While traveling in Ohio last week my mother-in-law showed me this cute tissue holder cover she’d picked up at an estate sale. There was only 2 and she liked them enough to want more for gifts, so she asked me to make a few for her. A little crochet challenge? Of course!
This is the tissue holder I’ve copied.
I’ve taken the time to write down the pattern I figured out, even though it’s pretty easy, just in case any of you might like the exact dimensions worked out for you.
The pocket is alternating rows of single and double crochet (Amer.) and then a basic shell stitch for the flap. I was also endeavouring to make pockets just like the ones my mother-in-law found, so the shell stitch is just a bit different from others found online.
Crochet Shell Stitch Tissue Holder Pattern
(4 dc in one st)
(6 dc in one st)
Row 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc across 34 times. 36 sts.
Row 2 Ch 2, turn, sk st, sc 35 times. 36 sts.
Row 3 Ch 2, turn, sk. st., dc 35 times. 36 sts.
Rows 4-19 Repeat rows 2 and 3 eight times. 19 rows.
Row 20 Shell in 4th ch from hook, *skip 3 ch, shell in next ch*; rep * to end. Turn.
Row 21 Ch 4, *shell in 2nd dc of next shell; rep * to end. Turn.
Rows 22-28 Rep row 21 seven times.
Row 29 **Finishing Shell in 2nd dc of next shell**; rep ** seven more times, join last dc of last shell into the last stitch.
Weave in ends, bind off.
Fold up the sc and dc rows to make your pocket.
Pocket Edge: Sl st to join the top sts on one side together, then in the side if each dc row place 4 sc, continue 8 more times down to the bottom corner.
Sl st in the last st, bind off and weave in ends.
Repeat pocket edge on the other side.
Alternately, you could slip stitch the pocket edges, as the blue one was done. But the bulk usually not wanted in seams, works well here to help the tissues fit in better.
1. It’s worth it to take the time to block this little pocket.
If you block it while it’s a still a strip, it’s easier to line up and stitch your edges. If you forget and do the blocking when your pocket is complete, it’s still helpful in setting its shape and making it easier to fit the tissue packets inside. I did it both ways, learning as I went along.
2. Check with any avid crafter, crocheter or granny you know before purchasing thread crochet.
It’s what was used to make all those doilies and kitschy potholders in the past, but is not used by a lot of us as often now. And it comes in big amounts for it’s size. That means it’s super easy to find in closets, at garage sales, and in the thrift stores by the bagful.
3. If you’ve only used regular or bulky yarns for bigger or faster projects, be aware that these took me about 4 hours each.
It will take a couple rows for your eyes and fingers to get used to the smaller crocheting, but it’s really not that hard, just different. It just requires more patience because the effect and product are so much smaller than what most of us are used to now.
Because of the previously mentioned 4 hours, I haven’t tried it yet, but I think that if you decreased the sc and dc rows to only 15 and the shell rows to 8 instead of 10, it would perfectly fit my iPhone 4. I also think it’d be great to make the flap of the pocket in a chevron or broomstick lace stitch with different colored stripes.
If you make this pattern, please let me know and share some photos! Also, if there’s any notes or edits you’d like me to add to the pattern, I’m all ears!
Happy Crocheting, friends!