Chinese Waves Pouch

This week brings a quick knit pattern, with simple crochet edging! The Chinese Waves Pouch is super simple, and a great “purse project” – small enough to keep in your bag for those quiet waiting room moments… and great for keeping your purse or bag organized when it’s all done! The thick fabric keeps even delicate items safe and secure.

Chinese Waves Pouch - free knitting pattern on mooglyblog.com


I made this one back in 2009 – luckily I wrote down the pattern! It’s stood the test of time and still looks like new!

Chinese Waves Pouch
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The finished pouch is approximately 5″ wide and 3.5″ tall when closed. To make a bigger (or smaller) pouch, just cast on an odd number of stitches of your choice, and knit until you have the height desired!

  •     Straight Needles: US 5 – 3.75 mm
  •     Hook: US F/5 – 3.75mm
  •     Peaches & Creme Ombres (shown), or other worsted weight yarn
  •     Button

Cast on 29 sts, using method of your choice.

Row 1: Knit across to end.
Row 2: *K1, slip 1*  repeating to last st, k1 in last st.
Row 3: Knit across to end.
Row 4: K2, *slip 1, k1* repeating until 3 sts. Then slip 1, k2.

Repeat rows 1-4 until the piece measures about 7.5 inches. Bind off.

Fold one end of the knitting up to create a pouch approximately 3 inches deep. Using the crochet hook, work a row of sc up the right side of the pouch, across the top of the opening, and down the left side, holding the sides together and crocheting through both layers on the sides, to form the pouch.

Flipping the pouch over, work a sc border along the flap edges, until you get to the top center. Ch 5 sts (or number needed to accommodate your choice of button), and sc back into same st, and then continue around to end of flap. If you can’t/won’t crochet, you can always whip stitch up the sides and make a little i-cord loop for the button. Weave in ends, and sew on button, using the loop on the flap as a guide.

Easy peasy, right? I use my pouch to keep a spare pair of ear buds safe and untangled, but it could hold a lot more… What will you use your pouch for? I’d love to see a picture if you use this pattern!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Carol Staples says

    Great pattern. I like gratification projects that are quick, and beautifully functional when finished. Thank you for sharing!!!
    Carol

  2. 3

    Shannon Chalden says

    Well, well, well…looks like I have my NEXT project lined up! This pouch is adorable and I love working with Peaches & Creme yarn. :) Thanks for another awesome, contemporary pattern.

  3. 4

    Katie R. says

    LOVE the stitch pattern. Did you invent it?

    I’m making this as a little purse for my 3-year-old niece. Any suggestions for adding a strap?

  4. 8

    eileen says

    I tried it!! I love the thick fabric that was created! I messed up on the third row, and did a k2, slip 1 all of the way across and used a US 7 or 8. So mine looks a little different. And it fits my iphone perfectly!! Ill try it again and read the directions more carefully this time. Thank you for sharing this pattern!
    Eileen

  5. 14

    Frantzie says

    Darling little purse! And I like the idea of adding a strap to make a purse for my granddaughter.
    Do you have instructions for making the little daisy decoration?

  6. 18

    sharon rose says

    This will be a fun project and who knows if there is more left over yarns in my shelving there could be more. Thanks for sharing this. I have a question about the floral pin/button that is shown at the end of the directions. Are there directions for it? If so, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Sharon

  7. 20

    Renee says

    Thank you for this cute pattern and the easy way to create a PDF of it. I will definitely make a few of the darling little purses!

  8. 26

    Betty says

    As I’ve just recently moved into an apt and must have my key and fob with me when I leave the apt, this is perfect to just add a shoulder string and away I go. Will be making a few for the church bazaar. Thanx for sharing the pattern.

    • 28

      moogly says

      Hi Bookworm! To slip a stitch in knitting, just move the loop over to the right needle without knitting or purling it. :)

    • 31

      moogly says

      Bookworm, sc = single crochet. Insert hook through both layers, yarn over, and pull a loop through. Yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook. :)

  9. 32

    Nearly Done says

    Love the stitch and would like to make a dog coat with it. Have you tried shaping and if so could you share??? ;) otherwise I’ll try the one row forward and two rows back method. LOL Thanks

  10. 34

    patty w says

    Thanks for the really cute pattern. I will be flying in a few weeks and wanted a small project I could knit while on the plane. This is it. Thanks again. Patty

  11. 38

    Bookworm says

    If you do the sc pattern how do you attach the button on?
    How do you do the whip stitch and make an i-chord loop?

    • 41

      moogly says

      I’m sure an experienced knitter could make it within a couple hours, maybe less! It’s always hard for me to estimate because I rarely have more than a few minutes uninterrupted by my kids or other life demands…

  12. 42

    camelia says

    Do you crochet all around and then fold the pouch and crochet connecting the crocheted stitches ? Or fold and crochet through both layers at the beginning? What’s the trick to get the crocheted stitches evenly around?

    • 43

      moogly says

      Sorry that wasn’t clear – I fold and then crochet through both layers. Getting them even is the same as knitting into an edge or sewing the sides closed – just spacing and a bit of trial and error to see what looks good! I wish I had some sort of trick!

  13. 44

    Helen Hall says

    I have made two of these chinese wave bags. I keep my cell phone in one, and the other I made for a 5 year old granddaughter, who keeps squishy-squashies in hers. Nice to play with colours. Hers is royal blue with white trim. Mine is baby blue with white trim. Great project for using up smaller amounts of wool. Thank YOU!

