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Tablet cover


I just love this particular yarn, Lily Sugar n' Cream (potpourri). It makes such a gorgeous looking fabric.  I especially like the way it looks when worked into a tight looking ribbed fabric. I had a couple of balls that were just a little over 50g each.


So I made myself tablet cover! It's basically just a rectangle of double crochet (or single crochet in the US), but the stitches are hooked through the back loop only of the row below. That gives the ribbed effect and makes the fabric a little stretchy.

The label with the yarn recommends a 5.0mm needle, so I used that. I think it came out quite tight though. I liked the effect so I carried on.


Pattern

Main sleeve:




Create a foundation chain to match the length of your tablet. Then add three extra chain stitches which will give you the turning chain and some slack for joining the work together.

Work a row of double crochet (or single crochet) into the chain.

For the next row do a single turning chain and then work the double crochet (or, of course, single crochet) into the back loops only of the row below. As you progress you'll notice the front loop turns into a nice ridged effect.

Repeat that row (turning and working into back loops only) until you've covered twice the width of the tablet. The result should be quite stretchy, so you probably won't need to add any extra rows for when you join the work.

Keeping the yarn still attached to the work you can fold the work over to join on the long edges. There's no right or wrong side on this, as both sides are identical(ish). You then double crochet (US: single crochet) a seam along the edge. This creates a raised seam, which you can use as the outside or inside: I liked the effect of keeping it on the outside. Once you have done the long edge you'll need to turn and carry on the seam in the sides of the stitches. You'll have to pay attention to making sure you don't put too few/many stitches into the side.

Tie off and sew in the end. You can decide if you prefer an exposed seam or want to turn the work inside out to hide the seam.

Optional flap:


This is what I did - which fits my work fine. You can keep repeating and experimenting if you need to do a different size.

#UK termsUS terms
14 dc into magic ring4 sc into magic ring4
2ch 1, turn.
2 dc into each stitch to end.
ch 1 turn.
2 sc into each stitch to end.
8
3ch 1, turn.
*1 dc, 2 dc into next stitch*, repeat to end
ch 1 turn.
*1 sc, 2 sc into next stitch*, repeat to end
12
4ch 1, turn.
*2 dc,  2 dc into next stitch* repeat to end
ch 1 turn.
*2 sc,  2 sc into next stitch*, repeat to end
16
5Turn. ch 3, skip 1, dc
*ch 5, skip 1, dc* 6 times
ch 3, skip 1 dc.
Turn. ch 3, skip 1, sc
*ch 5, skip 1, sc* 6 times
ch 2, skip 1, sc.
8 loops
6Turn. 2 slip stitches along loop, dc into centre of loop.
*ch 3, dc into centre of loop* 7 times
Turn. 2 slip stitches along loop, sc into centre of loop
*ch 3, sc into centre of loop* 7 times
8 loops
7ch1, turn. dc into the dc of the row below.
*3dc into loop, 1dc into dc below* 7 times.
ch1, turn. dc into the dc of the row below.
*3dc into loop, 1dc into dc below* 7 times.
29
8ch 1, turn. 2dc into next stitch.
*8 dc, 2dc into next stitch* twice
8 dc.
ch 1, turn. 2 sc into next stitch.
*8 sc, 2 sc into next stitch* twice
8 sc. 
32
9ch 1, turn.
dc, *chain 5, skip 2, dc* repeat to end
ch 1, turn.
sc, *ch 5, skip 2, sc* repeat to end
10 loops

Keep yarn attached and seam this to your previous work along one of the short edges. Be careful to make sure you keep the tension even as you do the work.I carried on the exposed seam from the previous stage by working this seam on the outside of the work too.

When you're done: cut the yarn and sew in the loose end.


I'm so pleased with this, it looks better than I imagined, and the colours look nicer in real life! When I've used up more of my existing stash I may come back and do a top in this yarn, I'm already starting to think up the pattern!

Summary
Yarn:Sugar n' Cream 
Hook:5.0mm
Lesson learned:Popping a half-circle onto a rectangle needs care!
TV watched:Bitten 😐

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