Just this morning the kids, the dog, and I walked up the hill to the bus stop for the first day of school. It's the most wonderful time of the year. But the weeks leading up to the big day were hectic. We bought new shoes. We went to the dentist. We got haircuts. We bought school supplies. The last thing on the supply list? Earbuds.
As a mom, I am always looking for a way to translate my crafty abilities to something useful for the kids. My daughters lose things a lot (seriously, a LOT). If I were to give them a pouch to hold their earbuds they might keep a closer eye on them. If I made a pouch in their favorite colors, it might take longer to lose them.
Of course, I am deep in the middle of my Ravellenic cardigan project. It could mean the difference between victory and defeat. (Shrug) I think I will survive.
I started with the Earbud Pouch by Mary Keenan. My daughter decided that it was a little too small for her. I thought she was being overly picky, but was in the mood to humor her. If you like to knit your socks cuff down, you will find her pattern to your liking. Her pattern also gives instructions on how to use fingering weight yarn.
The next pouch I did I cast on from the bottom and eliminated the need for a kitchener stitch (not that I don't like to do it, but just felt like something different). I changed the increases to a more familiar and speedy increase. I increased the bottom width that even my daughter had to admit allowed enough room for her precious blue earbuds. If you knit your socks toe up, then you might find this pattern is for you.
Bottom-Up Earbud Pouch
Yarn: Sport or DK weight yarn, approximately 15 grams ( I used random scraps from last year's hats)
Needles: US 2, 2.75 mm needles
Gauge: Gauge? We don't need no stinkin' gauge.
Using the Turkish Cast-On or Judy's Magic Cast-On, cast on a total of 32 sts (16 sts on each needle).
(If using dpns, put 8 stitches on 4 needles and mark the start of round. If using 2 circulars or magic loop, divide you stitches with 16 stitches on each side. The term "end of needle" refers to the end of the second needle for dpns, and the end of the first needle for 2 ciculars and magic loop.)
*K1, Kfb, knit to 2 sts before the end of needle, Kfb, K1* (repeat on next needle) (4 sts increased)
Work these two rounds a total of 3 times until you have a total of 44 sts.
Knit 7 rounds
*K1, SSK, knit to 3 stitches before the end of needle, K2tog, K1* (repeat on next needle) (4 sts decreased)
Work these two rounds a total of 3 times until you have a total of 32 sts.
*K2, P2* (repeat to end of round)
Work this round a total of 7 times
Cast off using a stretchy bind off such as Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
*This pattern was not tech edited or test knit. It is a free explanation of how I knit these for my kids. If you find an error, please let me know and I will fix it. Go forth and knit.*