I had so much fun writing the (FREE!) pattern for my Mochila Beach/Project Bag last month that I couldn’t wait to get started on the next tapestry crochet project! This time it’s something a lot smaller, a lot quicker, and a lot more (confident-)beginner-friendly, so, if you’re tapestry-curious and in search of (almost-)instant gratification, this is the pattern for you!
Even if you’ve never done any tapestry crochet – or even colourwork – before, you can make this phone case! It’s worked almost entirely using one stitch, there’s a handy stitch chart included to help you keep track of when to change colour, and instructional photos, too. Read on for the pattern!
Looking for help with tapestry crochet? This site is a great resource for tapestry crochet beginners, and includes tutorials on changing colour along with some other TC basics.
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT:
- crochet hook (see pattern for size)
- 3 skeins cotton yarn (see pattern for weight), one in each of your chosen colours – I used Scheepjes Cotton 8 in Beige, Ochre, Black and White.
- darning needle
- sharp scissors
ch – chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
sk – skip
yo – yarn over
yu – yarn under
blo – back loop only
flo – front loop only
sc(2tog) – single crochet(2 together – see Special Stitches)
msc – modified single crochet (tutorial here, instructions below – see Special Stitches)
slst – slip stitch
b1(,2,3) – bobbin 1(,2,3)
rnd – round
rep * * – repeat instructions between asterisks
Foundation ch should be slightly longer than the width of your phone.
msc (modified single crochet):
insert hook into blo of st, yo and pull up a loop. yu, pull through both loops – msc made (tutorial video here)
sc2tog(flo/blo) (single crochet 2 together through front/back loop only):
insert hook into flo/blo of st as directed in pattern, then, without yo, insert hook into flo/blo of next st – 3 loops on hook. yo and pull through 2 loops twice – sc(flo/blo)2tog made
- Pattern written in US terms. Body of case is worked in joined rounds, flap worked back and forth in rows.
- This site is a great resource for tapestry crochet beginners, and includes tutorials on changing colour and other TC basics.
- Colour changes are made at last yo/yu of prev. st unless otherwise noted.
- This pattern works best for a phone that’s roughly twice as tall as it is wide. If your phone is either taller or shorter, you can try omitting some of the pattern in the chart, or add more rows of the yellow stripe once you’ve completed the pattern in the chart.
- I strongly recommend checking the fit of your case after a few rounds (carrying the yarn might cause it to bulk out a bit) – if it’s too tight, frog your work and try again with a larger hook.
TO MAKE THE BODY OF THE CASE:
First, prepare three bobbins of yarn as follows – you can either use two strands of 4ply held together (which I did), or one strand of worsted/aran:
- b1 – beige [2 strands 4ply/1 strand worsted/aran]
- b2 – yellow/white [1 strand yellow/1 strand white 4ply OR 1 strand “twisted” worsted/aran (something that looks like baker’s twine)]
- b3 – black [2 strands 4ply/1 strand worsted/aran]
Rnd 1: Measure the width of your phone and add roughly 1cm. With b1 and a hook that allows you to achieve the correct gauge to match this measurement , ch18.
Rnd 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook to end (17sts), then continue to sc along opposite edge of ch, joining with slst to first sc. (34sts)
Rnd 3: ch1, msc in same and in next 3sts before changing to b2. msc in next 9sts, and change back to b1. msc in each remaining st around, joining with slst to first msc. (34)
Rnds 4-16: Continuing in msc, follow the chart below (read bottom to top, right to left) for the front of your phone case, changing colour as indicated and completing each rnd in b1 ending with a slst. (34)
Rnd 17: Follow the chart above in msc until you reach the st before the centre st (which will be the mock popcorn). With b2, work the following in the centre st: [slst (does not count), ch2, msc]. Continue in msc for the remainder of rnd and join with slst. (34, excl. slst in centre)
Rnd 18: Continue following the chart above until you reach the mock popcorn from the prev. rnd. Sk slst, hold ch2 to the front of your work and msc in next st – see fig.1 for clarification. Work the remainder of rnd in msc and join with slst. (34)
Rnds 19-31: Follow the tapestry chart, working in msc and joining with slst. (34)
Once you’ve completed the pattern in the chart, check your case is tall enough to house your phone. If it is, fasten off b2 & b3, and begin working the following rnds now. If it isn’t, work a few more rnds in b1 & b2, changing colour as needed to follow the yellow stripe and checking the measurement at the end of each rnd until you get the correct height.
TO MAKE THE TOP FLAP:
Row 32: With b1, ch1, msc in same and in next 16sts. Turn. (17)
Row 33: Ch1, sc2togflo, scflo in next 13sts, sc2togflo. Turn. (15)
Row 34: Ch1, sc2togblo, scblo in next 11sts, sc2togblo. Turn. (13)
Row 35: Ch1, sc2togflo, scflo in next 9sts, sc2togflo. Turn. (11)
Row 36: Ch1, sc2togblo, scblo in next 7sts, sc2togblo. Turn. (9)
Row 37: Ch1, sc2togflo, scflo in next 5sts, sc2togflo. Turn. (7)
Row 38: Ch1, sc2togblo, scblo in next 3sts, sc2togblo. Turn. (5)
Row 39: Ch1, sc2togflo, scflo in next st, sc2togflo. Turn. (3)
Row 40: Ch1, sc3. Then, working along the edge of the flap, place 1sc at the end of each row and fasten off. Re-attach yarn on the opposite edge where the flap joins the body of the case, and sc along the edge until you reach the top row of 3sc. Join with slst and fasten off.
AND LASTLY, TO MAKE AND ATTACH THE TASSEL (OPTIONAL):
Step 1: Make a ‘finger gun’ with the first three fingers of your hand and wrap your black yarn – I’ve used beige below, for clarity – around them approx. 20 times and cut. Take a separate strand of yarn a few inches long, thread it under the folded strands of yarn and tie a few knots to secure. Don’t cut the tails yet, you can use them to attach the tassel to your case.
Step 2: Carefully remove the yarn from your fingers and cut through the ends, so you’re left with 20 separate strands of yarn tied together at the top.
Step 3: Cut a final strand of yarn a few inches long, wrap it around the top of your yarn neatly a few times to create a ‘head’ for your tassel, and fasten it off with a couple of secure knots. Use your darning needle to weave the loose ends back into the tassel and trim them as needed.
Step 4: Attach the tassel to the tip of the flap using the leftover loose tails from Step 1. Secure it with a couple of knots and hide the ends inside the tassel.
You can add a snap fastener/popper or some velcro to the flap if you want it to close securely. And that’s all there is to it! Enjoy your new phone case!