Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Crochet Snowman Bag, pouch & Cup Cozy

 


As we approach the penultimate week of Cosy Crochet's Christmas month, I am very excited to share with you my Crochet snowman gifts.   These are completely unique designs and I absolutely love them.   After I made the crochet Sea Shell Bag (which I can't believe has become my second best visited pattern ever in a really short amount of time) I wanted to make another fun and unique crochet bag pattern and so randomly one night the idea came from a snowman bag.   But I didn't want to create a square bag with a snowman image, or a square bag where the snowman is distorted into the shape.   I wanted my bag to look like a snowman.

After a bit of thought I decided the main bag would be a circle shape and would represent the main body of the snowman and would be complete with the snowman's buttons.   I wanted the bag to close with a bag flap which would also double up as the snowmans head, so when the bag closed and the flap was closed it would make the snowman complete.   I also wanted him to wear a hat and a scarf and I knew the bag needed to be made in Hobbycraft's Knitcraft In the Zone yarn, because, well I really love this yarn and I knew it would be perfect for a bag!    I had such a clear vision for this bag that I really didn't have much trouble executing it at all.

The main bag is made from two circular panels which are joined together with a side to give it a bit more room.   I decided to work this bag holding two strands of yarn together to thicken it up and also so it didn't take me forever to make it.   I wanted this to be a fun and quick project, not something you get bored of half way through as its taking so long!   The snowman is decorated fairly traditionally with a turquoise scarf and matching hat, which are both made separately and then sewn on, complete with tassels for the scarf.  The snowman has an orange for  a nose and coal eyes and buttons and a black mouth.   In the Zone yarn doesn't actually come in black, so I used some Bernat Home Dec yarn for the eyes and buttons, which is quite a bit thicker and so only needed one strand.   The bag is fastened with a magnetic bag clasp and is lined in a really cute snowman fabric I found and best of all only needs 1 fat quarter to line the whole bag, including the flap.

After completing the bag I decided I wanted to make a matching pouch for it, which could either contain a phone (its big enough for a smart phone) or some toiletries, whatever is needed really.   The pouch actually ended up being one of those distorted square snowmen types, although I love the fact that it does contain some details, such as they drawstring pulling the top into a more traditional hat shape.   Also the snowman has a loose scarf with tassels to look more 3d.   The pouch was completed in waistcoast stitch, a stitch I have just really been introduced too and have really loved learning.   It imitates a knit looks and works perfectly for this little pouch.   I decided not to line the pouch as there wasn't really much need.   It would have ended up being a really fiddly task due to its size and thickness and wasn't likely to hold anything heavy enough for it to stretch.

Just before I finished with the snowmen projects I decided to use the last few scraps of the yarn left from the bag and pouch to make a cup cozy.   Like the pouch its worked in waistcoat stitch, and has a little motif of a snowman sewed onto it.   It just seemed like the perfect little accessory to pop in the bag for when you are out in winter and need to grab that cup of coffee or hot chocolate.   No more burnt hands on the cup and a unique matching accessory to the finished snowman bag!

If you would like to make any of these crochet snowmen projects then you can find the patterns for FREE for them below. I hope you enjoy making and using these items as much as I did.   Oh and the picture of the crochet snowman to the right is a larger version of the snowman from the Gingerbread House Adventure Bag, made in Aldi chunky Yarn.   You can get the pattern for him here.

Join me next week for the final week of Christmas Month at Cosy Crochet for the final Christmas pattern, Santa.

Vicky x

Snowman Bag


1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this bag

·        Knitcraft in the Zone – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   White (4 balls)

o   Turquoise (2 balls)

o   Orange (small amount)

o   Black (Bernat Home Dec – small amount)

·        8mm hook

·        Snowman Fat quarter for lining bag

·        Fat quarter of wadding

·        Magnetic bag clasp

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        s-sc – surface single crochet

·        s-sl st – surface slip stitch

·        FPHDC – front post half double crochet

·        BPDHC – back post half double crochet

  

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        The gauge for this bag is 15 sc and 15 rows in a 10cm square.

·        The bag is made is completely made before the lining is added, this is optional but does give the bag a better finish,

·        The bag is made holding 2 strands of yarn together for all colours except the black, which only uses 1 strand.

·        The finished bag is 32cm tall and 28 cm wide.

·        The strap measures 86cm long, if you wish to make this shorter or longer then add or subtract rows as required.

 

4.  Pattern

Circle Panels – work 2 in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

8

(6 sc, sc inc) x 6

48

9

(7 sc, sc inc) x 6

54

10

(8 sc, sc inc) x 6

60

11

(9sc, sc inc) x 6

66

12

(10 sc, sc inc) x 6

72

13

(11 sc, sc inc) x 6

78

14

(12 sc, sc inc) x 6

84

15

(13 sc, sc inc) x 6

90

 

Sl st and cast off

 

  

Sides – work in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Working in the 3rd loops of 1 circle panel, work 75 sc around the edge, turn

75

2-6

Sc around, turn

75

7

Take second circle panel and s-sl st together through f/l of panel with working yarn and b/l of 2nd panel, keep yarn underneath your yarn.

