Free pattern: Bract

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Bract is a simple cellphone cosy that can be adjusted for size or gussied up with fancier yarn. It uses single and half double crochet stitches (US terms) and is crocheted in the round, so there’s no seaming. 

You will need:

Medium/worsted/#4 weight  yarn, approx 30g/50m (a little over 1oz/54yds)

1 button approx ¾ inch diameter, preferably with large holes for sewing

5mm/H/8 crochet hook

Gauge is not critical. My gauge was 7 hdc to 2”. Finished size at this gauge was 4.25” x 6”.

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Hdc – half double crochet

Hdc2tog – half double crochet two together (decrease)

St – stitch

Foll – following

Can easily be made bigger or smaller by varying the starting chain by multiples of 2, and working fewer or more rounds of hdc.

How to:

Make slipknot and place on hook, chain 15.

Rnd 1: Work  1sc into the second chain from hook, place locking stitch marker in st just worked,  sc in each stitch to end (14 sts). Do not turn work.

Instead of turning and working back across your new stitches,  you’re going to work in the opposite side of the chain to form the closed bottom of bag. Work another sc in same stitch as before then rotate work clockwise so that you can sc into the unused loops on the other side of the chain. Work 12 sc, then 2sc into last stitch.  (29 sts total)

Rnd 2 and all foll rounds:: hdc into first st of next round (remove marker and place in new st just worked), hdc to end of round.

Work in a spiral (no joining at end of each round) until cosy is about 6“ tall, ending at a side edge. (This will mean crocheting a partial round, as your end of round marker travels diagonally up your work. This is a natural feature of crocheted sts.)

Sc in the next st that lies right on the fold. Turn.

Row 1 of flap: ch2 (does not count as a st),  hdc in same st and foll 12 sts, turn

Row 2: ch2, hdc in same st, hdc2tog, hdc in next 7 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last st, turn

Row 3: ch2, hdc across, turn (11 sts)

Row 4: ch2, hdc in same st, hdc2tog, hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last st, turn

Row 5: ch2, hdc across, turn (9 sts)

Row 6: ch2, hdc in same st, hdc2tog, hdc 3, hdc2tog, hdc in last st

Row 7: ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, ch1, skip next st, hdc in last 3 sts, turn (buttonhole formed)

Row 8:  ch2, hdc in same st, hdc2tog, hdc into ch from previous row, hdc2tog, hdc in last st.

Fasten off, weave in ends. Sew on button.

This pattern has not been tested by anyone but me. If you find a mistake, please leave a comment below and I will fix it. Thank you.

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(This pattern will print on two sheets of paper with just the first photo and text. Click Share below, then Print, and instruct your printer to print pages 1 – 2.)

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