Next up in my free pattern offerings is a lovely little slipped stitch pouch that will be the perfect place to keep your KindleTM safe and clean when you’re not using it. It is also just the right size to store a large MoleskineTM notebook or other similarly-sized journal. This quick knitting project will make a great gift for the reader or journaller in your life.
ETA: I designed this to fit a 3rd generation Kindle, with about an extra inch of space width-wise. The extra room should allow the pattern, as written, to accomodate the slightly larger 2nd generation Kindle as well.
The pattern is written to be knit flat and then seamed. Knitters will need basic knitting skills as well as slightly more advanced techniques such as casting on stitches over small bound off areas using the Backwards Loop cast on method and Mattress Stitch for seaming.
Yarn: Approximately 150 yards of sport weight. Sample was knit using just over half a skein of Enchanted Knoll Farm Sport, Cleopatra colorway.
Needles: US7 straight or 24” circular needles, or needle size necessary for you to get gauge
Additional Tools: Tapestry needle, three locking stitch markers or safety pins
Notions: Three ¾” buttons (or buttons to properly fit your resulting button holes)
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in Slipped Stitch pattern.
Finished Size: 6 ¼” x 9”. (Note that this is designed for a roomy fit for a KindleTM. If you would like a snugger fit, cast on six fewer stitches, adjust the length as desired in the first two sections and adjust the placement of the buttonholes in the third section to fit the narrower width.)
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
K1 – Knit one stitch
K – Knit
P1 – Purl one stitch
BO – bind off
Slipped Stitch Pattern
(Note: All slipped stitches are slipped as if to purl. All WS rows are purled.)
Row 1 (RS): *K1, bring yarn forward, slip next stitch to right needle, move yarn to back, repeat from * to last stitch; K.
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: With yarn forward, slip first stitch to right needle, move yarn to back. *K1, bring yarn forward, slip next stitch to right needle, move yarn to back, repeat from * to last two stitches; K1, bring yarn forward and slip last stitch.
Row 4: Purl.
Section One (Inner Panel) –
Cast on 37 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): *K1, P1, repeat from * to last stitch; K.
Row 2 (WS): Knit all knit stitches, purl all purl stitches.
Repeat these two rows once more to create four rows of 1×1 ribbing for the edge of the inner panel.
Begin working in Slipped Stitch pattern. Continue until fabric measures 8” from cast on edge, ending on a WS row.
Purl the next RS row. This creates a fold row.
Section Two (Outer Panel) –
Purl this WS row.
Begin working again in Slipped Stitch pattern. Continue until fabric measures 9 ½” from the fold row of Section One. End on a WS row.
Purl the next RS row. This creates a second fold row.
Section Three (Flap) –
Purl this WS row.
Begin working again in Slipped Stitch pattern. Continue until fabric measures 2” from the fold row of Section Two. End on a WS row.
The next two rows will create button holes.
Button Hole Row 1 (RS): Work 6 stitches in pattern,* BO 2 stitches, work next 9 stitches in pattern, repeat from * once; BO 2 stitches, work remaining 4 stitches in pattern. (31 stitches)
Button Hole Row 2 (WS): Purl across row. Using backward loop method, cast on two new stitches at each of the three places were stitches were bound off in the previous row. (37 stitches)
Resume working in pattern until flap is 2 ½” from fold row of Section Two. End on a WS row.
Work four rows of 1×1 ribbing as you did at the beginning of Section One.
Bind off (loosely) in pattern.
Fold the inner and outer panels together at the first fold row, right sides facing outward. Using locking stitch markers or safety pins, secure the inner panel to the outer panel at the corners of the cast on edge, making sure the cast on edge is even with the fold for the flap. (The cast on edge will NOT meet the fold for the flap but should be about an inch shorter. Just use the flap fold as a guide for getting the edge of your inner panel lined up straight.)
Using a tapestry needle, seam the inner and outer panels together using Mattress Stitch. Begin seaming at the bottom fold and work up toward the open edge. After seaming the first edge, recheck to make sure the upper edge of the inner panel is still even with the flap fold. Adjust if necessary.
With pouch lying flat, outer panel downward, fold flap so that it overlaps inner flap. Using stitch markers or safety pins, carefully mark the site where your three buttons will need to be attached. Open flap again and using the rows of the fabric as your guide, make sure you’ve marked all three buttons on the same row so that they are even.
Sew on buttons.