With the technology advancing at a fast pace we moved from phone cozy to tablet case. That is the deal now. Most of us (or our kids) carry around a tablet.
That was the case for me. When my crochet goes with me, my tablet comes with me as well. It takes great photos and I can have my patterns with me or log in Instagram any time. My phone is a bit old tech and it doesn’t do all that stuff.
So, when Tanya from Little Things Blogged asked me to write a guest post for her blog, I thought it was about time to make a tablet cover for myself.
I wanted something girly, something that I would be proud to take out of my handbag and put on the table.
The first thing I picked out was the yarn. I chose the Scheepjes stone washed because I was dying to make something with that yarn. Look at all the pretty colors! I love that is not a solid color but not multi-color or ombre either.
It gives depth and great stitch definition to any pattern. You can work the simplest and most boring stitch pattern with that yarn and it will make it stand out. Actually, it is better to choose a simpler stitch and the Scheepjes stone washed will bring the best out of it! It is almost like the color is moving!
A 50 g skein contains about 142 yards (130 m) and it is 78% cotton and 22% acrylic. I used less than a skein for the case and about 15 gr for the embellishments. Which means I have a lot more of this fantastic pink to make something else, too!
The fact that it contains a bit acrylic in it makes it a bit stretchy, which is really good for our occasion. I made this pattern with the iPad mini 4 in mind, but it will fit any 7-inch tablet with small differences in size.
As I said before, I chose a simple repetitive stitch pattern for the main body and let the yarn do its thing. But the thing I am really in love with is that bright pink flower patch and strip that stands out in all that grey. Can I just say how much I like the pink-grey or pink-brown combinations? I guess you should have figured it by now because my blog colors are brown and pink.
The first thought was to make the flower on the top and put a wooden button that will serve as a clasp. I had made something similar before as a phone case for a friend and it worked just fine. When I made it this time, I realized that the case part was too long and the flower above looked insignificant and a bit out of place.
I tried it on the side, as I have seen in many notebooks that use doilies in such a way and they are so beautiful and elegant (said the crochet junky 😉 ). It worked great, but what about a clasp? How will it prevent your tablet from falling out?
Then, my genius husband came to the rescue! Well, almost! He proposed to put two strips, one on each side to hold the tablet inside. Think it more as suspenders for the tablet case. It was a good idea but what about my flower? I loved that thing!
And then it hit me! I would do both! A flower on one side and a suspender on the other. It worked like a charm! I loved the outcome so much! It looks like a notebook, doesn’t it?
So, what are you waiting for? Now that you know how this pattern came to be, head off to Little things blogged to snatch that free pattern!