Crochet Pattern - Sunglasses Case
17Jun

Crochet Pattern - Sunglasses Case

While I was being distracted last week from my granny squares I came across this post by Meredith over at One Sheepish Girl and fell a little bit in love with her knitted sunglasses case. So with my lovely new wool I started playing around with stitches to create my own (crocheted) sunglasses case and this is what I came up with...

...I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of this with this wet British summer we seem to be having but I love it all the same, as do my sunglasses!  It's worked up entirely of bobble stitches so it's very tactile and protective.  I've attempted to write out the pattern below if you'd like to try one.

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My bag is packed I'm ready for summer, although I fear I may have a while to wait...

 


 

Crochet Sunglasses Case Pattern

This case measures approximately 18cm by 9cm when it is completed. It is probably a little long, depending on the type of glasses you have, mine are fairly large so it worked out fine for me. But measure your glasses before you start and if you'd like to make it narrower decrease the foundation chain in multiples of 2 (don't forget to +2 for turning), a bit shorter just skip some of the rows. This pattern is basically rows of bobbles between rows of double crochet, it's very simple once you get started. There are a few pictures below to help.

When you are working your bobbles they should all appear to the back of your work, when you dc across a row the bobbles will be facing you. Keep the turning chains fairly loose so they are easy to stitch into on the next row.

Written in UK terms

Hook: 4mm

Yarn: I used Rooster almerino dk (50% baby alpaca, 50% merino wool) as this is what I was making my blanket with but I think this would work quite well (and be less expensive) with acrylic. Use 3 colours labelled here as A (main colour), B & C

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

Htr = Half treble crochet (US HDC)

Dc = Double crochet (US SC)

Tr = treble crochet (US DC)

Bobble Stitch = tr5tog (*Yarn over hook insert into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over hook, pull through 2 stitches*, repeat from *to* X4 until you have 6 stitches on hook, yarn over hook, pull through all 6 stitches)

You will need to create two of the following:

Using Colour A,

Foundation Rows: Ch 15 + 2 turn, htr in 3rd stitch from hook and each stitch along (15) ch 3, turn.

Row 1, *Bobble into next stitch (see description above), dc into next stitch,* repeat from *to* x5, bobble into next stitch, tr into last stitch, ch 1 (Keep this fairly loose), turn. (You should have worked a total of 7 bobbles if you started with a Ch15 +2)

Row 2, Dc into same stitch (you may have to turn your work slightly when working this row as the stitches will be towards the back of the peice), dc into each stitch along, (make sure your last dc is worked into the top of the ch3 from the previous row - this stitch can be quite tight. You should have 15 stitches) Ch 3, turn.

Row 3, *Bobble into next stitch, dc into next stitch* Repeat from *to* x5, bobble into next stitch, tr into last stitch (this should be the 1st dc from the previous round again this can be tight if you've made your turning ch tight) Ch1, turn.

Row 4, Repeat Row 2

Row 5, Repeat Row 3

Row 6, Repeat Row 2 but instead of ch 3 and turning for next round, finish off at the end of this row, leave a tail long enough for sewing in.

Switch to colour B

Row 7, With bobbles facing back insert colour B into 1st stitch and Ch 3, *Bobble into next stitch, dc into next stitch,* repeat from *to* x5, bobble into next stitch, tr into last stitch (Keep this fairly loose), ch 1, turn. (You should have worked a total of 7 bobbles)

Row 8, Repeat row 2 but instead of ch 3 and turning for next round, finish off at the end of this row, leave a tail long enough for sewing in. 

Switch to Colour C

Row 9, with bobbles facing back insert colour C into 1st stitch and Ch 3, *Bobble into next stitch, dc into next stitch,* repeat from *to* x5, bobble into next stitch, tr into last stitch (Keep this fairly loose), ch 1, turn. (You should have worked a total of 7 bobbles)

Row 10, Repeat row 2 but instead of ch3 and turning for next round, finish off at the end of this row, leave a tail long enough for sewing in.

Switch back to colour A

Row 11, with bobbles facing back insert colour A into 1st stitch and Ch 3, *Bobble into next stitch, dc into next stitch,* repeat from *to* x5, bobble into next stitch, tr into last stitch (Keep this fairly loose), ch 1, turn. (You should have worked a total of 7 bobbles)

Row 12, Repeat row 2

Row 13, Repeat row 3

Row 14, Repeat row 2 but instead of ch 3 and turning for next round, finish off at the end of this row, leave a tail long enough for sewing in.

Switch to colour B

Row 15, With bobbles facing back insert colour B into 1st stitch and Ch 3, *Bobble into next stitch, dc into next stitch,* repeat from *to* x5, bobble into next stitch, tr into last stitch (Keep this fairly loose), ch 1, turn. (You should have worked a total of 7 bobbles)

Row 16, Repeat row 2 but instead of ch 3 and turning for next round, finish off at the end of this row, leave a tail long enough for sewing in. 

