4.22.2016

Eye Need a Free Case

I'm getting older. And with that increase in age comes the need for reading glasses. The other day, I removed my favorite glasses and dropped them in my purse. Bad idea. A sharp edge of something scratched them--right in the middle of the lens. But with a crochet hook and some yarn--a lot of problems can be solved, right? So, I'm sharing a free crochet pattern for an Eyewear Case with you!

Eyewear Case Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I immediately went to my Scheepjes Catona yarn as the mercerized cotton is perfect for the durable project I needed. And the colors are so fabulous!


Scheepjes Catona and Cotton 8 Yarn
Left: Scheepjes Catona in 25g balls Right: Scheepjes Cotton 8 in 50 g balls
So I grabbed some beautiful basic brights of this splendid yarn, raided my button collection, and went to work. It's really simple and quick. 

Scheepjes Catona yarn used for Free Crochet Eyeglass Case Pattern by Felted Button

Here's how I did it...

Materials:
--C (2.75mm) hook
--Scheepjes Catona (25g balls of colors of your choice; 1 ball/case)
--Decorative Button: 1in (2.5cm)
--Sewing needle with eye large enough for yarn

Skill Level: Easy

Notes: 
--You can adjust the size of the pouch by altering your foundation chain to any odd number
--All joining at the end of a Rnd is completed with a sl st
--You may change colors as you wish, to add stripes of varying thicknesses. Have fun with color, I say!

Stitch Abbreviations: (US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
Rnd = Round
BLO = Back Loop Only
dc = double crochet

Gauge: 
--In pattern, 11 sts X 10 rows = 2in (5cm) square

Dimensions:
--Small: 6 1/8" X 2 1/4" (15.6cm X 5.7cm)
--Medium: 6 3/4" X 2 3/8" (17.1cm X 6cm)
--Large: 7 1/4" X 2 1/2" (18.4cm X 6.4cm)

Eyewear Case Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
Large Eyewear Case Shown
Ch 11 (13, 15)
Row 1: Working in back bump (shown above by black lines), sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (10, 12, 14), do not turn
Note: by working in the back bumps of the chain you leave both loops available to be worked on Row 2 without leaving gaps--it looks very tidy!

Eyewear Case Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Row 2: working on the opposite side of the first row, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 8 (10, 12), 2 sc in last st, sl st to first sc (22, 26, 30 around)

Eyewear Case Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

The photo above shows working around the end into the base of the previous row. Place another sc in this stitch (2sc total) and sc across to within the last st.

Eyewear Case Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Place 2 sc in that last st, then join to the first st. Now you will continue in Rnds.

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted ButtonRnd 1: in BLO around, ch 1 (does NOT count as st), sc in same st as joining, dc in next, (sc in next, dc in next) around, join to first sc 

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

You can see that by working in the back loops and not increasing around, the case begins to "cup". For the remaining parts of the pattern you will not be working in the back loops. Remember as you go, you will always be placing a sc in a dc, and a dc in a sc. Easy peasy!

Rnd 2: ch 1 (does NOT count as st), (dc in sc, sc in dc) around, join to first dc
Note: You will always be work your first st into the same st that you joined in on the previous round. If you find it tricky to work a dc after a ch-1, just pull your ch-loop a bit longer, but it will still NOT count as a st
Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
This shows a dc placed in the first sc of the previous round.
Rnd 3: ch 1 (does NOT count as st), (sc in dc, dc in sc) around, join to first sc

Rep Rnds 2-3 until piece measures approximate length as outlined in the Dimensions above or to an appropriate length for your glasses.

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Making progress...

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

If you want to change up the colors, go ahead and join a new color at the beginning of a round and work with that color for as many rounds as you wish. The stripes above were changed every 2 rows.

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

When you reach the desired height (this is the large one so it measures about 7.25in, sl st around so that your st is about 1/3 of the distance from the edge as shown below. Depending on the number of rows you work will result in ending up in a different place when you reach the desired height, so don't sweat it--just sl st to a position about where the hook is pictured below.

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
First sc of Row 1 of Button Tab

Button Tab: You will work in rows, turning at the end of each. 
Rows 1-4: Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, turn

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Button Loop: ch 7, sl st to first of sc across tab
Note: You can adjust this loop depending on the size of the button you want to use. Just make certain the loop fits over the button.

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Fasten off and weave in those ends!! Now sew on that button, as shown so the tab fits nicely over the end. Ta-Dah!!

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I'm really happy with these! Since I have several pair of glasses, I made three...

Eyewear Case Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

It's really easy to change up the size for your eyeglasses. The smallest size is just perfect for a wee pair of readers. If you have a large pair of sunglasses, you'll need to adjust even bigger than the large size as written, I suppose, but it's simple to do. Remember, any odd number of chains will do the trick!

I hope you enjoy the pattern. I would love to see what you work up--and your thoughts about the Catona! Feel free to share your projects on my Facebook page, too. I love to see what you work up with my patterns! 

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2 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea!!! I must make!

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  2. Cute and most useful. .. I need a few of these!

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