My last post was a pillow that I made using Premier Yarns Sweet Rolls. The pillow took one full Sweet Roll and a tiny bit of another. I ran out on my final round of the second side, so I did half of the last round, the joining round and the border out of my second roll. As a result I had almost a full Sweet Roll left. I was trying to think of something that I could make using a little less than one roll and this project is what I came up with. I ended up using pretty much the rest of the yarn, I ended with just a few yards to spare. Originally I was thinking of just making a bag but as I started I realized that what I was working on was almost the perfect size for my laptop and I thought a laptop case would be awesome, especially since I used to have a plastic cover on mine but it recently broke so a crocheted case could kind of be the replacement for that. I started over so that I could size it better for my laptop and in no time at all I had a new case for my computer. I sized it for my computer but obviously laptops come in a lot of different sizes and since this uses a simple stitch pattern it is really easy to adjust to whatever size you need.
I did a section of single crochet along the top and the bottom of my case to give it a little extra sturdiness. The middle section is worked in granny stripes. On the top I made a tab with a buttonhole and sewed a large button on the other side. I wanted to have a closure of some sort but I didn't want a big flap, a little button tab seemed to do the trick nicely.
Because I used such a simple, basic stitch the whole thing was done in no time at all. I love quick easy projects and I felt like this was one of those.
How to Crochet a Sweet Stripes Laptop Case
Finished size: approx. 9" x 13" but can easily be adjusted to fit any size laptop
You will need:
- 1 Premier Sweet Roll, I used Wasabi Pop (if you are adjusting the size for a larger laptop you may need more than 1)
- I crochet hook
- large button (about 1" diameter)
- yarn needle
- needle and thread (I used embroidery floss in a matching colors)
This pattern is made based on a multiple of 3, I started with a chain of 30, if you need your case to be larger or smaller you simply need to increase or decrease the starting ch by a multiple of 3. To adjust the length of the case add more rows of granny stitch.
When beginning the case you will work down one side of the starting ch, turn, and work down the other side using the unworked loops from the starting ch. From that point on you will continue working in the round.
Round 1: sc in 2nd stitch from hook and each stitch to the end, in the last stitch work 2 more stitches (for a total of 3 stitches in that stitch) turning as you work so that you can begin working in the other side of the ch, sc in other side of each ch previously worked, sc 1 more time in the last stitch for a total of 3 in that stitch (1 at the beginning and 2 at the end), slip stitch to the 1st sc to join (60 sc)
Round 2: ch 1, sc in same stitch as join, sc in each stitch around, sl st to 1st sc to join (60 sc)
Round 3-8: repeat round 2 (60 sc)
Round 9: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in same stitch, skip 2, [3 dc in next stitch, sk 2] repeat around, sl st to the beginning ch 3 (20 3dc clusters)
Round 10: sl st in the next 2 stitches and into the space between dc clusters, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, [skip 3 stitches, 3 dc in space between clusters] repeat around, sl st to the beginning ch 3 (20- 3 dc clusters)
Round 11-26: repeat round 10 (20- 3 dc clusters)
Round 27: ch 1, sc in that stitch and each stitch around (this time you will be working into the tops of each dc not between stitches), sl st to first sc to join (60 sc)
Round 28-34: ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st to first sc to join (60 sc)
Finish off, cut yarn, weave in ends
Find the center of one side of the bag and count 5 stitches to either side, these 10 stitches are where you will add your button tab
Row 1: join yarn to first of the 10 stitches just counted, sc in each of those 10 stitches (10 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across (10 sc)
Row 3-6: repeat row 2 (10 sc)
Row 7: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 6 stitches, sc2tog (8 sc)
Row 8: ch 1, sc2tog, ch 4, sc2tog (2 sc, ch 4)
Row 9: ch 1, sc2tog working in first stitch and ch sp, 2 sc in ch sp, sc2tog working in ch sp and last stitch (4 sc)
Row 10: ch 1, sc2tog twice (2 sc)
Finish off and weave in ends
Sew button to the front of the bag so that the buttonhole fits over the button.