I spent most of this week working on a new knitting needle case. I have lots of needles but I don't really use them all. I got a good deal on eBay a few years ago for a whole pile of knitting needles. For a couple of dollars I got the few sizes I wanted and a lot of sizes that I didn't need. But being the pack rat that I am, I decided to keep the ones I didn't need with the thought that I may need them for some future project.
As I was cleaning out my room the other day I decided it was time for them to have a good home. For years they all have been sitting jumbled together in a drawer in my night stand, and I always end up looking through the whole pile just to find the size I need. So that very day, I went to the internet looking for a good pattern. I came across quite a few, but this one from Alexandra's blog was my favorite so I printed out her tutorial and got to work. I could have made this case from a pile of fat quarters, but since I didn't have a pile of fat quarters, I had to cut the pieces from my yardage. While I was cutting my large strips, I realized I only needed half the strip I cut, so instead of having lots of leftover strip peices in various sizes, I decided to make two cases at one time.
I did alter that pattern a bit by sewing more lines on the first pocket row. I did this so I could add my crochet hooks to the roll. The pattern said these wider pockets were good for holding circular needles, but I don't have any of those and didn't want to make another smaller roll just for my crochet hooks. So for the one I am going to keep, I have one inch pockets on the bottom right instead of two four inch pickets. I also altered the pattern by adding some decor bond behind each of the pockets and a layer of fusible fleece to the outside fabric. The main reason I did this was because I didn't want the case to be flimsy and feel individual needles while I carried the roll around in my hands. I was worried at first that all that extra layers might make it too stiff to roll, but it turned out great. I love it!!