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Lego brick tissue box cover

There's a really nice looking tissue box cover on Ravelry, it's modeled on a Lego brick. And the pattern is free!

I've switched to cheap Tesco Value tissues for my desk at work. Hiding the box with a quirky crochet project seems like a great idea. And looking at the pattern there's not too much sewing to do (well until I get to the bumps of the brick). 

It's also a good project as I'll need a clean desk in order to show it off once it's finished. Right now my desk is not really ship shape. 

The pattern is basically just chaining and doing double crochet (UK) /  single crochet (US) until the work covers half of the top. then you can use some chains to make a gap big enough for the tissues. Carry on as before. Once it covers the top the pattern suggests working around the rectangle in half-trebles (UK) / half-doubles (US). I think I'm going to stick to one stitch throughout. Although I am pondering whether I should work in the back loops only on the first perimeter round, just to ensure I get an definite "fold" in the brick. 

Lunch break 1: 

Lunch break 2

Another lunch break and I have enough to cover the top of the box, so it's time to progress to crocheting around the whole piece.

I've decided that I will work into the back loops only for this piece. At least on the long sides where it's possible. That should create a definite ridge which will help the crochet fold.

Another couple of lunch breaks and I've got enough done to see that it will fit! Phew.

Sadly I got myself a bit muddled at some point. I'd been working the rounds all in the same direction: but I must have switched direction twice - as there's a band with a different texture around the brick. 

The studs for the top of the brick are really quick to work. I followed the biggest size given in the pattern (so 4 rounds of stitches). I'm glad I popped a ridge on the brick itself as the pattern calls for a ridge on the studs.

And finished at lunchtime today! I still haven't tidied my desk - so here it is on another desk!

My mother has already put in her order for 3 tissue box covers!

Grundl Lisa Premium (2 50g balls)
Lesson learned:
Pay attention to counting the chains when creating the gap. 
TV watched:
Nothing 😶 It's a lunch-break project


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