Knit Phone Cozy

I hated digging for my phone in my purse. In fact, I kind of hate purses in general. In college I didn't have a purse at all, just a wallet with a clip that I attached to whatever pair of jeans I happened to be wearing, or I shoved the wallet in a coat pocket. I went to school in Kalamazoo, Michigan. You wear a coat there most of the year.

After my first job I graduated to a larger crochet style purse that could just barely fit a wallet and a pack of gum, maybe a few kleenex or some chap stick, and all the keys I suddenly had to tote around. That worked until summer, when I also had a pair of sunglasses to squeeze inside the poor bag. But I really didn't want to carry one of those big tote bags ladies call "purses" when I can't even always remember to eat lunch.

The realities of being "mom" had started to infringe on my tiny purse lifestyle. I needed to add a bigger pack of kleenex and my wallet went from license and some cash to several credit cards and that silly "Kroger Plus" card. My tiny purse was overflowing. So I finally decided it was time to buy a "real" purse and start carrying it around (does that mean I'm all grown up?) I still didn't get a huge purse, but one large enough to finally fit my phone inside.

The problem of course, is the phone would get scratched and dinged and always slip to the bottom of the bag. And the headphones for it? Always tangled and everywhere but where they were supposed to be. I had some spare yarn lying around, so I sat down and knitted a "cozy" for the phone - with a ribbed top and a nice cable pattern that both protected the phone and made it easy to find by touch in a crowded purse. I added a front pocket as well to shove the headphones in, so they were never lost or tangled.

I've liked the final result except for two things - I wish I would have made it about 2cm longer and the top ribbing should have been tighter. Well, make that three things. I'm really rather disliking the color, sometimes variegated yarn knits up a pretty pattern and sometimes it just looks like crayons vomited all over.

The pattern is below if you're interested in making your own. This fits a Samsung Galaxy S or iPhone 4 sized phone.

P = purl
K = knit

using size 2 (US) needles cast on 18 sts

do 4 rows of K2, P2 ribbing for the top (the tighter the stitch, the better)

switch to larger size needles - 4 (US)
knit across
purl across

Cable Pattern - repeat 9 times or until desired length for one side of the phone

Row 1: P4, K4, P2, K4, P4
Row 2: K4, P4, K2, P4, K4
Row 3: P4, slip 2 onto cable needle, hold in front, K2, K2 off of cable needle, P2, slip 2 onto cable needle, hold in back, K2, K2 off of cable needle, P4
Row 4: K4, P4, P2, P4, K4

Knit across
purl across

If you are NOT creating a pocket, repeat the pattern again until back length reaches front length

knit across
purl across

switch to smaller size needles
do 4 rows of K2, P2 ribbing for the top (the tighter the stitch, the better)
bind of in pattern tightly

If you ARE creating a pocket

Flat Pattern:
Row 1: P4, K4, P2, K4, P4
Row 2: K4, P4, K2, P4, K4
Row 3: P4, K4, P2, K4, P2
Row 4: K4, P4, P2, P4, K4

Repeat for same number of patterns as front cable

knit across
purl across

switch to smaller size needles
do 4 rows of K2, P2 ribbing for the top (the tighter the stitch, the better)
bind of in pattern tightly

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For the pocket:

Pick up 18 sts evenly with larger sized needles just above the straight rows before beginning the back flat pattern

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Do cable pattern 1 time less then the number of times you did for the back, this will make the ribbed edge of the pocket fall below the top edge of the cozy.

knit across
purl across

switch to smaller size needles
do 4 rows of K2, P2 ribbing for the top (the tighter the stitch, the better)
bind of in pattern tightly

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With or without a pocket - fold in half matching rows and sew along the outside edge. If the pocket was knitted on, catch the pocket edge into the side seam as well. I used a whip stitch but any kind of knitting join would work, weave in edges, enjoy!

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