How to Knit a Simple Camera Case : a very easy Tutorial
This is the first of the knitting tutorials I promised. It also has a small amount of simple crochet in it but that is optional and the project would be just fine with out it. The nice thing about this first project is you can complete it in less than one hour, it requires only about one quarter of a 50g ball of yarn and it is very useful even if you don't own a camera. The materials you will need are a small ball of worsted weight wool. I used noro kureyon wool ( one of my favorites because of its availability and wide range of fantastic color combinations) , 2 knitting needles size 4.5mm- 5mm works best, a yarn needle, a suitable crochet hook and the most important thing a beautiful large button. I used a vintage button from my stash.
1. Cast on 18 stitches in any method you know.
2. Knit one row and purl the next row ( this is called stockinette stitch) until you have completed 30 rows total.
3. Bind off the next row.
4. Cut the yarn leaving about a 12 inch tail. Thread this on the yarn needle and use it to sew up one side seam after you have folded the rectangle lengthwise. Read about sewing an invisible seam in any basic knitting book or online. The trick is to pick up the horizontal stitch with your needle as shown in the picture.
5. Doesn't that look nice and neat. Now sew in your end with a few stitches and do the same on the other side.
6. You are ready to make a row of single crochet border if you want to. The nice thing about noro is that the contrasting color comes right in the same ball of wool. I used grey here and picked up and made one single crochet in each knitted stitch along the edge.
7. Sew in your ends and then move down to about one third of the way in from the edge on the back using a piece of the contrasting colored wool make a chain with your crochet hook or finger knitting ( if you know how) about 12 to 14 chains long depending on the size of your button. Pull the wool through the last chain , thread it on the yarn needle and sew it down leaving a equal distance from the other edge of the back.
8. This step is also optional . With the contrast yarn and your crochet hook make a chain 5 stitches long and join it in a circle. Make 5 single crochet stitches coming in and out of the center of the circle and join. For the next two rounds make 2 single crochet stitches in each stitch , doubling the number of stitches after each round. On the last stitch pull the yarn through and fasten.
9. Place your button in the center of this crocheted circle and then sew the button and circle on to the front of your little case with a few strong stitches. Only sew the central part of the circle so that you can loop it as well as the button for closure. If you decided not to make the crochet circle just sew the button on its own at this step.
10. Admire the sweet little case you made in no time at all. If you find it a little large for your particular camera you can throw it in the washing machine and it will felt a little. If you do this don't use the dryer but lay it flat to dry so that it will still hold its shape.
I will be back with more knitting tutorials later this week so please stay cosy.