I was so excited to unwrap the Kindle I got for my birthday! I've been wanting one, but hadn't been able to push "buy", and now I don't have to. I quickly went shopping for a cover. But I could not decide which one I wanted, and I wasn't sure any of them were exactly what I was looking for. What better way to get exactly what I want than to make it myself? So that's exactly what I did.
I usually work from pre-made patterns, but decided to give pattern making a try here, and I'm very happy with the result of my efforts.
First, I found the basket-weave stitch pattern in 400 Knitting Stitches (Amazon link). Then I made a gauge swatch with the pattern and used it to make my pattern.
#9 needles - double pointed or circular (I used 29-in circular with magic loop) or to obtain gauge
Vanna's Choice Olive & Vanna's Baby Sweet Pea (or colors of your choice)
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in basket-weave pattern (rounds 1-12 of pattern)
In Olive, CO 48 Stitches. Join in round
Round 1 & 2: knit
Round 3-6: *K2, P4* repeat to end
Round 7 & 8: knit
Round 9-12: *P3, K2, P1* repeat to end
Repeat rounds 1 - 12 again
Repeat rounds 1-7
Switch colors to Sweet Pea and repeat rounds 8-12, 1-7.
Switch colors back to Olive and continue until round 7 again.
Cast off 24 stitches. Knit remaining stitches.
Row 1: *K1, P2, K3* repeat to end
Row 2: *P3, K2, P1* repeat to end
Row 3&4: Repeat rows 1&2
Row 5: K
Row 6: P10, Cast off next 4, P last 10
Row 7: K2, P4, K2, P2, cast on 4 using backward loop method. P4, K2, P4
Row 8: *K4, P2* repeat to end
Row 9&10Repeat rows 7&8
Row 11: K
Finish by weaving in ends, sewing up the bottom, and attaching the button.
Keep your Kindle safe with this cozy cover.