Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pokeball Deck Bag

My relationship with Pokemon is kind of a strange one. I only have two very strong memories related to it, and as I was making the pattern and crocheting up this bag for Pokemon cards, they were the only things I could think about.


I was about 10 when I got into anime, and Sailor Moon was my drug of choice. Something about Pokemon didn't really appeal to me, and while my friends sat on the curb outside their apartment buildings trading cards, I didn't want to be left out, so I feigned interest.

I liked talking to my friends about the different kinds of Pokemon, and I remember sitting outside, in the middle of the hot Virginia summer, with my binder of all kinds of cards, trading cards with everyone else who had their binders of cards. This is the first memory I really treasure about Pokemon.


I never became obsessed, really. But I certainly had a place for Charmander in my heart.

As a stocking stuffer one Christmas, my Dad, not knowing the difference between Pokemon and all those other animes I was into, got me a sparkly little bouncy ball with Charmander in the center. As I crocheted this Pokeball, I could clearly remember standing in front of my Christmas tree that night, the lights wrapped around the tree sparkling, my face and hands warm from the heaters, and my Charmander bouncy ball firmly in my hand, and all I could think about was how badly I wanted to take care of him. So twenty seconds of a fragment of a memory of pretty lights and the smell of Christmas still hanging in the air is my 2nd nice memory of Pokemon.

This was all happening around the same time I spoke of in my last post, when I spent my days drawing Sailor Scouts, watching animes, writing fanfiction and just making my own universe. I've never felt more magical, and so even though Pokemon was never a vice of mine, it still holds a special place in my heart.

So, without further delay, here is that pattern for my Pokeball Pokemon card deck bag!

Pokeball Deck Bag
Pokemon and Pokeball (TM) Satoshi Tajiri
Original Pattern created by Pam Gabriel
Please do not sell products made from this pattern without permission.

This is a crocheted bag designed to hold decks for the Pokemon card game.

What you'll need:

  • H Hook
  • Less than a skein of worsted weight yarns in:
    • White
    • Red
    • Black


Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Skip (sk)

How to do it:

With White, ch 31:

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each sc across, ch 1, turn. (30 sc)
Row 2 - 10: sk next sc, sc to end of row, ch 1, turn. (30 sc)
Row 11: sk next sc, sc to end of row. (30 sc) (Do NOT ch 1 at end of this row.)

Finish off white.

Attach Black.

Row 12: Ch 1, sk next sc, sc to end of row. (30 sc)

Finish off black.

Attach Red.

Row 13: Ch 1, sk next sc, sc to end of row, ch 1, turn. (30 sc)
Row 14 - 22: sk next sc, sc to end of row, ch 1, turn. (30 sc)
Row 23 (Beaded Row): sk next sc, sc in next 2 spaces *ch 1, sk next sc, sc* Repeat * to end of row, ch 1, turn (16 sc, 14 ch1 spaces)
Row 24: sc in each ch1 space and in each sc. (30 sc)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Weave in ends.

Use a whip stitch to sew the side and bottom together. Switch to white yarn when you get to the white part of the bag.


Using red, make a chain of desired length, and weave through the holes made by the chain spaces in the beaded row.


With white:

Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Finish off white.

Attach black.

Round 2: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc). Finish off, leaving a long tail.

Sew button to center of front side of bag.


So, how did it go? Was it big? Small? Do you even use Pokemon cards anymore? Are you using it as a bag for something else? Let me know!

Next time! More deck bags are in the works, along with a Sailor Moon challenge (on a few different levels), and who knows...maybe even a NaNoWriMo update. 


  1. Thanks for this idea :) I am trying to make all my gifts this year, and I know an 8y/o Poke-fan who I haven't been able to settle on a project for - until now :) I think this with a pack of cards for his collection will be perfect.

  2. Wow. I just saw this on deviantART and I love it.(: I think I'm going to make this for my little brother's birthday.

  3. I did mine wider at 36/35 and I sewed the ends of the pull together to baby proof it since mine is going to a 1-1/2 yr old for his treasures. :-) The colors are even Christmassy. I sent a post earlier but it looked as though it didn't go through. I hope this one isn't redundant.

    Anyway, thanks for the pattern.

  4. Hi! I just used this pattern and wanted to point out that the finished bag is much larger than a pokemon card. For anyone out there who maybe thought the same, fewer chains or smaller hooks will help for this! The bag is very beautiful regardless of size, however:)

  5. Thank you for this pattern I made a pink bag for my daughter