Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

The Leap Year Crochet Blanket

Over on Facebook, a couple of friends of mine started an event whereby we do a square, knitted or crochet a day for 366 days, and then make a blanket at the end, or as we go… Of course as a relatively new crocheter (it was my NYE resolution back at start of 2011 to learn when I was pregnant with my fourth!), I am loving the challenge of crocheting new squares and improving my skills! I have a fairly reasonable stash at the moment, but a lot of the yarn is already accounted for in other projects, so will need some more very soon!! 😉

I hope to start blogging more and updating more this year, and hopefully this time next year I will have a finished blanket!!

Here is my first square of the year!

Along with this, I have decided that 2012 will be a year that I try and resume jewellery making again since the birth of my fourth baby back in May 11, I haven’t had time, and really I still don’t! I hope to try and find the time to squeeze some creating in though! I also would like to learn how to sew.. I’ve had a machine for a few years that barely gets used, and generally be more crafty and creative! Watch this space!

Multi-coloured iPhone crochet stripe case

I wanted to make an iPhone cosy for a while now, and needed something really simple to get started on. Inspired by this gorgeous blog, I decided to do a stripy case, as I LOVE stripes. Especially multicoloured ones! The pattern in the blog was for her HTC phone, so I adjusted it to fit my iPhone & here is how I did it…

Materials & hook size

I used Rico Creative Cotton yarn from here & a 4mm hook.


The stitches used are chain stitch, SC (US Single Crochet) & SS (slipstitch)


I chained 31 to fit around my iPhone. Depending on yarn/hook/tightness, you may need to adjust to fit. Leave at least 6″ tail for sewing/slip-stitch bottom of case at end.

Row 1. Insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, and SC into every stitch along the row. Turn.

Row 2. Ch1, SC into every stitch until the end. Fasten off leaving a small tail for sewing in sides of case at end.

**Row 3. Tie on new colour by knotting it with previous tail-end. Insert hook right underneath first stitch, draw yarn through, Ch1, SC into the first stitch of previous row. SC along rest of row. Turn.

Row 4. Ch1, SC into 2nd stitch from hook & continue to end. Fasten off as before, leaving enough yarn to SS the sides. **

repeat between ** ** until you reach desired size to fit iPhone.

Finishing off

With right sides together, lined up neatly, using the yarn tail, SS along bottom of case, securing at end with knot. See photo below. This is the RIGHT way, once it’s been turned inside out.


Do the same for the sides, using a SS with the yarn tails. Once you are confident it’s all secure, turn case inside out so that the right side is now visible & check the seams. If happy, turn it inside out again & I knotted each pair of yarn tails per colour & snipped the ends to make it a little tidier. Turn back inside out to the right way, and case is complete!

This is the first time I’ve done a crochet project that required joining seams together, (I’ve been a blanket girl up till now!), so it’s not perfect, but I am pleased with it, I think when I do it again, I will be able to do the ends inside the case much neater.

Hope you found this tutorial helpful, let me know how you get on!