Monday, November 17, 2014

Double Crochet Zippered Pouch pattern

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Well. It's been a while, hasn't it? :P

I've been a bit more active yarn-wise recently. I can't explain it. I think it's because of the crafting kick I've been on since Halloween, when I made a mask and a wire hairband for my school's charity crafting club, the Star Jar Club (link). And after midterms, I felt that I literally had nothing better to do! Plus, the weather's getting cold now, (even landing me with a cold), so I thought it would be nice to pick up those needles/that hook again. While I realized I had forgotten how to cast on for knitting (silly me) I still knew how to double- and single-crochet, so I made this pattern for a double crochet zippered pouch. It is fully lined with coordinating fabric. Hope you guys enjoy! I was thinking about making more stuff for Star Jar, and I realized that since Nerd Girl Yarns is hosting the Winter is Coming NGY Giveaway Game right now, I couldn't not participate! Hope you guys come and check me out on my Ravelry, as well!

Ravelry pattern notes:

Hello! This is a pattern for making a zippered pouch. It is my first ever pattern so please bear with me!

You can customize the size of your pouch to your liking. I made a small-ish one, 12 dc across by 6 rows. I would not suggest going above 6 rows, as it is a pretty good depth already. I believe that you could, in theory, stretch it to 7 rows, though. However, you may decide to make more stitches across than 12.

Basically start with any yarn that will work with your size hook and that you feel comfortable with; I just used Red Heart Super Saver. You will also need two pieces of liner fabric to go on the inside that are a bit longer and wider than you want your pouch to be, in order to account for seam allowance. Also, you will need a zipper in the desired size, or, if you cannot find one small enough, there are tutorials all over the internet that will tell you how to tack, or shorten, a zipper.

This is a perfect scrapbusting project as it uses very little yarn to crochet up 2 rectangles. It is also very beginner-friendly and is suitable for a first crocheting project, although sewing the liner may prove a bit more tricky and requires the use of a sewing machine if one does not wish to undergo the laborious process of hand-sewing.

A note before you begin, though: You will crochet two rectangles. Please note that the finished pouch WILL be smaller than the rectangle, due to "seam allowance" when flipping it in and out. Please allow more room. To be safe, if you wish, chain 13 instead of 12 if you want the finished product to be 12 stitches across.


Double Crochet Zippered Pouch

Author: Dana Chiueh


  • Yarn 1: Worsted or DK weight yarn, around 30 yards
    • I recommend Red Heart Super Saver or Caron Simply Soft for inexpensiveness, but you can definitely use any yarn you wish that is in the DK-Worsted weight category!
  • Yarn 2: Worsted or DK weight yarn, around 5 yards 
    • in the same, coordinating, or contrasting colour. 
    • You will need this to sew the pouch outer together.
  • H/8 (5mm) hook
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 pieces of coordinating fabric in a bit longer and wider than you want your finished pouch
  • A zipper*
  • Fusible interfacing or felt (optional)

*best if you could find a zipper that is the exact size, but you could still tack it if you cannot find a correctly sized one.


I did not feel that this was necessary, due to the fact that it's merely an accessory, and that it uses so little yarn, but to provide for comparison purposes:
6 dc stitches by 2.5 rows was 2 inches square for me.


Crocheted Outer
  1. Using Yarn 1, chain 12, + 2 for the first dc
    • note: if you want there to be visual interest with "holes" on the edges to create a lacing-like effect, chain 12, + 3 for the first dc.
    • also, you don't necessarily have to chain 12. If you want a pencil-pouch length, you would chain maybe 30 or possibly even more. 12 is a rough guideline for a coin/money purse size.
  2. Turn and dc into the third/fourth chain stitch (chain #12, right before the extra chain stitches); continue to dc.
  3. Turn and chain 2 (or 3) and repeat.
  4. Stop when you want. I stopped after 6 rows. Bind off, and weave in the ends with a yarn needle.
  5. Make another identical rectangle. Set both aside.
  1. If you wish to have a sturdy pouch, now is the time to attach the fusible interfacing or to sew on the felt. 
    • Beware though, that if you are making a small pouch it may become quite bulky with the addition of the crocheted outer.
    • Note that the wrong side of your fabric or (if using) the unattached side of the fusible interfacing/felt coordinates with the crochet yarn, because you will probably be able to see through the small gaps in the yarn. Meaning, don't pick an atrocious felt colour like grape to go with your orange crocheted rectangles, unless that is by design.
  2. Place your two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew on three sides, leaving the top free.
  3. Clip corners and cut off all excess fabric. Set aside.