Switch to Colour C

Row 17, with bobbles facing back insert colour C into 1st stitch and Ch 3, *Bobble into next stitch, dc into next stitch,* repeat from *to* x5, bobble into next stitch, tr into last stitch (Keep this fairly loose), ch 1, turn. (You should have worked a total of 7 bobbles)

Row 18, Repeat row 2 but instead of ch3 and turning for next round, finish off at the end of this row, leave a tail long enough for sewing in.

Switch back to colour A

Rows 19, With bobbles facing back insert colour A into 1st stitch and Ch 3, *Bobble into next stitch, dc into next stitch,* repeat from *to* x5, bobble into next stitch, tr into last stitch (Keep this fairly loose), ch 1, turn. 

Row 20, Repeat Row 2

Row 21, Repeat Row 3

Row 22, Repeat Row 2

Row 23, Repeat row 3 but Ch 2 at the end and turn

Row 24, Htr in same stitch and each stitch along, finish off and tie in ends.

Create second piece as above. Assembly directions below.

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Assembly

When you have created both sides of your glasses case place them together with bobbles facing inwards.  You can sew these together using a whip stitch or crochet them as I did with a double crochet along 3 sides (using your main colour) [*EDIT* if you would like a neater edge then you could sew the pieces together using the ends of each colour - just remember to leave tails of yarn long enough when starting and finishing each colour], making sure you stitch through both pieces!  If you are going to crochet start at one of the corners and work down the length of the case and along. I worked 2 dc for each row of bobbles and 1 dc for each row in between.  I worked these stitches between the Ch3s and bobbles, I've tried to take some pictures below but you can feel where the stitches want to go.

Once you have crocheted the three sides together turn it the right way and double crochet all around the opening, to create the button loop once you have crocheted to the middle of the second side of the opening chain 10 (or however many you need to fit your button) dc into the next stitch and continue to double crochet along until you reach the end of the opening and finish off, again the pictures below may make this clearer.

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Attach your button to the middle of the opposite side and you're done!

*A quick note: Please do not copy or redistribute this pattern, although you may, if you'd like, link to this page. I am happy for items made from this pattern to be sold. Thank you for your support.


I haven't had time to get this pattern tested yet - so if you encounter any problems please feel free to leave them in the comments below and I will ammend it.

Now all we need is the sun...

Bye for now. Em xx

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Comments (35)

  • Katy

    Katy

    19 June 2012 at 18:47 |
    Awwww this is awesome and I think I will deffo give this ago, I've never tried the bobble stitch before.

    Thanks for the instructions

    Katy xx
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      19 June 2012 at 19:35 |
      Thank you - I hope you enjoy it. It's such a fun stitch and always gets compliments. Emma xx
  • Amber

    Amber

    19 June 2012 at 23:46 |
    What a cute pattern! I need a home for my sunglasses and this will be perfect! Thank you!
    www.avocado-owlet.blogspot.com
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      20 June 2012 at 07:08 |
      Thank you - Don't forget to measure so you get the size you want! x
  • Kathleen

    Kathleen

    22 June 2012 at 09:00 |
    Love the pattern - the perfect size to start off on bobble stitch which I've been looking at and been fearful of. Will definitely try this. Those glasses are so cute too!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      23 June 2012 at 13:02 |
      Thank you - Yes a good introduction to the bobble stitch, It's actually a very simple stitch - but looks so much more. You'll be 'bobbling' all over the place soon! Enjoy. Em xx
  • Ana

    Ana

    22 June 2012 at 14:33 |
    So pretty this stitch Emma!! Is it dificult? I haven't tried it yet... still with my cushions ;)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      23 June 2012 at 13:04 |
      Hi Ana, not at all, I think it looks a bit intimidating when written down but it is simply joining 5 trebles together. I'm still on my blanket too! ;))
  • Cheryl

    Cheryl

    22 June 2012 at 15:38 |
    Thanks for sharing. Love your projects!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      23 June 2012 at 13:05 |
      Thank you for reading them! xx
  • Sara

    Sara

    23 June 2012 at 22:40 |
    LOVE it, and can't wait to make your collar too......thanks so very much for sharing! I'll be sure to link back to you for the pattern if my crochet dreams come true and I do get around to making these! all the best!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      24 June 2012 at 18:22 |
      Lol - please do I'd love to see how you get on :)) x
  • Casey

    Casey

    25 June 2012 at 16:28 |
    This is such a pretty case, I'm going to be making one soon!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      25 June 2012 at 20:22 |
      Thank you, Thank you for your sweet comments, I hope you enjoy it.xx
  • lauren

    lauren

    12 July 2012 at 16:40 |
    Hey! very cute case, but...Where did you get the glasses? I love them!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      12 July 2012 at 19:58 |
      Good old H&M :))
  • Chisa

    Chisa

    15 July 2012 at 21:00 |
    Hi there,

    I just love this!! Thank you so much for posting.

