Kindle Sleeve (Pattern)

1 11 2010

Right, so I didn’t update again for the whole of October, even after I said I would, and I haven’t shared any projects that were knitted after August. What have I been up to then? Knitting! I’ve made a huge dent in my Christmas knitting, and I’m beginning to think, maybe too optimistically, that I could even be done before December rolls around. We’ll see.

I also purchased a Kindle, which I love, love, love. I ordered a pretty handmade case for it from etsy from an unfortunately backlogged seller, which left me with the question of how to cover it until my other case arrived. I was seriously looking around, trying to remember if I had a case on hand or a project bag that would work as a substitute, when I remembered that I am a knitter. Right. I made up a snug offset cable case knit out of some leftover Mal Worsted in Geranio.

The pattern is pretty straightforward, but I thought I’d share it if anyone else would like to make one!

kindle sleeve 1 kindle sleeve 3

Cabled Kindle Sleeve

  • Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, 70-90 yards (60-85 m). I used a little more than a third of a skein, I would recommend having at least a half skein available. The color shown is Geranio 044.
  • Needles: US 8 – 5.0 mm, 36″ or longer  for magic loop, or use your preferred circular knitting method.
  • Size: 8″ x 5″ (20 cm x 13 cm), 8.5″ x 3.5″ unstretched (21 cm x 9 cm)
  • Gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows = 4″ (10cm) in stockinette.
  • Notions: cable needle (if preferred), stitch markers, one 3/4″ (19 mm) button, tapestry needle, sewing needle, thread to sew on button, crochet hook in H – 5.0 mm (optional).

I wanted a snug fit, so I calculated that in would be about for a unstretched fit it the case would need 44-48 sts, and cast on 40. If you wanted a less snug fit, you could add an 8 extra purl stitches, one more in each purl section, or an extra two knit stitch on each of the side panels. These instructions can also be used to adapt the pattern to the Nook which is .2″ wider and .2″ longer than the Kindle 3, and by also adding an additional .5″ of height on the sleeve.

Adaptations for the new Kindles: For the smaller no-keypad Kindle, subtract 1″ (2 cm) from the original total height of 8.5″ (21 cm) to 7.5″ (19 cm) and for the Kindle Touch, subtract .5″ (1 cm) to 8″ (20 cm) for the total length. The Kindle Fire is almost the exact same dimensions as the Kindle 3, and should fit in this pattern as written.

2 x 2 Left Cross:

With a cable needle: Slip two stitches purlwise onto cable needle, hold in front, knit next two stitches, knit the two stitches from the cable needle.

Without a cable needle: Slip two stitches, purlwise to the right-hand needle, knit next two stitches and transfer to RH needle. Slip LH needle into first two stitches from the front, slip RH needle out of stitches 3 and 4, and then back into these two stitches behind stitches 1 and 2, knit stitches 1 and 2. (I learned this technique here.)


CO 40 stitches using Judy’s Magic Cast-On, which establishes knitting in the round.

Rows 1-3: *K2, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K2* twice.
Row 4: *K2, P1, Cross 2 L , P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K2* twice.
Row 5-7: *K2, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K2* twice.
Row 8: *K2, P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K4, P1, K2* twice.

Repeat Rows 1-8 until piece measures 8.5″ (21 cm) from cast-on edge, ending on an odd row.

Bind off 20 stitches and then continue in pattern across the back, now working flat with WS (odd rows) knit as: P2, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P2.

Continue for approximately 2.25″ (6 cm), and then work RS button-hole row as K2, P1, K4, P1, K2, YO, K2tog, P1, K4, P1, K2.   Mine happened to be on a row 6, which put the middle twist two rows above it, and it looks great, so you may want to aim for that.

Knit in pattern for another .5″ (1.5 cm), and then bind off. I chose to single-crochet around the flap to reinforce it, but that is optional. I did it without breaking the yarn by binding off on the RS, single crocheting down the left side, slip stitching back up, slip stitching across the top, single crocheting down the right side, slip stitching back to the top, and then finishing off on the top right side of the flap. You could so this in knitting by picking up and knitting the stitches, and then knitting across them for a couple of rows of garter.

I’ve decided to add a new note on how to block this pattern. Since the body is intended to stretch to fit, it does not need to be blocked, but the top really does look better if it’s been blocked, so what I do is slip the Kindle into the completed sleeve then place it flat on my blocking board and pin the flap so that it matches the dimensions of the case now that it’s stretched; the pins should be placed around the edges and will look like half of a square. I then carefully slip the Kindle out of the sleeve and use a spray bottle of water to saturate the flap and let it dry.

