© June Gilbank 2011
Never lose your lip balm again (or have it melt in your pocket) with this stylish holder! Clip it to your keyring, to your bag, or even to your belt loop and you’ll always have lip balm at hand when you need it. Quick and easy to crochet, just pop a lip balm inside and you have a perfect little gift!
Lip Balm Holder is part of the PlanetJune Accessories range of crochet patterns by June Gilbank.
This pattern is Donationware – the pattern is available for free, but if you like it please consider sending me a donation to show your appreciation:
Send me a donation and receive the easy-to-print PDF version of the pattern as a thank you! It includes some additional info that you’ll only find in the PDF version:
– A modification to make the holder slightly wider
– A simpler edging option
– Tips for attaching the various types of hardware that you see in my photos
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This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to www.planetjune.com/lipbalmholder
|reverse single crochet (reverse double crochet for UK/Aus) – aka crab stitch
|single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
L-R: size 5 crochet thread, size 8 pearl cotton, size 10 crochet thread, fingering weight yarn (Bernat Baby).
Although exact gauge isn’t critical for this pattern, the holder does need to fit snugly around a lip balm tube. It will depend on the exact yarn you use as well as how tightly you crochet. To test your gauge, crochet the first 6 or 7 rounds, then try fitting the base of your tube inside. It should be a fairly tight fit:
Do not join at the end of each round; rounds are worked in continuous spirals.
Reverse single crochet (rsc). This technique creates a twisted cord edging and a neat finish.
Insert hook into previous stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.(1 rsc completed)
See also my rsc video tutorial (including right- and left-handed versions).
Make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 4: ch 1, (sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st) nine times.
Make sure the magic ring is pulled completely closed. Thread the starting yarn tail onto a needle and weave it through a few stitches around the base of the circle (Figure 1); you don’t need to be neat, as the inside of the holder won’t be seen, but make sure you weave the end through enough stitches that it’s secure. Snip off the remaining tail close to the stitches.
You don’t need to count rounds or mark the start of each round from this point, just continue to crochet the following stitch pattern:
Rnd 5: (sc in next ch-sp, ch 1, skip next st) around.
Note: Each round is automatically offset by one stitch so the pattern can continue seamlessly as you spiral around.
Complete 2 or 3 rounds of this stitch pattern, then test the lip balm holder for size (Figure 2). See Gauge, above, and follow the instructions to correct if it is too wide or narrow.
L: Figure 1 (weaving in the starting tail on the inside of the base)
R: Figure 2 (testing the width of the lip balm holder to make sure the lip balm will fit snugly inside)
Continue to work in the same stitch pattern, working in a continuous spiral, until the lip balm holder is long enough (approx 19 rounds of the stitch pattern). Test the length by sliding a lip balm tube inside the holder, then remove it to continue. Stop crocheting when the holder reaches the join between the lip balm base and cap, ending with a sc in next ch-sp.
Do not fasten off…
Note: It’s very easy to make a shorter or longer hanging loop if you’d prefer. In Rnd 6, below, instead of the ch 5 to create the loop, chain as many stitches as you’d like. When you work the rsc edging, work the same number of rsc stitches into the ch-sp as the number of chain stitches you worked, or as many as you need to work all the way around the loop.
Rnd 6: ch 5, sc in next ch-sp (Figure 3), ch 1, sl st in next ch-sp, ch 1, rsc in previous ch-sp. Working backwards around the edge, rsc in previous sc, 5 rsc in ch5-sp (Figure 4), rsc in each sc and each ch-sp around. In final stitch, still working backwards, insert yarn back into same stitch and complete a sl st. Fasten off, leaving a long yarn end.
Thread the yarn end onto a needle, and weave it in around the top of the lip balm holder, passing the needle under each rsc (Figure 5). Snip off the remaining yarn end.
L-R: Figure 3, Figure 4, Figure 5
You can attach all sorts of clasps to your lip balm holder for different uses.
A wide selection of hardware including key chains, lobster claw clasps, clips and straps is available from general craft stores or bead stores.
For example, you can attach it to your belt loop, to your key chain, or to your purse strap, as shown in my examples:
I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!