Cicada pouch

Gauge: unimportant Needle size: Two subsequent needle sizes, starting with the smallest needle recommended for the yarn. For example, if it says '3-4 mm' on the yarn band, use 3 mm and 3.5 mm needles. Yarn: Lace weight is recommended, but any yarn from lace weight to 4-ply will work. The yarns used in the examples are Manos del Uruguay lace, approx. 40 meters (above); and Tosh sock 4-ply, approx. 45 meters (below).

This pouch is inspired by the cicada, an order of large, loud and not very intelligent insects. Most famous of these is perhaps the periodical cicada, which spends 17 years as a nymph underground, only to die 4 to 6 weeks after emerging as an adult. The pouch is a good way of using up thin yarns of which you only have less than 50 meters left. It is worked in 3 parts: the front, back, and wings. The wings are attached to the front; front and back are subsequently sewn together. The size of the pouch will depend on the yarn and needle size used. The example in lace weight is 10 cm long; the example in 4-ply is 14 cm long.

Pattern by Medeia Designs, January 2012 (medeiadesigns.blogspot.com). For personal, noncommercial use only. Free redistribution of this pattern is allowed on the condition that full credit is given.

Abbreviations: K = Knit P = Purl YO = Yarn over k2tog = knit 2 together ssk = slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit slipped stitches together inc = Increase in the next stitch using your favourite method inc5 =(K1, wrap yarn around needle, K1, wrap yarn around needle, K1) all in one stitch MB: Make bramble: knit the next 5 stitches, then pass the first 4 stitches one by one over the 5th.

Back: Using the smaller needles, CO 3 stitches. R1 (WS): P3. R2 (RS): K1, (K1,P1,K1) in the same stitch, K1. R3: P5. R4 and every RS row after that until and including R18: K1, inc, K to last 2 st, inc, K1. You should have 21 stitches after these rows.
Pattern by Medeia Designs, January 2012 (medeiadesigns.blogspot.com). For personal, noncommercial use only. Free redistribution of this pattern is allowed on the condition that full credit is given.

R5: K to end. R7&R9: P to end. Repeat these 3 WS rows twice more (until R21) R20 and every RS row after that until and including R46: Knit to end. R23: P3, K15, P3. R25&27: P to end. P29: P7, K7, P7. R31&33: P21. R35: P5, K11, P5. R37&39: P21. R41: P8, K5, P8. R43,45&47: P21. R48: *(K1, P1); repeat from * to last st, K1 Repeat R48 11 more times. R60: K1,*( YO, K2tog); repeat from * to end. R61&62: *(K1, P1); repeat from * to last st, K1. Cast off.

Wings: Using the larger needles, CO 3 st. R1 (WS): P1, K1, P1. R2 (RS): K1, YO, K1, YO, K1. R3: P2, K1, P2. R4: K2, YO, K1, YO, K2. R5: P3, K1, P3. R6: K1, YO, ssk, YO, K1, YO, K2tog, YO, K1. R7: P4, K1, P4. R8: K2, YO, ssk, YO, K1, YO, K2tog, YO, K2.
Pattern by Medeia Designs, January 2012 (medeiadesigns.blogspot.com). For personal, noncommercial use only. Free redistribution of this pattern is allowed on the condition that full credit is given.

R9: P5, K1, P5. R10: K1, YO, ssk, YO, ssk, YO, K1, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K1. R11: P6, K1, P6. R12: K2, YO, ssk, YO, ssk, YO, K1, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K2. R13: P7, K1, P7. R14: K1; *(YO, ssk); repeat from * 2 times, K1, **(K2tog, YO); repeat from ** 2 times; K1. Repeat rows 13 and 14 once. R17: as row 13. R18: *(ssk, YO); repeat from * 3 times, K1, **(YO, K2tog); repeat from ** 3 times, R19: P8, K1, P8. Repeat rows 18 and 19 once. R22: *(ssk, YO); repeat from * twice; K2; cast off the middle stitch; K2; **(YO, K2tog), repeat from ** twice. Turn work and continue on these last 7 st. R23 and every WS row after that: P to end. R24: K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog. R26: K1, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog. R28: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog. R30: K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog. R32: K2tog, YO, K1, YO K2tog. R34: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog. R36: K1, K2tog, K1. R37: P3. Place these stitches on a stitch holder. Rejoin yarn to the 8 stitches left earlier, starting with a WS row. R23 and every WS row after that: P to end. R24: ssk, YO, ssk, YO, ssk, YO, ssk. R26: ssk, YO, ssk, YO, ssk, YO, K1. R28: ssk, YO, ssk, YO, ssk, K1. R30: ssk, YO, ssk, YO, ssk.
Pattern by Medeia Designs, January 2012 (medeiadesigns.blogspot.com). For personal, noncommercial use only. Free redistribution of this pattern is allowed on the condition that full credit is given.

R32: ssk, YO, K1, YO, ssk. R34: ssk, YO, ssk, K1. R36: K1, ssk, K1. R37: P3.

Front: Using the smaller needles, cast on 3 st. Work the first 22 rows as for the back. R23: K to end. R24 and every RS row after that until and including R44: Knit to end. For the 1st and 2d WS row, P to end. For the 3d WS row, K to end. Repeat this (knitting all stitches on RS) 3 more times. R43&45: P to end. R46: Knit 1 stitch from the front together with 1 stitch from the wings for all 3 stitches, K17, knit 1 stitch from the front together with 1 stitch from the wings for all 3 stitches. R47: P to end. R48: *(K1, P1); repeat from * to last st, K1 Repeat R48 5 more times. R54: (K1, P1) twice; inc5; (P1, K1) 6 times, P1, inc5, (P1, K1) twice R55: (K1, P1) twice; K5; (P1, K1) 6 times, P1, K5, (P1, K1) twice. R56: (K1, P1) twice; P5; (P1, K1) 6 times, P6, (P1, K1) twice. R57: (K1, P1) twice; MB; (P1, K1) 6 times, P1, MB; (P1, K1) twice. R58&59: *(K1, P1); repeat from * to last st, K1 R60: K1,*( YO, K2tog); repeat from * to end. R61&62: *(K1, P1); repeat from * to last st, K1. Cast off.

Block both the front and back pieces well before sewing together. Block the large wings to taste, preferably following the outline of the body. Place the front and back with right side on each other. Sew closed along the edge. Be careful to only sew wings with the seams if and where you want to! Turn right-side out. Weave in ends. Thread a ribbon or a braid of yarn through the eyelets at the top. Finish the ribbon with a bead, or just a knot. You're done!
Pattern by Medeia Designs, January 2012 (medeiadesigns.blogspot.com). For personal, noncommercial use only. Free redistribution of this pattern is allowed on the condition that full credit is given.

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