This is a crochet pattern review of the African Flower Pouch designed by Day’s Crochet. Reviewed by Carrie of Mountain Mama Crochet for EyeLoveKnots.
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Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet here! I appreciate you coming to check out my assessment of one of my latest makes for crochet markets.
Is it just me, or is size 4 yarn the biggest and most diverse category of yarn weight?
You are in the yarn aisle looking for a ‘size 4 yarn’ from a pattern you’ve read about, viewed on YouTube, or maybe freshly purchased from Etsy. You find just the right colors, have a coupon, or maybe it’s on sale. Feeling like this part of the journey has been so easy, you skip up to the counter, make the purchase and head home – ready to get started.
Comfy clothes, check. Hook, check. New yarn (squeal!!), check. Remote or audiobook ready to go, check.
In waltzes the problem. You’ve checked your gauge or have progressed to the part of the pattern where you are supposed to check your progress against the suggested width or length. There are three possibilities here for patterns, tutorials, or videos. (1) Spot on. Congratulations, you may very well be in the minority of hookers who can identify yarn by sight. (2) You’re gauge or length/width is less than where it should be. (3) Your completed make would fit your head versus the toddler you had in mind.
This is where we meet the dilemma of someone deciding to classify yarn weight, starting at two ends of the spectrum. Granted, that may not be what happened – but doesn’t that seem possible? Person A starts at size 0, Person B starts at size 7. By the time they finish sizes 3 and 5, they are apparently tired and all else is chucked into size 4. Don’t believe me? Well. Here’s a visual. Both of these yarns are classified as size 4 and are worked up to the same stage.
Please don’t take this as a critique of the designer. Absolutely not. The fault is mine as I tend to look through my rose colored glasses and forget that not all size 4 yarns are the same. Not to mention the shades from my stash were calling to me but apparently they are calling for another pattern. Additionally, I used the free pattern video, versus purchasing the pattern, so the paid version might contain additional notes about the yarn used.
How can you avoid missing the gauge or sizing? Look for the specific yarn references in the pattern. If it’s not mentioned, you can always ask if on a public forum like Instagram, YouTube, etc. If the yarn isn’t something local or easily available to you, Yarnsub.com is a helpful resource.
As you can see, the yarn on the left is bulkier. When I used the yarn on the right, I lost a half an inch on the width. I didn’t measure the height but you can also tell there’s a different there as well. After noticing how small the piece was working up, I decided to go with another yarn from the broad family of ‘size 4’ in my stash that I’ve worked with before, which tends to work up a little thicker.
What Supplies Do I Need to Crochet the African Flower Pouch?
- 3 or 4 Colors of Worsted Weight #4 Yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek, Low-Pill Fiber (from Hobby Lobby) in Brownie (#200), Linen (#202), Purple Haze (#510), Mauve (#635), Clay (#690), Bruschetta (#695), Wheat (#705), and Mustard (#710)
- F5/3.75mm Crochet Hook
- Kiss Clasp, Size 3.3″ (8.5cm) – I used this one from Amazon, which comes with 20
- Needle for weaving in ends
- Needle for sewing yarn onto clasp (smaller to work through holes of the clasp)
- African Flower Coin Purse, (Free Version via YouTube) or (Paid Version via Etsy) from Day’s Crochet and Knit
When selecting yarn, choose the bulkier end of the size 4 family. The pouch can be used for different things. The thicker yarn helps reduce the size of the gaps or holes in the flower. Three of four colors can be used to create the pouch, so complementary colors or themes would look great with this make. I was able to work up several color combos with Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek, Low-Pill Fiber. I love how this yarn feels and how neat it looks, even while progressing through a pattern.
These pouches were popular at a recent fall market. The video tutorial also includes instructions for making a tassel with a bead. This was a cute option. I opted not to add the tassel, but feel free to check out the last few minutes of the video for these instructions.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet the African Flower Pouch?
Less than two hours. This assessment depends completely on your skill level and how comfortable you are with the pattern and attaching the clasp.
The video details mention the motif should measure 4″ x 4″ and states it can be checked when one motif is completed. But if you are like me, you can eyeball your motif and know that it won’t be close if you choose the wrong size 4 yarn.
Special stitches to understand:
- Spike Stitch; detailed in the video as a SC (single crochet) in two rows below.
- Double Crochet; is pretty universal and part of the earliest learning in mastering crochet
One tip I would offer is to work up both sides of the pouch at the same time. There are frequent color changes for each flower. Work round 1, fasten off. Work another round 1, which will make the start of the second flower, and fasten off. Working both rounds made it feel like I was making the flowers faster. Granted, I didn’t use a stop watch, but there’s something progressive about this process.
And this is the most important. I’m the type of person that watches the entire video or reads the entire pattern before I begin. When you get to the part where the clasp is added – DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED. Read that again. I almost didn’t make these because I kept getting in my own way. If you are thinking these makes will be a great holiday gift or a nice addition to your market, give it a try. I absolutely love making these now and actually feel like I’ve leveled up in my skills by mastering how to add the clasp.
Have you ever worked a pattern that asks you to split the yarn? Well, you are about to see one, if you check out the video. Splitting the threads in the yarn is how the clasp is attached. If you’ve ever worked with embroidery thread, it’s the same concept, only the yarn is still attached when you follow those steps. Again – don’t be intimidated. Try. Try again if you need to. I’m glad I took the time to revisit the video as needed to make sure I was completing each stage correctly.
I’d like to thank Cre8tion Crochet for the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience and for the experience of getting to place some thoughts onto digital paper.
Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet
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