New Crochet Pattern: Purrfect Petite Pouch

This month my Purrfect Petite Pouch pattern was published in Happily Hooked crochet magazine’s Last Minute Gifts issue.

It’s the perfect bag to whip up for the cat-lover in your life — in my case, my 7-year-old daughter who would probably be a professional cat if there were such a thing.

Just to show how much she loves cats, our cat absolutely ADORES her. She’s carted him around since she was a toddler and she’s the only one he’ll lay on top of and lick. Meanwhile, when I try to pick him up and cuddle him, he tries to flee like I’ve lit him on fire.

He has such love for the person who feeds him and cleans his litter. *insert eye roll here*

Last year, my daughter dressed up as a black cat for Halloween; this year she was a ghost cat. She owns ALL the cat ears and every week she brings home cat books from the library.

So, yes. She LOVES cats.

When I first made this bag for her, she immediately started carting around her pop-its and other fidget toys in it. It’s the perfect size for her to take everywhere and absolutely adorable to boot.



Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, worsted weight #4 yarn (100% cotton; 573 yds/524 m per 12 oz/340 g skein)
– 1 skein Overcast

Lily Sugar’n Cream, worsted weight #4 yarn (100% cotton; 120 yds/109 m per 2.5 oz/70.9 g skein)
– 1 skein Hot Pink
– 1 skein Warm Brown

2 – 12” lengths black scraps (for whiskers)


  • US Size H/8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
  • 2 – 2” wooden cabone rings
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

Visit Happily Hooked to get your issue of Last Minute Gifts today! You can also view and download the pattern on Ravelry.

Toy Hammock Crochet Pattern

Toy storage is one of those things that frustrates me. As an adult, I have shelves for my books, baskets for my yarn, and cupboards for everything else. When it comes to my kids’ toys, they like having lots of things on display — like their stuffies.

My daughter has a whole PILE of stuffies. When she makes her bed, they all have to line up perfectly along the wall, and then she sleeps and they go everywhere and she has to do it all over again.

So, when I got an order from a friend to crochet her daughter a toy hammock, I had to look it up. What was a toy hammock? Basically, all the pictures I saw looked like a crochet triangle shawl, hung in the corner of a wall, filled with stuffies. I didn’t think my daughter needed one until I worked up the order, figuring out a nice stretchy but sturdy pattern. After I wove in the last end, I decided to quickly hang it in my daughter’s room to get an idea of what it would look like and I fell in love!

It works up super quickly and is definitely close to a triangle shawl. The entire hammock is worked up in a netting pattern and then I crocheted around a few times to give it a more polished, finished look, adding some wood rings to make it easy to hang. The whole thing took a couple of hours — if that — to whip up and voila! Now there’s another place to keep stuffed animals.

Once I took the picture of it hanging in my own daughter’s room I realized I had to make one for her. Not only did I now have the command hooks in the wall, but the soft greys and pinks in the yarn matched her room perfectly — and maybe now she won’t be swimming in a sea of stuffies every night.



  • The chain 3 at the beginning of rounds counts as a dc+ch 1


  • 100% Cotton yarn ( I used Bernat Handicrafter in ‘Granite Pink’)
  • 6.0mm (J) crochet hook (Clover hooks are my absolute favourite!)
  • 3-3/4″ wood rings
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors


Start by chaining 4 and slip stitching into the first chain to make a ring.

Round 1: Chain 3, dc in ring, ch 1, dc in ring, turn. (3 dc, 2 ch-1)

Round 2: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next space, turn. (5 dc, 4 ch-1)

Round 3: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (7 dc, 6 ch-1)

Round 4: Chain 3, dc in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (8 dc, 7 ch-1)

Round 5: Repeat round 4. (9 dc, 8 ch-1)

Round 6: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (11 dc, 10 ch-1)

Round 7: Repeat round 6. (13 dc, 12 ch-1)

Round 8 – 31: Repeat rounds 4 – 7. (49 dc, 48 ch-1)


Make sure you turn your work after the last round worked.

Chain 1 and sc across the top row, placing one sc in both the dc AND ch-1 spaces, ending with one sc in the last space.

Turn your work 90 degrees.

Place 2 more sc in the same space as your last sc. Continue to work down the side, placing 2 sc in each space.

