If you love to read and use an eReader device like a Kindle, you’ll love this the Kelly Crochet Kindle Cover!
The Kelly Kindle Cover is a quick crochet project that will protect your eReader device while looking classic and stylish. Featuring columns of raised stitches, this crochet kindle cover not only looks good but also protects the screen by keeping it slightly raised from hard surfaces.
The Inspiration for this Crochet Kindle Cover Pattern
I have always been a big book reader and have so many big books that it’s easier to pack them for a move in suitcases so they’ll roll instead of being carried in heavy boxes. My darling husband, after a big interstate move and carting my books around, said “Honey, have you ever thought of getting a kindle?”
So, for Christmas of 2022, I received a gift that is my most used device next to my computer that helps me run my blog: A Kindle Paper White and I love love love it! I love it so much that I immediately thought of what I could crochet to protect it.
I’ve always thought eReaders weren’t for me because I don’t do well reading long term on a screen but reading on the Paper White feels like I’m reading from a physical book. Additionally, while there’s a ton of other features I love about the device itself, what I love the most is that I can use the Libby App to borrow digital versions of books for free.
I’m saving money, saving space and supporting my local library? A dream!
Since I love using the device and the things I can do with it so much, it makes sense that I immediately wanted to make something to protect it.
Thus, the Kelly Crochet Kindle Cover was designed. With little loops and buttons to ensure that the device stays inside the cover, it has certainly kept my Kindle (specifically the screen) protected and it’s super cute!
Originally, I designed the crochet Kindle cover in the olive green yarn but thought it would look cute as a “dipped” or color blocked cover, too. I happened to have some pretty wooden and painted buttons on hand that went perfect with both color schemes.
While this pattern is designed for two color schemes (solid color or color blocked), you could absolutely make the crochet kindle cover in stripes, with three blocks of color, or any other color layout you decide.
Changing the color layout of the pattern is easy and you can make your crochet kindle cover as uniquely yours as you like! Your choice of buttons will also go far in customizing the pattern to your own personal style or the style of someone you’d like to gift it to.
All of this is to say that this crochet kindle cover can be as simple and classic or fun and funky as you’d like!
What sizes of eReader will this crochet cover fit?
This crochet kindle cover was designed with “negative ease”. This means that the finished project will look too small (and too long) before putting your device inside but it will stretch to fit and will be snug but not difficult to put on.
The finished project without a device inside is approximately 4.5 inches wide and 7 inches tall. My Kindle Paper White is 4.9 inches wide and 6.9 inches tall. So the crochet kindle cover stretches decently to accommodate the device while staying snug so it doesn’t slide off.
Your finished Kelly Kindle Cover will stretch to fit the following devices: Kindle Paper White, Kindle Oasis, Kindle Kids, Kindle eReader or other similar sized devices (Approximately 4.75 to 4.9 inches wide by 6.75 to 6.9 inches tall).
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How do I choose the best yarn for this crochet kindle cover?
For this crochet kindle cover pattern, I used Lion Brand’s Coboo in colorways Olive and Beige.
Lion Brand Coboo is a DK (Light – 3) weight 51% cotton, 49% Bamboo yarn which is a fantastic blend of yarns for both strength and softness. I’ve previously used this yarn in my Melody Rectangle Shawl and incidentally had enough left over to design this crochet kindle cover.
I personally liked both the sheen and fiber content of this yarn for this pattern. You can absolutely use any brand you like and probably any fiber but cotton or a cotton blend will be best for durability.
Just make sure to match gauge – not all DK weight yarns are exactly the same. If your crochet kindle cover turns out just slightly bigger than what is listed in the pattern, you’ll likely be okay. If it’s a lot bigger or significantly smaller, you may run into issues using it.
This crochet kindle cover is worked from the bottom up and in closed rounds. We begin by creating chains and working into both sides of the chains to create a long oval. This is the bottom of the kindle case.
From there, we work several closed rounds to create the pouch for the kindle to rest in. Once we reach the depth needed for the height of the kindle, we add the loops that are used to secure the crochet kindle cover closed with buttons. These loops are worked directly onto the pouch without cutting yarn.
Once complete, we sew on buttons and weave in our ends!
Where to Get the Kelly Crochet Kindle Cover Pattern
The Kelly Kindle Cover is a free crochet kindle cover pattern in this blog post. Scroll down to view the free version.
