Ear buds, earbuds, in-ear headphones - so handy, so sleek, so maddening when they are knotted and tangled. I use mine nearly every day, yet they still managed to get tied up in knots. I'd seen other patterns for covers, but none of them were exactly what I was looking for. Finally, I took action, and here's the result!
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This is a super easy pattern with just one stitch. It takes a minimal amount of yarn, and makes the earbuds nearly impossible to tangle, and stronger too! I've written it up as a photo tutorial so you can see just how easily it's done, and how to get the entire earbud set covered without a break in the yarn. Spend an evening covering your earbuds with leftover bits of yarn and it'll be easy listening ever after.
Easy Listening Earbud Covers
- US - D, 3.25mm hook
- Less than 30 yards of worsted weight yarn (Knit Picks Comfy Worsted shown), in approximately 10 and 20 yard lengths, or working from both ends of a skein
- Make a slip knot as you normally would to start a project, slipping one of the ear buds through the knot before tightening it up.
- Holding the cut end of the yarn together with the cord, work sc stitches around the cord.
- When you reach the join or meeting point in the cords, pull the working loop of the yarn up a bit so it doesn't come undone, placing a stitch marker in it to hold it open if desired. With the second piece of yarn or other end of the skein, start at the second ear bud as in Step 1 and work to the joining point. Remove marker and hook and hold two working loops next to each other.
- Reinsert the hook into working loop from the longest scrap or piece of yarn first, and then through the loop of the shorter piece. If working from both ends of a skein, just insert hook through both loops.
- Tighten up loops on hook. Holding the remainder of the shorter piece of yarn with the main cord, yarn over with the longer working yarn and pull through both loops.
- Continue to sc down the main cord, covering the short piece end. Cut off excess of the short piece of yarn if needed, but be sure to cover a few inches of it so it's secure.
- An inch or two from the end plug-in piece (or when you come to the end of your yarn bit!), stop and break yarn. Weave in the end, working very carefully along the cord, going back and forth down the crocheted tube so it's nice and secure. If you run into some sort or switch or bit that is too big to cover, end the yarn and then restart at the bottom as before.
Just seven steps to earbuds that won't tangle and frustrate - or if you do manage to knot them, they'll certainly come apart much easier than they did before. I think they'll help them last a lot longer too before they wear out. And I'll always know which pair is mine!
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