Crochet a Lacy Scallops and Arcade Pouch With Two Free Patterns

Updated on January 30, 2018
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Moira has been crocheting since she was 14 years old. She loves experimenting with small crochet projects.

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The pouch bags I made for Gina.Crochet ARCADE PouchCrochet LACY SCALLOPS Pouch
The pouch bags I made for Gina.
The pouch bags I made for Gina.
Crochet ARCADE Pouch
Crochet ARCADE Pouch
Crochet LACY SCALLOPS Pouch
Crochet LACY SCALLOPS Pouch

A very good friend of mine, Gina, commissioned me to make three small pouch bags. The two I'm sharing with you below are the lacy scallops and arcade pouches. I chose the Lacy Scallops stitch pattern from Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework because I was almost running out of black plarn. With newly cut plarn, I chose the Arcade stitch because I loved the idea of an ornate yet solid crochet pattern. The patterns were written to be worked in rows forming a rectangle. I had to modify it so it could be worked in rounds.

If I had more freedom in choosing the colors for this pouch bags, I would have used a white cloth for its lining. Using this black cloth does not show off the beautiful pattern of these pouch bags. I hope you find these patterns fun to crochet!

LACY SCALLOPS is the easiest and quickest crochet pouch I ever made. I finished this one in less than two hours. Both pouch patterns are worked on both sides of the foundation chain.
LACY SCALLOPS is the easiest and quickest crochet pouch I ever made. I finished this one in less than two hours. Both pouch patterns are worked on both sides of the foundation chain.

What You'll Need

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • Zipper
  • Cloth for lining

Tools

  • Hook suitable for yarn
  • Sewing pins
  • Needle and thread

For this pouch, I used 1-cm plarn cut from XXL black garbage bag plied with KYOTOTEX silver radiant yarn, #7 steel hook (usually used for crochet thread), YKK black zipper, and scrap cloth from a failed T-shirt surgery project.

Abbreviations

All my patterns use American notations.

  • ch - chain
  • sk - skip
  • dc - double crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • sp - space

Lacy Scallops - close up on the stitch pattern
Lacy Scallops - close up on the stitch pattern
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LACY SCALLOPS Charted Pattern (does not include the Top Round)Foundation Chain - the multiples of 6 plus the 4 chains are highlighted Row 1Repeat Row 2 for patternTop Round: Line the top with sc's in each stitch.
LACY SCALLOPS Charted Pattern (does not include the Top Round)
LACY SCALLOPS Charted Pattern (does not include the Top Round)
Foundation Chain - the multiples of 6 plus the 4 chains are highlighted
Foundation Chain - the multiples of 6 plus the 4 chains are highlighted
Row 1
Row 1
Repeat Row 2 for pattern
Repeat Row 2 for pattern
Top Round: Line the top with sc's in each stitch.
Top Round: Line the top with sc's in each stitch.

Crochet Instructions: LACY SCALLOPS

Foundation Chain(FC): Ch 46 (or any multiple of 6 + 4).

Round 1: [Sk 5 ch, (2dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch] repeat till 4 chains are left, sk 3 ch, dc* on the last chain. Work on the other side of the FC. (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) on each ch where a lacy scallop was worked, dc on the 3rd to the last ch of FC, sl st to last ch of FC, ch 3, TURN.

Round 2: (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in each ch-sp, dc* on top of dc*, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in each of the remaining ch-sp, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 3, TURN.

Repeat Round 2 for pattern.

Top Round: Ch 1, sc on each st, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Notes on the Lacy Scallops Pouch

  1. Make a foundation chain longer than your desired pouch width. This stitch pattern tends to shrink the length of the foundation chain.
  2. dc* - The stitch marked dc* represents the separation of each side. It also acts as a pillar where the scallops rest which helps shape the pouch.
  3. One Lacy Scallop - this refers to the (2dc, ch 3, 2 dc) group of stitches that are worked on one stitch or space.

Close up on the Arcade stitch
Close up on the Arcade stitch
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Arcade Chart PatternFoundation Chain: Multiple of 6 + 8Round 1 is worked on both sides of the foundation chain to form a round.In Round 2, the shells are placed.Round 3Round 4Round 5. Repeat from Round 2-5 ending with either Round 3 or 5.Top Round: 1 sc in each stitch.
Arcade Chart Pattern
Arcade Chart Pattern
Foundation Chain: Multiple of 6 + 8
Foundation Chain: Multiple of 6 + 8
Round 1 is worked on both sides of the foundation chain to form a round.
Round 1 is worked on both sides of the foundation chain to form a round.
In Round 2, the shells are placed.
In Round 2, the shells are placed.
Round 3
Round 3
Round 4
Round 4
Round 5. Repeat from Round 2-5 ending with either Round 3 or 5.
Round 5. Repeat from Round 2-5 ending with either Round 3 or 5.
Top Round: 1 sc in each stitch.
Top Round: 1 sc in each stitch.

