Crochet Club: Crochet Tablet Cover
A perfect weekend make! Learn a new skill and crochet Kate Eastwood’s darling tablet cover using the intarsia method!
This little tablet cover is the perfect quick make for a weekend and with a little heart motif in the centre to add a certain swish! The cover is designed so that the tablet slides easily inside and the ribbon tie at the top will keep everything in place for when you’re on the move.
The finished cover measures approx. 17.5cm x 16cm x 0.05cm.
To make the cover I used Hoooked Eco Brabante, which is made entirely from recycled fibres, (85% cotton),and works up to make a really solid but soft texture that will perfectly protect your tablet.
You will also need a small amount of ribbon to make the tie at the top of the cover. This tutorial uses UK terminology – to convert to US terms, use our handy conversion tables!
To make the front of the cover:
Begin by working a loose chain of 24, and then starting in the second chain from the hook, work a row of DC. 23 sts. At the end of the row chain and turn.
Work a further 11 rows of DC, remembering to chain 1 and turn at the end of every row.
Your 13th row is going to be your first pattern row.
The pattern is worked in Tapestry Crochet, which is a method of crochet where you are working with two colours at once. You can work the pattern either by following the chart (left)or by using the number table (right)
Colour change tips:
When changing from grey to white, work the last yarn over of the final grey stitch in cream. When changing back to grey, do exactly the same and work the last yarn over of the final cream stitch in grey.
When working the heart, carry the grey yarn along the top of the row of stitches you are working on so that it is worked in to the cream stitches:
Before changing from grey to cream, always pull your grey yarn through:
When changing back to grey, make sure your cream yarn is pulled back through to the wrong side of your work:
Row 13: Start by working 10 DC in grey. On the 11th stitch, which is your final grey, join in your cream yarn and use the cream for the yarn over and pull through.
Then work the next stitch in cream, but remember, because you are only working one stitch in the cream before changing back to the grey, you will need to work the yarn over and pull through in the grey. Finish off the rest of the row in grey, following either the chart or the number table.
At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.
Row 14: This will be a wrong side row.
Work 9 DC in grey, on the 10th grey DC work the yarn over and pull through in cream. Work 3 stitches in cream, remembering to work the yarn over and pull through of the third stitch in grey. Finish off the row in grey. Chain 1 and turn.
Continue following the pattern, from either the chart or the number table. After a few rows you will really be able to see the pattern developing.
When you have completed the heart, continue working the rest of the front of the cover in grey.
Your final row will be a right side row and at the end of it do not finish off but carry on working a round of DC all the way down the left hand side, along the bottom and up the right hand side. Work 3 DC in to each corner stitch to keep the shape of the cover.
Finish off and sew in your ends.
To make the back of the cover:
Make a loose chain of 24 and starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of DC.
At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.
Keep working in rows of DC, remembering to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row, until your work measures the same as your front piece.
Ensure that your final row is a right side row.
At the end of the row do not finish off but continue on around, working a round of DC all the way down the left hand side, along the bottom and up the right hand side. Work 3 DC in to each corner stitch so that the cover keeps its shape. Finish off and sew in the ends.
When you have completed the front and the back, and they each have the finishing edge of DC all the way around, place one on top of the other, with the wrong sides together.
To make your cover bigger: this size tablet cover fits an iPad Mini, but if you need to make your tablet cover bigger, to fit the size of your tablet, just work a further round or two of DC all around the edge of the front and back pieces until the sizing is correct.
Now join the two together by working down the right hand side, along the bottom and up the left hand side with a round of Rope Stitch. Rope stitch is just DC but worked from left to right, instead of the usual right to left.
Finish off your cover by working a round of DC in cream around the top edge and then work a second round in cream, but this time in Rope Stitch.
To make the ribbon tie, sew a strip of ribbon on to the inside centre back and the inside centre front.
And that’s it! You’re all ready to pop your tablet inside – and once you’ve checked out the other Hoooked Eco Babante shades, you could have a different colour cover for each day of the week!
You can catch up with Kate Eastwood on her blog at JustPootling!
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