In the last year, I’ve started knitting. I swore it wouldn’t happen, I swore crochet was enough for me, but….
I blame it on hats, really. I couldn’t do what I wanted in crochet, so…. But that’s all rather by the by. The other day, I started thinking about my iPad. I mean, I do that a lot, anyway, but this time it was in relation to travelling. For my birthday, I treated myself to a lovely, new, shiny Speck Candyshell iPad case, which I LOVE. Unfortunately, it doesn’t cover the screen, so in the event I need to carry it in my bag, it might get scratched. And so, with a small mountain of yarn at my disposal, I decided to try and create something to protect it from that eventuality. I came up with the —
Reversed Rib iPad… Cosy? Sock? Turtleneck? Pullover??
Anyhoo, this is what I did. Gauge isn’t important as long as it fits over your iPad when you’re finished. (TIP!! After you’ve knitted about an inch or so, TRY IT ON YOUR iPAD!! Then if it doesn’t fit, you don’t have to rip out the whole thing. Or find a small person to use it as a hat…) And because of that, you can also use any weight of yarn and any needle size to get what you want. Experiment! 🙂 The only thing I will say is that you will need to cast on an even number of stitches, as you’ll be working in 2×2 rib. Also, I used circulars and the Magic Loop method as the circumference is quite small, but use what’s comfortable for you. If you don’t like using circulars for something this small, use DPNS. Or even work it flat and sew it up at the end – I just hate sewing seams… I used:
- 2 50g balls of Patons Colourful Twist (Ravelry says it’s Aran/10ply.) (WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF RAVELRY?? Sign up, NOW!)
- 5mm circular needle
- if you want, a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round
Using cable cast-on, I cast on 60 stitches, and joined in the round (being careful, of course, not to twist…) I worked k2p2 rib for 2 inches. In the next round, I reversed the rib. I went from doing k2p2 to doing p2k2. Sounds complicated; it’s really quite easy. What I did was — I purled all the knit stitches and knit all the purl stitches. After this round, I continued in the new rib pattern for about an inch before — wait for it — I did it again!! Yep, exactly the same thing. I reversed the rib back to k2p2 and went on for another inch or so. After that I reversed every inch or so until I had a tube that was about 11 inches/28cm long and 6 inches/15cm wide. (That made about 9 stripes, after the initial 2 inches of ribbing.) I wanted the edge of my iPad to hit the first reversing line, so there would be a bit of turtleneck left over. Like this:
As for finishing, I used the 3-needle Bind Off to close up the end (because, I repeat, I hate sewing seams!!) and then wove in ends. Finis!!
Voila! Try it out – see what you think – and PLEASE let me know if something doesn’t make sense – this pattern has only existed in my head until now, and hasn’t been tested… Thanks, lovelies!! 🙂