iPhone Case Tutorial: Masculine Feather Stitch Crochet

iphone cover diy tutorialMasculine iPhone cover is what I called this crocheted iPhone case when I proudly gifted it to my husband (my overdue promise that was meant to be his Christmas gift). Why is it masculine? Because I asked my husband to choose the colors of yarn for his MASCULINE iPhone cover (He did. And then I crocheted that yarn as I liked – playing with a stitch that I wanted to try out since long.)

I will tell you a secret – when making this iPhone cover I thought of myself as being smart (I still think so of myself. Silently.) because of these reasons:
1) The choice of MASCULINE colors was all his responsibility (while mine was the freedom for crocheting them in a way I wished).
2) I wanted it to be easy crochet (I love single crochet stitches because crocheting them is like a meditation for me).
3)  Having 6 weeks old baby left me with very little time for crafting. That´s why making a cover for iPhone seemed a good opportunity to get to finished item before my child starts going to school ( I managed!).
4) I really wanted to get some peace for my mind by fulfilling the second of three Christmas gift promises that I made to my husband. (The third gift promise is still troubling me because I have no clue when I will get my hands on it.)

 

Continue reading to explore more…. 

 

TUTORIAL FOR CROCHET STITCH
I know it by two names – bird´s-foot stitch or feather stitch. If you turn the crochet upside down – you get a design of a plant (see picture 13):

PATTERN FOR BIRD´S FOOT STITCH WITH 3 TOES (picture 5, this pattern was used for iPhone case – picture 20):

Crochet feather stitch tutorial


STEP 1: Crochet several rows single crochet with one color, then switch to another color and start by working single crochet till the point where you want to make the “bird´s foot”.
STEP 2: Insert crochet hook 1 row below and 1 stitch to the right (it will be below the last single crochet stitch that you made) and pull the 1st loop, leave it on the crochet hook (picture 1).crochet stitch tutorial
STEP 3
: Insert hook 2 rows below and under the current stitch that you would make, pull the 2nd loop and leave it on the hook together with the 1st loop (picture 2).
STEP 4: Insert hook 1 row below and 1 stitch to the left from the current stitch that you would make, pull the 3rd loop and leave it on the hook together with the 1st and 2nd loop (picture 3). Now there are three loops on the hook. Take yarn on the hook (picture 3).
STEP 5: Pull the yarn through all 3 loops (picture 4). Then continue working single crochet till the point where you want to make the next bird´s foot stitch (picture 5).

You can see on the picture 6 the back side of the crochet.

After this row you can continue single crochet next few rows until you want to switch the colors again.

PATTERN FOR CROCHETING BIRD´S FOOT WITH 5 TOES (PICTURE 7):

Crochet tutorial feather stitch

STEP 1: Crochet several rows single crochet with one color, then switch to another color and start by working single crochet till the point where you want to make the “bird´s foot”.

STEP 2: Insert crochet hook 1 row below and 2 stitches to the right (it will be below the pre-last single crochet stitch that you made) and pull the 1st loop, leave it on the crochet hook (picture 8).

STEP 3: Insert crochet hook 2 rows below and 1 stitch to the right (it will be below the last single crochet stitch that you made) and pull the 2nd loop, leave it on the crochet hook together with the 1st loop.
Then insert hook 3 rows below and under the current stitch that you would make, pull the 3rd loop and leave it on the hook together with the 1st and the 2nd loop. Then make the loop 2 rows below and 1 stitch to the left, leave it on the hook, then make the last loop 1 row below and 2 stitches to the left. Now you have 5 loops on the hook (picture 9).

colourful crochet patternSTEP 4: Pull the yarn through all 5 loops – the bird´s foot stitch with 5 toes is done (picture 10).
Continue working single crochet till the point where you want to make the next bird´s foot (picture 12).
You can see on the picture 11 the back side of the crochet.

And if you turn the crocheted piece upside down, then instead of bird´s feet, you get beautiful PLANTS as in picture 13.

 

CROCHET PATTERN FOR iPHONE CASE:

Materials used: 100% cotton (suitable for 2.5-3.5 mm crochet hook) in 3 colors. I used Schachenmayr SMC Catania cotton yarn (black, dark gray, light gray), and 2.5 mm crochet hook.

Abbreviation: ch= chain stitch, sl st= slip stitch, sc= single crochet.

iphone case DIY crochet tutorial

CROCHET THE FRONT with 3 colors (picture 14):
Row 0 (1st color): ch 20.

Rows 1-4/14-16/26-36  in the 1st color; rows 6-8/18-20 in the second color; rows 10-12/22-24 in the third color: ch 1, sc 19.

Row 5(2nd color), 9 (3rd color), 13 (1st color), 17 (2nd), 21 (3rd), 25 (1st) : change the color; ch 1, sc 3, in the next stitch make bird´s foot with 3 toes (Tutorial pictures 1-6, see above), *sc 7, in the next st make bird´s foot*, repeat ** once more, then sc 3.

iphone case tutorial

CROCHET THE BACK with 3 colors (picture 15):
Row 0 (1st color): ch 40.

Rows 1-3/8-9/14-15/20-22 in the 1st color: ch 1, sc 39.

Rows 4-5/10-11/16-17 in the 2nd color: ch 1, sc 39.

Rows 6-7/12-13/18-19 in the 3rd color: ch 1, sc 39.

When both side of cover are crocheted, pin them together (picture 16).

Note: back side is longer than front because it will overlap in the front and will be closed with buttons.

Crochet reverse single crochet all around the case to join both sides together (picture 17). On the top edge of back side make loops (with chain crochet) that are appropriate size for the buttons (picture 18).

Sew on the buttons and enjoy the result of your work (picture 19)!

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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6 Responses to iPhone Case Tutorial: Masculine Feather Stitch Crochet

  1. Kaye Coughlan says:

    I love your iphone cover, well done. I knit and crochet for charity and it is difficult to find quick simple gifts for men. Thanks for the pattern.

    • firegoodness says:

      Thank you, Kaye! It is wonderful you invest your talents in charity! I have more masculine crochet patterns coming up soon.

  2. sarah says:

    Hi Laura,
    Thanks for this nice tutorial. I was inspired by your phone case and crocheted my own ebook-Reader (Kindle) case with the Feather-Stich pattern. Your tutorial was very helpful!
    I linked you/your page in my blogpost: http://littlestcrafts.blogspot.com/2013/01/kindle-huelle-im-feather-stich.html

    Thanks again!

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