Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Ben Nevis Crochet Camera Cases

Mobile Phone Case, Free Pattern

So this is the last project from the French Alps. My last few weeks in Chamonix were very stressful and there was a lot going on, most of it not good. I found nearly not enough time for knitting and crochet, or even skiing. It was really struggling to finish any knitting project i started, and was getting really frustrated at myself.

But i work in cycles, as as one cycle ends another starts. I think that this is the end of my current knitting phase, and i have moved on to a new crochet phase. My last major crochet phase had me frantically hooking up granny squares like a crazy woman. This time my mind seams to be focused on more simple solid items. I can visualize me hooking up hats, headbands and mitts, in more simple double crochet. But i am probably imagining completing more than i ever will.

My first crochet project in this phase, are these little cases, for mobile phones and cameras. The inspiration was a camera case that i made several years ago after i bought a camera on a trip to Scotland. Once i bought the camera, the sales man tried to persuade me to buy a case, but i had just learnt to crochet, so was eager to make my own. I went in search of a yarn store, i found a John Lewis with a haberdashery and bought a hook and yarn and hooked it up on the train to Ben Nevis (highest mountain in UK). This case was starting to look a bit battered, so i hooked up this new one with the chunky Phildar (Partner) yarn that i bought in Sallanches.

Mobile Phone Case, Free Pattern

The pattern is really simple (slightly modified to give a better finish)
  • Row 1: Chain 14, DC into second chain and then double crochet (DC) in to each chain (13 stitches), turn work.
  • Row 2: Chain 2 then DC until end of work, turn work.
  • Repeat row 2 until work wraps around the camera (or phone) and overlaps by 1 inch, turn work.
  • Decrease row 1: DC until 2 before end of row, then decrease last 2 stitches. Turn work.
  • Decrease row 2: DC to end of work. Turn work.
  • Repeat these two decrease rows until there are 8 stitches remaining.
  • Now decrease both ends of work.
  • When there are 2 stitches remaining make a chain of 6 stitches, then slip-stitch into the next stitch.
  • Sew in ends.
  • Sew or crochet up sides.
  • Add a button or make a crochet button.
  • Pull camera strap through fabric with a crochet hook.

Once i had finished this little project ,and it only took me an hour so. I made two more with the same yarn only in sport weight, i made these for my mobile phone and work phone. This little project was the therapy i needed after a needlessly hard couple of weeks.

Mobile Phone Case, Free Pattern

Crochet, Free Pattern, Camera

1 comment:

  1. I'm very new at crochet, but this looks like a project I could handle. I'll have to give it a shot sometime!