Crochet a Lacy Scallops and Arcade Pouch With Two Free Patterns
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!
What You'll Need
- Cloth for lining
- 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.
All my patterns use American notations.
- ch - chain
- sk - skip
- dc - double crochet
- sl st - slip stitch
- sp - space
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
- Make a foundation chain longer than your desired pouch width. This stitch pattern tends to shrink the length of the foundation chain.
- 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.
- One Lacy Scallop - this refers to the (2dc, ch 3, 2 dc) group of stitches that are worked on one stitch or space.
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.
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.