  1. Put the two crocheted pieces right sides together (if you have a preference for which side looks better). Using a yarn needle and the same yarn, stitch them together with overlock stitch, leaving the top free.
    • Use the same yarn unless you want to create visual interest.
  2. Turn out.
  3. Put the lining inside of the crocheted pouch, being careful to put the wrong sides together.
  4. Using a sewing machine, stitch the lining opening and the crocheted pouch opening together.
  5. Tack the zipper, if necessary.
  6. Turn the whole pouch inside out, and attach the zipper.
  7. Open the zipper and turn the pouch back to the correct side. Smooth. If using cotton yarn, you may iron. Ironing acrylic yarn is not recommended.
  8. You're done!!!

That's it for today, everyone! Hope you like the finished product! <3

Saturday, August 2, 2014

This summer....

Today was such an incredible day. But first, I’ll brief you on everything that’s happened since I last posted. However I’ll talk more about what has happened since I’ve come to Setauket.

Recently my days have been filled with coding mornings and lazy noons; then math math math nonstop for hours. I hate math. But I’m terrible at it, so I need to WORK a lot. I am taking the PSAT in mid-October so I need to be ready. Surprisingly my “Writing Skills” are sort of terrible. I’m not sure why. The multiple-choice answers are somewhat ambiguous and I also have poor vocabulary. Least you would expect from me eh? I have sub-par, I guess. I can spell all the words I don’t know the meanings of (HUGE hyperbole okay because we all love our literary devices).

So. Coding mornings? Yes. I have been writing a bunch of things in C because my dad says so… It’s a summer project. It’s a thing. Yes. I’ve also been learning JavaScript (I’ve been learning for about a year or so on Khan Academy; I never knew it was JS until I realized last month). It’s pretty exciting. I’m actually motivated to do it because of the badges and things. AND Pamela and Vi are so nice and funny and it makes people feel like they are capable.

Side note: I’ve “coded” my own version of Flappy Bird. Except for 1) It’s Rainbow Dash, so it’s really Flappy Pony and 2) I didn’t really code it. I’ve been using TouchDevelop to code it and it’s one of the projects, which means that TD helps you do it every step of the way and tells you exactly what to code. It’s cheating, but I understand everything that goes into it so I’m “learning”, I guess. TouchDevelop is a Microsoft thing, by the way, and I first used it at a Microsoft YouthSpark CodeIT! session.

This summer is IT. This summer is THE SUMMER. I’ve been involved in A LOT of charity/volunteer work. Okay, so everything is “unsubstantial” but I don’t care. It’s fun to do the things I’m doing: papercrafting signs for the newly unhomeless, writing book reviews for the teens in our community, donating a lot lot lot lot. A lot of it comes from, which has a bunch of challenges/scholarships they encourage teens to participate in. Anyway, I’m not an ad, but I totally endorse it. I’ve also donated to our local library’s food drive and I’m going to donate things to the Lupus charity. But the biggest charity thing of the season will be me and my friend’s Lemonade/Cookie Stand. AAH! Guess who’s making the cookies?!  Yup. And they’ll be madeleines!!

So why is today the best day? Because I totally found a huge stash of wrapping paper!! AAAAAAH! Now I can use that to make Wildlife Cards (for park rangers) and Birthday Cards (for homeless children). So yup. Today is wonderful.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Amber: A Girl Living in the Time of Slavery

#throwbacktime !!!!!

So here is a story I wrote when I was in second grade about slavery. At the time, everybody (meaning, teachers, parents...) really liked the slaves' working song I composed within it (only lyrics, duh, not including the actual melody, which it has none.) Now, I still can't understand what is so special about it........?

Here it is!

Note: I'm sorry that Amber's last name may be offensive to some (like, oh, her last name labels her, too). I was very young at the time of writing this... also, I do think that the word Black is in some surnames so it's not specifically targeted at Amber's race.


Amber: A Girl Living in the Time of Slavery

Once, in the time of slavery, there lived a girl named Amber Blacker. She was a slave living on a plantation in a little tiny shack in Georgia.

Amber was separated from her baby sister, Anne, and from her hard working, loving sister, Sofi. Amber could not imagine life without her parents. Everyday Amber walked long distances to get water from the well and bring it to her master.

Her best friend was Becah Magres. Becah had been brought from Africa recently. Her Granny was still in Africa. Becah missed her very much. “I hardly knew her,” she said. “My Momma used to say Granny was the one who helped us all.”

One day, Amber was picking cotton on the plantation, when Becah started singing. When slaves sang, their songs had secret messages:

When will the horses come, one by one? Let’s hope they will come soon. Here they come. Here they come. The carriages they pull. The Freedom Land, the freedom Land, is where they will go to.

