Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case

The Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case is a perfect example of the kinds of things hard crochet can be used for.

Face it, most crochet is floppy. Yes, it provides a nice degree of cushion. However, the stiff fabric, created with the technique of hard crochet, is the ideal choice for items that need a little more protection. 

This pattern is the companion to the free lesson, Hard Crochet Tapestry (http://www.moms-crochet.com/hardcrochettapestry.html). It gives you a chance to practice, and actually see, the squares leaning as you go. Lessons are always best when you have something to practice on.

It features the leaning squares created with Tapestry Crochet (when crocheting in the same direction), and a slightly open top so you can see what glasses are in the case (I own 4 pairs; 2 regular, and 2 sunglasses).

Plus I happen to love the little square buttons. They are easy to crochet and a fun addition.

Crochet Materials & Tools for the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case

Yarn: For the Lesson use Caron Simply Soft - Solids - in 2 colors that you love. You can use left over yarn as you'll only need a little bit. For the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case you'll need between 38 - 42 yards of each color.

Hook: C / 2.75mm Crochet Hook. I like the Clover Brand, but you can use any hook you love that's 2.75mm

Other: Scissors, 2 stitch markers (I use bobby pins), yarn needle to hide ends. Regular thread, white and a sewing needle for the regular thread.

Gauge: To truly check gauge you should single crochet in the round. However you can single crochet back and forth as well. 6 stitches = 1 inch (24 stitches = 4 inches). 6.5 rows = 1 inch (26 rows = 4 inches)

Container Pattern For Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case

Category: Hard Crochet Tapestry Beginner

With Black, Chain (ch) 37

Rnd 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook,  1 Single Crochet (sc) in each of the first 35 chains. This will leave you with one last stitch at the end. 3 Single Crochet (sc) in that last stitch.

Continuing Rnd 1: As you make this turn, to crochet over the bottom, be sure to hold the loose end down and crochet over it. This hides the loose end as you go, just snip it.

Cross over the chain and into the space between the stitches of the other side. Start just after the third stitch.

This creates a solid base.

Continuing Rnd 1: On this side 1 Single Crochet (sc) in each of 34 stitches, bringing you to your start position. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in this stitch.

Rnd 2: Remember you're going around and around creating an oval.
1 Single Crochet (sc) in each of the next 35 stitches. 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the next stitch. 1 Single Crochet (sc) in each of the next 35 stitches. 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the last stitch.

Rnd 3: 1 Single Crochet (sc) in each of the next 38 stitches. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in the next stitch. 1 Single Crochet (sc) in each of the next 37 stitches. 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the last stitch.

Adding the Second Color (Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case)

Rnd 4: Add the white by holding the thread in place and crocheting around it. 1 Single Crochet (sc), around the white, in the next 4 stitches. Make sure the white thread is straight by giving it a little tug.

In the 5th stitch, start a single crochet (sc). With 2 loops on your hook drop the black and pick up the white.

Finish the stitch with the white.

If you'd like to see how to color change without getting your threads twisted I created a video that shows how, you can watch it by following this link:
https://youtu.be/0pTuy0c7h9E

The Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case shows how, when crocheting in the same direction, your design will slant. So, although you'll be making a checkerboard, you'll see the squares slanting.

Pattern for Squares: Single Crochet (sc) 4 stitches around the alternate color. Start the 5th stitch with 2 loops on your hook, drop your working color, pick up the color you've been carrying and finish the stitch. Continue with that color, crocheting around the other. Follow this pattern throughout the row.

Rnds 5 - 7: Continue working the "Pattern for Squares" for 3 more rounds (4 total). It's helpful to mark your beginning with a stitch marker.

Rnd 8: In this round you'll change to an alternate the color of the boxes (making a checkerboard appearance). You should be ending on a black square. DO NOT change color in the 5th stitch. Simply mark the 5th stitch and continue with the same color over the next 4 stitches. On that stitch (which should be your 10th stitch), color change to the alternate color.

