Oh, the times i’ve dug out my sunnies from the bottom of my bag after a long plane journey only to find a huge scratch across one of the lenses. It’s annoying with a capital A. Admittedly, I’ve never bought any sunglasses more expensive than £10, mainly because I rarely find a pair that don’t make me look like Willy Wonka so I’d rather splash the cash on something else, but it’s frustrating all the same.
I recently purchased a pair of aviators from H&M to replace my previous pair that were starting to look seriously grubby. And because i’m about to go on my holibobs where my sunnies are bound to get a good beating, I wanted something that was going to provide a little bit o’ protection.
If anyone knows me, they’ll know I’m an unashamed Knitting Nanna. I knit, I crotchet and I’ve just recently sewn myself a skirt (which I will most likely showcase in another blogpost). If I need something, i’ll very often make it myself. So putting two and two together, I thought i’d crotchet a snuggly case for my sunglasses!
I kept it v simple with only two different stitches and two different colours but I think the end result is quite sweet. I used DK wool and then one of my amazing ergonomic crotchet hooks which I really recommend if you’re crafty like me (you can get them on amazon here); I used a size 3.5 mm.
So this is what I did:
Crochet the width of your sunglasses and then add two more chains (I chained 18)
HDC (US Half Double Crochet) into the third stitch from the hook and then HDC in every stitch across.
At the end, chain 2 and then HDC into the third stitch from the hook again.
Repeat until you have a rectangle that is the length of your sunglasses (mine took 26 rooks)
Cut the wool and pull it through the stitch on the hook to finish off.
Then, I placed the rectangles right sides together, sewing the chained ends and the sides together. You should be left with workable stitches at the top of the case, which is where we’re going to do the scalloped edging.
To make the scallop edging;
Slip stitch into one of the stitches and chain one
Into the next stitch, make 7 DCs (US double crochet).
Skip a stitch and slip stitch into the next stitch.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re the whole way round.
Turn the case out so that the right sides are facing outwards…..and, Voilà!
This is not by any means the most sophisticated case I have ever made but it’ll do for what I need it for.
I hope this has inspired you to get a bit crafty this summer, whatever your forte is. I’d love to know what you like to do to express your creativity.
I hope you’re having a great day and remember, wool isn’t just for winter.