Sunday, 24 April 2011

Kindle cover


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The pattern below was edited on 11 December 2011 to include instructions for the Kindle 4 device, in addition to those originally included for the Kindle Keyboard 3G

I was delighted to receive a Kindle as a gift for my recent (milestone) birthday. Before I could take it anywhere though, it needed a cover and this is what I have come up with.

Cover for Kindle Keyboard model. Instructions are also given for the smaller Kindle 4 size.


The stitch I chose (Miniature Herringbone stitch) is quite a dense one to provide a bit of protection. Note however that the cover is not intended to be fully protective - I don't think you could throw your covered Kindle into a large bag with lots of dangerous things such as keys and heavy objects - but it should protect a Kindle placed inside a zipped pocket inside a bag.



The stitch is slow to work, but I think it is worth it for the extra thickness of the finished fabric. I knit loosely; if you are a tight knitter then consider using 8mm (US11) needles instead of the 7 mm that I used. The finished cover is longer and narrower than the Kindle: when it is on the device it stretches to fit. Finally, the Noro Kureyon varies in thickness quite a bit. I think that a more consistent Aran weight yarn would give a more refined appearance.


Cover shown in Kindle Keyboard 3G size. Instructions are also given for the smaller Kindle 4 size.







So, here's the pattern

Kindle Cover

In two sizes: Kindle Keyboard 3G(Kindle 4)

Finished sizes: To fit Kindle Keyboard 3G(Kindle 4) measuring 19 by 12.5 (16.6 by 11.4) cm. Unblocked: 22 by 11 (20 by 10) cm, blocked: 21 by 12 (19 by 11) cm.

Yarn: Noro Kureyon 100% Wool, 100 m, 50 g ball. 1 ball. Shown in colour 124.

Notions:
Set of four 7 mm (approx US11) dpns or long 7 mm (approx US11) circular needle for magic loop.
5.5 mm (US9) needle (any type, this is used for the three needle cast off)
Tapestry needle

Tension:
Unblocked, unstretched: 24 st and 18 rows to 10 cm in miniature herringbone pattern
Blocked, unstretched: 22 st and 19 rows to 10 cm in miniature herringbone pattern


Special stitch pattern, Miniature Herringbone stitch:

Rnd 1: *k2togtbl, but slip only the first of 2 sts off the left needle; rep from *, knitting tbl each left-on-the-needle st together with the following st
Rnd 2: *k2tog, but slip only the first of 2 sts off the left needle; rep from *, knitting each left-on-the-needle st together with the following st

Stitch pattern adapted for working in the round: originally from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G Walker, Pitman, 1971.

Notes:
Using magic loop: when you reach the end of a section of magic loop, slip the remaining st on the left needle along the cable, so it is the first st to be worked in the next section.
Using dpns: at the end of each needle slip the remaining st on the left needle to the next needle to be worked, so it becomes the first st to be worked

This stitch is hard to work on the round using two circular needles, so magic loop or dpns are recommended.

Directions:
CO 52(48) sts and join to work in the rnd
Work the 2 rnds of Miniature Herringbone stitch until the cover is about 22(20) cm long, or 1 cm longer than your Kindle when tried on (the cover becomes wider and less long when on the device), finishing with a Rnd 2.
Divide sts between two needles, with 26(24) sts on each. Turn cover inside out so that the right sides are together, and work a three needle cast off using the smaller needle.

Finishing:
Weave in all ends, and trim.
Soak the cover in hand-hot water and wool wash. Spin or roll in a towel, then block gently over a price of card slightly smaller than your Kindle (wrap the card in cling film first!). This process evens up the stitches; the cover should remain narrower than the Kindle so that it is stretched to fit.


Abbreviations:
CO: Cast on
dpn: double pointed needles
k: knit
k2tog: knit two together
k2togtbl: knit two together through backs of loops
Rnd or rnd: round
rnds: rounds
st: stitch
sts: stitches
tbl: through back of loop

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