You should now be crocheting alternate colors over the top of each box.

Rnds 9 - 11: Continue working the "Pattern for Squares" for 3 more rounds (4 total). It's helpful to mark your beginning with a stitch marker. At the end of round 11 do not color change in the last white stitch.

Rnd 12: Cut your black (leave a tail about 3 inches long) and tie it to the white. Mark your first stitch with a stitch marker. Crochet around this black loose thread to hide it and snip it when you get over the second black box.

Finish the round with white only.

Rnds 13 & 14: Continue crocheting around for 2 more rounds (total 3). Be sure to mark the first stitch in each round.

Closing Flap Pattern for the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case

The reason you make open boxes, for the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case is so you can glance inside and see what glasses are in the case. Like I said above, I have 4 pairs of glasses (2 regular and 2 sun glasses). Instead of opening the case every time I want to see what's inside, I can just glance at the top and know.

To Begin the Flap for the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case: Put your glasses inside and even them up. Note that my hook in on the left (the side I just finished is facing me). Looking at your glasses, comparing to the nose area, find the best center stitch (you can mark it if you like). Count 2 stitches on either side of the center and mark them (remove the center mark if you marked it). You should have 3 stitches between your 2 marks.

Count in the direction of your hook (to the left), 15 stitches FROM the mark (don't count the marked stitch). Adjust your hook position so you are in that 15th stitch. In other words, if you crocheted too far, remove the extra stitches, if you didn't crochet far enough, crochet a few more.

In the next part you'll be using the Extended Double Crochet (EDC) stitch. DO NOT try to do this with a normal double crochet, the flap over the Hard Crochet Eyeglass case will not come out correctly. If you don't know how to do an Extended Double Crochet you can learn here:
http://www.moms-crochet.com/filet-crochet-p3.html

Row 1: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. Skip the first stitch. 1 Extended Double Crochet (edc) in the next 4 stitches. *** Chain (ch) 5, skip 5 (start in the 6th stitch). 1 Extended Double Crochet (edc) in the next 5 stitches. *** Repeat between the stars (***) 2 more times.

Row 2: Chain (ch) 8 and turn. Skip the first block and crochet around the chain. *** 5 Extended Double Crochet (edc) around the chain. Chain (ch) 5, skip 5. *** Repeat between the stars (***) 2 more times. At the end, 1 Extended Double Crochet in the top of the chain. Pick up the stitch, don't crochet around the chain.

Row 3: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. 4 Extended Double Crochet (edc) around the chain. *** Chain (ch) 5, skip 5. 5 Extended Double Crochet around the chain. *** Repeat between the stars (***) 2 more times. At the end count 5 chains and do 1 Extended Double Crochet in the 6th chain.

Row 4: Chain (ch) 8 and turn. Skip the first block and crochet around the chain. *** 5 Extended Double Crochet (edc) around the chain. Chain (ch) 5, skip 5. *** Repeat between the stars (***) 2 more times. At the end chain (ch) 5, and do 1 Extended Double Crochet (edc) in the last stitch.

Row 5: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. 4 Extended Double Crochet (edc) around the chain. *** Chain (ch) 5, skip 5. 5 Extended Double Crochet around the chain. *** Repeat between the stars (***) 2 more times. At the end count 5 chains and do 1 Extended Double Crochet in the 6th chain. Bind off leaving a 3 inch thread.

Black Edging Around the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case Closing Flap.

To Begin: With the flap on the outside and the interior of the case facing you, add your black, with a slip stitch (sl st) into the beginning stitch of the flap. This stitch is on the case itself.

Edging Row 1
Up the side: Single Crochet 2 around the post of the first Extended Double Crochet. Single Crochet (sc) 1 into the row end. Single Crochet (sc) 2 around the following chain (ch). Single Crochet (sc) 1 into the row end. Single Crochet 2 around the post of the Extended Double Crochet. Single Crochet (sc) 1 into the row end. Single Crochet (sc) 2 around the following chain (ch). Single Crochet (sc) 1 into the row end. Single Crochet (sc) 5 around the last post.

