Saturday, January 12, 2008

Zune Wallet (or iPod, or other MP3 player)

My husband bought a Zune (Microsoft version of an iPod) and he wanted a cozy to put it in--but "nothing girly!" and "no purse straps!" and "It has to have a spot for the ear buds!" I couldn't find a pattern that sounded like what he was looking for, so I created my own.

I learned how to do a Turkish Cast-On, and I thought it was awesome--if you'd rather, you can CO normally using dpn's or magic loop, and sew the seam later.

There are two pockets--the large one for the Zune, and the smaller one for the ear buds/cords.

  • 0.5 ounces worsted weight yarn (I used Paton's Classic Wool Merino, Denim Marl)
  • Two US 8 circular needles (for working in the round)
  • Tapestry needle
  • One 7/8" button
  • 5 stitches and 7 rows equals 1 inch

CO 24 stitches using the Turkish Cast-On method (joining to work in the round on the two circulars). Using the two circulars from the Turkish Cast-On, continue to knit in the round (stockinette stitch) until the piece measures about 4.5 inches.

Work 1x1 ribbing (K1, P1 around) for 3 rounds.

Next Round: BO 12 stitches (one whole side).

Work stockinette stitch for 5 rows, making sure that the right side is facing outward. (Originally, this pattern said to work stockinette for 6 rows. That was an error. It should be 5 rows, to end with a knit row).

CO 12 stitches (making sure both the openings are on the same side, facing each other), and join to work in the round again.

Work 1x1 ribbing for 3 rounds.

Work stockinette stitch (knit every round) until it measures 3 inches from the part where you casted on 12 stitches. BO all stitches using kitchener stitch.

Make flap closure: Fold the piece in half so that the openings are on the inside. With the shorter side up, pick up and knit 6 stitches in the center, six stitches from the bottom.

Work seed stitch (K1, P1 on one side, then do the opposite on the next row) for 13 rows. Turn.
Form buttonhole: Seed stitch first 2 sts, BO next two sts, seed st last two sts. Turn.
Next row: Seed stitch first 2 sts, CO 2 sts, seed st last two (you should have 6 sts total now)
Next row: Seed stitch across.
Next row: K or P first two sts together (whichever keeps the seed stitch pattern), seed stitch next two sts, K or P last two sts together.
Next row: BO.

Sew button on. Weave in ends.