Tuesday, 7 August 2012

e-book reader Cocoon

Cocoon for e-book reader by Helena Callum

Today (7 August) is an important day, or it will be next year! My pattern for an e-book reader cover appears in the 2013 Knitting Calendar published by Accord Publishing (ISBN-13: 978-1-4494-1926-4). It is the pattern for 7-8 August 2013.

The Cocoon provides sumptuous, cushioned protection for your e-book reader (stretches to fit 5 in by 7.5 in / 12.5 cm by 19 cm). The thick, springy, corrugated fabric is worked using just two different pattern rows.

Thick Cocoon for e-book reader by Helena Callum


The cover is worked from the bottom towards the opening at the top. It starts with a closed cast-on (as used on toe-up socks), and although the Figure-8 cast-on is suggested, any similar cast-on method may be substituted. You could even use a cable cast-on and sew the seam at the bottom of the cover when you’ve finished knitting.

Materials and notions One 50 g ball of DK-weight yarn is needed (132 yds / 120 m). A set of US 6 / 4 mm dpn and, if desired, US 6 / 4 mm circular needle/s for preferred method of knitting small diameters in the round, or size needed to obtain gauge. Plus a stitch marker and tapestry needle.

Tension/Gauge 22 sts and 30 rows to 4 in / 10 cm in St st
28 sts and 70 rows to 4 in / 10 cm in pattern (relaxed)

How to do a Figure-8 cast-on
Hold two dpns together in your LH, with one pair of pointed ends facing to the right. Keeping hold of the tail of the yarn in your LH, take the yarn between the two needles from front to back and then then over the top needle from back to front. Then bring the yarn between the needles from front to back, and around the bottom needle from back to front. Continue to wrap a series of figures of eight around the two needles. Wrap until there are half as many loops on each needle as the total number of sts required. End with the working yarn coming from front to back between the two needles after going round the bottom needle. Let the tail of the yarn hang loose. Using a third dpn, k across the sts on the top needle. Flip the needles so that the needle that was on the bottom is on the top, keeping the yarn tail between the two needles. Adjust sts to tighten any loose sts. Then, working all sts tbl, k across the needle now in the top position.

Or, try these Figure-8 cast-on links:


  

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