When you reach the bottom corner, where you first started, place 3 sc in the space.

Turn your work another 90 degrees.

Continue to work up the last side, placing 2 sc in each space until you reach the top. Join with a slip stitch to your first sc. DO NOT TURN.

Chain 1 and sc in the first stitch. Continue to work a sc into each stitch. When you reach a corner, you’ll notice there are 3 sc. Sc in the first sc, then in the 2nd sc you’re going to place 3 sc, joining your wooden rings as you sc (or you can join the rings using your own method). Sc in the 3rd sc as normal and continue to work around. When you reach the end, you’ll join your last wooden ring in the last stitch with your 3 sc and slip stitch to the first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Block, if you like.

Easy Pumpkins Crochet Pattern

It’s that time of year again when the leaves start falling, the days start getting shorter (and cooler!), and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall!

I am in no way a summer person; I can’t tolerate the heat and I get really grumpy. But fall is another thing. It’s like spring for me, I want to clean and decorate, and I get so happy about the season finally changing!

With fall decorating comes one thing: pumpkins!

These little pumpkins won’t rot on you like the real thing, and with a variety of colours you can be a little dreamy (pastels), a little traditional (pumpkin coloured), or a little moody (jewel tones).

For me, I wanted to go a little moody with a touch of tradition, using Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn. I was dreaming of charcoal and deep purple coloured pumpkins and this yarn did not disappoint.

What you’ll need:

  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn (100% Acrylic, 251yd/230m per 5oz/142g skein). Colours shown are Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, and Hot Springs.
  • 5.0mm (H) crochet hook (see note)
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle
  • Polyfil, or stuffing of your choice
  • Various sizes of wood branch pieces (see note)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine (optional)


  1. Ch-1 at the beginning of the row is NOT considered a stitch.
  2. While a 5.0mm hook is recommended, if your tension is really loose you might want to go down a hook size. If your tension is really loose, you might see the polyfil more when your pumpkin is finished.
  3. Wood branch pieces can be found in your backyard in most cases, but if you can’t find any you can always use a cinnamon stick.

What size do I make?

This is really based on your gauge, but for my own gauge, I have about 3.6 half-double crochet stitches per inch. For this pattern, I’m making a 5″ pumpkin but also made a 2.5″, 4″, and 5-3/4″ pumpkin by chaining the following:

  • 2.5″ – initial chain 10 (crochet until ~6″ long)
  • 4″ – initial chain 15 (crochet until ~10″ long)
  • 5″ – initial chain 19 (crochet until ~13″ long)
  • 5-3/4″ – initial chain 24 (crochet until ~15″ long)

Gauge really doesn’t matter for this pattern as this is just decoration, but knowing your initial width is helpful in order to make your piece long enough before assembly.


Using your colour of choice, chain 19.

Round 1: Hdc in second chain from hook, hdc across, turn. (18 hdc)

Round 2: Ch-1, hdc across, turn. (18 hdc)

Repeat round two until your piece is approximately 12.5″-13.5″ across. This does not have to be precise, but you do want your piece’s height to be just slightly less than 3 times the width.


First, we’re going to want to stitch up our fabric to make a tube. Fold your piece in half so the short sides are lined up and chain 1. You’re going to face it so your hook is on the back side (image 1) and slip stitch up the side to close, going through both loops on both sides (image 2). Fasten off. Don’t worry about weaving in ends – they’ll be hidden inside. Keep your piece with the wrong side (i.e. the one with your slip stitch seam – image 3) facing outward.

While you could keep a really long end and use it to sew up one end of the tube, I prefer to take a length of yarn, about 15″, and weave it in and out of the bumps (image 4) along the edge like a running or gathering stitch. As you make your way around the edge (image 5), weave your yarn through your first loop and then pull tightly, but gently, and double knot (image 6).

Now you can flip it so it’s right-side out and tuck all your ends inside (image 7). Just like with the first outer edge, you’re going to take a length of yarn and weave it in and out of the bumps along the edge like a running stitch, but this time don’t pull it tight (image 7). Stuff your pumpkin with polyfil (image 8), then pull your running stitch ends tight (but be gentle so you don’t snap your yarn!) and double knot, leaving one end short as we won’t need it until the end (image 9). You’ll want it long enough that you can pull it through to the other end (i.e.the butt) of your pumpkin.

