Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hand Sanitizer Holder Pattern

The past couple of weeks have left me feeling flat and down-right exhausted. I was sick back to back with an abscessed tooth followed by an upper respiratory infection that involved both ears and a sinus infection. Needless to say I'm pooped. And since I feel like I should keep posting every week I've decided to reissue this pattern. It's a "backpack" hand sanitizer holder. You can see the original posting here if you'd like.
It was first posted back in April of 2012 (one of my first patterns) and I've since seen several people on Etsy using this pattern to make and sell them. I think that's great! But instead of buying one for $10 you should make your own!
Crochet Hand Sanitizer Holder Pattern

  • small amount of cotton yarn (I used Lily Sugar'n Cream Lime Stripes)
  • size H crochet hook
  • 2 small buttons
  • sewing needle
  • thread
  • embroidery needle for weaving in the ends
  • 1 fl oz bottle of hand sanitizer

Gauge is not important to this project. Depending on your tension, you may need to start with 8 or 10 in your initial chain. Adjust as needed.

Stitches used:

Row 1: Start with a slip knot and chain 9. Join to make a circle. Test this size circle to make sure it will fit snugly around the cap end of the hand sanitizer. Adjust as needed.

Row 2: Chain one and turn. SC in same space. *1SC in next stitch 2SC in next. Continue from *  around. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning chain one stitch. Test this first row by inserting the sanitizer through the opening and make sure it fits snugly around the bottle.

Rows 3 - 8: Chain one and turn. SC in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning chain one stitch.

Top Flap

Do not cut your yarn. This flap is worked along one side of the body only.

Row 1: Chain one and turn. SC in the next 6 stitches.
Rows 2 - 4: Chain one and turn. SC in the next 6 stitches.
Row 5: Chain one and turn. SC2TOG, chain 3, SC2TOG
             (the added stitch is intentional for the buttonhole)
Leaving your hook in the last stitch, measure off approximately 4 inches for a tail and cut your yarn. Chain 2 and pull tight making a knot. Weave in the ends with the embroidery needle.

Put the bottle in the pouch and measure out the spot for your button. You can make a mental note where to sew the button or, if you're like me and will forget, use a stitch marker. Remove the bottle and sew the button in place.

"Shoulder" Straps 

Make 2: 
Start with a slip knot and chain 12. SC in second chain from hook and across. Tie off. Weave in any loose ends.

Sew the tops of each strap on Row 8 of the Body.

To make the back buttonhole:
Using yarn slip stitch the ends of the straps together. Chain 4 from one strap end and secure to the opposite strap end. Tie off.

Sew button to Row 3 of the Body.
I'd love to see any of the ones you make using this pattern or a modified version of it!
Have a great week!

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