Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Tech Bag: Strawberry Chromebook Storage Cover

Who doesn't love strawberries?
I suppose someone who has an allergy to this luscious berry may - but I can tell you, the chipmunks & mice in my yard and I have been in battle for the past few seasons to see who gets to them first.  (The critters have been winning!!)
This year, in an attempt to outsmart these little varmints, I have several strawberry plants in raised planters.  I thought I had them beat and would have at least a few berries to much on this season...  only to be undone by the Robins!!

But, I will have my berries.  One way or another!

This Tech Bag - is my guaranteed berry fix.
Skill Level: Easy / Advanced Beginner

Measurements 12.5 inches tall/ 8.5 inches wide (approx.) 
Gauge :  12 rows of 12 single crochet = 3 inches/squared
Yardage :  Main Color: less than 7oz/364yrds, Accent Colors: less than 4oz/202yrds

General Notes:

- This pattern is worked in continuous spiral rounds unless otherwise noted.
- This pattern utilizes standard US Crochet Terms.
- Any changes in materials to this pattern, (hook size/yarn weight) will not produce the measurements above.
- This pattern is sized to the Lenovo Chromebook commonly used in public schools.  You can alter the size of your storage cover by adding stitches to the beginning chain, however your end count will change from that listed below.  If adjusting size: allow approximately .5 inch overhang on beg ch to account for width of electronics to be fitted inside.

Materials Used in Model: 
Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0319 Cherry Red, 0672 Spring Green and 0311 White
(optional Gold/Yellow for highlight to button)

Size US H/8-5.00mm Crochet Hook 
Yarn Needle for Sewing 
1 - 1&1/8th inch(28mm) White Button

with Cherry Red, 

Chain 30,
___ Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 27 sts, 3 sc in end ch st - rotate piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 27 sts, Inc in last st  (60 sts)
___ Rnds 2-42: sc in ea st around, changing to Spring Green on lst st of Rnd 42  (60 sts/ea rnd)

Spring Green,
___ Rnd 45: slst in nxt st, ch-2, DC in same st as join, ch-2, skp ea of nxt 3 sts, (2DC in nxt st, ch-2, skp ea of nxt 3 sts) 14 times, join with slst in 2nd ch of beg-ch-2,   (30 sts/15 ch-2 sps) 

___ Rnd 46: ch-1, working AROUND the post of the beg-ch-2 from previous Rnd, work (sc, 4hdc, ch-2), rotate your work to allow you to work around the post of the DC and work (4hdc, sc), {working around the post of next DC, work (sc, 4hdc, ch-2), rotate your work to allow you to work around the post of the 2nd DC in pairing and work (4hdc, sc)} 14 times  (15 leaves made)
___ Rnd 47: join in ch-1 of previous Rnd with slst, (Inc in center of next leaf, Inc nxt ch-2 sp) around  (60 sts)

*PAUSE* - locate the center of your Cover and mark middle stitch of the back round to create your loop that will secure around button to hold cover closed.

___ Rnd 48: in BLO, loosely slst in ea st round to back halfway point, chain 12, slst in same st as st ch made, slst in ea remaining st.  (60 sts/ ch-12)

Flower Button Base:
with White, 
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [slst in nxt st, ch-4, slst in same st] 12 times
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure flower to Bag.
Affix White Button to Bag just over top the 
Flower Button Base and below the loop made in Rnd 48, so that loop can slide over the button to hold the Chromebook securely inside.

Optional: Highlight the center of White Button with Gold or Yellow.
With White, add 'seeds' all over your bag.

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