Over the top: Begin with 1 Single Crochet in the first 4 stitches. *** 5 Single Crochet around the chain. 1 Single Crochet in each block stitch (5 total). *** Repeat from the stars (***) 2 more times. Except in the very last stitch. In that stitch do 3 single crochets (sc).

NOTE: Pick up the loose end and crochet around it to hide it. Snip it before you come the end.

Down the side: Start with 2 single crochet (sc) around the post, 1 single crochet (sc) in the row end. Follow that pattern through the last post.

Ending: 1 Single Crochet (sc) into the case stitch that has the last extended double crochet (edc). 

Edging Row 2
Slip Stitch (sl st) into the next stitch on the case. Turn so your thread naturally goes to the back. This is simply single crochet. Single Crochet (sc) 1 in each stitch to the corner. 3 Single Crochet (sc) into the corner. Single Crochet (sc) 1 in each stitch across the top. 3 Single Crochet (sc) into the corner. Single Crochet (sc) 1 in each stitch down the last side.

Bind off leaving about 3 - 4 inch thread. This should be the only thread you need to hide on the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case. Thread your yarn needle and hide this end in the black edging.

Cute Square Buttons for the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case

Before I start with creating the buttons I want you to know that you don't have to make your own buttons. If you have three cute buttons you want to use, go for it. Just make sure they are the correct size to fit in the holes.

Button Rnd 1: Chain (ch) 4. Slip stitch (sl st) connect to the first chain to form a loop. NOTE: I put a bobby pin in the center of the chain to make it easier for me to find the center later when I have to crochet into it. Throughout this also crochet around your loose ends to hide them as you go.

Chain (ch) 1, Single Crochet (sc) 1 into the center of the loop (you can remove your bobby pin now or it will get in the way). *** Chain (ch) 2, Single Crochet (sc) 2 into the center of the loop. *** Repeat the instruction between the stars (***) 2 more times. Slip Stitch (sl st) into the next stitch. Cut white and tie on black (leave 2 - 3 inch ends). Slip stitch (sl st) into the first corner.

Button Rnd 2: Chain (ch) 3, Single Crochet (sc) 1 into the same corner. Skip 1 stitch and single crochet 1 into the next stitch. *** Single Crochet 1 stitch into the next corner, chain 2, single crochet 1 more into the same corner. *** Repeat the instruction between the stars (***) 2 more times. Single Crochet (sc) 1 into the slip stitch (sl st). Slip stitch (sl st) into the corner and bind off leaving a 4 - 5 inch thread.

If you've been crocheting around loose ends you can trim those. Only one loose end to hide, so thread your needle and, on the back side of the button, carry it through several stitches to the center. In the center carry it all the way around 1 time.

Sewing Your Buttons on the Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case.

Do NOT try to line them up with the squares. Fold your flap over so it is even with the top row of squares. Place your buttons so they are even with openings. Mark this. In the picture to the right I've marked using a gold pen. You can see this mark is not at all centered in the square below.

Crochet buttons are pretty easy to sew on. The only thing that's missing is the holes. Use the stitches in the first round and sew from the top of the stitch into the center. I use regular thread, but you can use your yarn too. I just find that regular thread makes a better looking end.


Served by Amazon. Affiliate Links help me keep all the information on this site free to you. For more information please read the Affiliate Disclosure Policy.


All text and photos, of this Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case, are original. Notice of Copyright © by Sandy Marie & Mom's Crochet, June 2016. All rights reserved.

No part of this document may be copied or reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without prior written permission from the author. The sharing of a direct link to this document, that may include one of the pictures from this website is permitted - with the exception of sites that are built for the sole purpose of making money off of advertising, and off of the hard work of designers.
You can contact Sandy Marie (owner of Mom's Crochet) here.


Return From Hard Crochet Eyeglass Case, back to Moms Crochet Home.