E-readers and tablets have become the hot gifts to give and to get over the last couple of years. Last year, mr. moogly got the Kindle with e-ink as a yule gift. And then this year, someone else gifted him the Kindle Fire! But all this fun tech needs protection - especially when it leaves the house. And so, the Kindle Cover Cozy was born!
I have to admit to coveting both, and borrowing them often... well, when I can get them away from the kids. I love being able to read without holding the book in my hands (more craft time!), and of course the apps are a blast. Not to mention taking them outside, to bed with me, for travel... Hence the Kindle Cover Cozy - a simple knit pattern, that can be finished in two ways, and in no time at all! Use something non-scratchy and non-shedding (I used a soft cotton), do some stash busting, and you'll have a snazzy looking e-reader or tablet by the end of the weekend! (And it makes a great Valentine's gift for a lucky sweetheart!)
Kindle Cover and Cozy
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This cover fits both the Kindle and the Kindle Fire. I haven't had the opportunity to try it on the Nook Color in person, but from the specs online it looks like it's about the same width, and just an inch longer, so just keep knitting to add length until it fits! Here are directions for the two styles shown. Feel free to mix up colors or use up that last random skein - this pattern is easy to customize!
- Yarn: Worsted weight cotton yarn, less than 120 yds.
- Needles: US 8 - 5.0 mm dpns
- Gauge: 16 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch (Don't worry too much - it's stretchy, and length is easy to adjust!)
FOR BOTH STYLES:
Cast on 40 st. (I used long tail, use your own preferred stretchy cast on method.)
Distribute on dpns to work in the round.
Work in 2x2 rib for 6 rows.
FOR LOTS OF STRIPES:
Knit around in stockinette stitch, changing color every 3 rows, without cutting yarn.
Continue for 8" from the cast on edge, or approximately 15 stripes / 51 rows.
FOR SIMPLE DOUBLE STRIPE:
Knit around in stockinette stitch with color A for 35 rows, or about 5.75 inches.
Work 1 row in color B.
Work 2 rows in color A.
Work 5 rows in color B.
Work with color A for another 8 rows or until 8” from cast on edge.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ENDING:
You can use the kitchener stitch or 3 needle bind off, whichever you prefer. The kitchener is pictured on the blue and white double striped cover, while the green and yellow stripey version features a 3 need bind off with the seam on the outside of the work.
Instructional Video for Kitchener Stitch
Instructional Video for 3 Needle Bind Off
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