CanCan Mobile pouch

The CanCan pouch
This year I’ve vowed to make as many gifts as I can. Not only is it more personal, it is also a gift of time and energy (at least that’s what I think). 
Last weekend when I’d gone shopping with her for my grandmom, I showed her my version of the Swag Bag that I’d made for my grandmom’s birthday. She loved it and tried very hard to get me to give to her, but finally she relented after I promised to make her one too. She loves the colour red and the red & black combination is her favorite for clothing items/accessories. Her choice of colours? Red and Black! No surprise there!
The following day (the eve of her birthday), I’d bought the materials for her bag and was about to start on it when I decided to surprise her and make her a small case for her cellphone. We were planning to go over at midnight with a small cake for her birthday and I hadn’t wrapped her actual gift as yet. So, the pouch and a red chain (the red crochet necklace that I mentioned earlier) I’d made in advance would be preview gifts. She liked the necklace, but wants me to put a small pendant on it. Not too sure about it, but I’m going to search for something. Any ideas?
I love giving presents (and receiving them too), and the curbing of expenses for the next few months is going to be very difficult.
I made this mobile pouch for my mom in just a few hours (I’m a slow crocheter, and it took me about 2.5 hours). I call it the CanCan pouch as the bright maroon (I thought the maroon looked better with the black) and the black reminded me the of the shiny dresses worn by CanCan dancers.
For the cellphone pouch, I followed a similar method as the Kiss Me Bag at Crochet Spot for the base. After that it was simple shell stitch done in rounds. I didn’t have measurements for the phone and just estimated the height and width, though I’m happy to say that it did fit. Also, the pattern stretches quite a bit, so it is better to make it slightly smaller.
My pouch was done in 2 colours, with me changing colours after every completed round.
The base and the first round are done in the same colour.
Pattern
Craft: Crochet
Level: Beginner/Easy
Materials
Yarn of your choice
Corresponding crochet hook (this pattern looks better open and it stretches too)
Button for clasp (optional)
Tapestry needle and thread (optional)
Stitches/Abbreviations used:
Stitch (st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Fasten off (FO)
Gauge: Gauge is not important in this pattern as it depends on the size of your starting chain. My pouch fit a
phone that was 119.5 x 59.7 x 12.9 mm.
Close up of the pouch
Foundation row can be worked in multiples of 4 + 2 (for turning)
Base
Ch 10.
Row1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in ea chain across.  Ch1 and turn (It is better to crochet the first row in the back ridges so that it is easier to do the rounds later).
Row2-4: sc in ea st across.  Ch1 and turn.
Row5: sc in ea st across. Ch1. Do not turn as we now start working in rounds
We now move to the body of the pouch.
Note: Shell = 3 dc in same st.
Round 1: sc in first sc *(sk 1 sc, 3 dc in next sc, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc) 2 times, reaching the end of the row. Continue work along width of the base.
Note: Our width is made up of 5 rows, but since the height of sc rows is shorter than the 3 sc across, we work our shell in the 3rd row.
Sk 2 sc rows, shell in next, sk 2 sc rows*. Sc in next sc (longer side). Repeat * to * till the end of the other width. Sl st in first sc of round 1. (6 shells and 6 sc)
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1 dc in same stitch. *Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc. (Sk 1 dc, shell in next sc.  Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc)* 5 times. Skip 1 dc, 1 dc in same stitch as the first 2 dc (Ch3+1dc) of the row. Sl st in top of beginning Ch3: 6 shells and 6 sc
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in first stitch (beginning Ch3 of previous round). *Sk 1 dc, shell in next sc.  Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc:* around, replacing the last sc with a sl st to the first sc of the round: 6 shells and 6 sc
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 till the pouch is the desired size, ending with round 3. Once it is as big as you want it, move on to the finishing.
Finishing
Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), *Ch1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, Ch1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next sc,*. Repeat * to * 4 times. Ch1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, Ch1, sk next dc. Sl st to starting Ch3. FO.
I didn’t add a button to fasten the pouch as my mom constantly fiddles with her phone, but you can create a clasp easily.
The chain and the pouch. The colour here is almost true
For a button enclosure.
Instead of fastening off, you Ch1 and continue sc around till you come to the centre of one side. Create a loop by chaining the adequate number to go around the button of your choice (it should always be a little smaller than the button) and sc into the same stitch. Continue to sc across till you reach the end of the round. Sl to 1st stitch. FO.
Attach a button on the opposite side of the pouch, in line with the loop created.
Your pouch is ready!
Get back to me if you have any questions.
Copyright Rohini Joseph

Chocolate in a bag!

Complete!

 This year is my grandmom’s 70th birthday and I decided to make her a present rather than buying her something as firstly she is very finicky and usually wants to exchange presents and secondly I was out of ideas for new presents. 

I chose the Swag bag by Marcelle’s Creative Crochet as my bag, as it looked small and I thought I could modify it to suit my grandmom’s tastes. The bag has been purposely kept free of other embellishments as my grandmother is very particular about colours and may not appreciate too many doodads on it.

Without the handles

I largely followed the pattern; only thing, I couldn’t make the required number of hdc rows as I was running out of yarn very quickly (I still had to finish the edging) and the shop had no more in the same shade. I went through 6 cones of the silk thread as I crocheted holding 2 strands together.

Even with my slow crocheting and the bout of bad health, I finished the bag in 3 days, with another few hours for lining and fixing handles, clasps etc. The final bag is a little heavy and small, but has come out in a lovely chocolate colour. The pictures do not do portray the colour properly at all.

My local yarn shop did not stock bag handles, so I bought 2 aluminum rings and covered them with golden silk thread, making sure the thread was wound very tight with no loose spaces.

The toughest part of the bag was definitely the lining. I’ve never lined a bag before and doing it by hand is just so timec onsuming! I also added metallic push buttons for fastening.
Phew!
As I struggle with the lining
 and the handles 

When I showed my mom the finished bag, she tried very hard to claim it as her own, and only relented when I promised to make her one of her own! More about that later.

I completely forgot to take pics after I finished the bag as I was in a hurry to go out (as usual) and I’d already sent the bag with my mom so that she can give it in case I don’t make it on her birthday. I’ll put up more pics when I go over this weekend.
I’ll also show off pics of my mom’s bag when I finish it. Though I’ve taken on so many projects right now I don’t know when that will be.

EDT: I’ve added pics of the completed bag.

clasps added too

Copyright Rohini Joseph