Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cthulu Pouch

My husband bought me a Cthulu Dice game for my birthday, but I didn't have anywhere to keep it. I put all the pieces in a plastic bag, but that didn't do it justice. I thought I'd hop on the crocheted Cthulu trend and make a pouch worthy of the game. 

This pattern uses a few unconventional crochet techniques, but at it's core it's pretty simple. If my techniques don't work, there are other ways to do it. I wanted to work it all in one piece because I hate weaving in extra ends. 

I used worsted weight acrylic yarn and size H and J hooks. It's big enough to hold a big die, several glass vase filler pieces that are used as counters in the game, and the folded rules. Gauge isn't really important.  This is what I did to create a pouch that works for what I needed. These techniques can be used to make any size pouch. 

Start with the tentacles:

With smaller hook begin first tentacle:
Ch 16, sc 15 back, this creates the first tentacle. do not break yarn or anything between tentacles. It'll work out but it might be a little fiddly. 
Tentacle 2: ch 21 sc back (20 stitches)
Tentacle 3: ch 26 sc back (25 stitches)
Tentacle 4: ch 26 sc back
Tentacle 5: ch 21 sc back
Tentacle 6: ch 17 sc back
Tentacles in progress
If the tentacles aren't curly enough, twist them a little to encourage them. 
Finished tentacles
Now is the weird fiddly part. Look at the top of the tentacles where the pouch will be attached. Try to identify any loops you can find that you can crochet into. The goal is to find 4 loops/tentacle: 2 loops/ side. The loops are marked by the stitch markers in the picture below. I know it's hard to see, but do whatever works.

Crochet into one side of all the tentacles making 12 stitches. Then crochet into the other side making 24 stitches total and beginning circular crochet. 

Now switch to bigger hook and crochet 10 more rounds, don't bother to join, just work as a spiral. 

Now work the flap by working back and forth. 
Ch 3 (count as 1 double crochet) dc 11 across
turn work and repeat this row 2 more times (3 rows total)
4th row: Ch 3. work a double crochet decrease. double crochet to last 3 st. Work another double crochet decrease then do one more dc. This is the end of the flap. Cut yarn.

Add buttons as eyes and closures low on the pouch. The buttons should be an appropriate size to fit between the double crochet posts and hold tightly. I used red eyes sewn on with green yarn that I separated. 
I hope this inspires you to make a cool pouch of your own. I know the pictures aren't great, but I'm not expecting much natural light during a snow storm. The green is actually a dark forrest green and the eyes are much more red. I hope you like it. Please comment or email me if you have any comments or questions. Also look for my designs on Ravelry and Pinterest. Thanks for reading! 


  1. Cute! I need to make some quick fundraiser items to donate and will try this.

  2. This is such a clever idea! I made one for my best friend, with a Loop for a D clip on the back. I actually altered the pattern slightly at the flap. I used linked double crochets (US). Row 4 I did more linked double crochets except 1 stitch directly after the first dec and then 1 stitch right before the second dec. Then I did a 5th row just of single crochets and when I got to the little spaces from the prior row I crocheted in the spaces (rather than just grabbing the usual 2 strands. This made nice button holes and a more solid flap. I am going to make another for myself for the same game. Once again, awesome idea and clever pattern!