More on the Hemp Change Pouch
Here is my best description at how I made the Hemp Change Pouch for the exchange with the Rochester, NY Crochet Group. Reminder: I no longer have the pouch, since it was an exchange gift, so I went by the photo I took of it to help recreate the "pattern."
If you would like more information on crocheting with beads, you could try the About site which has an article on crocheting with beads, or Beadcrochet-dot-com who has animated tutorials. I tried to give a brief description of a bead sc stitch here.
Hemp Change Pouch
Hemp Yarn, Size F Hook
Various beads as desired (I used about 18 seed beads and one larger bead for the closure)
Finished size was about 3" wide x 3.25" high.
Special stitch: Bead sc (Bead single crochet): Insert hook into stitch. YO and pull up loop. Slide bead up to work. Keeping bead snug up next to your work, YO and pull through both loops on hook.
First, you must string the seed beads onto your yarn. I did it in a random order. (Set larger bead aside for later).
Rnd 1: Ch 15. Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 12 chs. 3 sc in next ch. Do not turn. Continuing around the other side of the base ch, sc in the next 12 chs in the unworked loops of the stitches. 2 sc in next ch. Sl st to first sc to join. (30 sc).
Rnd 2: Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Mark beginning of round; do not join at end of round.
Continue sc around without joining and stop at the end of the round when you decide you would like to do a round of beads. I did about 7 rounds before my Bead Round.
At this point, you will need to turn your work so the bead will face the outside (public side) of your work. So:
Bead Rnd: Turn. Ch 1. *Sc in next sc. Bead sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with a sl st in first sc.
Next Rnd: Turn. Ch 1. Sc in each sc and bead sc around. Mark beginning of round; do not join at end of round.
Remaining rnds: Continue sc around without joining until it’s the size you want. I did about 11 more rounds. Do not fasten off.
Row 1: Sc in each sc across one side only of pouch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1. Sc in each sc across. Turn.
Row 3 & 4: Ch 1. Sc dec over first two sc. Sc in each sc across up to last two sc. Sc dec over last 2 sc. Turn.
Now, count how many stitches are in your row, and mark the one that is in the middle. If you have an even # of stitches, pick the one that looks the most like it is in the middle! Row 5 will create your buttonhole.
Row 5: Ch 1. Sc dec over first two sc. Sc in each sc up to marked sc. Ch 1, sk marked sc. Sc in each sc up to last two sc. Sc dec over last two sc. Turn.
Row 6: Ch 1. Sc dec over first two sc. Sc in each sc across up to last two sc. Sc dec over last 2 sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.