It’s warm, and sunny out, and sunglasses seem to be a permanent fixture on many of our faces, especially at the beach! But when you aren’t wearing them, don’t just throw them in your bag, slide them into a handmade sunglass pouch!
I have really fallen [back] in love with working into the back loop lately, and so I decided that I wanted the whole case to feature this ribbed technique. This technique is achieved by using a basic single crochet, but working into the back loop only. Single crochets require a little more time and patience, but the finished fabric is just gorgeous!
To give it a little more, I decided to combine one of my favorite colors – the creamy Ecru, with a fun, bright, Summer-y color to give a dip dyed effect. This is right on trend, and would be awesome in any fun bright color, or even an ombre effect!
The pouch is finished with a snap button, but an alternative to this would be to leave off the flap, crochet a chain loop instead, and sewing on a respective sized button.
2 ⅞” (7.31cm) wide [or about 5.75” (14.6 cm) in circumference] by 6 ⅛” (15.57 cm) tall
Lily Sugar n Cream (100% cotton; 120 yards [109 meters]/71 grams): 0004 Ecru [Cream], 1 ball; 0073 Sunshine [Yellow], 1 ball
One pouch only requires about 50 yards.
H8/5mm Crochet Hook
Waste Yarn or Stitch Marker
Sewing Needle and Thread – Recommend Silamide Thread
Size 2 [0.5” (1.27 cm)] Snap Button
In BLO Pattern worked in the round: 17 SC by 15 Rows = 3.88” (9.86 cm)
Please see standard abbreviations.
This case should fit most sunglasses, but make sure to measure your sunglasses to be sure! To adjust case width measurements, add or subtract chains to the foundation. For each 1 chain added or subtracted, the final stitch count will change by 2.
This case is worked in a continuous round, meaning no slip stitch join at the end of the round, to avoid a seam. Use a stitch marker, or piece of scrap yarn to mark the first stitch of each round.
If you choose to slip stitch join at the end of the round instead, it will produce a moving seam, and change the overall height of your case.
Switch to new yarn color in last yarn over of previous stitch.
Snap buttons are my favorite because they are so easy to sew on, and so easy to use. You may be able to use a magnetic closure in place of the snap button, though it hasn’t been tested.
If using Silamide thread for sewing, cut 2 identical strands, thread through needle, fold over, and knot. If using regular sewing thread for sewing, cut 3. This is needed for added strength, and security when sewing on buttons.
Sunglass Pouch Instructions
In Sunshine, ch 11. Work 2 hdc into the 3rd ch, and the next 7 chs, 3 hdc into the next ch, hdc into the next 7 chs, hdc back into the 1st st. Sl st join in the blo of the 1st st. (20 hdc)
Round 2 – 11:In blo, sc into the next 20 sts.
Round 12 – 20: Switch to Ecru. In blo, sc into the next 20 sts.
Round 21:Sl st in the next st, turn. Sl st into the next st, turn again to the RS. Ch 1. Sc into the 1st 4 sts. (4 sc)
Round 22 – 26:Ch 1, turn. Sc across. (4 sc)
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Sew on Snap Button
Grab the fat part, and position it centered at the bottom edge of the WS of the flap with the nub facing down. With sewing needle, and thread, sew in place.
Grab the skinny part of the snap button, and mirror it on the case body with the nub facing you. Mirrored location should be about 4 rows down from the top. Sew in place.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER: ALEXANDRA RICHARDS
Alexandra is described as a “craft, coffee and cat addict”.
Though she has always been a crafty person, she picked up needlepoint on plastic canvas in 2006. In 2015, she learned to crochet, and began her blogging journey as EyeLoveKnots, named in honor of family members affected by Retinoblastoma – a cancer of the eye.