The Saturn Clutch is not only a really cute pattern, but it is the first guest designer pattern on Sunflower Cottage Crochet! I am so excited to be welcoming Carla to our little corner of the internet! Carla is sharing with us her Saturn …
The Aurora make up bag was designed especially for the Mother’s Day Gift Ideas event hosted by Me n My Hook.
A pattern borne from boredom!
The Aurora make up bag was an idea that came to me one day when I was ill. Richard insisted that I try to do nothing and relax. Thats like asking a toddler to sit still and be quiet all day! It wasn’t long before I felt bored and restless so out came my hook and yarn during an unsupervised moment. It uses the Starburst stitch, which is much easier than you would think!
Within an hour I had this bag made with some Paintbox Simply Aran left over from making the squares of our Friendship Blanket CAL.
And then I was on a roll. Out came the #4 weight paintbox cotton in the grey, white and pink so I could make a more jazzy version and write the pattern down as I went.
The perfect size
At only 8″ wide and 6″ tall this bag is the perfect size to use as a make up bag, be kept in a handbag or add a strap to turn it into a wristlet and accessorise an outfit! It would also make a good pencil case.
The versatility of the Aurora make up bag and its gorgeous texture makes it suitable for all ages. And you will be surprised how much you can get in this one!
Easy to line
The pdf version of this pattern shows you how to line this project. I would recommend that you line it because of the stitch used. You don’t want those make up brushes or pens poking through the yarn and snagging it! I couldn’t decide whether to add a button or a zip to this so I did one of each! I think depending on the intended use depends on which you should use.
PDF Pattern Links:
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The Aurora Make up Bag Free Pattern:
The pattern below has been provided for free. Please note that only the paid pdf will show you how to line this project.
- 100-120 yards of #4 weight yarn or cotton – I used paintbox simply aran for the single color version and paintbox simply cotton in aran weight for the multi colored one.
- 5mm hook
- Stitch markers (recommended)
- Tapestry needle
- Button of choice or 6” zipper
- 13 x 10” of material
Not important for this project but mine was 8 sc x 8 rows for 2” square
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- dc9tog – double crochet 9 together
- fsc – foundation single crochet
- YO—yarn over
- FO—fasten off
- Written in US terms.
- Any ch stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
- The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row.
dc9tog: This makes the top half of the starburst stitch in the middle section of the bag. To work this you should:
*YO, insert hook into next st, yo and pull through, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook* repeat from * to * 8 more times across the next 8 sts and then yo and pull through all 10 loops on hook. Ch1 to close – we will call this ch1 the ‘eye’.
Alt ch3: This is a way of starting the row without using the ch3 which can look gappy at the edges. To do the alt ch3 turn your work, sc into the first st and then ch2. This counts as a stitch.
Fsc : You can find our tutorial on the foundation stitches:
For right handed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPHOG4VIi_Q&t=109s
Left handed – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqkTFzCja-A
I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain starts to projects.
Camel Stitch: This is also known as “third loop” hdc. To do this: YO, insert hook into the THIRD loop of the HDC from the previous row (this will be a horizontal bar below the two loops you normally work into. If working in the round, it will be on the INSIDE of your work). Pull up a loop, YO and pull thru all 3 loops on your hook.
You can find our video tutorial on how to do this here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUuktGH7tmw
Let’s get started!
Round 1 – Fsc 32 OR ch33, sc in second chain from hook and each st across
Then rotate your work and sc across the bottom of the chain row or foundation row. Do not join! (64)
Round 2-4 – Note: we are working in continuous round for this part so use a stitch marker to mark the first or the last st in every round.
Sc in each st around. Do not join. (64)
Round 5 – hdc in each st around. SS to join at the end of this round. (64)
Round 6 – Ch1, camel st in each st around. SS to join. (64)
If you are changing colors change to white here and join anywhere on the previous round.