    Greetings!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      15 July 2012 at 21:52 |
      Greetings to you too! Thank you for commenting :)) Em x
  • Rachell

    Rachell

    19 July 2012 at 22:00 |
    I need to try a new stitch out and this might be the one. My brain has a craving for variety! Thanks.
    I've also got the letters of the Mitfords, I lived it.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      19 July 2012 at 22:02 |
      You're welcome - yes it's a brilliant book, such fascinating lives they led and all those letters... :))
  • Rachell

    Rachell

    19 July 2012 at 22:02 |
    LOVED IT not lived it- that would be weird!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      20 July 2012 at 07:32 |
      Lol, I knew what you meant! xx
  • Fansi

    Fansi

    05 August 2012 at 05:10 |
    I love this case at first sight. Also I like the yarn you use. Which weight is that; is that a kind of worsted weight? Thank you for sharing this. You're truly generous.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      06 August 2012 at 17:23 |
      Thank you! I used a DK weight yarn for this which I believe is equivalent to worsted weight. Em xx
  • sal_poe

    sal_poe

    27 November 2012 at 17:37 |
    I love this pattern and can't wait to try it. The only thing I was confused about is that in the picture of the beginning of the first row it likes like you're working into two stitches. Did you TR in the first stitch and then start the bobble or am I just misunderstanding the pattern?
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      28 November 2012 at 08:50 |
      Hello, thanks for your comment, I had a quick look at the picture & you are right it does look a bit confusing, there are 2 foundation rows: ch 15 +2 to turn then htr in each stitch along, you then ch 3 and turn (this counts as 1st stitch of Row 1) you then go straight into the next stitch with a bobble, I think it's pulling that 1st stitch a bit (the ch 3) which is making it look like I've worked into both. I hope that helps. Em xx
  • jenn

    jenn

    19 December 2012 at 14:55 |
    Hi...Nice Pattern...I just finished both panels for the case, but I am having a lot of trouble with the final steps of crocheting them or sewing them together...I have tried both ways...and when turned inside right, the stitches look terrible..and the seam is really messy...I'm so bummed b/c it took me a long time to get the two pieces worked up...I think now my only option for a tight clean seam will be to turn to the sewing machine ...Love the pattern...just very bummed that I can't piece the two sides together cleanly...(and my panels look right....been crocheting for 20 years so it's not new to me...guess I'm getting old...not used to the smaller sized hook, needed my glasses HA HA)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      19 December 2012 at 22:32 |
      Hi, thanks for commenting - I'm sorry to hear that, you could try a single crochet around the outside edge (wrong sides facing) or just stitch it together with a needle & your yarn? I know that the edges on mine were not perfect, you can see from the pics, particularly where I single crocheted over the stripes. Thinking about it now it may have been better to have worked it in one piece? These patterns are far from perfect, I'm still learning & I just like to document the way I've done things. So it's good to have feedback. Em xx
      • jenn

        jenn

        19 December 2012 at 22:47 |
        No worries at all...I did try doing single crochet, and a whip stitch and also a blanket stitch...but still it looked messy...I didn't get a chance, but I am planning on taking it to the sewing machine...I think with some tear away stabilizer, I should be able to feed it through using a stretch stitch ...it will be a nice sturdy clean seam..."HOPEFULLY" :)...
        Either way..I love the pattern..and YES YES...great idea to do it all in one piece...I had thought to do an old fashioned "foundation" row ...and work in the round...but didn't feel like doing the math to figure out how many stitches it would take...HEH..lazy me...I'll try that though...that may be just the answer :)...
        If it works I'll let you know how I did it...
        thanks again & Happy Crocheting & Happy Holidays!!
        • Lululoves

          Lululoves

          20 December 2012 at 13:33 |
          Yes please let me know how it turns out :)) Happy holidays to you too. Em xx
  • Sophie

    Sophie

    20 May 2013 at 20:00 |
    Hii, such a cute sunglasses case! I used your pattern and made this myself! It is great! Thank you so much :)
  • Janice

    Janice

    05 June 2013 at 08:22 |
    This looks amazing - the popcorn stitch is really effective and your yarns are beautiful. May have to give this one a try. Thank you.
  • Marli

    Marli

    27 July 2013 at 13:10 |
    Hi

    i used your pattern and it worked perfectly!

    Please check out my new blog:
    http://lanathewoolydog.wordpress.com/
  • Asha

    Asha

    24 November 2013 at 15:36 |
    Hi Emma,
    I'm new to crocheting and find your blog inspirational. The bobble stitch is pure joy to crochet and your instructions are great, many thanks! I've finished one panel and onto the second. I realised a little late that I've missed a bobble in one of the rows, but it doesn't seem to matter (hopefully not!).
    I was wondering if this stitch can be used to create a blanket or throw. Also would you please consider sharing a pattern for a jumper for a little dog.
    Thanks again for your brilliant blog!
    Best wishes, Asha x
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      24 November 2013 at 15:44 |
      Hi Asha, Thank you :) I'm so glad you're enjoying the bobble stitch - it's one of my favourites. You could definitely use this stitch to create a blanket, just increase your starting chain or type in crochet bobble blanket into google and I'm sure you will find a pattern. I don't have any dogs at the moment though we are thinking about it so there may be a little doggy jumper in the future. Em xx

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