Friday, 9 May 2014

Cherry On Top - A Crochet Phone Cosy

I have three crochet WIPs on the go at the moment; two you know about (my Spring Stripes and the cornflower blue edition of my Baktus Wrap) and one you don't (I've called it Angel Delight - more on that one very soon, I promise).

Well, as much as I'm enjoying each of them, sometimes it's really rather lovely to take a break and indulge in a little gratuitous whimsy, don't you think?

As my cross stitch on crochet crush continues, I thought I might share just such a make with you.  It's delightfully simple (an evening's work, tops) and is perfect for using up those itty bitty scraps of yarn.

It's a phone cosy.  A fruity one.



Cute, huh?

I made it using purely double crochet stitches (US single crochet) in the round, a 4mm hook and some Sublime dk yarn I had left over from a previous project.

I began by making a chain a teensy bit shorter than the width of the bottom of my phone (you want it to be a snug fit).  In my case it was 12 plus an extra 1 for turning ...






Do not make a join, simply dc into stitch 1 and continue.


It's worth sliding your phone into the cosy now and again, as you progress, to ensure a good fit.  Keep crocheting until your cosy reaches the desired height.  I think mine was 26 rounds.  Slip stitch to finish and weave in the end.

Now comes the fun bit.

Double crochet lends itself to being decorated with cross stitch as the holes between in each stitch are nice and even, see?


I used a tapestry needle and some scraps of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for my cross stitch.

Now, I made my cherry design up as I went along; any striking similarity to any other cross stitched cherry out there in the ether is therefore purely coincidental.  Consequently, I am quite happy for you to copy it/use it as you wish.  The same goes for the crochet pattern.  (A link back to me would be smashing though!)


I can't possibly go before telling you that, no sooner had I finished photographing my cherry cosy, my 12 year old daughter (who normally breaks out in a rash at the mere thought of being seen with something her Mum made) snaffled it!  I know!  I huffed and puffed with pretend indignation but was secretly tickled pink!

So I made another.  For me.  Squint and they could be little roses, non?



www.deramores.com/blog-awardsThis blog entry is my submission to the Deramores Blog Awards 2014. Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies.

Pass it on.

xxx

24 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tutorial! I love the case, very clever way of making it, too, round and round. I love cross stitch on crochet, too, clever lady! My phone case is looking rather tired, I suspect I'll be whipping up one of these soon...Chrissie x

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  2. Soooo cute! thank you for the tutorial, I'm going to have a go :o) I hope I can do it
    Happy weekend
    love Jooles x x x
    P.S I do the squint thing often, it's amazing what happens!

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  3. They are lovely Heather! Can't decide which one i like best as they are both so pretty! Great way of using up stash yarn, looks an easy pattern to make up the way you've wirtten it, and you've done it all beautifully neat as usual!
    Good luck with your entry in the competition Heather!
    Gill xx

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  4. Great tutorial. It's so cute, I might have to make one or two! Thank you.

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  5. You make it seem so easy! What a gorgeous project. xxx

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  6. Just gorgeous, I love it. I like the idea of cross stitching onto crochet. I've never tried it but it looks straightforward. There is a lovely blogger/maker called Lapin Blu who cross stitches onto crochet, she has some lovely makes, very inspiring. x

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  7. Oh I love the snaffling by your daughter!! It must be good if she wants it hey! It does of course indeed look beautiful, as does your second cover that you got to keep! Great post. xx

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  8. Oh how pretty they are Heather, and a great tutorial, thank you! I have to say - I just love coming here to your lovely blog for my 'fix' in beautiful pastel colours, especially the pink, and to enjoy your news and goodies, thank you! I'm wishing you the best with your entry to Deramores comp.. Love, Joy xo

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    1. Joy, you're so lovely. Thank you. x

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  9. They are both so gorgeous....I have a real thing for cherries at the moment! I bet your daughter's friends will all want one now! Sarah xo

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  10. They are lovely. You make it look so easy so I'm hoping even I with very limited crochet skills can do it! Xx

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    1. It really is Jille. Do give me a shout if you get stuck. x

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  11. These are gorgeous Heather! Thank you for sharing your tutorial.
    Marianne x

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  12. So pretty Heather and a lovely, very clear tutorial too....I'm going add to my to-do list...x
    Good luck with your entry to the Deramores Blog Awards!
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

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  13. Seriously cute Heather, and seriously clever how you do that whole thing of writing on your photo's ! You're a clever bean for sure.
    Think you've got a winning entry there !
    Have a good weekend,
    Kate x

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  14. Your phone covers are simply adorable, and yes I shared!! I love visiting your blog! I did share to FB Sanderellas

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  15. Definitely cute, although the whole crochet thing is double Dutch to me!

    Good luck in the Deramores' comp :)

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  16. Thank you for the tutorial.
    Love the idea, I think I will try it.
    Have a lovely week.
    Kind regards from Portugal
    Carla Pereira

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  17. Snap! I made a phone case with cross-stitched cherries on too! ( http://dinkidots.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/crochet-and-cross-stitch-phone-case.html ) I love the effect of cross-stitching on crochet, and so great how the holes are there ready to be used! The case with the little roses is so pretty too!
    Maria x

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    1. Thanks Maria. Great minds think alike! Yours is so pretty - I love the colours you've used. I must admit, I'm completely smitten with cross stitching on crochet too. So many possibilities … x

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  18. lovely tutorial...nice photos and clear instructions........wish I was better at crocheting

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  19. What weight of yarn did you use?

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    1. Hi Eva. I used a double knit yarn. :-)

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