  14. 47

    PATRICIA says

    WOULD YOU HAVE A PATTERN FOR THIS BUT BIGGERT SIZE TO HOLD THE LONG KNITTING NEEDLES IF SO COULD YOU EMAIL ME PLEASE LIKE THIS CHANGE PURSE ALSO OR WHATEVER AS YOU DO NOT HALF TO SEW A ZIPPER ON ETC THANKS

    • 48

      moogly says

      Hi Patricia! The instructions include upsizing instructions in the notes – just cast on an odd number of stitches in the size you need.

      • 49

        PATRICIA says

        THANKS ALSO HAVE YOU EVER MADE A KNITTING NEEDLE CASE OUT OF THIS DESIGN TO HOLD THE LONG KNITING NEEDLES OR DO YOU HAVE EASY DIRECTIONS FOR ONE THAT IS SIMILIAR TO THIS WITHOUT SEWING A ZIPPER AND USING ONLY STRAIGHT NEEDLES MAKING THE PUCH RIGHT NOW LIKE THE CHINESE WAVE PATTERN

  15. 51

    Believer says

    There is so much to say (or ask) especially when you’re a newbie like me. I only just started to really knit projects and learning to crochet a bit too. This project stumped me because i couldn’t figure out what the dropped stitches were going to do or why one would ever DROP a STITCH! ;-) Other bits of info given in the description hinted at the end result but i didn’t get it till finished. This is a heavy fabric. I love it! I would like to show you a pic of my first attempt at this but don’t know how. P.S. I didn’t crochet the edge. That was just too difficult for me at this stage. ;-) So, i turned it inside out to whip stitch the very outside edges of the two sides. The button closure doo-hickey was then made separately by chaining some strands of yarn and whip stitching it into the flap to hang down the face and then slip around the button (fixed to the bottom face of the pouch). I used size 6 needles and Red Heart ZEBRA yarn. The effect was pretty interesting, especially for a pouch, rather than for a garment. In fact I prefer this ‘zebra’ yarn for projects like this rather than apparel. I would love to see you make one that fits a check book and let me know of any/all pattern changes etc. I tried but… hmmm. Anyway. Thank you for the cool little project… planning to make many more.
    Read more at http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Clutch/chinese-wave-bag/ml/1#yiPvzl6JOWrwjS9v.99

    • 52

      moogly says

      Believer I’m so glad you were able to make the pattern work for you! Making a check book sized pouch would be a good idea! And I’ll have to look into this zebra yarn for sure, I haven’t seen that one!

      • 53

        Believer says

        Would you like to see a picture? If so, please remind me how to send you the attachment or to upload it to your blog page. Thanks so much for this lively, highly responsive blog page, it’s a lot of fun and so rewarding too.

    • 56

      moogly says

      MaraB as long as you can knit, you can make it. To close up the sides use a whip stitch, and for the button loop you could just make a bit of i-cord. :)

  16. 57

    PATRICIA says

    I JUST FINISHED THE CHINESE WAVE POUCH AND BINDED IT OFF. ONE QUESTION PLEASE AFTER YA BIND OFF DO YOU FASTEN OFF AFTER YOU BIND OFF BEFORE CROCHETING UP SIDES ETC. THANKS
    AND LOVE THIS PATTERN

  17. 58

    PATRICIA says

    JUST FINISHED THE CHINESE WAVE POUCH. ONE QUESTION AFTER YOU BIND OFF DO YOU FASTEN YARN OFF BEFORE STARTING CROCHETING EDGES ETC OR DO YOU JUST CONTINUE FORM THE SAME YARN WHERE YOU CINDED OFF HOPE TO HEAR FORM YOU SOON FOR A I DONT MESS IT UP LOOKS GOOD SO FAR

  18. 59

    PATRICIA says

    ONE MORE QUESTION PROBALY A STUPID ONE BUT ANYAYS AFTER YOU GET THE SIDES CROCHETED ETC AND THE OART THAT SAYS FLIP IT OVER ARE YOU STILL USING THE SAME THREAD
    AS IF YOU GO UP THE RIGHT SIDE THEN ACROSS AND THEN DOWN LEFT SIDE THEN IT SAYS FLIP OVER THE YARN WOULD BE ON THE BOTTOM OR DO YOU MEAN TO USE ANOTHER PIECE OF YARN OR WHATEVER HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON

    • 60

      moogly says

      After binding off I used the same yarn to crochet around the edges, but you should do whatever is easiest for you! I think the flip you’re referring to means to work from the right side of the flap so that the RS of the sts are facing out.

    • 62

      moogly says

      I haven’t, but you certainly could! You’d need to use a 100% wool yarn that isn’t superwash. Several yarns at the big box craft stores are labeled as good for felting.

  19. 63

    PATRICIA says

    HI AGAIN WHAT I MEANT AFTET I BINDED OFF I OINCTINUED TO USE THE SAME YARN AND WENT UP THE RIGHT SIDE ACROSS AND THEN DOWN THE LEFT SIDE USING SAME YARN BUT THEN IT SOUNDED LIKE YOU MEANT USING THAT SAME PIECE OF YARN FLIP IT OVER I TRIED THAT BUT YARN WOULD BE ON BOTTOM SO YOU CNAT USE THE SAME PIECE OF YARN YOU ARE CORCHETING WITH PLEASE ELT ME KNOW THANKS AGAIN

  20. 65

    anonymous says

    Hi, I absolutely LOVE the look of this bag and simply can’t wait to try it! But I have just one question, do you have to use Peaches & Creme wool or can you use plain double knitting wool?

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