How to Crochet a Tablet Cover
This is a perfect beginners’ project. The type of yarn and the size of hook mean the cover grows quickly and the project helps you practise how to crochet keeping your edges straight. Double crochet creates a robust fabric that will protect your gadget perfectly.
How to Crochet a Tablet Cover
Double crochet is the shortest and most basic stitch that is used to make crochet fabric. Once you have mastered this lovely dense stitch, you will be all set to start making a wide range of beautiful crochet projects. Double crochet is a short stitch that makes a dense fabric perfect for creating toys, accessories and homeware items that might take a bit of wear and tear.
My advice to the novice crocheter would be to begin by making a simple double-crochet cover for something, such as the tablet cover.
During the process you will get used to holding the hook and making loops. You’ll find holding the yarn will come to feel less fiddly, and you will soon end up with a useful new accessory.
You Will Need
- Rowan All Seasons Cotton – 1 x 50 g ball in 235 Tornado
- 4 mm crochet hook
- 1 x 1 inch (2.5 cm) button
- Tapestry needle
15 and a half stitches (sts) and eight rows to four in (10 cm) over double crochet using 4 mm hook. Use a larger or smaller hook if necessary to obtain the correct tension.
Ten and a quarter inches by seven and a half inches (26 x 19 cm)
Double crochet (see below)
Slip stitch (see below)
How to get Straight Edges
Many beginners find it frustrating that their crochet does not end up with straight edges – they seem to magically add stitches without understanding why or how. To avoid this happening you need to make the right number of turning chains at the beginning of each row. This forms the edge for you to make your new row next to.
For double crochet you need to make just one turning chain (see below) but for taller stitches you will need more.
To get straight edges you also need to place your first proper stitch into the correct stitch of the previous row. For double crochet, the first stitch of a row is always worked into the stitch at the base of the turning chain.
Making Double Crochet (DC)
1. Make a chain to the length required in the pattern you are following. With the right side of the chain facing you locate the second chain from the hook.
2. Insert the hook through the centre of this chain stitch. Push the hook underneath and then around the yarn.
This is called yarn over hook.
3. Catch the yarn with your hook and pull it through the chain stitch only. This means that you will now have two loops on your hook.
4. Yarn over hook (push the hook underneath and then around the yarn).
5. Pull yarn through both the loops on the hook, leaving one loop on the hook. This is the first double-crochet stitch.
6. Continue to work one double-crochet stitch into each chain stitch (steps two to five) until your first row of double-crochet stitches is complete. Note that the total number of stitches will be one fewer than the chain-stitch count.
7. Turn the work so that the crochet you have just made is in your free hand and the reverse side is facing you. Then chain one stitch. This is the turning chain.
8. Work a second row of double crochet by inserting the hook under the top two threads of the first row of double-crochet stitches (these strands will look like a V-shape). Turn your work and repeat until your piece is the size required.
Slip Stitch (SL ST)
This stitch is the most basic stitch. It has no height and is often used to join rounds together. It is also useful for adding decoration and for attaching two pieces of crochet together.
1. Insert the hook into a stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook.
2. Draw the loop through the stitch and the loop on the hook.
3. Continue in this way to make the required number of slip stitches.
How to Make
- Row 1: Using 4mm hook, ch 36 sts.
- Row 2 (WS): 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc into each ch to end, turn (35 sts).
- Row 3: Ch 1, dc into each stitch to end.
- Row 3 forms the pattern. Work a further 67 rows.
- Fasten off and weave in ends.
With WS facing, join yarn to the 18th stitch, ch 40, sl st back into the same st to create the buttonhole loop. Fasten off and weave in ends.
With RS together, slip stitch or oversew both sides of the cover together. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Sew a button on the front of the cover to correspond to the end of the buttonhole loop. Put the button through the loop to keep the tablet safely in its cover.