At this time of year I dig out my craft books, unravel my half finished projects and start to make my lists of homemade Christmas presents. I like to make presents if I can, although it’s not possible for everyone. I’m not sure my dad would appreciate a knitted teapot cover. But usually, the months of November and December are a flurry of knitting, stitching, creating, baking and preserving.
I love anything that’s quick to make as I can knock up a few for various friends and relatives, and knitted Kindle covers are one such project. Using chunky wool (because chunky wool is great) you can knit one of these covers in less than an hour if you’ve got swift fingers. I love my cover, as I dislike the Kindle cases that act like a book – I just want to stop mine from getting beaten up or covered in banana goo in my bag.
I’m not great at knitting, or following knitting patterns for that matter, so I’ve kept these instructions very simple. If you can knit a basic garter stitch, you’ll be fine. You knit one long rectangle, keep the ends long so that you can sew the sides together, add a button and you’re done. For the fancier among you there are plenty of options for jazzing it up a little – knitting it around so that you don’t have to sew the sides together, alternating wools to create a stripy cover, or even adding a pom pom or two would create a gift that’s unique.
It does require a bit of trial and error depending on which wool you use, but luckily you can tell if you’ve got the size right a few rows in. Get those needles out and knit knit knit!
- Wool – any chunky wool is fine, I’ve used Sirdee Big Softie and another, less chunky wool.
- Large knitting needles – I used 10mm bamboo needles.
- A chunky button
- A wool needle
- A sewing needle and some thread in the same colour as your wool.
What to do:
Find out the dimensions of the Kindle in question. (I’m basing the pattern below on the standard, entry-level Kindle)
Start by casting on nine stitches, leaving a long tail of wool at the beginning – at least 60cm. No matter which wool I’ve used, I’ve so far found that nine is the magic number. It will look much, much too small, but have faith!
Knit a few rows, and check the width. You want the case to be slightly less wide than the Kindle when the wool isn’t stretched, as a chunky knit will stretch very easily. If it looks about right, keep knitting! If not, start again with an amended number of stitches as required.
Knit, knit and knit some more, keeping the same amount of stitches throughout, until you have a length that’s slightly longer than double the length of the Kindle. Cast off when you’re on a row that finishes at the opposite end that you started from at the beginning; in other words, you want a long tail of wool at each end of your knitted rectangle, at diagonal ends from each other so that you can sew up each side. Cut the wool off, leaving at least 60cm again.
Fold the knitting over so that your two shorter ends meet and start to weave your wool ‘tails’ using the wool needle to sew up the sides. Stick to the very edges of the knitting, and tie the wool off when you reach the bottom. Repeat on the other side, and then turn your case inside out (this gives neater edges).
Sew the button inside the case in the centre of one side near the opening, and you should be able to button the case using a hole in the chunky wool. Voila!
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