My man needed a sleeve for his new 11 inch netbook.
After searching the net for a pattern, I came to the conclusion that there really isn’t much of a pattern to making a laptop sleeve, so I tried my hand at making one free hand. Of everything I’ve ever crocheted, this is one of the easiest things I’ve ever made! :)
Yarn: Your choice. The thicker the better. If your yarn is thin, consider using two or three strands together. The thicker the yarn, the more padded (and protected) your beloved technology will be.
Hook: The right size for the yarn you’re using. I used 5mm hook (US 8/H, UK 6).
Tension: Firm/tight. The tighter you can make you tension, the firmer/thicker your sleeve will be, creating more protection for your item.
- Chain stitch
For a video tutorial…click here.
- US Single Crochet (also called UK Double Crochet)
What is this stitch and how do I do it?…. click here.
- Slip Stitch
Tutorial here if you need it.
Row 1: Chain stitch until your row is as long as the short side of the laptop.
This will become the bottom (closed end) of your sleeve.
My man didn’t want buttons/tabs etc to secure the laptop inside. He just wanted the sleeve to fit very snug, like a sock. So my chain row was as long as the short side of the laptop ONLY when I stretched it firmly.
Row 2: 1 Single crochet (sc) in second chain from hook, 1 sc in each stitch across, 2sc in last stitch.
DO NOT turn your work. You want to stay looking at the FRONT of your work. Need help knowing which is the front?… click here
Row 3: (working around the corner and into the bottom side of the starting chain row) 2sc in first stitch, 1sc in each stitch across, 2sc in last stitch. (doing 2sc in one stitch at the ends is increasing the size of your sleeve – to fit over batteries etc. Only increase at the ends, and only until the sleeve reaches the desired fit around the end of your laptop/phone. Then STOP INCREASING! :)
Row 4-ish to last row: 1 sc in each stitch around. simple. :)
Note: Before you go crazy and do lots of rows, make sure it fits the item how you want it to. Keep checking the fit every few rows.
Last Row: When your sleeve is the desired length and fit, slip stitch 2 to 5 stitches so that the last few stitches blend in. Then fasten off and weave in the loose ends. (Here’s a tutorial for that too.)
Note: I had a big battery to work around, so I decreased once at each end in the second last row. This is optional, just play around until you’re happy.
If you’re wondering how the snug fit turned out…it’s great! The laptop WILL NOT fall out, but still comes out fairly easy when pulled. I was amazed that although the yarn itself did not have any stretch in it, by doing the stitches tight, it seemed to allow for a little bit of stretch in the finished product. And the best part – my man loves it – it’s exactly what he wanted. :)
I have also made one of these for a friends iPhone. It took me about 2 hours. For that I used 3 strands together of my local (unlabeled) acrylic yarn, with a 6/0 hook.
Edit: I have made lots of iPhone sleeves since this post…see some photos here.
This same pattern could also be followed to make an iPod, iPad, iTouch, Kindle, camera, mobile or cell phone sleeve. You could even make one of these moleskine notebook sleeves. You could use your favorite coloured yarn or alternate row colors to make stripes….the possibilities are endless.
If you wanted to make a laptop envelope, you would make your first row as long as the LONG edge of your laptop, and the rest would be the same. Easy peasy! :)
Happy Crocheting. :)