I got a new laptop a couple weeks ago and it has made my work at home life sooooooo much easier. Being able to cart it around the house to wherever I need to be rather than being tied to our desktop has been super convenient. However, I knew I needed some sort of protection for it. With 3 kids running around I didn’t want to take any chances. Plus, on the off chance I could get away from the house and do some work it would be able to just grab it and go. So, I designed this little sleeve.
It’s pretty simple once you get the herringbone half double crochet down and you can customize it to fit whatever size laptop you have. Awesome, right?!
Herringbone Half Double Crochet
Lets talk about this lovley stitch a minute. Here are the basic instructions:
- Yo, insert hook into next ch, yo, pull through the ch and first loop on hook. Yo and draw through both loops.
This stitch can be worked over any number of chains, which makes it super versatile.
- Worsted weight #4 Yarn ( I used 160-165 yds for mine but keep in mind a bigger or smaller laptop will need more or less yarn)
- 5 mm hook
- Tapestry needle for seaming and weaving in ends
- Stitch markers
- 1 inch button of choosing
- Gauge: 10 hbhdc stitches x 11 rows = 4 inches
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- St(s): stitch(s)
- Hbhdc: herringbone half double crochet
- Yo: yarn over
- Sl st: slip stitch
- Sc: single crochet
- Blo: back loop only
Row 1: Make a chain the width of your laptop (be sure to make a note of how many chs you made). I chained 30 for my HP Stream. Hbhdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hbhdc in each chain across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Hbhdc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Ch 1, turn
Row 3-End: repeat row 2 until piece measures the length of your laptop. I did 33 rows. When you finish your second piece leave a really really long tail, you will be using it to seam your pieces together. Weave in all other ends on both pieces
Place your 2 sided on top of each other and secure using stitch markers all the way around. This will ensure it won’t slide around on you making your final product uneven.
Now we are going to whip stitch it together on 3 sides. Thread your needle. Poke it through both pieces from back to front, pull tight and repeat. Easy-peasy. Continue all the way around. I did about 1 whip stitch per row along the sides and 1 in each stitch along the bottom.
Now weave in your end. And turn piece inside out.
Edging and Button
Now we will work in rounds along the open edge of your sleeve.
Round 1: Take your yarn and join using a ch 1 to one of the hbhdc in the corner of your piece. Working in BLO sc in same st as ch1 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st.
Round 2: Ch 1. Working in BLO, sc in same stitch as ch 1 and half way around 1 side of your sleeve (this was 14 sc for me). Ch 16. This will form the loop for our button closure. Still working in BLO, sc in next st and in each st around. Join with sl st to top of 1st sc. Finish off and weave in ends
Sew on button to front of piece centered and about 2 inches down. Make sure you can get your chained loop over it.
And that’s it! Your very own laptop sleeve!
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