Monday, July 16, 2012
Carry-all cigarette case*
Ok, I admit. I am a smoker. I’m always on the go and forget the smokes, lighter, cell or wallet. When I do remember all items, I usually drop one or two on the way out the door. Why do I not just grab my purse? It’s too big and bulky to take with me on the quick trips, or for instance, to the pool. I want a cute case to carry all my little things I need without toting a suitcase around.
A friend of mine, Michelle, graduated from college this summer. I immediately thought of crocheting her a carry-all case with a kiss clasp, as I’ve seen her juggling a pack and a lighter.
This pattern is super easy and quick. I couldn’t leave it plain; I wanted to try my hand at something special. You can do whatever you choose. Stripes, solid, add a name, who knows? Let your imagination run free.
Carry-all cigarette case
G/4mm hook, kiss clasp
I started with a single crochet foundation row of 16. Continue crocheting in rows for a total of 8 rows to make a rectangle.
Row9: ch1 sc around the back post of each stitch around the perimeter of the rectangle. This will make the fabric stand straight up, rather than a soft curve.
Row10: ch1, turn. Sc around. Slst to first st to join, ch1 and DON’T turn from here on out.
Row11: sc in Back Loops Only.
Row12: ch1, hdc same st as joining, hdc in ea sc around using both loops.
Row13: ch1, sc around.
Rows14-16: repeat rows 11-13. (scBLO,hdc,sc)
Row17: repeat row 13. (sc)
Row18: ch1, sc ss, sc2tog, sc to next corner, sc2tog, repeat around. (4 decreases, 1 in each corner)
Row19: repeat row13. (sc)
Row20: repeat row 18. (decreases)
Row21: repeat row 12. (hdc)
Row22: repeat row 13. (sc)
Row23: repeat row 11. (scBLO)
Row24: sc, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc 5x, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc. Ch1, turn.
Row25: sc around. Ch1, turn.
Row27: repeat row 25.
Row28: sc in 2nd st, sc 3x, sc2tog, sc3x, slst. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew to the clasp. On one clasp I bought, the holes were too small for yarn, so I used a durable, heavy-duty thread. Don’t be afraid of this project. It is a lot of fun and extremely cute.