It’s been a bit of a hectic week at Knit Purl HQ and much to my dismay, we didn’t have a chance to get everyone’s projects together for the usual WIP Wednesday.
But don’t fret! We still have something new (and dare I say better?) to share today! As much as we love sharing our knits in progress with you, we thought it might be fun to go a little deeper into a few of the projects we make and love, and give you all the tools you need to make them yourself. We’ll be sharing some brand new patterns with you, as well as our personal tips and tricks to help you along.
Today, meet the iFelt Cozy.
I designed the first version of this iPad case for my boyfriend, whose love of handknits is outweighed only by his love of shiny gadgets. The essential criteria: it had to be soft, to protect that impeccably glossy screen, it had to be simple in looks and simple to use, and it had to be the perfect hand-selected color. The iFelt was met with high fives of appreciation on all counts. Plus, the cozy is such a quick, simple knit that I had it finished and felted in less than twenty-four hours! You can tweak the size a little by felting more or less, and the pattern is easily adaptable for smaller devices, like cell phones or MP3 players (please feel free to email me if you need some guidance on miniaturizing your iFelt!)
I used one of my personal favorite yarns for the project, Shibui Merino Alpaca. It’s beautiful knit up , so I wasn’t surprised to learn that it felts gorgeously as well. The fabric is extraordinarily soft, but firm enough to protect the precious cargo within, and it has a slightly nubby texture that keeps things interesting. Pictured here is Merino Alpaca in Peacock, one of Shibui’s classic watercolors, but the new solid line would be really stylish here too! One of the things I like best about this pattern is that it’s sort of a blank canvas–the knitting is so simple that you’re free to do fun things with color and decoration. Try stripes, variegated yarns, even some post-felting embroidery!
A disclaimer about felting: the pattern has only been tested using this yarn, and every yarn felts differently. Keep in mind that if you substitute yarns, they might shrink at a different rate and your results might vary a little from the iFelt shown here. That said, I would love to hear about your experimentations in the felting realm! Most wool yarns or animal fiber blends felt well, but just make sure you’re not using superwash wool that has been treated to resist felting–exactly the opposite of what you want to do!
The pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry, and the yarn is available here on our website. I hope all the tech-lovers among you enjoy this project as much as I did!