Kicking off BOBBOL for March :: Pretty Awesome Yarn Pouch

For the March BOBBOL knit-along, you’ll get to bring together lace and beads to make an awesome drawstring bag for center-pull yarn balls or cakes. This project also introduces the crochet hook method of bead placement.

Pretty Awesome Yarn Pouch will give your yarn balls a pretty dress-up while protecting the yarn itself. The drawstring loops can also be placed over your arm for on-the-go knitting. Even your fussiest balls will love being tamed by this protective pouch.

To use, just put your ball/cake in the pouch so that the center-pull yarn tail comes out the top, then pull the drawstrings closed. The peek-through spiraling lace mesh is super stretchy and will accommodate amazingly large balls/cakes. As the enclosed yarn is used up, the bag collapses to help keep the ball tidy and tangle-free.

Shopping List

I wanted to give you a heads-up now about the materials and supplies you will need so you can be ready to start the project as soon as possible after the pattern goes live.

  • 125 yards fingering weight yarn; choose something smooth and that won’t rub off fibers onto the enclosed yarn ball
  • Size 4 US (3.5 mm) needles; 16″ circular and a set of double point needles
  • 30 seed beads size 6/0 (4 mm diameter)
  • Crochet hook that is small enough to fit through the hole in beads
  • Tapestry needle for gathering stitches at bottom of bag and for finishing ends
  • 2 @ 22″ pieces of 1/4″ ribbon for drawstrings or other cording of your choice
  • Large-eyed tapestry needle or other blunt needle for threading ribbon through eyelets

Note: For the pictured sample model, I used Crystal Palace Panda Silk color #3030 (that I had left over from making Terzetto Lace Mitts) and Miyuki beads color #1884 Lavender Blue Gold Luster.

I’ll be posting link to download the pattern in the Free Member Pattern area when I have the pdf ¬†file ready. Stay tuned.

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7 Responses to Kicking off BOBBOL for March :: Pretty Awesome Yarn Pouch

  1. Joan H says:

    I can’t wait to make these for myself and a few knitter friends! It is AWESOME!! Thank you!!!

  2. nommyzmommy says:

    Oooooohhhh, pretty! <3

  3. Michelle McCrillis says:

    6/0 beads need a steel crochet hook no larger than the size 13/14, preferably a size 16 hook which is difficult to find. If you don’t have one that small use dental floss threaders to move the beads to the yarn/stitches. You can find them in most grocery stores in the toothpaste aisle.

    • jackiees says:

      Actually, I use a size 10 (vintage Boye). I’ve found it depends on the crochet hook manufacturer and bead brand. That is why I don’t specify an exact size. I’ll be writing more about this and other other options. First I need to get the pattern finished, lol. (things are going at a snail’s pace because I am still fighting getting over this long-running cold and flu-like crud)

  4. catspaw says:

    That is so pretty!

  5. Judy LaLonde says:

    Looks like a perfect gift for my knitting friends. Looking forward to the pattern!

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