How to Crochet an Arcade Pouch

Foundation Chain: Ch 50 (or a multiple of 6 + 8)

Round 1: Sk 1 ch, [1 sc in each of the next 2 ch, (ch 3, sk 3 ch, 1 sc in each of the next 3 ch) repeat till 5 ch are left, ch 3, sk 3 ch, 1 sc in the last 2 ch.] Repeat [ ] on the other side of the foundation chain, sl st to first sc, ch 1, TURN.

Round 2: Sc on top of 1st sc, [(5 dc in ch-3 sp, sc in the 2nd sc of 3-sc group) repeat till last 3-sc group, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk 1 sc, sc on top of the next sc], sc on top of next sc. Repeat [ ] on the other side, sl st to 1st sc, TURN.

Round 3: [(Ch 3, 1 sc in each of the 3 central dc of the 5-dc group) repeat till last 5-dc group of side, ch 2, sc on top of next sc], sc on top of next sc, ch 2, 1 sc in each of the 3 central dc of 5-dc group, repeat [ ] to end, sl st to 1st ch of ch-3, ch 3, TURN.

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in ch-2 sp, [sc in the 2nd sc of 3-sc group, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp] repeat till last ch-3 sp, sc in the 2nd sc of 3-sc group, (3 dc in the next ch-2 sp)2x, repeat [ ] till last ch-3 sp, sc in the 2nd sc of 3-sc group, 3 dc in the last ch-2 sp, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 1, TURN.

Round 5: [2 sc, (ch 3, 3 sc in the central dc of 5-dc group) repeat till last 5-dc group of the side, 1 sc in the last two dc's of 3-dc group] repeat on the other side, sl st to 1st sc, ch 1, TURN.

Repeat from Round 2 - 5 for pattern. End with either Round 3 or 5.

Top Round: Sc on all the stitches, sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Notes on the Arcade Pouch

1. Due to the staggered nature of this pattern, the central stitches of each stitch group plays an important role in the pattern. In Round 2 and 4, you will find the instructions "sc in the 2nd sc of 3-sc group" and in Round 3 and 5, "1 sc in each of the 3 central dc of the 5-dc group". Locating and remembering their places will make this pattern easy to crochet.

2. Unlike the lacy scallops pouch, the boundary of each side is NOT marked by a dc* stitch. Sc's and chain spaces separate one side from the other. Bear in mind their location to get the rhythm of this pattern.

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The zipper is attached to the crocheted pouch while the lining is attached to the zipper. But the zipper still protrudes. So not perfect!Join the lining to the zipper using a single strand of sewing thread to make the stitches almost invisible.
The zipper is attached to the crocheted pouch while the lining is attached to the zipper. But the zipper still protrudes. So not perfect!
The zipper is attached to the crocheted pouch while the lining is attached to the zipper. But the zipper still protrudes. So not perfect!
Join the lining to the zipper using a single strand of sewing thread to make the stitches almost invisible.
Join the lining to the zipper using a single strand of sewing thread to make the stitches almost invisible.

How to Finish the Pouch

As with all my free patterns, I followed the tutorial by Carrie Wolf to zip and line my bags. However, there are still a lot of things that were not mentioned in that tutorial. That's why the result of this bag wasn't perfect; the lining was fine but the zipping was less than stellar.

Questions & Answers

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      • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

        Moira Durano-Abesmo 

        7 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

        Hi Patrice, it's worked in rounds. Thanks for the ratings!

      • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

        Moira Durano-Abesmo 

        7 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

        Thanks Barbara, I really need the back links.

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        PWalker281 

        7 years ago

        Another lovely pouch made with an interesting crochet stitch pattern that I'll definitely be bookmarking.

        Is this pouch crocheted in rows or in the round? I wasn't sure when your instructions say to sc the top round and sl st to the first sc.

        Rated up and useful.

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        Barbara Badder 

        7 years ago from USA

        I shared your link with my crochet group on Yahoo. Nice job as always.

      • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

        Moira Durano-Abesmo 

        7 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

        Thank you, Brooke. That was exactly my intention.

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        Brooke Lorren 

        7 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        Looks like you did a nice job. This will be a helpful how-to for someone looking for a quick project.

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