However, if you’d like a more robust pattern with a photo tutorial, the steps for the photo tutorial written out in full sentences and a printer friendly version of the PDF, I recommend you purchase the inexpensive PDF pattern.
With the PDF pattern, you will receive detailed photo tutorials step by step through the entire pattern which will set you up to work this crochet kindle cover with confidence. The photos include details with arrows, highlights and dots to help identify all the stitches and their placement.
Advanced Beginner / Light Intermediate – Crocheters looking to follow this pattern should know how to:
- Read a crochet pattern – There is NOT a video tutorial for this pattern
- Feel confident with the standard stitches: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet and Double Crochet
- Feel confident with Front Post Double Crochet or be willing to learn the technique.
- Be willing to learn how to place a stitch “2 Rounds below“.
- Feel comfortable working in closed rounds and turned rounds.
- Create chain spaces (for the loops) and work into them.
While I believe an advanced beginner absolutely could follow this pattern, you will need to be familiar with these techniques and understand how to work them to feel confident doing so. The photo tutorial included in the PDF pattern will walk you through all the special stitches and techniques as well as step-by-step through the pattern with arrows and dots for further clarification, if you need it. The PDF pattern for this crochet kindle cover is available on Etsy!
DK (Light – 3) cotton or cotton blend yarn of your choice. You will need approximately:
Single Color Cover:
1.7 ounces/ 50 grams/ 116 yards
Color A – 0.56 ounces/ 16 grams / 38 yards
Color B – 1.30 ounces / 34 grams / 79 yards
Lion Brand Coboo in colorways Olive (green) and Beige (tan). This yarn is 51% Cotton and 49% Rayon from Bamboo.
TOOLS & ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED
4 mm (G-6) hook – I used my favorite Furls Streamline Swirl in Cookies N’ Cream
Stitch Markers (14, if unfamiliar with placing front post stitches 2 rows below).
Two buttons that are approximately 0.75 to 0.78 inches in diameter.
Sewing thread and needle to attach buttons.
Approximately 4.5 inches wide by 7 inches tall when not on a device. Stretches to fit the following devices: Kindle Paper White, Kindle Oasis, Kindle Kids, Kindle eReader or other similar sized devices (approximately 4.75 to 4.9 inches wide by 6.75 to 6.9 inches tall).
19 sc x 23 rows = Approximately 4 inches x 4 inches. Matching gauge perfectly isn’t required for this pattern.
After working through 5 or 6 rows, check to make sure the work fits your device. You should have to stretch it some for it to fit but you should not struggle to put it on the device.
Note: I am a tight crocheter, so my tension is usually tighter than others. Learn more about gauge and what this means here.
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
- Ch – Chain
- Sl St – Slip Stitch
- Sc – Single Crochet
- Hdc – Half Double Crochet
- Fpdc – Front Post Double Crochet
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- * – Indicates a note for the round listed below the round instructions.
- RS – Right Side
- WS – Wrong Side
- […] – Repeats are listed within brackets.
- (…) – Stitch counts are listed at the end of the row in parenthesis and bold italics.
- This pattern is worked in closed and turned rounds.
- This means you will always slip stitch to the indicated stitch to close the round and turn before working your next round unless otherwise specifically noted.
- Chain 1 to begin a new round does not count as a stitch.
- Make sure to place your first stitch of the round in the first stitch, not in the slip stitch that closed your round. If you accidentally use the slip stitch instead of what is the actual first stitch, you will unnecessarily increase your stitch count.
- The finished kindle cover will fit snug on your device.
- The project may seem too thin and too long when working on it, but it will stretch to fit your device and will fit snug but not too tight.
- This pattern has a stitch multiple of 3 stitches. You can use this to change the width of the kindle cover, if you prefer.
- You can easily make the kindle cover taller or shorter, if needed, by crocheting more or less rounds of the Round Repeat.
- There will be a note on when to switch color, if you prefer the two toned kindle cover.
Special Stitch – Front Post Double Crochet
To work a Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc), you will: yarn over, insert your hook from front of work to back of work between the posts of the previous stitch and current stitch and maneuver the hook back to the front of the work on the other side of the post. Your hook should now sit horizontal with the post of the stitch on the front of hook. Yarn over, pull a loop through. You will have 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops again.
You can review my full step by step fpdc tutorial on my blog, which includes details on the stitch anatomy.