She understood this message: the horses and carriage are like trains. The Freedom Land is Canada. All of the slaves Amber knew escaped to Canada.

One day on August 19th, Becah, Amber, and their families escaped on the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman. They were scared, but they did not talk. They would get caught if they did. "The first stop is Lulu’s house”, muttered Harriet under her breath. They hid in Lulu’s garden. Her garden was full of weeds so no one could see them.

During the night, they ran to Dunkin’s Barn. Dunkin had seven barrels-- perfect!! Each person hid in a barrel. Then Dunkin put the barrels in a wagon and drove them to their next stop. Day after day, night after night, they ran and hid. Finally, they reached Canada!!

They cheered for joy. ” I must go now,” said Harriet. “Be good and I’ll get your sisters,” she told Amber. Amber smiled. Harriet always kept her promise. Exactly a month later, Harriet brought Anne and Sofi to Canada and they all lived happily ever after.


Oh yeah, and I got a new signature!~ <3

Monday, February 3, 2014


Hi y’all! Today I’m using Writer to compose this post! That’s pretty exciting, but some (maybe most?) of you guys don’t know what Writer is.

Well, the official name is Windows Live Writer, and it comes with the Windows Live Essentials pack (free! yay!). I found out about it when I was downloading Windows Live Movie Maker, which is also part of the Essentials pack. Anyway, this program immediately caught my eye. It’s like offline composing, and it’ll publish to your blog for you, and it’s a nice, easy to use interface, and it doesn’t have orange (!!!!!!) and also it lets you edit with your blog template (except for Google fonts like mine; more on that later).

The one thing that I absolutely cannot stand about Writer is the font problem, which of course could probably (in theory) be solved by downloading your default blog font from or some other font library to your computer. Because my blog font, “Coming Soon,” is a Google font, it isn’t available on my PC (as of now). Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, because usually when composing in the Blogger window it shows your words in Times New Roman, and you see the final product in the Preview screen, or else after you’ve published the post. But, in the preview screen of Writer, it also shows everything in TNR. I have a gently and slowly decreasing hate for TNR, but it’s nevertheless still there.

So, sorry for my rant about fonts (some people don’t care, but I do not belong to that category of people). And, if you would, you can check out Writer online. It’s had no problems (thus far, which is like the time it took me to write this post Winking smile )

Oh, speaking of emoticons: Writer is great for this stuff! It provides you with emoticons while blogging. When I was trying to type ( d ) (without the spaces, duh) it turned into this: Martini glass, and when I was trying to type ( f ) it turned into the lovely Red rose.

So I would definitely recommend Writer to those of you in the blogosphere reading this. Thanks for reading and please leave a comment~! <3 thank you, it would make my day Open-mouthed smile

Note: I am not in any way affiliated with Windows or any of its partners. The opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

Monday, January 27, 2014

RE: "what it takes" to be american by terry

So, +Theresa Kuei  over at The Peaceful Osmanthus wrote a very interesting blog post about a largely debatable topic, and here is my response. All the below stuff is my opinion, although I do reference one other site.


Firstly, why does everyone say 'the States' when they move abroad? >:( Personally, I think that 'U.S.' is SO much more ear-friendly (that's not a real thing). By the way, the correct capitalization is 'the States', not 'the states'. But whatever, that's not really the point.

Well, I saw this issue on a Grammar Girl article once. She referred to U.S. citizens as 'Americans,' and that sparked a HUGE debate. Click here for her "response article."

Butt, I will say that there's really no substitute for "a word to mean citizens of U.S.A." And note that I said "a word" so don't tell me "U.S. citizens". Honestly, I also assume that "Americans" (in its U.S. usage) could also refer to people who not necessarily are citizens, but who identify as "Americans"-- i.e., a person "from" or "of" the U.S.A.

Ex: illegal immigrants, especially their children (who are still alien, nonetheless). The children, who have probably never visited the country of their heritage, identify as "American" (U.S. usage). But, they may not be citizens. So, in that sense, "Americans" can mean MORE than "citizens of U.S.A." It may just mean "people of U.S.A.", for this particular usage (the so-called "U.S. usage").

In common usage, "Americans" refers to people "of" the United States of America, (and I use the term "of" loosely) but Latin Americans and Canadians, Mexicans, etc., probably DO identify as "Americans" (continental usage). I support the usage of "Americans" in dealing exclusively with U.S. people, but I also agree that it can be used otherwise, making it somewhat confusing. Butt what we have got to understand here is that the full name of USA is "United States of America," and that "America" is actually IN ITS NAME. So, that's why I support using it. There simply is no alternative, and also, it's technically an abbreviation, soo.... yup.

<3 sorry for very long article <3