Crochet Laptop Cozies for Year of Projects

by Kathryn on November 6, 2011 · 8 comments

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Last week I had lots of great progress to show off on my attempt to make crochet bags using twenty five different patterns for my Year of Projects goal. This week I’ve worked a lot but the work has been slower so I have a bit less to show off. I’ve got one almost-complete laptop cozy and another that’s just being started. Let’s take a look.

Crochet Cardigan Sleeve for Laptop

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The first crochet pattern that I decided to work on this week is the laptop cardigan sleeve from Chocolate Mints in a jar. The pattern is somewhere between a true pattern and a basic tutorial and I found it mostly easy to follow although I made a few adaptations.

Adaptation one: colorwork

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The original is done entirely in one color but I got really tired of working in one color after having done so for quite a few large bags. I decided to do half in a light greyish blue and half in a darker blue. When it came time to make the top closure of the piece, I held both strands together to make a two-toned top.

Adaptation two: gusset

This design calls for a gusset to be made to close the bottom of the piece. I thought it would be interesting to try this. However, in the end. I couldn’t get the length to work out right and I decided I was wasting my time. I instead chose to single crochet the bottom shut and then to add a couple of more rows of single crochet for both strength and visual appeal.

Adaptation three: metal buttons

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One of the things that makes the original design look so great is that it has these terrific wooden buttons. I still need to add buttons to my bag to finish off the piece but I’m planning on using metal buttons instead of wooden buttons because I think that would work better with the colors that I selected.

Overall

I am happy with this crochet bag. It is large enough for my laptop, which is a 13″ Mac and even has a little extra room. This makes it a bag that is sized well enough to fit many different types of Christmas presents, which is probably how I will end up using it. I didn’t really like the way that the design called for a seam in the middle of the back of the piece and I probably wouldn’t do that again. However, I did like the textured side of the pattern a lot, so it worked out well enough in the end.

Phazelia’s Crochet Laptop cozy

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The second crochet laptop cozy that I’ve started working on is called Phazelia’s Laptop and can be found on Ravelry as a free download. The original design is a series of crochet hexagons that are done in bright colors. I have decided that I’m not going to use bright colors for mine but am otherwise following the pattern pretty closely. So far I have made three white hexagons for the piece. Incidentally, this is my first time making hexis so I got to learn something new. I am leaning towards doing all of the hexis in white and then crocheting them together using black for some drama. However, I may do half in white, half in black and do the edging in red. Any thoughts on that?

Did you see my roundup on everyone’s year of projects goals?

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