Phone Case in Under an Hour (and only $1.25)Posted: March 18, 2009
A simple request was made, “Nik, I need to be able to put my phone in my pocket without it getting scratched. Can you make me something?” (Because dear readers, I don’t know if you have looked at the price of phone cases these days…not awesome. Unless these things wake you up every morning with a hug and the encouraging words, “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh-darn it people like you” they are NOT worth the money!) So I thought and two options came to mind.
- Crochet a long rectangle and seam it down both sides because, sweetie, you know you’re not very clever at crocheting…but that would be loose and I think I would have to make some sort of draw string or tie, bleh
- Learn how to make a snug form fitting pocket for the phone…Agghhh…no way I am advanced enough to make something actually fit an object (note lack of hats being made around here.)
But I went to my Monday night knitting group and my crocheting buddy returned from a long absence and politely informed me that although lazy was good and seaming was a good way to go…the other option was not hard. It would be just like a granny square, and I knew how to do those, so I could do this.
Turns out this was REALY easy. I only had to frog it once, and that was right at the beginning. Total amount of time spent, 2 episodes of X-files (with a break for food), total cost $1.25…now that’s my idea of a good investment in a phone case!
Little Green Phone Monster:
- G Crochet hook and Sugar and Cream cotton yarn (little wool felt scraps for the eyes)
- Single chain just over half the width of the phone. (This step is why I frogged the first project, my starting chain was too long. I didn’t take into account how much the bottom would grow when I started doing the increasing rows.)
- Turn the corner like a granny square (two stitches in one loop, single chain, two stitches in one loop)
- Single stitch back the length of the starting chain
- Turn next corner as you did in #3
- Single stitch down the other side of the starting chain
- I did this for a total of two increasing rows to make the rectangle base for the phone cover – Once I could set the phone end on the rectangle I stopped increasing at the corners (no more double stitches in one loop) and just did single stitches all the way around until it was tall enough to cover the phone.
- I still had ten minutes of X-Files left so I decided to give the cover a face, Ta-da…phone monster! (I was originally thinking Frankenstein, but I didn’t feel like making bolts for his neck.)
Thanks to Tipnut.com for posting this on a list of 25 neat-o projects to make for March (I’m #24)
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