iPod Sock with Earphone “Pocket”

We finally bought ourselves an iPod each. It seemed like a lot of money to spend on two very small items. Needless to say, they are worth every penny! Richard is so much more happier now that he can listen to his podcasts when traveling to and from work. He is on the train for nearly 3 hours a day and it was really wearing him thin. As for me, the drudgery of doing home renovations by my lonesome self has come to an end. I’m still alone but at least now I’ve got music to groove to. I’ll eventually find the time to download podcasts and audio books.

iPod Nano 3rd Gen

Now for the fun bit. It’s rare that Richard ask me to knit anything for him so when he asked for an iPod sock, I was thrilled. I didn’t have to convince him that he needs a handknit iPod sock. ;) I didn’t want to knit an ordinary sock that just slips over the iPod. I much as well go out and just buy one like that.

I found this knitting pattern which was for the 2nd generation iPod Nano. Easy enough to modify to suit the slimmer and smaller 3rd generation Nano. It looks similar to the store bought socks but it has a hole for the earphone plug. I love how it slides on and off without needing to unplug the earphones. The sock stays “attached” when the iPod is in use, stored, or being charged. No chance of losing it or digging around in my bag to find a little sock when I want to put it away.

iPod Nano Knitted Socks with Earphone "Pocket"

iPod Nano Knitted Socks with Earphone "Pocket"

But what about the earphones? How can I store them neatly and protect the earphone buds? The earphones are always the first to stuff up. I didn’t want to jeopardise the slim design of the sock by adding any external compartments. My answer was a simple buttonhole on the back side of the iPod which I can slip the buds into. If I want to get really pedantic, I’ll slip the buds rubber side against the iPod so I won’t have to worry about scratching the iPod. With the earphone buds tucked away, the wounded cord is held in place neatly. Ah. I like coming up with simple solutions.

iPod Nano Knitted Socks with Earphone "Pocket"

Pattern: iPod Sock – tight fit (pdf)
Yarn: Sublime Cashmere Merino DK, Holiday 8ply Acrylic
Needles: 4mm
Mods: Details below

CO 24sts
Knit 1×1 rib in magic loop for 2”

To make earphone “pocket” (4sts buttonhole):
K1, P1, K2, BO 4sts, 1×1 rib to end
K1, P1, K2, CO 4sts (loop CO), 1×1 rib to end
K1, P1, K6, 1×1 rib to end

Knit 1×1 rib until the sock measures 4 1/2”
[K1, P1] x4, K1, BO6, 1×1 rib to end
(9 sts left on each needle)
Grafted remaining sts (kitchener sts)

iPod Nano Knitted Socks with Earphone "Pocket"

Richard absolutely loves his knitted iPod sock. He said that it’s by far the best thing I’ve ever knitted! Haha… He loves how simple and slim the design is. And he said, it’ll match his Asherton scarf too. :)

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5 Responses to “iPod Sock with Earphone “Pocket””

  1. Megan says:

    I am definitly making one of these!
    Once I finish making my growing lineup of patterns!

    Megan’s last blog post..Uni!

  2. Bettina says:

    Thank you for the kind words aboout my pattern. :o ) I like your tweak, I did not add a pocket for the exact same reason; it would compromise the sleek and slim design of the sock (and personally I did not have that much of a problem with it since my nano almost always just lay on a table or in my pocket (or even tucked away in my bra when doing doing the laundry etc. *lol* – I now have an iPod Touch which is not so “tuckable”). I’ve had many compliments on the simple detail with the hole in the bottom and you probably will get that on “the other hole” you added. :o ) Simple is better! :o )

    Bettina’s last blog post..*sveeeeeeeede*

  3. Umi says:

    Look so cool!

  4. Salihan says:

    Megan: You’ll want to make one for everyone you know! Happy knitting!

    Bettina: I’m glad you liked my tweak Bettina! I’m listening to my iPod a lot too. But I don’t wear a bra at home to be tucking it in there. ;) Haha… Have a good day!

    Umi: Thanks Umi! Weird hearing my mum say “cool”. Hehe. Richard’s mum still say “neat”. Thanks both of you for reading my blog. :D

  5. If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you. Have you tried the ipad? you can get one free at FreshGiftCard.com

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