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Fluffy Earphone Sleeve

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A little while ago, I came across some knitted headphone sleeves that were posted on Craftster.  These were really cute but unfortunately I don't know how to knit.  I figured that there must be a way to do the same thing with crochet. I ended up using a simple chain stitch to make the sleeve and used some fluffy yarn to make it fun.
 
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Step 1: Material:

Picture of Material:
  • fluffy yarn
  • crochet hook
  • earphones/headphones

Step 3: Chainstitch

  • Hold the end of ear/headphone cable in front of the yarn and crochet hook. 
  • Bring the crochet hook across the front of the cable and yarn over (wrap yarn over your hook from back to front -see image 2).
  • Draw the yarn through the loop to make a new loop.  This is your first chain stitch. 
  • For the second stitch (image 3) bring the crochet hook behind the cable, yarn over and draw the yarn through the loop to make a new loop.
  • Continue on this way along the length of the cable, alternating the crochet hook moving in front for one stitch and in behind for the next stitch.

Step 4: Continue...

  • As you continue chain stitching along the length of the cable check that the yarn is spaced evenly and there are no gaps in the stitches.
  • Once you reach the point of the ear/headphones where the cable splits into two arms, continue chain stitching along one arm (image 3).
  • When you reach the end, cut the yarn and tie it off (image 4).
  • Start a new chain at the base of the second arm (image 5) and chain stitch to the end, cut the yarn and tie off.
Plug them in and enjoy!
frallowfranny6 months ago
Just a question. Would using, say a grade 10 thread for crocheting work or should I get a lower grade? I really don't like the fluffiness of yarn in general.
ChrysN (author)  frallowfranny6 months ago
You could use a lighter yarn it will just take more time and yarn to cover all of the wire, a worsted weight would probably be ideal.
mkslocomb1 year ago
Quick question. Why use a chain stitch instead of a single crochet? Does one work better than the other?
ChrysN (author)  mkslocomb1 year ago
I just found it a bit easier to do a chain stitch. You can try yourself if a single crochet works better.
craftpro1 year ago
LOVE IT!!!! I'm SO going to make it!!!!
lalaluppsy2 years ago
I have a question can you use just normal yarn or does it have to be fluffy and can you explain it more to me??
ChrysN (author)  lalaluppsy2 years ago
Any yarn will work, I just thought it would look cool with the fluffy yarn.
oh okayy
JaycesMamma2 years ago
Very nice! I never would have thought of this, Thank you.
skohr2 years ago
Good idea! I did it easily with dark blue cotton. Just wanted to point out that the best advantage of doing this to your headphones is that they no longer get tangled in your bag. I used to spend half my morning commute on the train untangling my headphones & feeling silly- now they just pull out of my bag = perfect.
Viliana N.2 years ago
Hi,
I just came across this one and as i have absolutely no idea of, well, any of these, I'd love to hear your ideas on how this could be altered with a kind of fabric sleeve like a floral coton fabric let's say.
I'm a newbie here and absolutely amazed by all of the great tutorials,and also as I am not a native speaker please excuse-and feel free to correct- my mistakes!
Thanks again for sharing this wonderful idea!
ChrysN (author)  Viliana N.2 years ago
Your English is fine!
Most of the earphone sleeves I've seen are made with yarn.

To make it with fabric I guess you can sew a narrow tube from fabric and slide it over the wire up until the wire splits in two, then make two more seperate tubes for the arms.
That's kind of what I had in mind! Thank you! :D When I give it a try I'll post it.
I love how this looks, but I haven't crocheted since I was 12 years old (I'm in my 30s now - lol!) I might try this, or I might try to sort of macrame the yarn around the headphone cord. Either way, this instructable is awesome, I'm so glad I stumbled across it!
ChrysN (author)  Spookeriffic2 years ago
Yes, macrame would work too! Thanks.
Mauigerbil2 years ago
Can't You just have done a snake-around-the-pole friendship bracelet knot around it? As I do not crochet, I do not know which would be easier? Cool yarn anyway! I will do this the way I mentioned above with lime green fuzzy yarn
ChrysN (author)  Mauigerbil2 years ago
Yes, knotting would be a great alternative if you don't crochet.
Would it still get tangled?? That would be a nightmare
ChrysN (author)  Mauigerbil2 years ago
Actually it is a lot less tangly than it used to be.
nfk112 years ago
nice.wish i new how to crochet
It is instructables, search it!
ChrysN (author)  Dr. Pepper2 years ago
Exactly! Thanks.
TSC2 years ago
Nice!
Angeln2 years ago
Love this! mine are gonna be purple! lol will make it soooo much easier to find then my current black headphones!
chibiusa2 years ago
wow!! it looks wonderful. i have never seen something like this before but i am keen on trying this out on my headphones - just need to choose the right color :3
ChrysN (author)  chibiusa2 years ago
Instructable was very well written and explained both in word and picture. Cant wait to crochet my headphones.
Creativeman2 years ago
nice!
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman2 years ago
Thank you!
nanosec122 years ago
This looks cool. I like how you used the 'regular' yarn in the early steps to clearly illustrate what you were doing, and then switched to the fluffy yarn to show the actual results. Very well put together.
ChrysN (author)  nanosec122 years ago
Thanks!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
looks awesome, I love customized stuff.
ChrysN (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Thanks!
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