Friday, 10 June 2011
Garden Flower Crocheted Mobile Phone Pocket
I recently got a new mobile phone (my old one was practically an antique and well past it's sell by date) and as my new one is actually a small computer in disguise, rather than just a phone I felt it needed something, a little pocket type protector to look after it. I hadn't seen anything I really liked in the shops and all of sudden thought...hang on, why don't I crochet one!! Well of course!
So I looked for colour inspiration in my basket of odds and sods...
...and found a nice selection of Rowan Handknit Cotton DK.
I chose this particular wool as it can be crocheted up to be pretty sturdy. Especially using SC (USA) stitches.
So I got busy. Do you want the pattern? You do?? Ah, OK then :D
The pocket is really easy. It's just two stitches ~ chains and single crochet, so if you can do those then you can probably make this in an hour or less.
Choose your yarn. I would suggest something fairly robust like a cotton but it's up to you. I used a No. 4 hook and a selection of seven colours which were inspired by my Cath Kidston messenger bag. The phone pocket is made up in stripes which consist of two rows of the same colour yarn in SC stitch.
1: Measure around your mobile phone. Mine is a HTC and pretty small, so if you have an i-phone you may need extra chains to begin, and extra stripes to fit it height wise. I will be giving the number of stitches that I used for mine, which may suit yours perfectly but do check before you begin.
2: Ch 20 + CH1
3: SC in second stitch from hook.
4: 1SC in each stitch all along the row to the end (20 stitches). Turn for row 2, CH1 then in second stitch from hook, 1SC in each stitch til end of the row.
5: *Finish off and add a new colour yarn
6: Row 3: Hook under 1st stitch of last row, CH1. In same stitch, 1SC then 1SC in each stitch along the row to the end. (20 stitches). Turn crochet piece for row 4, CH1 then 1SC in each stitch along the row to the end (20 stitches)*.
Repeat from * (step 5) for the rest of the pocket, until you have a rectangle of stripy crochet that fits just above your mobile phone.
Finish off, sew the edges of the pocket together (right sides facing) with yarn, leaving a space at the top to slide your phone in. Turn the pocket the right way - almost done!
The flower...you will need to be able to do double crochet clusters (DCC) for this - see below flower tutorial for How To:
To embellish your pocket with a small flower, choose a contrasting yarn.
1: CH 4 and join with a SS into first stitch
2: *CH3, then 1DCC (see below), then SS into ring*.
3: Repeat from * four more times, and finish off.
4: Sew in ends and then sew the flower to your phone pocket, add buttons to finish.
Double Crochet Cluster stitch: Here is an explanation of how to do this stitch - I hope it makes sense as there aren't any photos!
After doing your CH3, wrap yarn around hook and push hook through ring.
Pull yarn through (3 stitches on hook), wrap yarn around hook and pull through 2 stitches (2 stitches left on hook), wrap yarn around hook (3 stitches on hook), push hook through thr ring, wrap yarn around hook and pull through (4 stitches on hook). Wrap yarn around and pull through 2 stitches, wrap yarn around again and pull through remaining 3 stitches on hook.
So there you have it!
A pretty, protective, and unique little Mobile Phone Pocket! I hope you like it, do have a go if you do, and please get in touch if you have any questions.
Love Julia x