Thursday, 6 November 2014

Tablet Case/Carry Bag With Alphabet Charts

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A cute little padded bag, which you can adapt to suit yourself with your initial, or without, with a short or long strap, or without, to fit any size of tablet/large smartphone.

Difficulty:  Intermediate

The pattern is not easy, as it requires you to work with up to 3 colours at once, plus working with a chart, but well worth the effort because it makes such a pretty bag and the double thickness of it will help protect your electronics from accidental bumps and scratches.


Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.


I have included a chart for the letter “A” at the end of this pattern, plus a downloadable link for all the other letters of the alphabet.




Materials1 skein worsted weight yarn (aran/10ply) in each of 3 different colours, Colours A (Red), B (White) and C (Green),  4.5mm hook; yarn needle; 25mm button.

Abbrevations:  sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; fpdc = front post double crochet; bpdc = back post double crochet; sl st = slip stitch; ch = chain; beg = beginning; rep = repeat.

Gauge16 fpdc and 13 rows fpdc on 4.5mm hook = 4”

To fit tablets sized 7” x 8”; 8” x 9”; and 10” x 11” (all sizes are adaptable by making more of less starting foundation chain and working to a longer or shorter length.)


Pattern:

Row 1:   With Colour A and 4.5mm hook, make a single crochet foundation chain of 44 (52, 62). Alternatively, chain 45 (53, 63) sc in 2nd chain from hook and to end.  Join to beg sc to make a circle, being careful to not twist.

Row 2:  Chain 1,  fpdc around the first sc, then pick up Colour B onto the hook and fpdc with Colour B around the next sc.  Alternating Colours  A and B across the row, fpdc in each stitch around.  Sl st to beg fpdc. 

Row 3:  Ch1.  Making sure you use alternate colours, use Colour B to work fpdc around Colour A from prev row, and use Colour A to work fpdc around Colour B from prev row.  Work this same pattern throughout the whole piece, except for when you are stitching in the Initial.  The pattern will therefore be A,B,A,B etc; for one row, and B,A,B,A, etc. for the next row.

Rows 4-6:  Repeat the alternating colour pattern, being sure to cross the colours over each other as you go to (a) avoid holes in the work, and (b) to keep the yarn from tangling too much.
Row 7:  Counting from the back seam, work pattern as usual for the first 18 (22, 27) stiches.  Pick up Colour C onto the hook, and start working the Initial chart.  (The easiest way to do this is to cut off a small amount of yarn from the skein and wrap it on a bobbin or just make a small ball with it – this makes it simpler to untangle if you need to.  Use 2 bobbins or balls if you need to, but remember to twist the yarn around the colour next to it behind the work to avoid holes).
Continue working Colours A and B as before, working the chart in as you go.  When the Initial is done, continue working pattern with Colours A and B until work measures 8” (9”, 11”) or required length.
Once you have reached the length you need, start another row, but only work 4 sts and TURN.
Working now on the wrong side of the piece, continue working in alternate colours over these 4 and the next 4 sts (8 in total crossing over the back seam), ch3 and work bpdc in the next 7 sts.  TURN.
Next Row:  Ch3, alternate colours and work fpdc over the next 7 sts. TURN.  Don’t forget to keep the yarn at the back of the work whichever row you are working, so that it does not carry over the right side of the work.
Continue on these 8 sts until the flap measures 2.5”.  Fasten off Colours A and B.
Next Row:  Join Colour C where you just fastened off the other two colours, ch1 and sc down the side of the flap, all around the top of the bag, up the other side of the flap and across the top to where you began.  Sl st to beg sc.  Turn.
Sl st into the next st, sc 2, ch2, sk 2, sc1, sc2tog.  Turn.
Next Row:  sl st to  next st, sc1, sc 2 in ch2 space; sc 1, sl st to end.  Fasten off.
Turn the bag inside out and sew up the bottom seam with a simple whip stitch.
Sew on a button at the front, just above the initial and matching where the flap comes over to close the bag.
Straps:  You can make the straps as long or as short as you wish.  You can simply attach them to the top of the bag, or sew them along the sides as I did, leaving a small tassle at the bottom.
Simply take 9 long pieces of yarn (about 3 yards long for the long strap), 3 of each colour, and tie them together at one end.  Divide the strands into 3 and braid them together.  Tie the strands off at the other end.  Fix the braids to the bag either by simply tying them to the top of the bag, or by tying them to the top of the bag *and* sewing them down the sides for decoration and strength.
Tidy up all your ends, weaving them in with a yarn needle, and your bag is done!














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Chart for “A”                                     

              ©AG Handmades 2014

The Alphabet Chart for letters A to Z can be found HERE




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