Round 7 – Alt ch3 and work 8dc in the same st, sk3 sts, sc in the next st, sk3 sts, *9dc in the next st, sk3, sc in the next st, sk3 sts* Rep from * to * around. SS to the top of the alt ch3 to join. (8 x 9dc sets and 8 sc’s)
Change to color pink here and join to the 5th st of any 9dc set.
Round 8 – If you are using a solid color ss to the 5th st in the first 9dc set.
All versions – Sc in the same st, *ch3, dc9tog over the next 9 sts, ch3, sc in the next st (which will be the 5th stitch of the 9dc set from the previous row) *
Rep from * to * around. SS to join (8 dc9tog and 8sc’s)
Round 9 – SS to the ‘eye’ of the next dc9tog. See photo below
*9dc into the ‘eye’, sc in the next sc from the previous round*. Rep from * to * around. SS to the first dc to join (8 x 9dc sets and 8 sc’s)
Change to color white here and join to the 5th st of any 9dc set.
Round 10 -11 – repeat rounds 8 and 9
Change to color pink here and join to the 5th st of any 9dc set
Round 12 – repeat round 8.
Change to color pink here and join to any ch3 sp.
Round 13 – ch1, work 3hdc into each ch3 sp and 1 hdc into each ‘eye’ and sc around. SS to join (64)
Round 14 – ch1, camel st in each st around. SS to join (64)
Rounds 15-16 – ch1, sc in each st around, ss to join (64)
Round 17 – ss in each st around and ss to join (64)
FO and weave in ends.
Will your Aurora Make Up Bag have a button or a zipper? Below are the instructions for attaching a button.
The PDF Pattern for the Aurora Make Up Bag contains a step by step photo tutorial on how to line your bag and add a zipper.
If you are attaching a button (or 2):
Mark where your button is going with a st marker.
Attach yarn to the corresponding sc from round 16 on the back of the bag.
Chain an appropriate length to get a good sized loop for your button (I chained 20) and sc in each st back.
Insert a ss into the same st from round 16 that you started the chain in.
FO and weave in ends.
Line your bag and then you are finished!
This pattern was featured in the Mother’s Day Gift Ideas event
On 19th February 2021 we offered this pattern as a free pdf for one day only as part of the Mother’s Day Gift Ideas event. If you are looking for some inspiration, you can still still all of the patterns that were included in this event by clicking the button below!
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This round up of summer patterns was originally the Summer Stitch Along week 1 round up during June of 2020. The patterns were so cute that we couldn’t just delete the post! So we decided to keep it and amend it to be a round up of some fantastic patterns for you.
Although the pdf versions are mostly all paid now, there are a lot of the posts where the designer has a free version on their blog so you can still get most of them for free this way, or you can purchase the inexpensive pdf versions if you would prefer having a printable version.
1. Splash of Color Washcloth by Sunflower Cottage Crochet:
Our offering is the Splash of Color Washcloth. We have designed this one especially for the Summer Stitch Along event!
It uses the paired double crochet stitch and around 50 yards of #4 worsted weight cotton. If you haven’t used this stitch before don’t worry – we have a video tutorial on it to help guide you through it! Its a super quick project and I am confident you will enjoy this stitch if its a new one for you!
You can check out our blog post here or by clicking on the photo below.
2. Hold the Cold Freeze Cozy by Through The Loop Yarn Craft:
This pattern is a sweet, super quick, scrap busting project. Its a pattern for all skill levels. Kids love these – we have come a way since I was young and we used to wrap a little kitchen roll around our freeze pops to protect our hands from the cold! I love the idea of making a few in different colours so that the kids know which freeze pop is there’s when they invariably put them down for a minute while they are distracted.
You can grab this pattern here.
3. The Bella B Shorts by Carroway Crochet:
There are a couple of garments in this week’s roundup, the first of which are these shorts from Carroway Crochet. They were originally designed to go over the top of a swim suit (which I love the idea of) but you could also wear them everyday if you wanted to. They use worsted weight yarn and a 5.75mm hook.
You can check out the pattern and what the designer has to say about them here.
