Phone Case Knitting Pattern

Back in January 2013 I wrote this post on double-sided knitting, a technique that drew lots of ‘oohs!’ and ‘aahs!’ from fellow knitters and Pinterest users. So here’s a way of using a slightly different double-sided  technique to make a simple phone cover.

This pattern is also featured on the East London Craft Guerrilla blog. Recently I’ve helped out with a number of workshops and events run by Craft Guerrilla – a collective of designer makers dedicated to spreading the craft – and we have some exciting projects lined up for the future. Do please check out what we’re up to on the CG blog and website.

Pattern by No Idle Han. Many thanks to Penny Vickers for her astute pattern testing and Sayed Hasan for his photographic expertise.

phonecaseDifficulty level: average

Sizing: One size fits most smart phones (approx. 14cm circumference)

Click here for the no-nonsense, 1 sheet pdf version – Phone case pattern

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Nålebinding Tutorial

After a slow start, I’ve finally got round to finishing my first attempt at nålebinding – by making a möbius strip (a mathematical object which is a surface with only one side and one edge). Here’s a step-by-step tutorial. I’m left-handed and so is this tutorial, but I hope my instructions are clear enough for right-handers too.

Nålebinding Tutorial

Nålebinding is a technique used to make a knitted structure. Instead of using two needles to create rows of loops, the loops are sewn with a threaded needle – creating true stitches. Unlike two-needle knitting, nålebinding does not unravel, and the yarn must be continually rejoined because the entire working length must be pulled through each stitch (it doesn’t work with a ball of yarn!). It is thought to be much older than two-needle knitting, possible originating in Egypt. These Egyptian socks in the Victoria & Albert Museum date to around 250 to 420 AD.

Möbius strip bracelet

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Materials

  • A few grams of yarn, any type
  • A large blunt needle (a tapestry needle is ideal)

Casting on

Step 1

Cut a length of yarn about 1 metre long and thread the needle.

Make a loose knot with the yarn, leaving a short tail.

Step 2

Insert the needle into the loop of the knot, and underneath the working yarn.

Step 3

Pull the yarn through, until you have a loop about the same size as the first one.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have a row of about evenly sized loops about the circumference of your wrist.

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Joining the loop

Step 4

To make your mobius strip, put a single twist in the row of loops, then join the loop by sewing a single stitch into the very first loop and pulling the yarn through. Alternatively you can make a straight tube by leaving out the twist.nal16

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Step 5

Start the first round by inserting the needle into the join of the first two loops of the cast-on row. Pull the yarn through to make a loop.nal18

Continue making a new round of stitches in this way, working in the opposite direction to the orientation of the needle.nal21

Rejoining the yarn

Once the yarn becomes too short to work with, knot a fresh length of yarn to the end and continue stitching.nal23

Continue working rounds of stitches until the band reaches the desired thickness. Sew in any tail ends to finish.nal24

Happy Nålebinding!

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