whiptips – making a crochet cover

by kath_red on September 20, 2006

in News+Letters

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Sara from mad mommy wants to know how to crochet a cover for a box, she says:

I’m so glad you’re offering this feature!
Last night I was lying awake trying to figure out how to ask the blogging/crafting community how to crochet a cover for my son’s baby wipe box. There are so many tea cosies and tissue box covers that I figured this would be a pretty easy thing, but I’m not finding any. I am also a beginner when it comes to crochet (in other words, I crochet about as well as I drive a stick-shift, which means I probably could in an emergency, but otherwise, not so good…). If you can help, please let me know!

Can anyone help?

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1 Lynn S. September 20, 2006 at 12:13 pm

The easiest thing would be to just crochet a rectangle to fit round the box, add some ties and there ya go. You could get more complicated from there, but that would be the dirt-simplest way to do it and what I’d do if I were a beginner. Heck, probably would be what I did regardless! :) Have fun!

2 katrin September 20, 2006 at 9:17 pm

i´m not a crocheter at all, but why not simply make some squares in the desired length and height and then crochet them together, using slipstitch?
this way you can use every pattern you want and almost every yarn… just check your gauge and there you go!
eventually you can alter this pattern or that pattern to match your needs?

3 looloo September 20, 2006 at 11:23 pm

i have a few questions for MadMommy…

1. Are you talking about a box-box or a small carrying case?

2. If you are talking about a box-box, do you want it open at the top for easy access to the wipes?

I am trying to find something now that I could probably help you to alter, but hopefully a more seasoned crocheter has already covered their own baby-wipes box!

4 carikate September 21, 2006 at 3:06 am

Of course!

If you can single crochet, it really won’t be that hard — you can use just about any yarn you want, and any size hook. I’d recommend cotton, so that it cleans easily, but acrylic or wool would work just as well.

First, you’ll need to measure the box. How long is it (BL), how wide is it (BW), and how high (BH) is it?

Once you know that, then take your crochet hook and your yarn, and make yourself a coaster — chain about 20-30, enough to be bigger than the glasses you usually drink from. Then start with the 2nd chain from the hook, and single crochet in the rest of the chains. then, for the second row, turn your chain, and single crochet into the row you just made. Continue until you have enough rows that the piece is roughly square.

Then, not only do you have something useful, but you also have some valuable information for your main project. Because, in order to create the pattern, you have to know how many stitches wide (SW), and how many stitches high (SH) make 1 inch of your coaster. So, get out your ruler and measure. You can probably round to the nearest half a stitch — it’ll all work out in the end.

You’ll notice that I’ve put a two letter code next to each measurement you need to take. That’ll make the explanation easier to read. I hope! As I’ve never tried to actually explain this before…

Anyway, what you’re going to make is basically a box to cover the box! You’ll need four side pieces, possibly a top, and possibly a bottom, depending on what you want. The four sides will be solid, the bottom will be solid, and the top either can be solid, or can have a hole.

Each piece will look a lot like the coaster you just made, since you’ll make it using the same technique, they’ll just be different sizes.

To make the two long sides, take your SW measurement you made earlier, and multiply it by the length of the box. (SW x BL). That’ll tell you how many stitches wide the piece needs to be. Then do the same thing with the SH measurement and the height of the side. (SH x BH). The result will tell you how many rows you need to make. If either of the results aren’t whole numbers, probably round up to the next number — if these are a little big, you can just make wider seams to make it fit.

Then, using the coaster directions from earlier, but substituting your number of stitches wide (plus 1) for the number of chains, crochet for the right number of rows.

If you’ve done it right, once you finish the piece, you can hold it up to the box, and it’ll be close to the same size — give or take a little bit.

As you can tell, this isn’t an exact science…. ;)

Once you’ve done two of the long sides, then use the same procedure to make the two short sides (assuming the box is rectangularish), and then a piece for the bottom (if you want one).

For the top, you have a choice — you can either make another plain piece just like you did for the bottom and not attach it all the way around the top edge, or you can make a piece with a hole in it. The best way to do that is to make two L shapes, and sew them together (one looking like an L, the other one like an L upside down and backwards) to make a piece the same size as the bottom, but with a hole in the middle.

Once you’ve got all your five or six pieces done, then all that’s left is the assembly! A really good, basic assembly technique can be found in this lunch bag pattern from Crochet Me. http://www.crochetme.com/Aug_Sept_2005/patt_lunch_bag.html
Look down near the bottom of the page.

Hope this helps!

5 Miki September 21, 2006 at 10:44 am

Easy peasy! I don’t know the dimensions of your baby wipe box, but simple use gauge as your friend! Measure the dimensions of your baby box wipe. Then crochet up a swatch, or small sample, using the stitch pattern of your choice. Wash it, block it, then get out your ruler.

Measure at least 4 inches by 4 inches. This is standard for measuring gauge. Use the stitches in the middle of your gaugeand not those on the edge or near cast on or bind off since these stitches will be a bit warped by being stretched. Now you have your rows per inch and stitchs per inch.

Desired width x stitches per inch = the number of stitches to cast on. Your desired width will be how wide the baby wipe box is.

Desired length x rows per inch = the number of rows to crochet. Your desired length is how long the baby wipe box is.

Now you have your figures. All you need to do is crochet up some squares to the right width and length and then stitch then stitch them together using a crochet single stitch, mattress stitch, or whipstitch. Or you can crochet to the right width and length, and then simply continue on to the next proper length and width using increases and decreases and make a cover for you box in one piece.

Hope this helps to get you started!

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