4. The Simply Lovely Seed Stitch Clutch Purse from Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’:
The name of this purse pretty much say it all LOL. RaeLynn loves the seed stitch and you can tell from the way she has written about this particular pattern. There is a video tutorial on this stitch within the post and some figure photos if you prefer them. You will need worsted weight yarn, a 3.5mm hook and a button of your choice to make this one.
Get the pattern here.
5. Reusable Crochet Flower Face Scrubbies by Made by Gootie:
I have made a few of Agat’s patterns lately, and featured a few in our Scrap Busting Sunday challenge over on our Facebook community group. These are great and make a lovely gift! Perfect for any lady or teen. They require a 4mm hook and sport weight cotton yarn.
You can find the pattern here.
6. In Love with Apples Crochet Applique by Raffamussa Designs:
Hands down these are the best apple appliqués I have seen yet! They are SUPER cite and would look great on anything – bags, hats, cup cozies, bookmarks, used as a badge, brooch or hair accessory! You name it. You will need sport weight cotton and a 2.5mm hook for these to make them 1.5” by 1.5”. If you use a thinker yarn and bigger hook they will obviously come out much larger.
You can find the pattern here.
7. The Skittles Poncho by Hanjan Crochet:
I love the look of this. I like the way that the blocks have been designed and I love how using your own color scheme would make this poncho look very different! Im imagining two versions – one in a gradient of the the same colour (maybe purples), and one with black as the base colour and fiery reds and oranges as the ‘skittles’ in between!
Now I just need to find the yarn and the time to make one!
You can find the pattern here.
8. Lime Coin Purse from Crochet Cloudberry:
A purse could not possibly scream ‘Its Summer’ more than this lime coin purse! If you have never added a zipper to a project before this is a perfect one to try it with. The PDF Pattern comes with full instructions on how to do this.
The pattern is written in Uk terms with a handy conversion to US terminology.
Get your pattern here.
9. The Isabela Skirt by Fosbas Designs :
This pattern comes in sizes from 2T to adult! It would make a super Mummy and Me set. All of Susanna’s patterns are just gorgeous and this one certainly does not disappoint! I know as soon as my 8 year old sees this skirt she will want one!
Check out the pattern post here for the yarn requirements etc and the link to the ravelry pdf!
10. The Crochet Princess Dress by Needle Klankers:
This dress comes in sizes from 3 months to 4T and looks every inch a princess dress! It’s just beautiful. You will need two colours and a 5mm hook for this one. Every little girl would look gorgeous in this – just pair it with some sandals and she will be the belle of the ball!
You can find the pattern information and links here.
11. Sweet Stripe Coasters by Green Fox Farms Designs:
I love how a little tweak as you finish a project can make each item look so different when you crochet. This is highlighted nicely with these great coasters. They take less than 15 minutes to make with worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook. This is the first of four parts that Lisa is releasing for this event so you can grab the whole set as we go through June!
You can find the coasters here.
12. Crochet Vintage Bandana by Brittany Alice Crochet:
I like the look of this bandana. It’s vintage but modern at the same time, which is just Brittany Alice’s style if you look at her other designs.
She used paintbox cotton DK (#3 weight cotton) in two colours and a 3.5mm hook.
You can find her pattern post with links to the Ravelry pattern here.
13. Boho Belt Bag by Creations by Courtney:
This bag is a sweet designs and shouldn’t take too long to make one. It is another great scrap / stash buster and if you haven’t lined a crochet project before it is a fabulous pattern to try it on! It uses a 4mm and 5mm hook and worsted weight yarn.
You can find the pattern information and links to the Ravelry pdf here.
There you have it. Week 1 saw 13 great patterns to kick start the Summer Stitch Along!
If you either get the free version from the designer’s blog posts or download any of the paid versions of these patterns, it would be great if you could in return show the pattern some love on Ravelry. It really does help the designers to be seen and gets their work out to wider audiences.
If you make any of the patterns please share them with us on social media using #summerstitchalong – you could always join our Facebook group to share them if you are unconfident sharing them anywhere else! (Just remember to answer the joining questions.)