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Friday, May 14, 2010

Clothespin Sack

This is a very practical sack for all kinds of things, but I like to use mine for clothespins - a camping necessity! It is worked in one piece, with a round bottom, ribs around the body of the bag and a simple drawstring. Choose a durable fibre, like cotton or hemp.

Craft: crochet
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: ch, hdc, dc, fpdc

Finished Measurements: approx. 6" from top to bottom (lying flat), 13" circumference
Note: Mine holds about 50 traditional spring loaded clothespins.

Gauge: 18 sts x 9 rows = 4" on 4 mm in patt (18 sts = 4" on 4.5 mm needles as given on ball band)
Yarn: 75g, 142 yds (130 m) of something durable, dk weight; if you would like a larger sack, I would suggest a worsted weight cotton and a 5.5 mm hook
Suggested Brand: 1.5 balls Marina Mercerized cotton (discontinued)

Needles/Hooks: 4 mm hook
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Note: Insert hook through back loops for bottom only and through both loops for the rest of the sack.

Starting with the bottom of the sack, ch 6.
Join in a ring with a sl st.
Pm for beg of rnd and slip it as you go along.

Note: I do not “join” my rnds at the end of each rnd for this project, I simply carry on with the next rnd - you may choose to join with a sl st and beg the next rnd with a ch 2.

Rnd 1: 12 hdc in ring.
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around.
Rnd 3: *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st*, rep from * to * around.
Rnd 4: 1 hdc in each st around.
Rnd 5: rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 6: rep Rnd 4.
Rnd 7: *1 hdc in next 18 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, rep from * to * 2 more times (60 sts).

Body of Sack:

Rnd 1: sc in each st around, inserting hook through back loop as well as the st behind and below it (this creates a nice, durable edge on the bottom)
Rnd 2: inserting hook through both loops, *dc in next 5 sts, fpdc (front post double crochet) in next st*, rep from * to * around and around and around until your sack is one inch shorter than you would like the finished bag to be (for example shown, I worked 12 rows).

Next (eyelet rnd): *sk first sp, dc in next 3 sts, ch1, sk next st, fpdc in next st*, rep from * to * to beg of rnd (fpdcs should line up with previous ones worked).
Next: rep Rnd 2.
Cut yarn and finish with a sl st into next st to tie off. Weave in ends.

Make a ch string approx 26" long and weave through eyelets. I tied a knot in the end of mine and then another a few inches down to make a loop for convenient hanging. 

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