Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Swirly Felted Glasses Case - a free pattern

Longtime readers will recall my panic last summer when I ordered a very special birthday gift for my mother rather too late for it to arrive in time for her very special birthday. Gah!

With two days to go I gave up on a postal miracle and improvised a pattern for a glasses case, hoping I could felt it down to exactly the right size on the first shot.

Now, normally a glasses case is just about the most boring present I can imagine giving anybody, but my mother had everything except reading glasses she wasn't always losing.

Fast forward about nine months and do you know, that glasses case goes with her everywhere? She loves it, and it's so bright her glasses are never lost for long. Not only was it not the most boring present I've ever given, it's turned to be the most practical and appreciated one.

Except for the back pocket I intended for a crochet hook or a pen or something. She's admitted she never actually uses that, but I put it onto this one anyway because I love it, myself. You don't have to knit it if you don't want to.

You also don't have to bother with the needlefelted swirls made from scraps of leftover yarn if you don't have any of the requisite tools. Even without the sock yarn details, this is a nice simple project to get you started with felting.

Download .pdf of Swirly Felted Glasses Case


'Joyce' said...

This is just awesome. I would LOVE to make one, thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Karen said...

I love it! And I think the back pocket thingy would be most useful, especially for those of us who carry iPods!

heklica said...

Thanks! It looks so fine and feminine in these tender colours and swirls.

Unknown said...

I am so impressed with the attention to detail in this little pattern! Thank you so much for sharing it - can't wait to make a few for my new collection of reading glasses!

Mary Keenan said...

You are so sweet Yvonne, thank you!

Unknown said...

I have been looking for a pattern such as this but with the pocket on the back the same width as the case to hold my iPhone.
Can you suggest how to adapt the pattern to make the pocket felted?

Mary Keenan said...

Unknown, what a good idea!

Calculations for felting are always so iffy, but I would start by knitting 8" or so of 20 or 21 stitches (the overall count being 42" for the case), using the same gauge as for the case itself. That way you've got a good shot at the size you really want, and if it's a bit too big you can always trim it down :^)