Friday, 27 March 2015

fo: basket-weave laptop sleeve

As I promised to you, and myself, I finished knitting a laptop cover! I have very mixed feelings about this project - why don't you read on and tell me what you think.
Yarn - Lion Brand Vanna's Choice (mustard) and Stylecraft Special DK (denim) (2 strands of DK)

You can also read about this laptop sleeve on my Ravelry project page.

I found the pattern on Ravelry and thought it was a splendid, tasteful and simple pattern with an effective colour combination. I promptly printed it off and got started. I've sort of made a private promise to myself to not buy any more yarn for a minimum of 6 months starting in January (I had a tiny slip in February, but it was £3 for 3 balls so I couldn't say no!) so I needed to use up something in my stash. This limited my colour choices somewhat but I was pretty happy with the yellow and blue. It does look a little too Despicable-Me-minion for my liking, but I think I get away with it!

The original pattern is for a 13" Macbook Pro; I have a 15.6" HP Pavillion, so I knew some adjustment would be needed. The pattern is worked in blocks of 8 stitches so I had no choice but to add 8 stitches when I cast on even though I felt fewer would be better.

Its a great pattern that works up reasonably quickly and looks very smart and effective. I did get rather bored of knitting the pattern I must admit and it became one of those projects that I forced myself to finish. If I put it down I had a feeling I wouldn't pick it up again! I also needed to work 2 further repeats of the pattern because it was impossible to tell if it was long enough. I worked it extra long to develop a flap to ensure it would cover and protect my laptop, worked in the contrast colour to avoid the minion appearance.

When I finished the cover I must admit I really did not like it at all. It doesn't look as neat as the pattern picture, and it is too big for my laptop even though I sewed the edges together more in the hopes of tightening the fit. But I slept on it and when I woke up I did like it more.

My main problem with the sleeve is that it is so flimsy and slips all over the place when I try to pick up the laptop. But I know it is mainly my expectations which make this laptop sleeve appear less than adequete; I want a firm, tightly fitting case which will protect my laptop snugly. This can't really be achieved with knitting/crochet for such a large piece of hardware.


So I'm continuing my sewing fix from the weekend and instead I will sew a case (as I am loathed to buy one with all the crafting supplies in my life!) which should give me a much sturdier cover. I will use a zip or Velcro to make a secure fastening as well.

This pattern is good and I would recommend it for a simple straightforward gadget sleeve, but it is in my opinion more suited to a small, light laptop or a tablet/e-reader. And I'm not upset that I don't like my cover - a knitting fail is a lesson learned! 

7 comments:

  1. 'A knitting fail is a lesson learned', I like that! Although I'm not saying this is a knitting fail! I know what you mean about making something and it not being quite right for whatever reason. But onwards and upwards to something more sturdy! It does look lovely, though.

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  2. yeah I think I'll make that a bit of a mantra of mine :p ah I know what you mean, it does look good and it has grown on me, but unfortunately I just had a specific idea in my head, but yes onwards and upwards :) thank you very much Amy! jenny xx

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  3. Sorry the case isn't all that you expected! :/ I use mine as more of a decorative cover to prevent it from getting scratched and it works well for that! Good luck sewing a case! I'd love to see the final results!

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  4. Oh no Rachel the pattern is wonderful and I love the way the case looks! It works brilliantly like you say as a decorative cover, but it is my fault that I sort of aimed for something else, when realistically no knitted or crocheted cover would offer the protection I am aiming for :) i would heartily recommend your pattern and I am so glad I stumbled across it :) thanks I can't wait to get one made! jenny xx

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  5. Woollen Wilderness5 April 2015 at 20:49

    I love the look of this sleeve (the minion comparison is so accurate!), but I can totally see why you'd want something sturdier for you laptop.

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