We’re almost done!

Now, with your long piece of yarn, you’re going to make sections on your pumpkin. Currently, your yarn is coming out of the top of your pumpkin, so you’re going to want to put your darning needle through the top of your pumpkin (image 10) and out the bottom (image 11), and then back around the outside to go back through the top (image 12). Pull tightly and you’ll see your first section forming. To make it symmetrical, I like to now go through the bottom and then bring the yarn around the opposite side so the pumpkin now has two equal sections. Continue in this manner until you have 6 or 8 sections. I like to do a mix of both for my pumpkins so they’re all a little unique.

Once you’ve finished your sections, your yarn will be coming out of the bottom of your pumpkin. Pull your other end through to the bottom and double knot the two together. Thread them both through your darning needle and poke them from the bottom to the top. Trim them short.

Now your pumpkin just needs a top! My favourite top is an actual piece of wood, which most people will be able to find in the backyard. You can also use a cinnamon stick. Trim it down to fit your pumpkin, then put a dab of hot glue on one end and push it gently into the top of your pumpkin.

You can now leave your pumpkin as is or tie a piece of twine around the stem.

And now you have a cute little pumpkin!

Now you can start your fall decorating …

… or make a whole family of pumpkins. Happy crocheting!

Seaside Sunglasses Pouch

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
  • Scissors
  • 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.


Working in the Third Loop

One of the things I love about crochet is how many stitches there are that create wonderful texture. Even something as simple as alternating single and double crochets, for example, can create something pleasing to the eye–something different from rows with only, say, single crochet. That’s not said to knock projects in single crochet because they can also be elegant and beautiful, but for me, personally, I LOVE texture.

Working in the third loop can be confusing to crocheters. Isn’t there only two loops? As in, the two you crochet through for more stitches? These loops ARE definitely important, but working in the third loop can create something completely different and add some texture to your project.

But what is the third loop? The third loop is something you’ll see when working in half-double crochet. When you work a half-double crochet (by yarning over, inserting your hook into the stitch, pulling up a loop, yarning over again, and pulling through all 3 loops on the hook) you are creating TWO sets of loops: the set on the top that you would normally work through, and a set below, created by the yarn over, that creates an additional loop on either side of your project. This loop, located right below your main top loops, is the third loop.

The third loop will ALWAYS be worked on the side of your piece you are currently working on. Here is a row of half-double crochets with the third loop marked:

And here is a row of single crochets being worked through the third loop:

As you can see, the top loops that create the v-stitchc aren’t being worked through at all, ONLY the loop BELOW those top two — that is the third loop. For this particular pattern shown in the photos, in the photo above, the round is currently on the wrong side. This pushes those top v-stitches towards the front of the work.

If you had been told to work a row of single crochets, not being asked to work through the third loop, these are the loops you’d be working through:

If you worked through both loops, you wouldn’t see a big difference when you turn to the opposite side. Below, however, is what the right side will look like after the third loop was worked through on the previous round:

As you can see, it creates a nice, textured ridge on the right side of the work. If you had worked a row of half-double crochets on the WRONG SIDE, and then worked through the third loop on the RIGHT SIDE, this ridge would appear on the wrong side of the work so you always want to pay attention that you are on the correct side of your work.

(This is when a lobster-claw progress keeper comes in handy! Even advanced crocheters will use one to mark the front of their work.)

So, if you want a lovely ridge on the right side of your work from working through the third loop, you will want to first work your row of half-double crochets on the right side:

And then, work in the third loop on the wrong side, when you flip your work to continue your next row. Here’s what your right side looks like after two rounds of working through the back loop:

Note: This tutorial is based on working a piece flat and working with single crochets in the third loop. There are plenty of patterns that use the third loop in many different ways, but this is how I’m showing it. If I use another way in a pattern, I will link a turtorial to this post.

Unless it is noted by the designer, you will be working into the third loop on the side that particular round is on. As the loop does show up on the front AND back of your work, this can be a little confusing. For this tutorial, I am showing you working in the third loop on the working side. That is, you will always SEE the third loop on the same side – wrong or right – you’re working on.

Do you like working through the third loop? I’ll admit, it never used to be a technique I’d go to, but I’m loving it more and more lately. If you have any questions, or if you feel like any of my information is inaccurate, please let me know in the comments below!


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