Spellbound: Knitted Kindle Cover
This e-reader cover was designed by a book-lover for book-lovers. A clean, modern design and thoughtful details make it the perfect handmade accessory for the handheld library in your life.
Instead of providing textural interest from cables or a special stitch, Spellbound uses one cotton-acrylic yarn and one wool yarn of similar color. The examples were knitted using an unusually dense 12 ply cotton-acrylic, which I found to provide a perfect level of contrast in shine, weight, and texture with my worsted weight wool as well as a desired stiffness.
Kindle 4/5/Touch/Paperwhite [Nook Simple Touch, Kindle 1/2/3 and Nook 1]
- Length (closed): 5 [5.25, 5] inches
- Length (open): 10 [10.5, 10] inches
- Height: 7 [7, 7.75] inches
- MC (Cotton Blend): Berroco Weekend Chunky [75% Acrylic; 25% Peruvian Cotton 119yd/110m per 100g skein] (note on substitutions: Weekend Chunky is narrower than other 12 ply yarns; a worsted weight yarn might work better than a different 12 ply)
- CC (Wool): Cascade 220 [100% Merino Wool; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]
- [MC] Blue: Starry Night 6944, Pink: Phlox 6946, Yellow: Curry 6964
- [CC] Blue: Blue Velvet 7818, Pink: Fuschia 9470, Yellow: Neon Yellow 7828
- 1 set US #5/3.75mm straight needles
- 2 US #4/3.5mm double-point needles
- Two rod-shaped buttons
- Two stitch markers or safety pins
- Tapestry needle
- Large-eye needle sized to fit through buttonholes
14 sts/22 rows = 4 inches in pattern
P2B: Yarn forward. Behind piece, insert right needle into second (purl) st from right to left. Push back to front through first (knitted) st. Wrap yarn around needle, and pull through, purling 2 sts together.
=Fill, =Arrow Point
Even-number rows (RS): k1 in MC, move both yarns forward, p1 in CC, move both yarns backward.
Odd-number rows (WS): k1 in CC, move both yarns forward, p1 in MC, move both yarns backward.
Even-number rows (RS): k1 in CC, move both yarns forward, p1 in MC, move both yarns backward.
Odd-number rows (WS): k1 in MC, move both yarns forward, p1 in CC, move both yarns backward.
Kindle 4/5/Touch/Paperwhite and Nook Simple Touch (Full-Size Chart to Print):
Kindle 1/2/3 and Nook 1 (Full-Size Chart to Print):
With #5 straight needles, CO 27 [27, 29] sts in MC, leaving a 25 inch tail.
Row 1 (WS): [k1 in CC, leave on left needle, move both yarns forward, p1 into back of st in MC, move both yarns backward] 13 [13, 14] times. k1 in MC, leave on left needle, move both yarns forward, p1 into back of st in CC, move both yarns backward. [k1 in CC, leave on left needle, move both yarns forward, p1 into back of st in MC, move both yarns backward]13 [13, 14] times. (54 [54, 58] sts)
Cont working in patt, working right to left on the chart for each RS (even-number) row and left to right for each WS (odd-number) row.
Row 15 of the chart establishes the patt for the arrow shaft.
Optional Hand Slip (may make front bumpy): Cont working in Row 15 patt for six rows. Row 22 (WS): Work first 14 sts in patt. Rearrange next 26 [26, 30] sts so that the 13 [13, 15] CC Arrow sts are reserved on a dpn and the first 13 [13, 15] sts on your left needle are the corresponding MC sts. Using MC, BO 12 [12, 14] sts. sl1. Pass final BO stitch over slipped stitch. Move back to left needle. Switch to CC. Using CC, p all sts on dpn. Work final 14 sts in patt. Row 23 (RS): Work first 14 sts in patt. [k1 in CC, bring both yarns to front; CO1 in MC, bring both yarns to back] 13 [13, 15] times. Work final 14 sts in patt.
Cont working in Row 15 patt until piece measures 5 [5.25, 5] inches (approximately 14 [17, 14] shaft rows).
SPINE ROWS (Make 2):
If a RS row: [k1 in pattern, move both yarns forward, sl1 in purl, move both yarns backward] to end.
If a WS row: [sl1 in purl, move both yarns forward, p1 in pattern, move both yarns backward] to end.
Mark both spine rows with stitch marker or safety pin.
Cont working in Row 15 patt as before the spine until piece past the spine on the RS measures 5 [5.5, 5] inches (approximately 29 [32, 29] rows).
Using MC, BO all sts and simultaneously join sides as follows: If a RS row: BO in knit, using ssk instead of k1 to work the row. If a WS row: BO in purl, using P2B instead of p1 to work the row.
Cut yarn and pull through.
If you CO 27 sts at the beginning, on RS of piece, use a tapestry needle to sew CC yarn onto front of four Arrow Point sts.
Using 25 inch tail at start of piece, use mattress stitch to sew left side closed. Tack on 25 inch strand of MC onto the lower right hand corner of the piece and use mattress stitch to sew side closed. (Remember that the RS is 2 rows shorter than the WS due to the spine rows.) Weave in ends.
CORNERS (Make 4)
CO 14 sts in CC, leaving 8 inch tail.
Next Row: p all sts.
Next Row: k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Work last two rows 4 more times. (4 sts)
Cut yarn and pull through.
With 8 inch tails, attach corners to right-hand half of inside of piece as pictured using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.
Using #4 dpns, CO 2 sts in CC. Make 3.5 inch i-cord. Sew ends to CO edge of piece, centered on the middle 13 sts.
Sew the buttons to the BO edge of piece, at the outermost edges of the CC section.
Copyright 2013, Stephanie Sun. Pattern for personal use only.