Thursday, April 17, 2014

Phone Cozie

Some time ago, Mr. Trizzle bought me a present for my office – a smart phone.  Now, I was not just about to throw this shiny new object into my purse with my keys and knitting needles so it could get all scratched up right away.  I needed something to protect it.

I didn’t want one of those rubber cases that practically doubles the size of the phone, and besides that, I needed to protect the screen, not just the body.  So, I made my own case!

Using the toe-up sock technique I’d learned when making my knee-high socks and modifying a pattern for finger-less gloves that came on the yarn I bought, I made a little sweater for my cozy (4)

I used the phone as a guide as I went.  I did a toe-up cast on with enough stitches to reach across the bottom of the phone.  The “toe of the sock” became the bottom of the phone cozie.  I knit a row or two around and then moved into the cable pattern from the yarn wrapper, which I thought was pretty neat.  I checked the length of the cozie as I went, tucking the phone into it and then going back to knitting. 

phone cozy (3)

Once it was long enough to fully cover the phone, I began casting off at a point about 2/3 of the way across the backside of the cozie.  I continued casting off around the front of the cozie and about 1/3 of the way around the back.  Then I began knitting in the cable pattern again, making a long narrow flap to go over the top and hold the phone in the case.  When the flap was nearly long enough, I did a yarn-over and ssk in the middle to make a button hole and then did some final rows and cast-off.

phone cozy (5) I had made a yarn button by crocheting a spherical-ish mess. – I didn’t want to put a hard button on the case because it might get pressed against the phone and crack the screen. -  I tacked the yarn button on by working the yarn ends into the cozie.  But, I hadn’t left the yarn ends long enough to really work them in, and the “button” soon fell off.  However, it turns out the case doesn’t really need a button to stay closed.  The friction of yarn against yarn does enough to keep the phone covered in my purse or pocket.

My little knit phone cozie works fabulously and I get lots of compliments on it. Yay!

phone cozy (2)

Yarn: Bernat Satin in Ebony