OK, so most of you have finished all your festive gift making I’m sure. But, just in case you haven’t, here’s a quick make that is great for the men in your life (and equally suited to the ladies too, but sometimes men can be so hard to make for it’s nice to have something for them). These tool tidies are great for sheds, garages and hobby rooms. I keep several in my green house and even a couple in my studio. They are very quick and can be made in any yarn. Wool is my first choice, it just gets better with wear. You can make striped versions to use up all your odds and ends. You only need very basic crochet skills, so the more confident maker will probably be able to finish one in under an hour. One health and safety tip – if you’re lining them with tin cans – be sure to fix tape or binding around the top to prevent cuts.
As always, the pattern is written in UK crochet terms. Simply Crochet have a great abbreviations list and conversion chart. This pattern first appeared in Issue 41 of Inside Crochet magazine, so eagle eyed readers might recognise it as an “old favourite” from way back in 2013, but it’s still a very practical make.
- Rowan Felted Tweed Aran (50% merino wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose), 50g/87m/95yd, shade (Soot, 729), 1 ball per tool tidy. You can substitute any Aran weight yarn.
- 4mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends, locking stitch marker.
Size: Diameter: 9cm. Height: 14cm
Patterns starts here:
Pattern is worked in the round in a spiral, do not turn and do not join at end of each round.
Using 4mm hook and chosen yarn, make 4ch, join with a sl st to make a ring.
Round 1: 1ch (does not count as stitch), 6dc into ring, place marker to indicate last st of rnd (move marker up at end of each round, so it always indicates last st) (6dc)
Round 2: 2dc into each dc. (12dc)
Round 3: *1dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (18 dc)
Round 4: *1dc in next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (24 dc)
Round 5: *1dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (30 dc)
Round 6: *1dc in next 4 dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (36 dc)
Round 7: *1dc in next 5 dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * to end. (42 dc)
Round 8: DCBLO in each dc to end (42 dcblo)
Round 9: *dc in next 5 dc, dc2tog, repeat from * to end (36 dc)
Round 10: Continue to work in a spiral, working 1dc in each st until work measures 12cm.
Next round: ch 8, sk 6 dc, sl st in next dc, dc to end of round. (30 dc and 8ch)
Next round, 1 dc in each of 8 ch, dc to end of round. (38dc)
Work 2 rounds in dc.
Final round: 1 sl st in front loop only of each dc to end. Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.
Slide into a baked bean can for sturdy storage.