Hello (again),

this week I’ve got a little crochet project for you – an accessory holder. You can use it to store anything from scarves to ties to belts and you can adjust the size to suit your needs. And it comes up really fast. I just wanted to use up some of my big stash of surplus wool that I had left from other projects and was keen to do it quickly.

All you need is:

  • T-shirt yarn, or really chunky yarn
  • crochet hook size 10

The terms I use:

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet (UK) – as in just sticking the hook through the stitch w/o YO
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st – stitch

And here is how you * Craft It Yourself *...

Make a magic ring by wrapping the yarn around 2 index fingers and pulling the yarn through, secure by chaining 2 [numbers 1-4 indicate rows]

  1. Do 12 sc in the magic ring and sl st into the 1st st at the end, ch 2
  2. 2 sc in every one of the sc from the previous row, sl st, ch 2
  3. 2 sc in every second one of the sc from the previous row (sc inbetween the 2 sc), sl st, ch 2
  4. As row 3 until you have your desired diameter
  5. When you want to ‘turn the corner’ to build the height – sc in every back of the sc in the previous row (don’t increase). This feels unstable at first but every sc you do stabilises it further.
  6. Now you can just work in a round if you prefer. It doesn’t really make a difference. Continue 1 sc in every sc until you’ve got about 3/4 of the height you want. This bit is hard to measure so just experiment. Crochet is so easy to undo and alter so practice patience 😉
  7. Next we are going to decrease stitches in only the front half circle of the project. Just pick which side you want to be the front and sc in every st until the beginning of that half. Then skip 1 st and sc in the next one, skip 1, sc, skip 1, sc… until the end of the front half.
  8. Then sc in every st again until you get back to the beginning of the front half.
  9. Then sc until the middle point of the back of the circle and ch 10, then sc into the next st. The chain is going to be your handle.
  10. Then sc in every st until you get back to the beginning of the front half.
  11. Then skip 1 st and sc in the next one, skip 1, sc, skip 1, sc… until the end of the front half (decreasing further).
  12. Then sc until just after the handle (sc across the chain) and wind your yarn around the base of the handle about 3 times.
  13. Continue to sc until the beginning of the front half.
  14. Start the finishing row of sl st and break yarn and tie off at the end of it.

This is what it will look like:

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I hope that this all made sense – if not, let me know in the comments…

And show me your creations! I’d love to see what you make of it….

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