I was looking at my stash again and wondered what to do with the leftover yarn from a sweater project that I completed earlier this year. I really wanted to make something that did not require a complicated and lengthy pattern. Also, I wanted to make something useful.
After racking my brain for ideas, I finally came up with the idea of making a laptop sleeve for my Chromebook. I decided to use this opportunity to practice the moss stitch since I have never used it in a project. Plus, the stitch pattern seemed to be more sturdy than the standard stockinette stitch.
Here are the instructions:
Moss Stitch Laptop Sleeve
2 skeins Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun in Tomato (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 3.5g/100g; 127 yd/116m/skein) (this yarn has been discontinued, but you can find a substitute here)
US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular needles (24”)
straight pins or safety pins
gauge: 7 stitches/2 inches (6 rows/2 inches) in moss stitch pattern
Knit the rectangle
Cast on 47 stitches.
Knitting back and forth, proceed as follows:
Rows 1-6: Knit every stitch (garter stitch pattern)
Row 7 (WS): K1, P1, continue until last stitch, K1
Row 8 (RS): P1, K1, continue until last stitch, P1
Row 9: P1, K1, continue until last stitch, P1
Row 10: K1, P1, continue until last stitch, K1
Repeat Rows 7-10 until the rectangle is long enough to fold around the laptop, plus extra material for the envelope flap.
Bind off snip off excess yarn with the scissors, weave in ends. You should now have one rectangle.
Sew the sleeve
Lay the rectangle vertically (i.e. portrait) on a table.
Fold the rectangle around your laptop with the wrong side facing up. When you have an envelope shape that you like, pin the sides together.
Turn the laptop sleeve right side up. Slip in your laptop to determine if the laptop fits inside the sleeve. If it does, reverse the sleeve back to the wrong side.
Thread the excess yarn through the tapestry needle and sew the sides of the laptop sleeve together. Reverse the sleeve back to the right side.
Your laptop sleeve should look like this:
Here it is with the laptop inside:
I’m so happy that I was able to create something beautiful and functional with my leftover yarn. However, I think that I will use a yarn with fewer plies if I make another laptop sleeve. Also, I’ll remember to add velcro as a fastener.
Why don’t you try this pattern and let me know how it turns out. Please share your results and suggestions in the comments section. Also, please let me know if there are any problems with the pattern.
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