Vintage style phone case

“ANOTHER phone case!?” I hear you cry. “Are you insane woman – you have about twelve already!”

well yes, that is true, but my excuse is that I just changed my phone. I now have a lovely shiny new BlackBerry and while it is the correct size for some of my phone cases it has a rubberized case and so doesn’t really slide into them easily. So I decided to make a lovely lined case and this is the result. I think it’s my favourite one yet – lots of the others are colourful and fun but I just love the colours of this case and the stitch used makes it look interestingly vintage.

I’ll be using English crochet terms so have a look at my conversion chart if you’d prefer American terms. Read through all the steps before you start so you can decide where you would like to put the button holes.

The stitch is a variation on the grit stitch and it creates a nicely dense fabric – here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Chain slightly longer than the length of your phone/camera/iPod/laptop etc. making sure you have an even number of stitches. (if your phone/camera is quite thick then chain the length plus the depth). Now chain an extra 3.

Step 2. tr into the 3rd chain from the hook.

Step 3. *miss one stitch, dc and then tr into the next stitch. *repeat to the end of the row but on the last stitch just dc.

Step 4. Turn, chain one, tr into 2nd stitch from hook (ie. miss the chain you just did and tr into that last dc of the previous row)

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the piece is long enough to wrap around your phone and overlap enough to button closed. Fasten off (leaving a very long tail for sewing on your lining later).


To create a button-hole wait until after you have just completed a dc and tr. Instead of missing one stitch, chain 2 and, skipping three stitches of the row, continue as normal with a dc and tr into the 4th stitch. Try to space your button holes evenly along the row. My button holes were created during the third row.


Cut a piece of complementary or contrasting fabric to be just slightly larger than your piece of crochet. Create a hem all the way around (to prevent fraying) by folding under the edges and pinning to the crochet piece. Using your tail of yarn whip stitch or blanket stitch all around the edge. I think the whip stitch is quicker and easier but the blanket stitch would look fantastic if you wanted to use a contrasting colour to sew on the lining.

From the other side cut a slit in the lining at the position of the button holes and whip stitch all around the holes. This is where you can fine tune the size of the holes to fit your chosen buttons. Make the slits bigger and stretch the hole slightly to make bigger or whip stitch more tightly to reduce the size of the holes.


Fold up the opposite end of the piece from the holes and sew down each edge (I just whip stitched again) to create a pocket for your phone. You can choose to make this pocket big enough to completely, or only partly cover your phone. Mine only partly covers the phone so I can check the LED for messages or missed calls without having to unbutton the case or take the phone out. The lid folds over and overlaps so the phone is still completely covered and protected (doing it this way also means you can see more of the lovely lining material).

Now put your phone in the case and fold over the flap to decide on the best place to sew the buttons. When sewing on the buttons try to only sew through the crochet and not the lining – this looks nicer and means there are no knots rubbing against your phone on the inside. Instead, hide your knot between the button and the case.


31 thoughts on “Vintage style phone case

  1. This is so pretty. Hope you don’t mind if I share this too. Its perfect! Linking up at Tangle Happy on the 20th. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  2. Wow, this is just so cute. I’ve had a go at making my own, seeing as I have exactly the same coloured yarn in my stash! Do pop over and see my blog for the unveiling- I’d love to know what you think!

    • Hey I just saw your blog and the case looks great – i really like the mismatched buttons. You didn’t leave a link so it was just luck that I happened to stumble across it! If anyone else wants a peek then you can see it here. Quite a few people have done some variations too which can be seen here on Ravelry if anyone’s interested. I always like to see people’s different interpretations of my ideas so do keep them coming.

  3. hello:) i have been following the instructions but the result seems to be different from mine compared to yours:( instead of dense looking stitch, it clearly shows the tall and gaping tr and dr:(,

    • Hi again,

      are you following the instructions knowing that they are using English crochet terms? The mostly likely thing you’re doing is following them as if they were American. A treble in English is equivalent to an American Double. and an English double is an American single. If you look at the beginning of the instructions I give a link to a conversion chart.

      if it’s still a bit holey and thin then try using a smaller hook. Good luck!

  4. So im making your adorable phone case for my best friend’s mom’s birthday, and something seems to be going wrong. It seems like I’m losing stitches, as the square gets bigger…. So the square is basically getting narrower as I’m crocheting, I suppose. Do you think you could possibly tell me what you believe I’m doing wrong? If you could it would be a tremendous help!

  5. Hello! I came across this pattern just love it! I am the editor of and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I know my readers would love it as well, and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It’s really that simple. Please let me know if this would be ok. I look forward to hearing from you!

  6. I have tried multiple times to make this, and I keep decreasing for some reason :(, any advice? I’m starting on a foundation for a multiple of 2 + 3, I’m crocheting through both top loops, and I’m positive I’m using UK stitches.

    • Hello, sorry for the delayed reply – I haven’t been able to get on here much over the summer. Are the number of stitches actually decreasing or are the stitches the same but the piece just becoming narrower? if you reply to then I’ll be able to reply to you much quicker than on here. thanks

  7. What a neat looking case! Would you mind clarifying something for me? When doing row 4, do I have to alternate trs with skipping a st?

    • Hello, sorry for the delayed reply.

      the main pattern for all the rows is to dc and then tr (English remember!) into one stitch. skip one stitch. dc and tr into next stitch. skip one stitch…..

      I hope that makes it a little clearer :)

  8. Hi I love love your bag! But can you explain a little step 4 I don’t really get what I need to do? Do I have to tr one skip and repeat? Thank you

  9. Hi. Sorry if I have missed this bit in your post and other comments but what ply yarn did you use? Would love to make it and just wanted to check with you before I start. Thank you

  10. Hi there, I love this case. While making one, it turns out wavy and curvy. Just want to make sure your instruction is to dc and tr in each stitch across? Wondering if I’m supposed to be alternating, dc then tr then dc then tr and so on…Thanks!

  11. Cool. I tried to make something similar for my glasses but without lining. It turned out too bulky so I tossed it. But it might work for the phone. Thanks for posting this

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