One of the fun things about knitting is the pleasure of making something quite useful and beautiful. Yesterday, having finished the Brother Amos Socks, I was in a quandry about my knitting. I have someone I know who needs a prayer shawl, but no appropriate quantity for a shawl that I want to make. Then I remembered that I had not replaced my iPod Cozy, and my iPod cords and the like were always falling out of the pocket in my purse. And there was a stray ball of Noro Kuryeon I had bought on sale in my stash. Voila!
iPod Cozy 1a

Pattern for iPod Cozy

This pattern is for a cozy that will hold an iPod Nano 3rd generation, along with a charging cord and earplugs. You can learn a few new things: one of the best provisional cast-ons, knitting in the round, applied I-cord edging, and felting, all without worrying too much about the final product!


  • about 40 yards Noro Kuryeon in color of your choice (I used sensuously-named Number 212)
  • circular needles, size 8 or 9 (I used 7s because I knit loosely), long enough for magic looping, or double points in the same size
  • size 10 needles (for I-cord), any kind
  • Darning needles
  • Bag for felting (if done in washing machine)
  • Using smaller needes, cast-on a total of 42 stitches (21 sts on each needle) using Judy’s magic cast-on (go here for the original on Knitty, or here for Cat Bordhi’s excellent video).

    Join and knit in the round for about 6 inches.  Knit to the center of one of the sides of the cozy.  Cut yarn, leaving a tail about 8 inches long.  Cast on 3 new stitches onto left needle.  Work applied I-cord edging using the larger needle  around the top edge in the following way: K2, SSK (using one of the new stitches, and one from the body of the cozy).  Slip the 3 stitches on the right needle back onto to the left needle.  Pull yarn tight, and repeat the row until all the stitches have been used up.  For the next row, put the 3 sts back on the left needle, K2, slip the next stitch as if to knit, then pick up a stitch from under the first part of the I-cord, then perform the SSK.

    Now, continue making plain ol’ I-Cord for until the I-Cord reaches to the bottom of the cozy without stretching. Cut yarn, pull yarn through the loops.  Now make a loop for a button (make it bigger than you think you’ll need because felting makes it smaller), and sew the end to the I-cord securely.

    Go back to the top back of the cozy, and with extra yarn, tighten up anything that needs to be corrected, sewing in ends.

    Felt as you wish, some good direction here.  Sew on button.

    IPod Cozy 1b

    3 replies on “Coziness”

    Hi, Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. I want to make one for my hubby’s nano ipod. I think I understand most of the pattern directions. I have one question:

    After you cast on provisional cast-on, knit for 6 inches, and then make an applied I-cord for the top edge. Then I’m confused. Do you use a kitchener stitch to stitch up the I-cord edging? Or do you somehow work the cord for the button loop off the edging?

    You say, “For the next row, put the 3 sts back on the left needle, K2, slip the next stitch as if to knit, then pick up a stitch from under the first part of the I-cord, then perform the SSK.”

    I guess I’m confused as to what this next row is? Is this a row after you have finished making the applied I-Cord edging?

    I guess I just need to know what to do after I finish the applied I-Cord edging. How do I finish the edging and start making the I-Cord that will be used for a button loop?

    Thanks so much for any help you can offer 🙂

    Have a beautiful day, Kathy

    At this particular point in the pattern, you’ve just completed the attached I-cord all the way around the top. What this manuveur does is connect the parts of the I-cord together before you start doing the regular i-cord.

    So, after all the stitches are done around the top, you’ll do one row where you knit the first 2 stitches, slip the next one as if to knit, then pick up a stitch from under the start of the applied I-cord, then ssk. Now the edgings will be attached to each other. You might need to play with where to pick up the stitch – I went under the entire I-cord myself.

    good luck!

    Thank you so much for your explanation 🙂 My tendency is to start doing a pattern and then run into glitches and then try to finagle my way around but sometimes I botch things up. LOL 🙂 So I decided to ask questions this time. So anyway, I really appreciate your explanation and for taking time to post this pattern! Have a lovely day, Kathy

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