Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Crocheted Tape Measure Cozy-Free Pattern

Crocheted Spiral Tape Measure Cozy
Ever have those scraps of leftover yarn and you hate to toss them, yet don't know what you could possibly do with them? Well, make yourself a little crocheted tape measure cozy-add a little flair to your project bag! (All pics are clickable). 
Mercerized cotton yarn (I used Omega Sinfonia, but this would work well with Classic Elite Cotton, Tahki Cotton, King Tut Cotton - you get the picture. This used a scant amount..  Pattern may be downloaded for free on Ravelry here or at DocStoc here..

4.25 mm hook and a 3.75 mm hook
Stitch Marker
Tapestry needle
1 1/2" diameter round retractable tape measure (Dollar Store, sewing supply store, Wal-mart).
Sides-Make two-Using larger 4.25 mm hook
Chain 4, sl st to first chain (or use the magic adjustable ring method).
Work 6 sc into ring-mark last sc with a stitch marker
Round 1: 2 sc in each sc around, mark last with stitch marker (12 sc)
Round 2: *1 sc in next sc, 2 in next sc * around, The stitch in the stitch marked with the stitch marker will ALWAYS be an increase stitch-if it’s not, you miscounted. Move up stitch marker to last sc. (18 sc)
Round 3: *1 sc in next two 2 sc, 2 sc in next st * around (24 sc)
Round 4: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st * around (30 sc)
Round 5: 1 sc in each stitch around (even, no increases) (30 sc)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Your circles should each measure 2 ½” across at this point.
Switch to 3.75 mm hook here.
With wrong sides of circles together, sc together in each stitch around until halfway closed. Add tape measure, making sure the tape part is facing the unjoined area. Pull out a few inches of the tape measure here. Keep sc around, through both sides until you have two unworked stitches and the tape is still sticking out. Fasten off and use tails from beginning of sc and end of sc around to stitch around the opening with your tapestry needle. This will reinforce the opening where you pull out the tape measure. Weave in ends and voila-all done.
Just squeeze the center, where you started the ring to retract the tape. Have fun with it, add some fancy trim around the side, etc.

The edging is a sl st, ch in same space 3 hdc in same stitch, sk sc, sc in next, sk sc, 4 hdc in next around.
This pattern and all its contents are ©copyrighted February 2007 to Deneen St Amour and may not be copied, reproduced in any way, or used for profit in any way. Pattern is for your personal use only. You may sell the finished item.

(With edging)

Any comments, corrections or questions, contact me at yarnsandmusings (at)


Pink said...

I love the pattern, it would make great gifts, thank you...btw, what's up with the html on your blog?

Kimberly said...

Thanks for sharing!!

Sara said...

darling! thanks for the pattern. :)

Deneen said...

The HTML is messed up through IE and not Firefox-I cut and past from MS-so I shall fix it soon. Dagnabit!

Kari said...

cool pattern


Mimi said...

That's cute!

Chicksey said...

Seriously, when do you find the time?

Deneen said...

The steroids have me only sleeping 3 hours per night, with Ambien and I'm not tired-feel terrific in fact.

I hate housework, do the minimal requirements of cleaning and laundry lately.

When the inspiration hits and when the crocheting is going well, I hit it. There are weeks when nothing goes right, so I ride out the good weeks.

Don't worry, the rut is coming!

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Great pattern--and a great idea!

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