My Granny Square Laptop Sleeve

granny square laptop sleeve inside laptop sleeveThis is the project that I started on last week, it’s finally finished. I always admire items made with bright colours, but normally stick to my typical muted colour palette. I decided to jump in with a bunch of bright colours and try to make something nice and cheery. I mastered a granny square a couple of weeks ago and though I am working on a blanket, I wanted a quicker project that I could finish much sooner. I decided to make a laptop sleeve for my laptop. So for the details…. I used cotton yarn as I didn’t want the yarn to get fuzzy after being stuffed in and pulled out of a bigger bag. I used fleece to line it so that it would be a little bit more cushioned and look nice and finished on the inside. the bad I do not like the orange in this bag. I think the colours go well together, but something about the orange colour and floral pattern screams 70’s and shag carpet. Maybe it’s just me, but this is what I think now when I look at this sleeve. I also do not care for the border around the front, but quite frankly it wasn’t wide enough to cover the top of the computer, and since I basically was winging it and really had no clue as to what I was doing, there we go. the good I love that I was able to crochet something useful. I love the idea of the granny squares, especially if I had colours that looked good. I’m thrilled with the actual construction, like I said, I had no idea what I was doing and just kind of figured things out as I went along. I’m a little disappointed that after all of that work, I don’t really care for it, but I am very excited that I can tweak what I didn’t like and start from scratch and hopefully produce one that I love. I’m a little stumped on the colour choice though, as it is fairly obvious that my bright colour palette skills are seriously lacking. I guess like with anything, practice makes perfect and hopefully my eye will get better as far as these new colours go. Any suggestions? I was thinking possibly the same blue, red, and adding white instead of the orange.

crochet, sewing • Friday, October 16th, 2009 • 18 Comments »
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18 Responses to “My Granny Square Laptop Sleeve”

  1. Emma says:

    I love it..especially the orange!!
    But We all have different tastes..have you thought about bright violet and apple green with the blue?
    I really love when colours clash a little bit..because ultimately most look good together.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I think it looks fantastic – very Mexican and summery. Good on you for being able to crochet – the ability to make anything but a holy mess with a crochet hook totally eludes me.

  3. Siobhan says:


    Just wanted to say that I think this is really accomplished! I think the design is really great. Please make another one in colours you like – you deserve to love it after all your hard work and cleverness at putting it together. Think of it as a learning curve. Play around with the colours before you choose them next time, so you know you will like it. Personally I think adding white to the mix would make it look a bit stark – maybe try out a square? I would be proud of myself having made this.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Thanks you guys, I normally really like orange, and it looked good when I had all the colours together as yarn, but it’s something about it being flowers, I know it sounds kind of silly, but I didn’t start disliking the colours until it was all together. I’m definitely going to have another go, I just need to figure out the colour thing.

  5. Lori says:

    This is so awesome! I have a throw like this that my granmother made. The colors you chose are so bright, an I agree- very Mexican!

  6. Emily says:

    Oh Jennifer – don’t be so tough on yourself – it’s amazing that you did this when you only just started! If you really hate the colours how about dye? Cotton yarn can be dyed with fibre reactive (procion) dyes and it doesn’t need to be fixed with heat – so you could over-dye it and change all the colours without shrinkage. I quite often resort to over-dyeing if I don’t like my first attempt – have ended up with some beautiful surprises that way!
    Have a fab weekend x

  7. Charity says:

    Oh, Jennifer, I think this is cute! I like the orange – it’s bright and happy, perfect for the grey days to come.

  8. Alison says:

    I love it! That might be the sweetest laptop bag I’ve ever seen! Seriously.

  9. gardenmama says:

    You did a really great job!
    I like it alot : )

  10. Jennifer says:

    Thanks you guys, I really appreciate the lovely things you said.

  11. I actually LOVE the orange. I think it is such a happy color, not 70s at all. It’s my favorite Neutral (I think orange goes with everything) and I love that you used it with it’s compliment, blue. My laptop is jealous and wishes I knew how to knit/crochet/etc.

  12. Cornflower says:

    I love the combination of the sleek and sophisticated laptop with the ‘homely’ (in the nicest sense of the word) granny squares. Brilliant!

  13. Sandie says:

    I think it’s great… you’ll never lose it either. All these high tech things in black sleek sleeves and covers I never can find … but something vibrant like this is so much better.

    You made such a good job of it … especially as it’s one of your first projects.

  14. urban craft says:

    I adore the laptop holder. So sweet!

  15. Bley says:

    This is fantastic! I love the colors you chose; and what a great, functional project.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thanks everybody. Unfortunately I still don’t like the colour combo, I keep willing myself to, but it’s just not happening. I am going to make a different one for sure, as I love the actual laptop case aspect of it. Thanks for all the encouragement.

  17. Anna, Sydney says:

    I think your laptop cover is very cool! And I love the “clash” of the 70s coloured granny square with a super modern macbook! LOVE IT! And you’re saying this is your first crochet attempt?! Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with as time goes by. 🙂

    (just catching up on your old posts since I just got to “know” you)

  18. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Anna, yes I just learned how to crochet and do a granny square and I thought this would be a good project as I figured I could pretty much wing the rest of it. Still not in love with the colours, but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out overall. Just as soon as I figure out what colours I do want, I will try another one.

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