Keep all the essentials close at hand with this patio chair caddy! It wraps around the arm of a chair, with snaps to hold it securely in place. The arm size is adjustable, so it makes a great walker or wheelchair caddy too!
Red Heart With Love Stripes yarn
I used the color #1975 Sandbar Stripes. The changing colors of the stripes really help to highlight the spike stitch texture.
This patio chair caddy wraps completely around the arm of the chair, so it won’t work for chairs with solid sides. There needs to be a gap under the arm for the caddy to go all the way around.
It can also wrap around any sort of horizontal bar. Use it on railings, walkers, wheelchairs, or anywhere else you need a handy holder!
Adjust the Size
I designed this chair caddy to fit my patio chair, which has a rather wide arm. The section that wraps around the arm is plain half double crochet, so you can add or remove rows easily to fit any arm or bar you like! The pattern includes instructions for measuring your chair and adjusting the length accordingly.
Spike stitches create the bold texture of this chair caddy. These stitches dip down into previous rows to create loops on the surface of the fabric. Take a closer look with this crochet spike stitch tutorial!
Since the spike stitch loops wrap all the way around the fabric, the texture looks great on both the right and wrong sides.
Alternative half double crochet decrease
This chair caddy pattern uses a slight variation on the half double crochet decrease. A traditional half double crochet 2 together (hdc2tog) can be a bit bulky. To minimize the bulk, skip one of the yarn overs! Check out this alternative hdc decrease tutorial for a closer look.
For a seamless look, use a mattress stitch seam to attach the side edges of the pocket. This invisible seam laces together loops from the middle of the stitch, so the lacing is completely hidden inside the crochet stitches. Here’s a tutorial for joining side edges.
You’ll be joining the bottom of the pocket to the middle of a row on the front. Since we’re working with half-double crochet, you can hide your seam neatly under the extra third loops!
Patio Chair Caddy
- Yarn: Red Heart With Love Stripes 100% acrylic, worsted weight yarn (223 yds / 141g per skein); 325 yds #1975 Sandbar Stripes
- Hook: Size H / 5 mm crochet hook or size needed to match gauge
- Tapestry Needle
- 6 Stitch markers
- 7 sew-on snaps about 3/4 to 1-inch diameter
- Sewing needle and thread to attach snaps.
- 1/4-inch diameter x 12 inches long dowel rod (optional)
Intermediate: Spike stitches, increases, decreases, some sewing.
Width: 12 inches at bottom
Height: 11.5 inches from bottom to beginning of arm section.
Arm: Yardage given is for a 12-inch circumference chair arm. Arm section is adjustable but changes will affect the yardage needed.
12 hdc x 10 rows = 4 inches.
- ch = chain
- dec = decrease (see Special Stitches)
- hdc = half double crochet
- hdc2tog = half double crochet next 2 sts together
- RS = right side
- spike hdc = spike half double crochet (see Special Stitches)
- sk = skip
- st(s) = stich(es)
- WS = wrong side
- yo = yarn over
Spike half double crochet (spike hdc)
Yo, insert hook in next st 3 rows below (i.e. 2 rows below the next st that you would normally work into);
Yo and pull up a loop to the height of the current row;
Yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Skip the stitch on the current row inside the spike hdc.
For a more detailed look, see this spike stitch tutorial.
Half double crochet decrease (dec)
Yo, [insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop] twice, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook.
For a more detailed look, see this alternative hdc decrease tutorial.
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Row 1 (WS): Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across. (35 hdc)
Rows 2-3: Ch1, turn, hdc in each st across.
Turn, fold bottom edge back and up, so that the foundation chain lines up behind row 3.
Row 4: Ch 1, working through both layers, hdc in each st across. Mark this row as RS of work.
You should now have a small tube along the bottom edge of your work. Later, you can put the dowel rod into this tube if desired. If you are not using a dowel rod, it just creates a nicely finished bottom edge. You should be able to see a ridge of third loops from row 3 on the right side of your work.
Rows 5-6: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.
