Saturday, June 11, 2011

iPad Accessory Case

My husband asked me to knit him a case for his iPad accessories (cords, iPad pen, and earbuds). He wanted to keep all the accessories in his iPad case but didn't want them to scratch the iPad. I asked him what color and size he wanted it and got to work!

Here is the finished work:

...and the pattern:

iPad Accessory Case

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 16 cm long x 11 cm wide (about 6.5x4.5 inches)
Materials: About 40 yards of worsted weight yard in color of choice, 1 pair US 7 straight knitting needles, embroidery needle

CO 33 st
Row 1 (RS): k4, (p1, k7) x3, p1, k4           
Row 2 (WS): p3, (k1, p1, k1, p5) x3, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 3: k2, (p1, k3) x7, p1, k2
Row 4: p1, (k1, p5, k1, p1) repeat to end
Row 5: (p1, k7) repeat to last stitch, p1
Row 6: p1, (k1, p5, k1, p1) repeat to end
Row 7: k2, (p1, k3) x7, p1, k2
Row 8: p3, (k1, p1, k1, p5) x3, k1, p1, k1, p3
Rows 9-24*Repeat rows 1-8 (2 times)
Row 25 (RS): k4, (p1, k7) x3, p1, k4           
Row 26 (WS): p3, (k1, p1, k1, p5) x3, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 27: k2, (p1, k3) x7, p1, k2
Row 28: p1, (k1, p5, k1, p1) repeat to end
Row 29: Using the pattern for row 5; bind off first 8 stitches (24 stitches on left needle and 1 stitch on the right) and continue knitting the rest of the row (k7, p1, k7, p1, k7, p1)
Row 30: p1 (k1, p5, k1, p1) x3
Row 31: k2 (p1, k3) x5, p1, k2
Row 32: p3, (k1, p1, k1, p5) x2, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 33: k4, (p1, k7) x2, p1, k4
Row 34: p3, (k1, p1, k1, p5) x2, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 35: k2 (p1, k3) x5, p1, k2
Row 36: p1, (k1, p5, k1, p1) x3
Row 37: (p1, k7) repeat to last stitch, p1
Rows 38-53: Repeat rows 30-37 (2 times)
Row 54: p1 (k1, p5, k1, p1) x3
Row 55: k2 (p1, k3) x5, p1, k2
Row 56: p3, (k1, p1, k1, p5) x2, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 57: k4, (p1, k7) x2, p1, k4
Bind off leaving a long tail for seaming

Fold case inside out and use yarn tail to seam side and bottom of case.

Option 1: Fold right side out and fold tab almost completely over the front cover. Sew almost completely down each side of the tab to create a pocket.
Option 2: Sew Velcro or snaps on the front of the case and the bottom of the pocket to close.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Polliwog Sleep Sack

May's challenge was to create an item for a baby with cables and the them ocean. Since I have a baby I gladly took on the challenge. I had never worked with cables before but once I got started I realized they were a lot less difficult than I thought they would be. I made a sleep sack but was running out of time so it ended up being too short for him...I guess I'll just have to use it for future babies :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Japanese Fighting Beetle *pattern available now*

I finally went through and edited my pattern after some people tested it out. I also successfully figured out how to post a pattern on Ravelry!! I hope to get a few followers and hopefully design more things that I can try selling. If you are on Ravelry you can check out my pattern here: Japanese Fighting Beetle Pattern

Thursday, April 21, 2011


So, my efforts to sell knitted things for Japan hasn't worked exactly as planned. None of the things that I made have sold but I have had a couple people contact me to make some special orders. I'm currently working on some washcloths for a friend's baby (and one for her 2 year old son). I'm so thankful for pattern creators who allow people to sell things knitted from their patterns! So far I've finished 2 of 4 washcloths for her:

Designed by : Amy-lynne Mitchell

Copyright 2009; 2010 by Elaine Fitzpatrick

I'm really enjoying knitting up washcloths. It's fun to see the design come out with each row finished. I have 2 more to finish up for her...hopefully they'll be done before her baby is due!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Japanese Fighting Beetle

This month in the Designers Challenge group the challenge was to create a toy that is either undersized or oversized and use some sort of stripes. I wanted to make something related to Japan and was inspired by a popular pet with boys here: beetles. I decided to make it oversized (though I think I could have made it a bit bigger because it's only a little bigger than my hand). I am going to have the pattern tested than I'll offer it on Ravelry for free. I'll post the link here once I have the pattern up.

I'll post some pictures here until then :)

*Edited to add link to pattern

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Knitting for Japan

I decided to knit up some items to try and sell to raise money for mainland Japan. Since I'm not teaching this year 1. I have no spare money and 2. I do have some spare time. I haven't made too many things so far but I plan on making sure to spend some of my knitting time making things for Japan. I'm hoping to sell them to friends that are near so I don't need to bother with shipping. Here's what I have finished so far:

Friday, February 11, 2011

2011 KAL- January Square

I joined a group on Ravelry in order to motivate myself to actually finish a blanket for Jude (my cross-stitch blanket I bought while pregnant with him is still no where near being finished). Each month I will be knitting a 1'x1' square so that by the end of the year I'll have 12 squares to make into a 3'x4' blanket. The group has 3 options for the squares each month: easy, medium, hard. So far I haven't ventured to try the hard's a goal I've mine though.

Here is the January square:
It is based off of this pattern. But I made sure it was 12' before beginning to decrease. It was a quick knit and I'm happy with the results.

Jude got a hold of it a couple of times during the making. It was hard to totally keep it away from him though since he was on my lap at times. I think I got a bit obsessed with finishing it ;)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A New Project

So I decided to try blogging about all my crafts. I've been pretty good about finishing my knitting projects (as opposed to the projects I started last year). I'm hoping to keep a record of what I make, how it looks, and if I was satisfied with the results or not. I'll post later today (hopefully, if I'm able to get some work done around the house first) about some of my projects :)