Slate Mate - crochet pattern for a tab/Kindle



While I don't accept a lot of commissions (thanks to a bad experience with an uncouth woman), I do get asked to make something or the other pretty often. If the project won't take too long and is interesting too, I usually agree. 

Recently, when I was out in South Mumbai with a couple of colleagues I was asked to make a cover for a Kindle, I agreed. The requester didn't want a fancy design, just something basic and utilitarian. Here is what was created. 

Here is the simple pattern that can be modified to create a cover not just for a Kindle but for any kind of tablet or thin laptop. 

Materials
Bulky Yarn (60 gms)
5 mm Hook
1 button
Embroidery floss
Darning needle
Stitch Markers

Terminology
SL: Slip Stitch
SC: Single crochet
Crossed Double Crochet Stitch: CDC


Instructions
The base is largely done in the round. Once the base is completed, it is stitched in rows. 
My pattern is for the Kindle Paperwhite. Follow the instructions in the brackets for larger tablets.

Base
Step 1: Chain 19 (it needs to be slightly small than your tab, just ensure it is an odd number) 
Step 2: Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook. Sc to the end. Add 1 extra sc in the last stitch. Add the stitch marker. Now continue stitching in the back of the same chain 
Step 3: 2 Sc in the next Sc. Sc till the end. Move Marker 
Step 4: 1 extra Sc in the last Sc, 2Sc in the next Sc. Move Marker
The base should now fit snugly around the base of the Kindle. This is now the base of the cover. Move Marker
Step 5: Chain 1 and then sc in each sc and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. Continue this till you are a little more that halfway the height of the Kindle/tab 
Step 6: Now, chain 3 (counts as first dc), skip first 2 sts, work 1 dc in next sc, crossing in front of dc just made, work 1 dc in last skipped dc. This constitutes 1 CDC. Complete 7 more CDC and then work 1 dc in the next sc. Complete 8 CDC and join with SL to first stitch.
Step 7: Chain 1 and then sc in each sc and slip stitch to the beginning of the round. Continue this till the cover is as tall your Kindle/Tab.
Step 7: Chain 1 and then sc till 2 stitches short of the halfway mark on 1 side. Chain 6. Skip 4 sc. Continue Sc in the next sc till the end of the side. End off and cut the thread. Tuck in the ends.

Attach a flat button on the other side such that the loop fits snug.

And you're done!

Let me know what you think of it!
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