Watermelon Pouch

Keep your sunnies safe and sound in this whimsical pouch featuring a zippered top and watermelon design.  Increases are done in four places to create a half circle reminiscent of a ripe slice of summer fruit. You’ll love carrying this adorable bag with you wherever you go.

 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 10.75” wide x 5.25” deep.

Gauge: 20 sts and 23 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): #903 Flamingo Pink (MC, 1 skein), #815 Black (CC, 1 skein), #817 Aran (C1, 1 skein), #906 Chartreuse (C2, 1 skein).

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular.

Notions: Tapestry needle, scissors, 11” long zipper in pink color, sewing needle, pins, pink sewing thread.

Pattern Notes

This whimsical watermelon clutch starts at the top and is worked flat.

Increases are done in four places to create half circle.

Small amount of stranded colorwork is used for the seeds. The rim is worked in stripes section of C1 and C2 colors, then continue to work on the other side of the watermelon clutch with decreases in  four places and stranded colorwork for the seeds. When carrying non-working yarn, twist the yarn along the edge around the working yarn.

Zipper is sewn to the top to close the clutch.

Pattern

Body

Using MC, CO 6 sts.

Row 1: K1, (KFB) 4 times, sl1. (10 sts)

Row 2: K1, P8, sl1.

Row 3: K1, (KFB, k1) 4 times, sl1. (14 sts)

Row 4: K1, p12, sl1.

Attach CC.

Row 5: K1 in MC, (KFB in MC, k1 in CC, k1 in MC) 4 times, sl1 in MC. (18 sts)

Cont with MC, carrying CC along the edge.

Row 6: K1, p16, sl1.

Row 7: K1, (KFB, k3) 4 times, sl1. (22 sts)

Row 8: K1, p20, sl1.

Row 9: K1, (KFB, k4) 4 times, sl1. (26 sts)

Row 10: K1 in MC, (p1 in CC, p2 in MC) 8 times, sl1 in MC.

Cont with MC, carrying CC along the edge.

Row 11: K1, (KFB, k5) 4 times, sl1. (30 sts)

Row 12: K1, p28, sl1.

Row 13: K1, (KFB, k6) 4 times, sl1. (34 sts)

Row 14: K1, p32, sl1.

Row 15: K1 in MC, (KFB in MC, [k1 in CC, k2 in MC] twice, k1 in CC) 4 times, sl1 in MC. (38 sts)

Cont with MC, carrying CC along the edge.

Row 16: K1, p36, sl1.

Row 17: K1, (KFB, k8) 4 times, sl1. (42 sts)

Row 18: K1, p40, sl1.

Row 19: K1, (KFB, k9) 4 times, sl1. (46 sts)

Row 20: K1 in MC, (p1 in CC, p2 in MC, p1 in CC, p3 in MC) 6 times, k1 in CC, k1 in MC, sl1 in MC. Cut CC.

Row 21: K1, (KFB, k10) 4 times, sl1. (50 sts)

Row 22: K1, p48, sl1.

Row 23: K1, (KFB, k11) 4 times, sl1. (54 sts)

Row 24: K1, p52, Sl. St. Attach C1. Cut off MC.

Row 25: K1, (KFB, k12) 4 times, sl1. (58 sts)

Row 26: K1, p56, Sl. St.

Attach C2. Cont with C2, carry the C1 along the edge.

Row 27: K1, (KFB, k13) 4 times, sl1. (62 sts)

Row 28: K1, p60, sl1.

Row 29: K1, (KFB, k14) 4 times, sl1. (66 sts)

Row 30: K1, p64, sl1.

Row 31: K65, sl1.

Row 32: K1, p64, sl1.

Row 33: K1, (ssk, k14) 4 times, sl1. (62 sts)

Row 34: K1, p60, sl1.

Row 35: K1, (ssk, k13) 4 times, sl1. (58 sts)

Row 36: K1, p56, sl1.

Cut C2. Cont with C1.

Row 37: K1, (ssk, k12) 4 times, sl1. (54 sts)

Row 38: K1, p52, sl1.

Cut C1. Attach MC. Cont with MC.

Row 39: K1, (ssk, k11) 4 times, sl1. (50 sts)

Row 40: K1, p48, sl1.

Row 41: K1, (ssk, k10) 4 times, sl1. (46 sts)

Row 42: K1, p44, sl1.

Attach CC.

Row 43: K1 in MC, (ssk in MC, [k1 in CC, K2 in MC] 3 times) 4 times, Sl. St. in MC (42 sts). Continue with MC, carrying CC along the edge.

Row 44: K1, p40, Sl. St.

Row 45: K1, (ssk, k8) 4 times, sl1. (38 sts)

Row 46: K1, p36, sl1.

Row 47: K1, (ssk, k7) 4 times, sl1. (34 sts)

Row 48: K1 in MC, (p1 in CC, p3 in MC) 8 times, sl1 in MC.

Cont with MC, carrying CC along the edge.

Row 49: K1, (ssk, k6) 4 times, sl1. (30 sts)

Row 50: K1, p28, sl1.

Row 51: K1, (ssk, k5) 4 times, sl1. (26 sts)

Row 52: K1, p24, sl1.

Row 53: K1 in MC, (ssk in MC, k1 in CC, k2 in MC, k1 in CC) 4 times, sl1 in MC. (22 sts)

Cont with MC, carrying CC along the edge.

Row 54: K1, p20, sl1.

Row 55: K1, (ssk, K3) 4 times, sl1. (18 sts)

Row 56: K1, p16, sl1.

Row 57: K1, (ssk, k2) 4 times, sl1. (14 sts)

Row 58: K1 in MC, (p1 in CC, p2 in MC) 4 times, sl1 in MC.

Cut off CC. Cont with MC.

Row 59: K1, (ssk, k1) 4 times, sl1. (10 sts)

Row 60: K1, p8, sl1.

Row 61: K1, (ssk) 4 times, sl1. (6 sts)

BO all sts.

Finishing

Weave in ends, wash and block to measurements.

Attach the zipper to the opening, securing it at place with pins before sewing.

Carefully sew the zipper to the knitted fabric, using sewing needle and sewing thread.

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