Striped phone cover

… with flowers!

Striped phone cover

This is a pretty old project of mine —  a phone cover made using leftover yarn from other projects. (After all, isn’t that what phone cover projects use — leftover yarn? Mine always have…)

For the body, I knit in the round for the required length, alternating blue and pink rows. At the top, I created holes by repeating *yo, k2tog*, then bound off in the next row. I then sewed up the bottom. For the pull cords, I made two 3-strand braids, each about four times the width of the cover. I looped the cords from opposite ends, weaving them between the yarn-over holes, and finally knotted together the ends of each cord.

The cover still seemed too plain, so I crocheted two flowers that I secured tightly on the cover. Ta da! ❤

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Phone cover using Tunisian stitch

It was one of those (pretty common) days when I was itching to learn something new. I’d just finished a yarn project, and there was a some lovely pink yarn left over, and I’d wanted to make a cover from it for my mom’s phone. I didn’t want to go with the usual techniques, and I did some searching on the great wide Internet, and there it was — Tunisian stitch! (Also called Afghan stitch because it turns out thicker and is used to make afghans.)

The basic Tunisian stitch is different from the usual crochet stitches in that it has two passes in each row — the forward pass where you move from right to left, and the reverse pass where you move from (you guessed it! 🙂 ) left to right. You don’t turn your work after a row. If that interests you, you might want to look at Mary’s excellent photo-tutorial that shows step-by-step instructions for a basic Tunisian stitch.

Now, back to the phone cover…

Phone cover using Tunisian stitch

Phone cover using Tunisian stitch

I wanted the vertical bars from the Tunisian stitch to show up horizontally on the phone cover, which meant that my rows had to correspond to the length of my mom’s phone. I measured the phone, cast on my foundation row, and within no time, I’d crocheted enough to wrap the phone in. I then sewed together the last row and the first row to make a cylinder, then sewed up one side to serve as the bottom of the cover. That’s it!

To embellish the cover, I strung some blue-colored yarn through a needle and added two ziggy zaggy lines near the top. My mom loved the end result! 😀

Do you like how simple-yet-beautiful this stitch is? Try it out sometime!