How-to Tuesday – Photo Tutorial: How to crochet a pass cover

Are you fed up with your pass cover falling to pieces every few months and needing to replace it? Me too. There are so many sewing tutorials out there to make your own pass cover (in books, magazines and on blogs and websites) that to sew your own no longer seems like a “fresh” idea. So I decided I would do something a bit different. I have yet to see a crocheted pass cover on the internet, so I thought I might try it from scratch myself. It is surprisingly easy to make, provided you know your basic crochet skills, and I am here to walk you through it with plenty of photos. Are you ready? Then take my hand and we’ll begin…

Crochet pass cover tutorialCrocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Completion

You can download the pdf here

Please note: this is an original pattern and photo tutorial courtesy of CrochetAngel500. This project is copyrighted and the tutorial itself may not be redistributed in any way. You may sell any products you make using the tutorial, but please credit me as the designer. You may not sell the pattern in whole or in part. For clarification on any of these points, please email me. Thank you

What you need

What you need

You will need a handful of supplies to complete this simple project:

  •                 A sheet of polypropylene – I bought a large sheet in Paperchase for £1.85
  •                 A large pair of sharp scissors
  •                 A whiteboard marker
  •                 Your pass or a similar-sized card to use as a template
  •                 Cutting mat
  •                 Manual hole punch (2 sizes) and hammer – I used my Dovecraft Crafter’s Toolkit
  •                 Crochet hooks – size 2.25mm and 2mm
  •                 Crochet cotton – I am using DMC Natura Just Cotton for this tutorial
  •                 A yarn needle and small sharp scissors
  •                 8 stitch markers or paperclips

Before we begin, a quick note of warning: Do not be tempted to use this tool:

Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 3bIf you have one of these and think it would be easier than the manual hole punch with hammer, then please read this carefully: I tried this and failed on four attempts, each time either the hole itself ripped to the edge of the plastic, or the punch missed and created an unsightly mark in the centre of the plastic. A manual hole punch with hammer is much easier to control for this project.

Right then, shall we proceed?

Step One

Take the sheet of polypropylene, your pass and whiteboard marker pen and draw around the pass twice onto the plastic. Leave a wide enough space between the two outlines to give a fair-sized border around each outline. Cut around the outline leaving at least 1.5-2cm all the way around.

Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 1Please try to ignore my punched holes at this point – I forgot to take a photo before I made them!

Step Two

20130417-01d-Step3Take one of the pieces of plastic you just cut out and place it on your self-healing cutting mat. Make hole in each corner slightly overlapping the template line using the larger or your two hole punches screwed on tightly to the metal rod and tap gently with the hammer until the hole is neat. Change to the smaller hole punch and carefully and slowly make more holes along the template line as evenly spaced as possible. You want these to be fairly close together, but not so close that the plastic between the holes breaks easily.

Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 2Repeat the process with the second piece of plastic.

Step 3

Using the large, sharp scissors again, cut around the edges of the plastic pieces as close to the holes as is sensible.

Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 4You may now wipe off the remainder of the outline traced in step one.

Step 4

Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 5Take one piece of plastic, the 2.25mm hook and your first colour of yarn and work a round of dc into the holes, with three or four dc at each corner. Fasten off and sew in the ends. You should now have something that looks like this:Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 5 completed

Step 5

Repeat step 4, working over the round of dc you already made. Repeat the whole process on the second piece of plastic. You should now have something that looks like this: Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 6

Step 6

Now you have to make the outer cover. Take your 2mm hook and your first colour of yarn (A) and ch 32.

R1.          Dc in 2nd ch from hook,  dc in next ch, * miss 3 ch, 7 tr in next ch, miss 3 ch, dc in next 3 ch, rep from * twice more, ending with 2 dc instead of 3. Fasten off yarn A.

R2.          Join yarn B. 4-tr-dec-cl  over next 2 dc and 2 tr, *ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, 7-tr-dec-cl  over next 7 sts, rep from * once more, ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 4-tr-dec-cl. Turn.

R3.          (RS) Ch 3, 3 tr into top of cluster, *dc in next 3 dc, 7 tr in top of next cluster, rep from *once more, dc in next 3 dc, 4 tr in top of last cluster. Fasten off B.

R4.          Join A. dc in first 2 tr, *ch 3, 7-tr-dec-cl over next 7 sts, ch 3, dc in next 3 sts* rep from * twice more, ending with 2 dc. Turn

R5.          Ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, * 7 tr in top of next cluster, dc in next 3 dc, rep from * twice more, ending with 2 dc. Fasten off A.

Rep rows 2-5 4 more times, rep row 2 once more. Fasten off B. Sew in ends.

Edging

Join A. work a round of dc evenly spaced around the work, with 3 dc in each corner. Fasten off and sew in ends.

You should now have these three pieces:Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 7

Carefully press the outer piece.

Step 7Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Step 7

Now it’s time to join your pieces together. Start by laying the outer piece on a flat surface with the right side facing down. Lay the two plastic pieces on top of the outer pieces with the right side facing up. You want these to be right up to the short edges. Now, use your stitch markers or paperclips to hold the pieces together in the corner stitches. You will need one stitch marker in each corner of each plastic piece. Don’t worry if you don’t have eight: just use four to join one piece of plastic and then move them onto the other piece of plastic once you have joined them. Now, with yarn A and your 2.25mm hook work a round of dc through both layers. I worked mine with the right side of the outer piece facing me. I will not lie to you: this is hard work!  When you reach the corner stitches with the marker/paperclip, work three or four dc into this space and remove the marker. You need to leave a space between the two pieces of plastic so the cover can fold. When you (eventually!) get back to the beginning of the yarn, work an invisible join and sew in your ends. Sit back and marvel at your handiwork! This is what mine looks like:

  Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: Completion

Optional Extras

I decided to make a closure for my pass case to avoid things falling out of it and a security anchor so I don’t lose it! To do this you will need:

  •                 3mm hook
  •                 Yarns A and B
  •                 Magnetic fastener (or fastening of your choice)
  •                 A small clip from a neck lanyard or keyring

Make the closure

Find the four centre stitches on one short end of the open pass cover. Holding both yarns together, work 1 dc into each of the 4 centre stitches. [Turn. Ch 1, dc in each dc] 7 times. Turn, ch 1, dc, htr in 1st st, tr, dtr in next st, dtr, tr in next st, htr, dc in last st. Fasten off. Join yarn at joining edge of pass and work a row of dc evenly around the tab you just made. Sew one half of the magnetic closure to the end of the tab and the other to the outside back of the cover. I added a bit of glue from my hot glue gun to add a bit more stability to mine – be sure to put a piece of greaseproof paper into the pass cover to stop it sticking to the plastic if you do this!

Make the security anchor

Find the centre stitch on the long side of the open pass cover. Holding both yarns together, join with a sl-st and ch as many as you need for your purposes (I made 100 ch). Work several dc into the closed end of the clip, then work 1 dc into each ch back to the edge of the cover and sl-st into the st next to your original join. Sew in ends and hey presto:

Crocheted Pass Cover Photo Tutorial: An original tutorial by Cro

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Please note: this is an original pattern and photo tutorial courtesy of CrochetAngel500. This project is copyrighted and the tutorial itself may not be redistributed in any way. You may sell any products you make using the tutorial, but please credit me as the designer. You may not sell the pattern in whole or in part. For clarification on any of these points, please email me. Thank you

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