Blue cell-phone cover
A few time ago I got a new cell phone of the tiny type; a plain Nokia 1108, without bells or whistles. Its gray plastic shell looks prone to scratches; so it needs a cover.
I looked for one of my taste in several towns and cities - Borda da Mata, Pouso Alegre, Campinas, Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro. I could only find clear plastic covers (I hate plastic) with fragile clamps (I hate fragile clamps), or black ones in natural or synthetic leather (I hate black), or too frilly and flurry ones - Hello Kitty, Monsters Inc. and other childish patterns (I'm not a child anymore and I think that even when I was a child I wouldn't use anything so gaudy.)
Then I thought: well, I could crochet a cell cover for me. So I searched through my Anne thread stash, took a 1.75mm steel hook and got to work.
This blue cell cover was the first I made.
Beginning with 4 chains, I made 12 sc rows. Then came a round of sc around the rectangle - 12 sc on the long side, 4 on the other side of the beginning chain, 12 on the other long side, 4 to the end - 32 sc. I finished the round with a slip stitch.
On the next round: ch 3 (they stand for a dc), make a dc round. Finish this round with a slip stitch, ch 1, turn the work. Next, a sc row on the wrong side of the work. Finish with a slip stitch; ch 3, turn the work. The next round is a dc round on the right side of the work. Make a total of 17 round this way - one dc round on the right side, one sc round on the wrong side. The 17th round is a sc round.
Finish the 17th round with a slip stitch; one slip stitch more on the next stitch; ch 1, turn the work. Then make 14 sc to begin the closing flap. Make 24 rows of 14 sc; from the 25th to the 28th row, decrease 1 stitch at each side of the flap until you have 6 stitches. Finish off.
With another color thread (I used a neon shades varigated), make a sc row around the opening and the flap. After the 6 sc of the flap end, ch 12, turn the work, slip stitch in the 6th sc, turn the work, 15 or 16 sc in the 12-chain loop. Complete the sc row around the flap.
(After I finished my cell cover, I thought that I could have crocheted, in this finishing row, a loop on each side of the cover to attach a strap and hang the cell phone from my neck or shoulder. Since I didn't make these loops, I'll sew metal rings on each side with thread and needle. A cell phone cover must be versatile!)
I put the phone inside its cover, marked the right place for the button, then sewed the button. I used a very pretty pearly porcelain button - it belonged to an old cardigan and I kept it for some proper occasion...
Now, on the back side of the cover, make 12 sc inserting the hook around the central sc's of the last row before the beginning of the flap. On these 12 stitches make 18 sc rows; finish off leaving a long tail and sew this belt strap securely with a blunt needle. Look at the picture.
I liked my new cell cover so much I decided to make another - a sober brown one, in tapestry crochet. This one deserves a longer explanation, so it will have to wait.