Special Technique – “2 Rounds Below”
In this pattern, we will be placing a Front Post Double Crochet on a stitch “2 rounds below”.
This means that you will work your front post double crochet not on the previous round but on the round prior. So, if you’re currently crocheting Round 6, your fpdc will be worked on a stitch from Round 4 (not Round 5).
You can review my full step by step tutorial on how to find the stitch “2 rounds below” on my blog. I highly recommend to use the stitch markers when there is a note to if you are not familiar with this technique.
Kelly Crochet Kindle Cover Free Pattern
For a single color cover, use your chosen yarn. For two toned, begin with Color A.
Round 1 (WS) – Foundation Single Crochet (click for tutorial) 21 OR Ch 22, sc 2nd ch from hook and each st across (21 sc this side). Turn to work along bottom of Foundation Single Crochet or chains. Place 1 sc in bottom of each stitch across. Sl st to first sc made to close. (21 sts this side, 42 sts total in oval)
Round 2 (RS) – Ch 1 (does not count here or throughout), turn. Place 1 hdc in each st around. Sl st to first hdc made to close. (42)
*You may want to mark the 2nd hdc made and then every 3rd hdc by placing a stitch marker around the posts. This will help identify the posts of these stitches for Round 4.
Round 3 (WS) – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in each st around. Sl st to first sc made to close. (42)
Round 4 (RS) – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in first st, 1 fpdc next st 2 rounds below*. [1 sc each of the next 2 sts, 1 fpdc next st 2 rounds below]. Repeat inside brackets 13x total. 1 sc last st. Sl st to first sc made to close. (42)
*This is the 2nd hdc made in Round 2. You may have marked it with a stitch marker. For the repeats, the fpdc will be placed on the post of every 3rd stitch 2 rounds below.
Round 5 (WS) – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in each st around. Sl st to first sc made to close. (42)
Round 6 (RS) – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in first st, 1 fpdc next fpdc 2 rounds below. [1 sc each of the next 2 sts, 1 fpdc next fpdc 2 rounds below]. Repeat inside brackets 13x total. 1 sc last st. Sl st to first sc made to close. (42)
Rounds 7 through 39 – Repeat Rounds 5 and 6 in sequence. For example, Round 7 will be a repeat of Round 5 and Round 8 will be a repeat of Round 6. Round 39 will be a repeat of Round 5.
For two toned kindle covers, change to Color B in the last stitch of Round 13 and use it through the end of project.
Round 40 (RS) – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in first st and each of the next 26 sts. Ch 20 and sl st to front loop and left leg* of previous sc made. 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts. Ch 20 and sl st to front loop and left leg of previous sc made. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sl st to first sc to close. (42 sts, 2 ch 20 loops)
*If you’re left handed, this will be the front loop and right leg of previous sc made. You can visually see what “left leg” of the single crochet means in my Stacked Single Crochet tutorial.
Round 41 (RS) – Ch 1, DO NOT turn. Place 1 sc in first st and each of the next 26 sts. 1 sl st in each of the 20 chs. 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts. 1 sl st in each of the next 20 chs. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sl st to first sc made to close. (82, including the 40 sl sts in 2 loops)
Finish off, weave ends.
Sewing on Buttons
To finish the Kelly Crochet Kindle Cover, we now simply need to sew on the buttons. The two loops created by making 20 chains are the loops that will go over the buttons to “close” the cover and keep everything secure.
Lay your kindle cover flat on your work surface, making sure the side with the 2 chain 20 loops is down on the table.
You will want to place the first button between the 2nd and 3rd fpdc columns and the second button between the 5th and 6th fpdc columns.
Placing the buttons between these indicated columns will make sure that the closing loops are lined up properly and won’t make the cover twist or otherwise be wonky.
A good way to center the buttons at the correct height for the loops is to have the holes on the button line up centered between the two fpdc columns near Round 35 and 36 (36 is the second to last fpdc round).
You can see in this image that I’ve pinned one of the closing loops down to get a good general idea of where the button should go.
I have also highlighted Round 36’s fpdc’s that contributed to the columns in yellow. Between these two columns, I’ve placed a bright pink dot. This is Round 35.
Before committing to the button placement, make sure your loops will fit over the button with a snug closure before sewing them on completely. This is especially important if you’ve chosen buttons that are a different size or shape than the buttons listed in the materials.
Once you have finished sewing on your buttons, you’re all done!
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