May 28, 2011

Kobo Kozy - a knitting pattern

This cozy pattern will keep your Kobo eReader warm on winter nights, and keep it from getting too bashed about in your purse or bag when you’re on the go. When you’re reading, the front flap folds behind the Kobo and with careful weaving-in of ends, it won’t be an unattractive backside.
For this pattern, you’ll need just a wee bit of the secondary colour to do the edging around the front flap. You’ll also need some kind of a button or toggle to keep it closed.
You could go wild with this one - build in an intarsia pattern, top-stitch a funky design … the possibilities are endless!
Once you’ve determined that you’ve got gauge, get knitting - it’s super quick!

My sample was knit in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes (bulky) in the colourway Grass. The trim is Loops & Threads Charisma in Black. 
6mm needles
6mm crochet hook
4 stitches and 5 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
CO - cast on
k - knit
p - purl
st - stitches
st st - stockinette stitch
k2tog - knit two stitches together
kfb - knit into the front and back of the stitch
ssk - slip two stitches knitwise to the right-hand needle and then knit them together through the back loops
p2tog - purl two stitches together
pfb - purl into the front and back of the stitch
BO - bind off
The knitting:
CO 36 st with main colour
Row 1 - knit
Row 2 - p2tog, p to last 2 stitches, p2tog
Row 3 - k2tog, k to last 2 stitches, ssk
Repeat rows 2, 3, 2
Row 7 - knit
Row 8 - purl
Repeat rows 7 and 8 three times more
Row 15 - kfb, k to last stitch, kfb
Row 16 - pfb, p to last stitch, pfb
Repeat rows 15, 16, 15
Row 20 - BO 5 st purlwise, p to end
Row 21 - BO 5 st knitwise, k to end (you should have 26 stitches left)
Continue st st for 23 rows (ending on a purl row)
BO knitwise
See those four stickie-outie triangles you've got? Fold them over and stitch the non-diagonal side down. They form the cozy corners for your Kobo and don't interfere with its operation.
Block the cozy Kozy. (If it's not behaving well, block it before you sew down the flaps.)
Using your secondary colour, crochet a sc border around the front flap only and then reblock it to ensure it behaves itself.
Form a loop with whatever yarn you like, sized to fit your chosen button or toggle, between two cozy corners on the long side. Then sew on that button or toggle to the top flap and giggle with glee and how warm your Kobo will be!