Row 7: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first st, [spike hdc, hdc in each of next 3 sts] across to last 2 sts, spike hdc, hdc in last st. (26 hdc, 9 spike hdc)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. (35 hdc)
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of first 3 sts, [spike hdc, hdc in each of next 3 sts] across. (27 hdc, 8 spike hdc)
Row 10: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. (35 hdc)
Rows 11-18: Repeat rows 7-10 twice more.
Rows 19-21: Repeat rows 7-9 once more.
Front Main Section Chart
Scroll down for chart of Front Top and Arm sections together.
Row 22 (RS): Ch 2 (does not count as a st throughout), sk first st, hdc in each st across to last 2 sts, dec in last 2 sts. (33 sts)
Row 23: Ch 2, turn, sk first st, [hdc in each of next 3 sts, spike hdc] across to last 4 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dec in last 2 sts. (23 hdc, 7 spike hdc, 1 dec)
On rows 24-31, total stitch count will decrease by 2 sts on each row.
Rows 24-31: Repeat rows 22-23 four times more. (11 hdc, 3 spike hdc, 1 dec)
Scroll down for chart of Front Top and Arm sections together.
Rows 32-61: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. (15 hdc)
You can adjust this section to fit your specific patio chair, wheelchair or walker. Wrap a measuring tape around the arm of your chair / bar of the walker to measure the circumference.
Make your Arm section this length. You can add extra length if desired, but remember that the caddy will stretch a bit, particularly if it is holding heavier items.
Any adjustments will affect the yardage needed. End after a RS row.
Front Top & Arm Chart
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Row 62: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in each st across to last st, 2 hdc in last st. (17 hdc)
Row 63: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st, [spike hdc, hdc in each of next 3 sts] across to last 3 sts, Shdc, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in last st. (15 hdc, 4 spike hdc)
On rows 64-71, total stitch count will increase by 2 sts on each row.
Rows 64-71: Repeat rows 62-63 four times more. (27 hdc, 8 spike hdc)
Back Top Chart
Row 72-87: Repeat rows 6-21 of Front Main Section.
Back Main Section Chart
Row 1 (WS): Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across. Mark this row as RS. (35 hdc)
Rows 2-3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first st, [spike hdc, hdc in each of next 3 sts] across to last 2 sts, spike hdc, hdc in last st. (26 hdc, 9 spike hdc)
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. (35 hdc)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of first 3 sts, [spike hdc, hdc in each of next 3 sts] across. (27 hdc, 8 spike hdc)
Row 7: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. (35 hdc)
Rows 8-16: Repeat rows 4-7 twice, then repeat row 4 once more.
The snaps will attach Back and Front together when caddy is folded at center of Arm. Row 5 of Front will line up with row 87 of Back.
On WS of Front, attach 1 end of 7 snaps as follows:
- Sew 1 snap in each bottom corner at approximately row 5 and 1-2 stitches in from the edges.
- Sew 3 snaps along the top of the Front Main Section at Row 21 (just before the decreases). Place one snap 1-2 stitches in from each edge, and the third snap in the center.
- Sew 2 snaps at the top of the Front Top section at Row 30 (just before the Arm section)
Sew the other end of the snaps in matching positions on WS of Back.
Remove marker from Caddy (snaps now mark WS).
Open snaps and lay caddy flat with RS up. Place Pocket with RS up on top of rows 4-19 of Front Main Section. Sew in place around side and bottom edges as follows, being careful not to sew over snaps.
Use a mattress stitch to sew first side seam.
Sew bottom edge in a similar manner, hiding your stitches under the exposed third loops from rnd 3 of Front.
Sew remaining side seam with a mattress stitch.
Place markers where you would like dividing seams. I did mine approximately 11 stitches in from each side. Sew vertical lines where marked, sewing through both layers, to divide pocket into sections.
Insert dowel into open tube below pocket. You can sew the ends of the tube shut to secure the dowel, or leave them open so you can remove it easily for washing.
Weave in all ends and remove all markers.
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