Friday, October 8, 2010

Phone-y Turtleneck Sweater (Phone Cozy)

I’ve been away from my blog far too much. To make up for it, I give you…

*drumroll*

A free pattern! My first evereverever. Ever.

It’s October already, and you know what that means. Holiday gift cramming! I came up with something that would be a great gift to guys, gals, and just about anyone who has a phone or gadget. Plus, it uses up your scraps! It uses up small amounts of worsted acrylic (hurrah for cheap yarn). It’s like a win-win-win situation.


Phone-y Turtleneck Sweater (Phone Cozy)
 by Claire Ortega, October 2010







I love sweaters. Unfortunately they don’t look good on me. I’ve always wanted one –so I make it for my phone! I have a Samsung Champ 3303 (I think it’s a standard size for touch-screen phones). If you’re making this for something else, the pattern is easily adjustable though. Read on to the customizing tips at the bottom.


These would make fast gifts for Christmas. Now you can finally, really, truly make a sweater for everyone for the holidays. LOL.


Skill Level:       Easy

Materials:        about 30-40 yards worsted or medium weight acrylic (But I’ve been informed that other fibers work fine, too. J One even tried it in DK weight and it still came out about the same size.)
                        H / 8/0 / 5.00 mm hook
                        Tapestry needle/ yarn needle, for weaving ends in

Gauge:             Not overly important – but my gauge was 8 sc x 8 sc rows = 2 inches.

Finished Size:   Stretches to fit most phones and some rectangular gadgets. My phone measures 96.3 x 53.8 x 12.97 mm. Cozy could be made bigger by starting with more chains (to add width) or by making more row repeats (to add length).

Notes:              Cozy is made back in forth in rows, constructed from side to side and then seamed at one side. It is designed to be stretchy, so if you’re customizing it for a specific gadget, make sure to take that into account. Ch 1 at end of rows does not count as a stitch. Optional notes are added in italics.

Stitches used:   US Terminology
                            Ch = chain
                            Sc = single crochet
                            Hdc = half double crochet
                            Hdc 3 together = (yarn over, insert into back loop of next stitch) three times, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

Other terms: Blo = back loop only
                        FO = Fasten off.

Row 1: Ch 18.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook. I like working the stitches in the back loop, but do whatever you’re comfortable with. 1 sc in each of next 9 stitches. 1 hdc in each of next 6 stitches. 5 hdc in last stitch. Continue working on the other side of the starting chain. I crochet over the starting chain’s tail at this part for easy/lazy yarn-tail hiding. 1 hdc in each of next 6 stitches. 1 sc in each of next 10 stitches Ch 1, turn. ~ 20 sc and 17 hdc ~


At the end of row 1, you should have something like this:

From this point forward, all stitches will be made in the blo.

Row 2:  1 sc in blo of 1st sc and each of next 9 sc. 1 hdc in blo of next 8 hdc. 3 hdc in blo of next hdc. 1 hdc in blo of next 8 hdc. 1 sc in blo each of next 10 sc. Ch 1, turn. ~ 20 sc and 19 hdc ~


At the end of row 2 it should already have a hint of a shape:


Row 3:  1 sc in blo of 1st sc and each of next 9 sc. 1 hdc in blo of next 19 hdc. 1 sc in blo each of next 10 sc. Ch 1, turn. ~ 20 sc and 19 hdc ~


After row 3:


Rows 4-8:  Repeat row 3.


After row 8:


Row 9:  1 sc in blo of 1st sc and each of next 9 sc. 1 hdc in blo of next 8 hdc. Hdc 3 together (in blo of the 3 stitches). (Counts as 1 hdc) 1 hdc in blo of next 8 hdc. 1 sc in blo each of next 10 sc. Ch 1, turn. ~ 20 sc and 17 hdc ~
hdc 3 together:



Row 10:  1 sc in blo of 1st sc and each of next 9 sc. 1 hdc in blo of next 7 hdc. Hdc 3 together (in blo of the 3 stitches). 1 hdc in blo of next 7 hdc. 1 sc in blo each of next 10 sc. ~ 20 sc and 15 hdc ~

Finishing
FO, leaving a long tail for seaming. Seam sides (I just used the good ol’ whipstitch). You can also try slip stitching or sc’ing together the two sides, if you’re more comfortable with that. Weave in ends. Fold the top over (the part with 10 sc) in half to make the “turtleneck.” If you seam it neatly enough, it would be reversible.


After folding the top over


Make it your own (optional tips and suggestions to personalize your cozy):
1.  The first and last ten stitches make up the “collar” of the cozy. Add more stitches if you want to make it more turtleneck-y.
2.  To make the cozy larger, add more hdc’s before the increases in the first rows.
3.  Embellish! Make appliqu├ęs (flowers I think would be great) in thread or thinner yarn and sew/glue them to the cozy. I think beads and charms would work great too – wonderful for those bits and pieces of beads you may have.  It would look like brooches for the sweater.
4.  Line it. Some acrylic yarns can be very stiff – if you worry that it might damage your phone’s screen, better line it with soft cloth (I think the ones that come with eyeglasses would be great). You wouldn’t even have to sew it in; just put it in, making sure that the cloth goes over the part where the screen will rub against the inside of the cozy.

Enjoy your new cozy!

6 comments:

  1. Very nice pattern and photo tutorial!

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  2. How awesomely cute!! I used to love to wear "turtle neck" tops and sweaters........but now that I am "older", it doesn't look good on the "ol neck"!!LOL Thanx so much for the pattern!!

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  3. I love this! I will definitely make some of these to give for Christmas gifts. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern:)

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  4. Wow, Claire, they're cute and colorful! Congratulations! Woot~woot! :)

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  6. I love your phone sweaters! Thank you for the pattern, too. :)

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