Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cozy for my New Camera: Pattern!!!

I got my new camera today, two days before the delivery estimate, so I'm happy. It's the same brand and very similar in style to my old camera, but a little bit thinner and sleeker. It's quick and while I haven't gotten used to the settings yet, I think I'm going to love it. I'm not a photography fanatic. I wanted a simple, light weight point and shoot, and that's what I got. This one had good reviews on Amazon, was a decent price, and I had been happy with my old camera for the five years that I had it, so getting the same brand was an easy choice. 

The first thing I did, once I got the battery pack charged, was decide I needed to make it a cozy. Making a cozy is crochet 101. You can make one for just about anything. I've done them for laptops and phones, and making one for whatever you want is just an issue of adjusting the size. 

This also gave me a chance to work with a multi-colored yarn. I love working with this stuff, especially with a simple pattern. It makes it interesting, and when you are working in a continuous round (like with this pattern) it forms a striped pattern without having to switch yarns. Here is a very simple, easily adjusted, set of instructions, specifically for making a cozy for a small camera, but just change a few of the numbers and you can cozy up any item you want!

The almost finished cozy and the multi-colored yarn I used. See the stripes!

The completed cozy. 

I couldn't figure out how to take a picture of my cozy with the camera inside so I decided to include a picture of the phone cozy I made several months ago. I attached this one to lobster claw style hook and attached that to my key ring. My phone is pretty scratched up, huh? I love this thing (the cozy, not the phone. I got the cheapest phone possible. I'm not giving in to the smart phone craze any time soon). My sister looked at it once and said, "Huh, that's very Portlandia." I don't think she meant that as a compliment. 

Start by creating a chain that is the length of the bottom of your object. The most successful cozies (the ones your object is least likely to fall out of) are going to have the open end be the shorter end. This project required the chain to be 11 chains long, You always start the row in the second chain from the hook, so your next row is 10 single crochets long.

So
Ch 11
Sc in the second chain from the hook and in each chain down the row.


 When you reach the last chain, Single Crochet three times, allowing the piece to turn towards the opposite side of the foundation chain.
 Now single crochet down the remaining stitches in that chain.
And when you reach the last stitch on that side of the chain, SC twice. Now you are going to start working around in a very long oval like shape.  
Single crochet down the length of the piece, when you reach the end, single crochet two times in the two turning stitches, work down the opposite side, single crochet twice in the turning stitches on that side as well. 

This shows the second set of turning stitches. My camera is pretty small, but if you are dealing with a wider object, you will need to do more increase rows. Just continue on, adding two stitches at both ends of the piece, until you have the desired size.

Now we are just going to work evenly, a single crochet in every stitch, and build up the piece to the desired length. Here is a few rows in. 

It should form a pocket within a few rows. This is a good point to stop and evaluate your sizing by squeezing the object into the unfinished cozy and seeing if it actually fits. It should be snug, otherwise the object will slip out too easily but it shouldn't have to stretch too much to get in place. If your sizing is off, start over or your cozy won't work!
So continue crocheting "straight" (I'm not sure if that's the accepted technical term for it, but no increases, no decreases, just going around and around) until your piece swallows up whatever object it is intended to encase. The last row, decrease once on each end. This tightens up the mouth of the cozy and makes it harder for your tech device to take an unexpected tumble.

 Here is another picture of my finished cozy for my phone. To extract the phone/camera/whatever, just give a gentle squeeze to the bottom of the cozy and it should pop out.





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