Knitted Camera Case

I bought myself a new digital camera. I chose the Canon PowerShot SD630 because it is teeny and therefore easy to slip in a knitting bag or purse and keep with me at all times in order to satisfy my compulsion to take random pictures, like azaleas blooming in February
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The camera screen is huge, which I love, and it’s somewhat scratch resistant, but it really needs some sort of protection if I’m going to toss it around like I expect to. The camera bags for sale were all bulky and seemed trouble to slip the camera in and out of, which defeated the purpose to me. So I decided, of course, to knit one.
I found a few patterns online, but none I fell in love with. I didn’t want to make a felted case–though there were cute–due to the thickness. I did see one drawstring style (lost the link now) that seemed a good fit for my needs, though not quite the right pattern. So I made one up loosely based on that. It was really easy, and very quick, so it might be a good project for a beginner. It also would make cute little gift bags, I think.
First I grabbed some yarn from my stash. I had a bit of Rowan Cotton Glace leftover from a failed sweater project, and it is small and durable enough, plus a pretty berry color. I then knit a swatch to see how many stitches I got per four inches on size 4 needles. I then measured the camera’s dimensions, figured how many stitches I’d need, then cast on. I think it was around 30 or 35. I could count them now but I won’t. I knit in stockinette until it was long enough to cover the length of the camera plus half of each end. Then I did a row of YO, k2tog, then a few more rows of stockinette, then bound off.
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Then I sewed up the bottom and side. I used mattress stitch, but in hindsight, I wish I’d used something else along the bottom–maybe something like kitchener–for a smoother look. After it was seamed, I clumsily crocheted a chain for a drawstring, then wove it through the yarnover holes. The camera fits perfectly, though I haven’t yet figured out how to take a picture showing that.
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I love it! I might eventually get a soft button or something to hold the drawstring in place, in case I get tired of having to tie it. We’ll see. The camera’s cord hangs out the top, so I can carry it that way if I like.
Now I know you are all just dying to leave comments about how very beautiful my camera case is and how very clever I am for designing it and how very grateful you are that I shared this intricate, ingenius pattern with the world, and so on and so on, so if you have any trouble leaving these comments, e-mail me. The other day I had 25,000 spam comments left in a few hours, so Chip fixed it up to keep that from happening.
And Monica Millar, if you’re out there reading, I would love to discuss buying some Pakucho from you, but couldn’t figure out how to contact you from the comment you left, so please e-mail me at courtney ampersat athenstown dot com.

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