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
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
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
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.
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
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?