both ends to front of bag. Slide beads onto the ends and knot the yarn after them. Discreetly glue the knots, then snip off excess ends. Draw string tight to close the bag (of course!)
Attach short lengths of yarn at random points on the bottom of the bag, and string them with various beads for a more exotic look.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.