I know, I know, I said the crochet paper chains were coming next, but this post sort of barged in front. How very rude! Apologies on its behalf – it was badly brought up and has no manners.
So, have a seat and tell me, are you ready for Christmas? You are? Ooh, you’re well ahead of me – I’m so disorganised. I’ve got a good present idea, though, that you could knit for the photographer in your life. Or maybe you’re keen on photography y’self, in which case you might be able to use one of these for your camera. Look! Pretty, no?
The thing is, the straps that come with digital SLR cameras these days are a bit uncomfortable, and they’re not exactly beautiful. Time to do summat about this, methinks. What I’ve designed is a stranded cover for the wide part of the strap. And having figured out the basics, I was staring out of the window, pencil in hand, wondering what sort of pattern should be on the strap, when my idle gaze fell on the blimmin’ ivy sprawling up our garden fence. Must do something about that wretched ivy, I thought. So I did. I put it on the camera strap. Ha! That’ll learn it – I bet it’s scared, now. And for the other side of the strap, I doodled a happy, abstract pattern. If you want to create your own design for this pattern, I’ve got some tips here. Being a stranded design, the resulting fabric feels quite thick, making for a nice comfortable strap.
Would you like to make one? I’m happy to share the pattern, in exchange for a steaming mug of green tea, if you don’t mind popping the kettle on. Ooh, are those some biscuits? Don’t mind if I do….
First, some basics. The finished work in the photos measures 73×4.5cm, and should fit over the wide part of most standard straps (but the length can be adjusted for any model). It’s knitted in the round on double-pointed needles (DPNs).
Yarn: One ball of Rico Design Superba Poems, in ‘Tropic’. (Yarn ‘A’ in the pattern below.) One ball of Rico Design Bamboo Uni, in ‘Ecru’. (Yarn ‘B’.)
Needles: one set each of 3.0mm and 3.5mm DPNs.
Gauge: 30s, 42r to 10cm square in stockinette on 3mm needles. But really, I wouldn’t get too hung up on precise gauge for this project.
Right, off we go!
Cast on 30s on 3mm needles in yarn A. Divide stitches between three DPNs as follows: 15s on first needle, 8s on second needle, and 7s on third needle. Join in round. Fetch tea, and some of your very very best biscuits. Settle y’self in your comfiest chair, and put your feet up on a footstool…. or the dog…. or one of your children. You’re going to be here for a wee while, my friend.
Round 1: *K1P1. Repeat from * until end of round.
Rounds 2-18: As row 1, to create a band of 1×1 rib.
Round 19: Drop yarn A. Introduce yarn B and knit all stitches around. As you remove each 3.0mm needle, replace it with a 3.5mm needle, until you are working exclusively with the larger size.
Round 20: Drop yarn B. Pick up yarn A, and knit all stitches.
Round 21 onwards: Begin working from the bottom right of the pattern chart (which I’ll come to in a minute…), using the coloured yarn A for the background, and cream yarn B for the leaves and pattern details (marked as ‘X’s on the chart). Work in the round from right to left on every row of the chart, with the 15 stitches on the first needle being used for the whole of the ivy design panel, and the abstract pattern on the reverse being split between the needle with 8 stitches and the needle with 7 stitches. OK? Yeah? When you get to the top of the pattern chart, pour yourself some more tea and start again from the bottom. Continue until you’ve worked the length of the wide part of the strap. In my case, I worked just over 1 ½ repeats of the chart, but your camera strap might be a different length from my Canon.
Next round: Drop yarn B. Work a round in knit stitch with yarn A.
Next round: Drop yarn A. Work a round in knit stitch with yarn B. As you remove each needle, replace it with one of the smaller 3.0mm needles until you are just working on the smaller needles.
Next 18 rounds: *K1P1. Repeat from * around to create the second cuff in 1×1 rib.
Cast off. Weave in ends. Have y’self another biscuit.
Wash and block. All manner of unevenness and dodgy stitches will magically sort themselves out.
And you’re done! See, it wasn’t that hard. Anyway, you need the chart to actually knit this, don’t you? So here it is! Ivy Camera Strap Cover (You might need to right-click on it to get it to open or save.)
Now, are there any more of those biscuits?