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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Tulips Felted Laptop Case
By Berta Gilholm

 
Size approx.
Case: Unfelt = 20” w x 13” h. Felted = 15” w x 10.5” h.
Strap: Unfelt + 40” total (hangs 20” from shoulder) Felted =  34” total (hangs 17” from shoulder)
If you need a wider case, add 6 ch at beginning and increase the Vst and Mps by 2.
Materials:
1 sk - Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool, ww#4, Nature’s Brown (A)
1 sk each – Patons Classic Wool, ww#4, Leaf Green (B) and Lotus (C)
Crochet Hook 6mm [US J-10/6mm]
Yarn needle and stitch markers
Abbreviations: Ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet, slst = slip stitch; sp = space; st = stitch, FO = fasten off,  JN = join, Jwslst = join with slip stitch to first st of row, MPS = mini puff stitch, Rnd = round, Vst = V stitch,
Special Stitches:
“MPS = Mini Puff Stitch”, Crochet loosely - Yo, insert hook in required st, pick up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook in same st, pick up a loop, yo, pull through 4 loops on hook, (2 hdc puff stitch created).
V stitch = 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc all in next stitch.

Instructions:  Case is crocheted in one continuous piece, but turned halfway through for second side.
(First side)  With (A) Ch 67,
Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn (66 sc) place a marker on the  14th and 21st sc and the 45th and 52nd sc on the front side of this row (markers first side) for a guide to sew the front strap.
Row 2: With (A) Ch 1, Sc in first sc and in each sc across, turn (66 sc)
Row 3 and 4: Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st across, turn (66 dc) FO (A) JN (B)
Row 5: Ch 3, skip first dc, *Vst in next dc, skip 2 dc, Repeat from * to last 2 dc, Vst in next dc, dc in ch 3,  FO (B), JN (C) (creates leaves)
Row 6: Ch 3, skip first dc, *MPS in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, Repeat from * across, dc in ch 3, turn, FO (C), JN (A)  (creates tulip heads)
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first dc, * sc in MPS, 2 sc in ch 2 sp, Repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last MPS, sc in ch 3, turn
Rows 8 through 13: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 14 through 19: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 20 through 25: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 26 through 31: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 32 and 33: Repeat Row 3 and 4, (66 dc) FO (A) weave in ends.
(Second side)  Turn work around and join (A) to first ch of beginning ch (you’ll be working in the opposite direction.
Row 34: (Right Side): Sc in each ch across, turn (66 sc) place a marker on the 14th and 21st sc and the 45th and 52nd sc on the front side of this row (markers second side) for a guide to sew the back strap.
Rows 35 through 40: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 41 through 46: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 47 through 52: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 53 through 58: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 59 through 64: Repeat Row 2 through Row 7 of pattern with the colors exactly as stated
Rows 65 and 66: Repeat Row 3 and 4, (66 dc) FO (A) weave in ends.
Straps: (Make 2)
Beginning with a 1 foot tail for sewing, With (A) Ch 9, turn
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, turn (8 sc)
Row 2:  Ch I, hdc in each sc across, turn (8 hdc)
Row 3:  Ch I, hdc in each hdc across, turn (8 hdc)
Row 4 through 122:  Ch I, hdc in each hdc across, turn (8 hdc)
Row 123: Ch 1, sc in each hdc across, FO (A) leaving a 1 foot tail for sewing

Finishing:
Sew one strap between each set of markers on the first side, one side of strap on the right and one side of strap on the left of the front of case. Lay case and strap straight with strap vertical to case, sew strap straight across 3rd set of brown (A) rows and top set of brown rows on case from bottom. Fold the loose handle of case in half and sew around that area (so that the handle is round). Weave in all ends. 
Then repeat this for the second strap on the back of the case.
Felting: Place a plastic bag inside the case, place the whole case inside a pillow case and tie or wrap with a spare piece of yarn (but, not wool). Place pillow case, tennis balls or a few dirty clothes and detergent into washer (do not use softener, this will stop the felting). Wash on hot with a small load until just before spin cycle. Remove pillow case, remove plastic bag, untie and flatten out laptop case on a towel to check shrinkage. Rewash the same way until you reach desired size, dry flat on towel or tack to a board and let dry for 24 hours in a dry warm spot.
Take a disposable razor and shave the fuzz off the case. That’s it, enjoy your laptop case.
If you like, you can make a plain pocket for the outside of the back, by doing as follows:
With (A) Ch 25, sc in second ch from hook and each ch across, (24 sc)
Row 1 through 28: Ch 3, dc in next st and each st across, turn (24 dc)    FO (A) leave a 2 ½ foot tail for sewing. Sew it to the case by placing - centered between straps on back and sewing down one side, across bottom and up other side, before felting.

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