Last year when I took a trip to a different city with my family, I had a hotel card key that I needed to carry. However, my clothes didn’t have any pockets, and I didn’t want to be carrying my purse with me everywhere I went, whether to the beach, walking around the city, or just staying at the hotel. Since it was warm and sunny, I didn’t wear a coat either. So I decided to crochet a simple card pouch to carry my key. My two younger sisters were in the same predicament as I was, so they also needed card pouches. In fact, the first card pouch I made was for my youngest sister so that she could carry her own key.
I’m sure this idea is not original; I’ll bet that a lot of other people have come up with crochet card pouches. This one is not really fancy, either. It is just something that I quickly made up the first morning in the hotel. However, I decided to share it. So here it is.
I made two versions of this card pouch, so you can choose which way you want it to be. Version 1 is horizontal and version 2 is vertical. I made these to fit a standard size card exactly.
This pouch would also be useful for carrying money, credit cards, or business cards. However, it may not be the most secure. Do be very careful about what you carry and where, and always use your best judgment.
Card Pouch Pattern
- Worsted weight yarn – I used Red Heart With Love
- Hook G (4.25 mm)
- 1 Button
- Ch – chain
- Sc – single crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
Round 1: Ch 16, sc in back loop of second ch from hook, sc in back loop of each ch across. Sc down the other side of chain in remaining loop. Join with sl st to first sc. (30 total stitches)
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each st around. Be sure not to dc in the sl st of the last round. Join with sl st to first dc, not to ch 2. (30 total stitches)
Rounds 3-5: repeat round 2.
Row 6: Sl st 2, ch 2, dc in same st, dc 14, turn. (15 total stitches)
Row 7: Ch 1, sc 2 together, sc 2, hdc 2, dc 3, hdc 2, sc 2, sc 2 together, turn. (13 total stitches)
Row 8: Ch 1, sc 3, hdc 2, dc 1, ch 1, skip next st, dc 1, hdc 2, sc 3, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sk next st, sc 10, sk next st, sl in last st. Fasten off.
Now you need to sew on your button. Make sure the button is the right size to go through the buttonhole on the flap. Using a needle and thread or yarn needle and yarn, sew the button to the middle stitch of round 4 on the front side. Check the placement of the buttonhole before sewing the button.
Round 1: Ch 11, sc in back loop of second ch from hook, sc in back loop of each ch across. Sc in remaining loop of each ch across opposite side. Join with sl st to first sc. (20 total stitches)
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each st across. Be careful not to dc in the sl st of the previous round. Join with sl st to first dc, not to ch 2. (20 total stitches)
Rounds 3-8: Repeat round 2.
Row 9: Sl st 3, ch 2, dc in same st, dc 9, turn. (10 total stitches)
Row 10: Ch 1, sc 2 together, hdc 2, dc 2, hdc 2, sc 2 together. Turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc 1, hdc 2, dc 1, ch 1, dc 1, hdc 2, sc 1, turn.
Row 12: Ch 1, skip next st, sc 7, sl st in last st. Fasten off.
Close the flap and check the placement of the buttonhole to sew on the button. Sew the button with a sewing needle and thread or a yarn needle and yarn.
This makes a long cross-body strap, about 50″ long. If you want a shorter strap, do fewer chains. Since this is made according to the desired length, the exact number of chains is not important.
Row 1: Make a slip know, leaving a long tail. Ch 201, turn, sc in each ch across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Using the long tails at each end of the strap, sew it to the sides of the pouch. Weave in all ends.