Crochet Pattern: Frosted Drawstring Pouch

By Amy Yarbrough – 5 Comments
There are many reasons to have a small pouch on hand during this season. Fill it with a gift to give, decorate with it, or use it to put a few of your favorite Christmas CD’s to bring with you on trips, to name just a few. There is always something you can use a pouch for. The stitch used is called the Spike Cluster and works into many of the previous rows to give it the perfect flourish. Though it may look daunting it is truly an easy and fun stitch. So give it a try. You can’t have too many bags! Frosted Pouch

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 8” (20 cm) square

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 50 yards each of color A, B, C)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

6 sc = 2’’
6 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 7.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 6 sc
Row 2 – 6: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Finish off.

SPC (Spike Cluster) – This stitch is made by inserting the hook into select spaces and drawing up a loose loop. You will have 5 spikes. First spike: insert hook in sc 1 row down and 3rd sc to the right; second spike: insert hook into sc 2 rows down and 2nd sc to the right; third spike: insert hook into sc three rows down from the one you are working; fourth spike: insert hook into sc 2 rows down and 2nd sc to the left; fifth spike: insert hook into sc 1 row down and 3rd sc to the left. Insert hook in the unworked sc, yarn over and pull up a loop. You should now have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on hook – counts as 1 single crochet.

Note: If needed see the How to Crochet: Spike Cluster Stitch tutorial.

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Crochet Pattern: Frosted Drawstring Pouch

Panel (make 2)
Row 1: with color A, ch 21, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 20 sc
Row 2 – 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 20 sc
Row 5: change to color B, sc in next 2 sc, *SPC over next sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat from * 2 more times, SPC over next sc, sc in last 2 sc: 20 sc
Row 6 – 8: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 20 sc
Row 9: change to color C, ch 1, turn, sc in next 5 sc, *SPC over next sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat from * across: 20 sc
Rows 10 – 24: repeat Rows 2 – 9, ending on Row 8
Single crochet evenly around piece. Finish off.

Holding both panels together, sc three sides together, leaving top open. Threading a yarn needle with a small amount of yarn, thread yarn in and out of Row 23 to create drawstring.

Let me know if you run into any trouble. I’m here to help you out!

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  1. Cath says:

    I have two nieces who are HUGE “Frozen” fans – since they are five and three, I’m not at all surprised. I think adding a short shoulder strap onto this bag would make a perfect purse for each of them.

    What an adorable pattern!

  2. Jean says:

    Hi Rachel! I’m trying the new Spike stitch now for a friend’s new baby – it looks very elegant and so easy!! I love to crochet and have been for many years. I can also knit (although crochet is my favorite!). However, I am at a junction where I have more than enough hats, scarves, blankets, hot pads, towels, afghans, etc. and wonder if you or your readers have more suggestions. My family doesn’t need any more, my grandkids (13 & 15) don’t want any more and my crochet club has just finished with a huge donation of stocking hats. My close friends just received matching kitchen towels for Christmas gifts. I just finished my own creation of an adorable stocking cap that I saw in the sporting goods store. Any suggestions as to what else can I make to keep the creative juices flowing? Thanks!!!!!

    • Hello Jean, this is Amy. I’m so glad you like the Spike stitch. I was quite delighted with it myself. 🙂

      I can understand how you feel. The items you mentioned are some of the most popular things to crochet. It’s easy to get into an inspiration rut, believe me. One thing I would recommend is Pinterest. I find a lot of inspiration by browsing Pinterest with my “crochet cap” on. Things that appear to have nothing to do with crochet can give you the inspiration you need. Here’s my personal board if you would like an example: .

      In the meantime, you could try curtains, amigurumi, jewelry, or maybe even couch pillows.

      I appreciate your taking the time to tell us this. I will keep this in mind and hopefully have some new and inventive patterns for the future.

      Happy New Year!

  3. Lisa says:

    If I wanted to make this larger for a baby blanket, what is the “multiple” count that I would use to modify this to other sizes? Thanks 🙂

    • Amy says:

      Hi Lisa,

      A baby blanket with this stitch will be lovely! The stitch multiple is 8 sts + 5, adding 1 for base chain.

      Best wishes!

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