I’ve been playing Fire Emblem Awakening on my friend’s DS and game, but that’s not the same as having your own! And I can’t wait to play Animal Crossing: New Leaf and of course the new Pokemon games!! Last week, I finally got a 3DS (XL, because the screen is so much nicer) and within 24 hours…had managed to give it a scratch:
Clearly, carrying it around in the styrofoam sleeve it had come in wasn’t going to work, so I started browsing cellphone/tablet/laptop sleeves/cozies knit and crochet designs for ideas. I mean, the 3DS is just like a really, really, really big cell phone, right? Might as well put my newly learned crochet skills into use.
I eventually settled on this one (from allaboutami@tumblr), which I thought was adorable. I loved the idea of the fabric lining peeking through the sides so that the sides were a different pattern from the rest of the case. My mom had cut up my favourite winnie the pooh pyjama pants a while ago to use as rags, and I wanted to use what was left…except there was no single piece big enough!
Oh well, I’d cross that bridge when I got to it, I thought.
I started out by chaining 28, thought that was too little, chained 35, found that was way too big, and settled with a chain of 30. This was actually still too big, and counting stitches now, it should have been a chain of 25.
I realised it was too big partway through, but figured better to be too big than too small! I also had just picked up another skein of berroco comfort in the multi-baby colorway this time (the blue is the berroco comfort in security blanket) and thought it would be great for a lining. And a single crochet joining would be really cute! I was worried there would be too much colour and thought about using a solid pink, but my pink yarn is still attached to my WIP goldfish, so…
I wanted to be able to charge my DS when it was still in the case, so I left a “buttonhole” at the charger port. I think I chained 7 and skipped three stitches to make sure I’d have a big enough hole for the cable to fit through. It fits well!
Figuring out where the actual button holes should go was a little tricky, because I’d never done it before, and to make it worse, the decreases I was doing for the flap meant that the two little buttons would have ended up outside the flap…
As you can see, I didn’t end up putting the other two in :p
For the sides, I did single crochet in every stitch along the flap, and where the top of the case would be, and double crochet where the seams would join. This also helped when I was joining the seams, because I’d already marked out where to start!
I was silly and should have skipped a stitch or done a decrease or something for where the bottom of the case was, but in the end, I just tucked in the corners and it looks alright.
And yay! Done! I kind of want to replace the button with one of those nice, big, wooden ones, but that’s still on its way from Amazon, and I think the black and red is cute and matches my DS, right? Maybe I’ll just keep it as is after all 🙂