My Merry Christmas, Happy Tax Refund, and Really Early Birthday present to myself this year was a brand new camera. I am totally in love with my new camera although at times it seems a whole lot smarter than me. What do all those buttons do again? :)
I wasn't in love with the basic camera strap that came with it though. It made the back of my neck itch, but I'd already spent enough on the camera. I didn't want to spend more on a fancier strap. That's when I came up with this cover knit from a skein of sock yarn I had in my stash.
The stripes were a happy accident that appeared when I started knitting. I imagine all sorts of different patterns might emerge based on how the yarn used was dyed.
I ended up using about 120 yards of fingering weight sock yarn to knit the strap cover. It's made from superwash merino wool which means that I can wash it easily when it gets gross. I'm guessing that'll be often if I use it in the summer. All that heat, sweat and sunscreen. Yuck!
Here's the basic pattern:
I used US size 2 needles. These are my normal sock needles so I knew what my gauge was before I started. I knit fingering weight yarn on size 2 needles at about 9 stitches per inch. That's a little tighter than normal so you may need to adjust your needle size accordingly.
My strap measured at 1 1/2" across. I wanted the cover to fit snuggly so I cast on 28 stitches and joined to work in the round. Use your favorite method for knitting in the round. To figure out how many stitches you'll need, use the following formula.
Measurement of strap width in inches x Gauge (stitches per inch) = stitches needed per side, multiply this by 2 to get the number of cast on stitches.
1.5 x 9 = 13.5 I rounded up to 14
Knit 2, Purl 2 rib in the round until piece measures 1". This will hold the strap snuggly at the end.
Continue knitting in stockinette stitch until strap cover is 1" away from other end. Your measurements don't need to be exact just close.
Knit 2, Purl 2 for 1". Bind off and weave in ends. Slip it on and enjoy!
Super easy! I love the sock yarn because it covers well without any added bulk.
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