Working in the way for 75 sl st,

75

 

Cast off

 

8

Work a sc in each stitch around the bag opening.

Cast off and sew in all ends

42

 

Flap Panels – work 1 in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

8

(6 sc, sc inc) x 6

48

9

(7 sc, sc inc) x 6

54

10

(8 sc, sc inc) x 6

60

11

Holding Right sides together, sl st across 15 stitches on the bag opening (long side) to attach flap to bag.   Cast off and sew in ends.

 

 

 

Nose – work 1 in orange

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew to centre of the flap

 

yes & Buttons – work 5 in black

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew to flap as eyes and main bag as buttons (make sure the flap is facing down over the bag so you sew the eyes the right side up)

 

 

·        Sew smile on snowman

 

Hat– work 1 in turquoise

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5-8

Sc around

24

9

(FPHDC, BPHDC) rep pattern all the way around

24

 

Sl st and cast off, sew to top of flap (bag end so that when the flap is closed you can see the hat at the top of the snowman)

 

 

 

Scarf – work 1 in turquoise

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and all the way down, turn

5

2-90

Sc across, turn

5

 

Cast of and sew around the top of the bag to create scarf

 

 

Add some tassels at the end of the scarf.

 

 

Strap – in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

s-sc 4 stitches 1 row underneath the scarf on the side of the bag, turn

4

2-100

Sc across, turn

4

101

S-sc the strap to the other side of the bag in the same position as row 1.

4

 

Cast off and sew in ends

 

 To finish

·        Add part of the magnetic bag clip to the snowman body between the scarf and buttons centrally.

·        Cut 2 circles of the fat quarter and the wadding about an inch bigger than the bag.

·        Places the circles in the following order, wadding, fabric right side up, fabric wrong side up, wadding, then sew about ¾ of the way around the fabric.  

·        Insert this sewn fabric inside the bag and fold over the opening hole to hide the edges.   Pin this to the outside of the bag and sew in place.

·        Cut 1 circle of material and wadding about an inch bigger than the flap.

·        Pin flap material and wadding to the flap and fold over, note where the second part of the magnetic bag clip needs to go to match up with the bag.   Put small holes through the fabric and wadding and attach the bag clip.   Then sew the material and wadding to the bag flap.

 

Snowman Drawstring Pouch

  

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this pouch

·        Knitcraft in the Zone – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   White (4 balls)

o   Turquoise (2 balls)

o   Orange (small amount)

o   Denim Blue (small amount)

·        8mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

·        Toggle for drawstring

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        WS- waistcoat stitch

·        S-sc – surface sc

 

 3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        The gauge for this bag is 10 sc and 14 rows in a 10cm square.

·        The bag is made holding 2 strands of yarn together for all colours

·        The finished pouch is 10cm wide and 18cm long, perfect for the average smart phone.

  

4.  Pattern

Pouch – work in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and all the way down

20

2-6

Work in waistcoat stitch

20

7-8

Change to turquoise, WS around

20

9-15

Change to white, WS around

20

16-20

Change to turquoise, WS around

20

21

(WS, ch1, sk 1) x 10

10 & 10 ch 1

22

(WS, WS in ch 1 gap) x 10

20

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

·        Using s-sc, work 4 rows of 4 sc off the centre of the scarf to create scarf flap.   Add tassels to this and sew in ends.

·        Sew a nose in orange and eyes and mouth in denim

·        Plait a large chain in turquoise and thread through the ch 1 gaps in row 21, then add toggle and knot together.  This creates the drawstring.

  

Snowman Cup Cozy

 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Knitcraft in the Zone – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   White (4 balls)

o   Turquoise (2 balls)

o   Orange (small amount)

o   Denim

·        4mm & 8mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        WS- waistcoat stitch

·        S-sc – surface sc

·        Fsc – foundation single crochet

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        The gauge for this bag is 10 sc and 14 rows in a 10cm square.

·        The bag is made holding 2 strands of yarn together for all colours

·        The cup cozy is 7cm by 24cm unstretched.

·        The snowman is worked in 1 strand a 4mm hook

 

4.  Pattern

Cozy – work in turquoise (2 strands 8mm)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end

24

2-7

WS around

24

 

Sl st and cast off, sew in ends

 

 

Snowman – work in white (1 strand 4mm)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

 

Head

 

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

 

Cast off and sew to cozy

 

 

Body

 

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

 

Cast off and sew to cosy

 

 

Sew eyes in denim and nose in orange

 

 

Hat

 

1

Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and to end, turn

4

2

Sc dec, sc dec, turn

2

3

Sc dec,

1

 

Cast off and sew to snowman

 

 

Scarf

 

1

fsc 4, turn

4

2

2 sl st, ch 3, sk ch, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in remaining st on row 1

 

 

Cast of and sew to snowman. 

 

 

Add tassels to end of scarf

 

  

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