In this tutorial you’re going to learn how to make a crochet iPad sleeve using easy self-striping yarn. The sleeve protects your tablet from scratches and bumps, and would make a great gift for Father's Day! This pattern uses US terms and stitches include single crochet (sc); slip stitch (sl st) and chain (ch).
- Self-striping yarn. I used Adriafil Knitcol in the Dégas colourway.
- A crochet hook. I used one size smaller than is recommended on the label; a 4mm hook instead of a 5mm hook.
- A darning needle for sewing in the ends.
- A pair of scissors.
- A button that matches the yarn.
- Some sewing thread (not pictured).
- A sewing needle to attach the button (not pictured).
- Click here to learn more about essential crochet tools.
1. Choose Your Yarn and Hook Size
Some yarns have a very handy self-striping property. This means that when you crochet or knit with them, stripes appear on their own, without requiring you to sew in a lot of ends. This is a great way to make a piece look intricate, with a minimal amount of work involved.
I'm using self-striping yarn to make this iPad sleeve. Because a sleeve has to fit snug around your tablet, I'm using a smaller size crochet hook than I normally would, creating a denser fabric and thus protecting your tablet. If the label on your yarn calls for a 5mm hook, use a 4.5 or 4mm hook. If it calls for a 4mm hook, use a 3.5 or 3mm hook. You don't have to change your tension; the smaller crochet hook size will make sure that the fabric you're creating will be nice and tight; providing the best protection for your precious tablet.
2. Crochet the Sleeve
Grab your yarn and make a slip knot on your hook.
Chain 44, plus 1 for turning. The beginning chain depends on the size of your tablet; try it to see how long your starting chain has to be by comparing it to your tablet.
If you look at the back of your chain, you can see little bumps, whereas on the front of the chain there are ‘v’ shapes. We’re going to crochet our first row into the bumps on the back. Work one single crochet in each bump, creating a total of 44 stitches.
When you reach the end of your chain, don't turn your work but instead keep going around it. Work your first single crochet into the back loop of the first 'v' of your starting chain. Work each next stitch into the back loops of your work.
If you continue like this, the sleeve will start to form. Working like this is called crocheting 'in the round'. Try to fit it on your tablet to see if you have started with the right amount of stitches. Keep working the single crochet stitches into the back loops only. This will create a rugged fabric; giving your piece interesting texture and feel.
Keep going until your piece measures about one quarter of your tablet.
We're now going to work the rest of the piece in both loops of the stitches, creating a different looking fabric.
Keep going until your piece is almost as long as your tablet. Measure where the center is; we are now going to make our button loop. Chain 15, skip a stitch and work a single crochet.
Go around one more time until you reach the loop again; work one single crochet in each chain.
When you've reached the side of the piece, work a slip stitch in the last stitch and fasten off using your darning needle. Don't forget to fasten off the yarn tail at the bottom of your work!
Your sleeve should now fit your iPad snugly.
3. Sew on the Button
With your iPad in the sleeve, pull the button loop over to the front to determine the placement of your button.
When you're happy with the placement of your button, use your sewing thread and needle and sew on the button.
Keep Your iPad Snug and Safe!
Congratulations! You have now made a crochet iPad sleeve using self-striping yarn.
In this tutorial you have learned how to start a piece using a crochet chain, how to work in the round, how to make the sleeve fit to your tablet and how to create a button closure.
All you have to do now is use your tablet sleeve, and be a hit at the office, or at the coffee shop!
Are you going to make this sleeve for your tablet, or gift it to a loved one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.