Sunday, February 26, 2006

Eyeglasses Case

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This is a project from the book, Fabulous Felted Hand-Knits by Jane Davis. Because it takes such a small amount of yarn, I was able to use up some leftover Noro Kureyon. I'm guessing it was about a 1/2 skein or less.

This case is constructed by knitting a strip of stockinette, working a few decreases to form the flap, sewing the side seams and then felting--quick and easy! One interesting thing I learned from this project is to use cotton crochet thread to baste down any parts that need to be stabilized during the felting process. In this instance the flap was folded down into position and basted to the front of the case. This helped to keep it from being stretched out of shape when it was in the washing machine. You might think the flap would become permanently felted to the front, but it didn't. It lifted easily when the basting thread was removed.

After everything was blocked and dry, a slit to fit the button was cut in the flap to form the buttonhole, then cotton floss was used to stitch around the opening. I may have to redo this stitching as I just realized there is a special way to do it called buttonhole stitch. I just sort of did my own thing here, so I'm not sure how well it will hold up. I'll get a chance to do it correctly soon enough though, because my husband has requested a case for his fishing sunglasses.
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10 comments:

  1. What a lovely case! Thanks for the tip about basting things with cotton crochet thread; that makes a lot of sense. I love small projects like this. I hope your husband likes the one you make for him!

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  2. I have lost my glasses case so I could do with one of those, love the toggle it really sets it off nicely.

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  3. What a great gift idea! Congrats on winning Margene's contest! You deserve it:D

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  4. Neat idea for those bits of 100% wool for felting! Will certainly give it a try and thanks for the hint of basting the flap down! I love the story about the red sweater of love! I will now start knitting Preemie hats for the babies at our local hospital thanks to you! Most deserving of Margene's contest!

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  5. very cute! my son always loses his cases! this is a great sub!

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  6. what a cute eye-glass case!!

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  7. Kim in MI8:05 PM

    what a neat case! Did that start big and shrink when felted, too, like the clogs?
    We'd love to have you join us for the March Walking Challenge! :)

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  8. that's weird, it didn't link -- did I put my url in the wrong field?

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  9. Kim,
    Yes, the case started out bigger. I think it was about an inch larger all the way around. I didn't need the fabric to be as thick as the fabric for the clogs. You might notice that the stitches are still visible in this project and they aren't in the clogs.
    Tracy

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  10. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Great glasses case - I would love one for my pinhole glasses too.

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy