It’s almost summertime! Sunshiny days full of lemonade, bonfires, friends, family, trips to the zoo, trips to the spray park, and so much more!
But what is one thing that is a MUST-HAVE for summertime? Sunglasses!
Now, this isn’t a post about the importance of proper eyewear when out in the sun, but rather a post about what you need to PROTECT that eyewear.
Enter, the Seaside Sunglasses Pouch!
This pouch came about after I had made a simple pouch for myself and then my mom asked me to make her a couple pouches for her own sunglasses. I had a few issues with my own pouch and decided to work on a fresh, new pattern for hers.
My goals were to have a pouch that worked well with variegated or self-striping yarn, as well as one that looked cute with a tie and tassels because any boho tassels on my yarn creations are life. #bohotasselsforever
This pouch is perfect to throw in your bag to keep your sunglasses free from damage, plus it’s super cute and I’m sure all of your friends will want you to make one for them after they see how cute yours is. Any reason to crochet, right?
Seaside Sunglasses Pouch
Begin cluster: Chain 2, (Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
Cluster: (Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on hook) 4 times, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.
- 100% cotton yarn, worsted weight (I used Bernat Handicrafter in ‘On the Sea’)
- 4.0mm (G) crochet hook
- 5.5mm (I) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
Using the larger hook, leave a long tail and chain 24. Join with a slip stitch to make a ring.
Round 1: Chain 1, sc in same, sc around, join. (24 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same, dc in next, (sc, dc) around, join. (12 sc, 12 dc)
Round 3: Ch 1, dc in same, sc in next (dc, sc) around, join. (12 sc, 12 dc)
Round 4: Begin cluster, ch 1, skip 1, (cluster, ch 1, skip 1) around, join to the first cluster. (12 clusters, 12 ch-1)
Round 5-16: Repeat rounds 1-4.
At this point, your pouch should be approximately 6.5″ high. If you want your pouch longer, feel free to repeat rounds 1-4 until your pouch is about 1-1/4″ shorter than the desired length.
Rounds 17-19: Repeat rounds 1-3.
Round 20: Ch 1, sc in same, ch 1, skip 1, (sc, ch 1, skip 1) around, join to first sc. Fasten off. (12 sc, 12 ch-1)
Flip your pouch so it is wrong-side out and whip stitch the bottom together, going through the outer loops only. Weave in your ends.
Using the smaller hook, chain 60 and fasten off. Before weaving in the ends of your tie, thread it in and out through the chain spaces on the top of your pouch.
You can leave your drawstring as is and weave in your ends, or you could add tassels. I just wrapped my yarn around my hand about 30 times and tied the top with the end of my drawstring to attach it. Finish off your tassel and cut off the bottom of it so it’s about 2″ long on the bottom.
I also added wood beads, though it was tricky to add them to the chain – I used my darning needle to try and stuff the chain into the hole on the bead and that worked! I did my first tassel and drew the bead down to the top of the tassel and made a knot on TOP of the bead to secure it. Then, I strung my drawstring through the chain spaces, added my next bead, and finished the second tassel.