The front of my needle case for KP Options/KnitPro
Pattern: My own!
Fabric: Don't ask. I don't know. But I love them all. (Pikku-Kettu told me that it's Woodland Bloom by Lila Tueller. Thanks!)
Project time: April to end of May, 2009
Made for: Myself and my KP Options set
The back of the needle case with the attached elastic strap that closes the case with a snap button
Thoughts: When I bought my KP Options (now called KnitPro if I'm not mistaken), I also bought the case that is designed for the set. It's a binder in which you add plastic pockets to hold your needles and wires and whatever. I never really liked the binder. It's clumsy. And ugly.
I wanted a fun needle case to hold my needle tips and some wires of every length. I will make a wristlet of some sort to hold the rest of the KP gadgets (such as needle sizer, the rest of the wires, the purple thingies that goes on the ends of the wires, and so on).
When folded up, the needle case is 12cm/4.5in wide, 15cm/6in high and about 8cm/3in deep at the thickest. When laid flat, it's 45cm/17.5in long and 25cm/10in high. The strap that closes the needle case has an elastic in it to accomodate the difference in thickness depending on how many needle tips there are in it. There are altogether 26 pockets to put needle tips in and four pockets for wires. These pockets close with snap buttons.
The pockets for needle tips and wires
Close up of the needle tips and a wire stored in a pocket
To make this needle case more durable I added batting to the pocket panels and the outer cover. The inner "back panel" has a stiffer interfacing attached to it as I didn't want the case to get too sloppy and loose.
I machine quilted freehand on the cover to keep it flat with the batting inside.
My machine quilting on the cover
To close the needle case, the top (where the wire pockets are) is folded over the needle tips and then the two sides are folded in towards the middle before the whole thing folds in the middle. Did that make any sense?
The top folds down over the needle tips...
...the outer ends folds towards the middle...
...and it all folds in the middle and snaps with the button in the front.