Striped cozy for iPad Mini

ipad_cosy_2 I love my iPad Mini with its Logitech Ultraslim keyboard – it’s so portable and yet does so much! The keyboard protects the screen from bumps, but I needed something that would protect both iPad and keyboard from scratches, so I looked on Ravelry for a simple cover. Nothing quite fitted the bill, especially as I need a design that won’t snag on other items in my backpack whenever I pull it out – so I decided to design my own!

Materials

35g (85-90 yards) DK yarn, preferably self-striping
2 x 4mm circular needles
Darning needle for bind-off

Sizing

This cozy is designed with negative ease, to hug your iPad whilst being easy to slip on and off. Also, it has no buttons to catch on anything when you shove it into your bag!

It will fit an iPad by itself, or with a smart cover or even an ultrathin keyboard. If you prefer a looser fit, cast on 4 extra stitches (2 on each needle) but follow the same increases and decreases.

Instructions

This pattern is loosely based on the “toe-up on two circular needles” sock method described in Silver’s Sock Class.

Body

Cast on 40 stitches (20 on each needle) using a figure-of-eight cast-on, or Judy’s Magic Cast-on if you prefer.

Round 1: K all stitches.
Round 2: K all stitches.
Round 3: on each side: M1, K to last 2 sts, M1, K1.
Round 4: K all stitches.
Round 5: as round 3. You should now have 48 stitches in total (or 52 if using the looser sizing, as described above).
Round 6. K all stitches.

Continue in stocking stitch (US stockinette stitch) until the cozy measures 23 centimetres long. It will appear to be too long and narrow for the iPad, but don’t panic – it will fit when on!

Next round: (K1, P1) 12 (13) times, then K to end of round.

Repeat for 3 more rounds. This will give the front a nice stretchy cuff that you can tuck the flap into. (If you don’t want a flap, continue the K1, P1 single rib around the back of the cozy, and bind off the entire edge as described below.)

Flap

If using a self-striping yarn, leave the front edge on its needle or transfer to a large stitch holder – to avoid breaking pattern on the flap, we’ll bind the cuff off later. If using a plain yarn, you can bind the cuff off now if you prefer (see below) and rejoin the yarn at the beginning of the flap.

The flap is knitted flat:

Row 1 (WS): P all stitches.
Row 2: K all stitches.
Rows 3-12: repeat rows 1 & 2.
Row 13: as Row 1.
Row 14: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Row 15: as Row 1.

Repeat rows 14 and 15 until you have 12 stitches left, then cast off.

ipad_cosy_1Take a longish length of yarn in the same colour as your ribbed edge, join it in where the cuff starts, and bind off using a sewn bind-off to give a nice stretchy edge. I like to add a couple of reinforcing sewn stitches at either end to pull the front and back halves securely together, but that’s not essential.

And you’re done! I hope you enjoy this, my first ever knitting pattern. Do let me know on Ravelry if you use it!