Monday, November 7, 2011

More! Free!

Continuing my efforts to republish designs that I had originally placed on another blog... I give you an iPod cozy. I would like to point out in my favor, that I believe I was one of the first few people to see Judy's Magic Cast On as useful for something other than starting toe-up socks. (Yes, I did just pat myself on the back, why do you ask?)

My iPod Sock (aka the Shiny iPod Sock)
(called such because it's "Shiny" (as in Firefly), the yarn is "Shine Sport" and it's to keep my iPod shiny... triple threat! Originally published summer 2008)
Materials: a small amount of sport weight yarn, wool is best but anything will work; size 3 (3.25mm) needles (dpns are fine but a circular needle for magic loop method is recommended); tapestry needle.
Gauge: 5.5 sts/inch 7 rows/ inch in stockinette
Notions: one 5/8” button

Using Judy’s Magic cast on, cast on 36 sts total.
Start working in stockinette stitch. The first few rows of stockinette will be a bit fiddly and difficult to maneuver, but soon things start to relax a bit and life gets easier....
Continue in stockinette until the pouch measures about 3” to 3.25” then switch to seed stitch and continue for 8 or more rows (this is a good time to put the ipod in the sock and test out the length).
Bind off all the stitches on one side of the sock (half the total sts) so that you are working back and forth on the other side, this will be the flap.
Work seed stitch (k1, p1, repeat) back and forth on 18 sts for 3 rows
Next row: Work a decrease row (ssk, seed stitch to last two stitches, k2tog) (16 sts)
Next row: seed stitch across (make sure to purl the knits and knit the purls)
Next row: Decrease row (14 sts)
Next row: seed stitch across
Next row: Decrease row (12 sts)
Next row: k5, bo 2, k5 (10 sts)
Next row: ssk, seed stitch for 3 sts, co 2 sts, seed stitch for 3 sts, k2tog (10 sts)
Next row: seed stitch across
Next row: work one more decrease row (8 sts).
Bind off. (I used the “invisible Bind-off for Single-rib” found on page 46 of the Fall ’08 Interweave Knits)
Weave in your ends, sew on your button, insert iPod and Enjoy your tunes scratch-free!

I realize these days that the MP3 players and smart phones may not share the dimensions of a 3rd gen iPod, so if you would like to use this sock for your more modern accessory, measure the object, multiply inches by gauge and work out how many sts you will need. When it's long enough, bind off half the sts and work the flap as close to the same number of repeats as possible... if you have any trouble working it out yourself, leave a comment and I'll try to help!

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