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Knit a camera bag

September 26th, 2007 · post by natalie · Make a comment

I recently got myself a digital camera in the sales but it didn’t come with any proper camera bag to protect it when in transit, so I decided to make a little pouch for it to protect it from scratches and the like.

You will need
2¾ mm knitting needles
Yarn – I used Rowan Cotton Glace 1 x black & 1 x white

My camera is quite small, as are most digital camera these days, at just over 6 cm wide. To get the correct width for the panel pieces I first cast on 12 stitches, and knitted that for about 6 rows to make a small swatch. From that I could measure how big it was, and from there work out how many stitches I needed to cast on. Depending on the size of your camera you will need to do the same thing. Just divide the number of stitches you cast on in your swatch by the width, and then divide the width of your camera by this number to give you how many stitches to cast on. Round up rather than round down to give the bag a little bit of ease. Mine came out at 19 stitches. I then just knitted until it was the correct length. I also used this to work out how many stitches to cast on the make the side piece.

To make a 7.5 cm x 10 cm camera bag

Front piece
Cast on 19 stitches in black (see figure 1).
Work in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row, etc, etc) for 11 rows.
Following the pattern and using the intarsia method work in the white to make the camera image (see figure 2).
Continue until the piece is long enough to cover the length of the camera.
Decrease 1 stitch at either end.
Continue in stockinette stitch for the next rows
Decrease 1 stitch at each end for rows
This will create a small flap to the camera bag.
Cast off

Back piece
Cast on 19 stitches in black
Work in stockinette stitch for 36 rows.
Cast off (see figure 3).

Side piece
Cast on stitches
Work in stockinette stitch until the piece is long enough to go around the two sides and the bottom of the camera bag.
Cast off (see figure 4).

Bind off all loose ends

Using a yarn needle sew together the side piece and the back piece, right sides together.
Then sew together the front piece to the side piece, right sides together.
Turn inside out (see figure 5).
Tie off all loose ends
Sew in a small popper into the flap of the camera bag.

Put the camera in and your ready to rock. (see figure 6).

You could also either extend the side piece, or attach a long piece of ribbon or yarn to make a long strap for the bag,.

P.S. I would recommend putting a fabric lining in as well for extra cushioning. I also wouldn’t recommend using yarn that sheds lots of fibers as these probably won’t be much good to the camera.

If you don’t know how to knit or how to do any of the things mentioned look it up on the internet – there’s loads of helpful tutorials now, or get someone who knows to teach you, or if you get really stuck email me.
figure one

figure 1

figure two

figure 2

figure three

figure 3

figure four

figure 4

figure five

figure 5

figure six

figure 6

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