Happy knitting!

P.S. I basically knit this on the fly for my own entertainment, and hashed out the pattern after the fact, so if you find any errors please let me know!

The iPad version is available here.

kindle sleeve 2 kindle sleeve 4



60 responses

29 12 2010

I just finished making this cover for the Kindle I got for Christmas, and I love it! Thank you for the pattern!

29 12 2010

I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!

1 01 2011

Thanks for the pattern. I have the Kindle 2 and a case, does this work with the case on it? I really like this one, thanks for posting it!

3 01 2011

It isn’t designed to fit the Kindle 2, but cdavis41486 on Ravelry made some mods to have it fit that version (she CO an additional 10 stitches and did an extra cable repeat per side), and also made an alternative for the flap–a seed stitch border on the top.

11 01 2011
Deena Graham

I’m getting ready to make this. I love it (and being able to save $35). Will let you know how it goes!

17 01 2011

Thanks so much for the pattern- I made one for my Nook Color and it turned out great! I added 8 st’s and made those into extra cables (5 sets of cables each side). I used DPNS that I made out of dowels that are kind of between an 8 and 9. It fits nice and snug, but if I make another one I will add 4 more st for purls on the ends between the end cables (if that makes sense). I also added some crochet to the flap to make it a bit wider- rejoined yarn on right side at the corner of the flap and sc around, came back with a ch3 sk 2 slip st next sc around the whole flap 🙂

23 01 2011

Great pattern! I am getting ready to make this. I just have one question. I am probably missing something really obvious, but how did you get this closed at the bottom? Did you just turn it inside out and stitch it together? Thanks!

23 01 2011

The pattern is actually worked bottom-up, and uses a special cast on to create a closed circular start; it’s generally used to create the toe for toe-up socks.

23 01 2011

I see that now that I looked at the link for the cast on. I should have read that before asking. Thank you!

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19 05 2011

This pattern is beautiful. Before I start though, I want to make sure this is for a kindle 3-the latest edition. Is that right?

19 05 2011

That’s right! While it can be adapted to fit other devices, the original pattern is for the Kindle 3.

19 05 2011

Thanks so much!

31 05 2011

Does this have to be worked on long circular needles? I’ve not knit on circulars before and am finding it harder to get hold of extra long ones! Thanks 🙂

31 05 2011

With magic loop, it’s more like you’re working it flat with two sides, but if that makes you really uncomfortable, you could also knit it on 5 DPNs and split each repeat in half, so that you’re working the round in four pieces instead of two. I hope that helps!

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24 06 2011

Hi again…! Well, I did it! My case looks awesome! Learnt so much from this little project (first magic cast-on, first magic loop, first cabling, never crocheted before…!!!) so thanks!! Will try and put a pic on Ravelry!

31 07 2011

Just a quick question, but once you begin to work flat, you have directions for the odd (ws) rows, but nothing on how to work the even (rs) rows? I’m sure I’m missing something very obvious, but help? lolol

31 07 2011

You continue to work the RS rows as established: *K2, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K2* twice for Rows 2 and 6, and crossing cables on Rows 4 and 8.

31 07 2011

Haha duhhh Jessica! Thanks for the quick reply! I have CO and am at my first round 4! This is my first time doing cables, and I have to admit I’m not sure why I was so scared of them! They are easy peasy with your instructions. Thanks!

14 08 2011

For me, it was a little bit challenging cause it was my first time using the magic cast on and the first time knitting cables with no cable needles but, once I got it it was supper easy! thanks for the pattern is beautiful! and now I can enjoy my new Kindle with my cover while I wait for the other one I found on Etsy too!

13 09 2011

Hello, I have just finished this and it looks amazing, great pattern, thank you!!! I really enjoyed knitting it and also got to learn the magic cast on… I even earned brownie points from my mother in law, who had never done it before and so I got to show it to her

19 09 2011

Do you think this would also fit a Sony eBook Pocket Edition? These are is the measurements of it. (L x W x H): 5.4 x 1.6 x 8.2

19 09 2011

As written? No. The Kindle is quite thin, .34″ , and also shorter (7.5″) and less wide (4.8″). To adapt it to your ereader, I would suggest adding a repeat to each side, and also an extra couple of stitches to the stockinette panels on the side, as well as adding height. If you have the device, it should be easy to figure out because you can drop it in as you knit it to make sure the adaptations are enough. I would look at the ipad version of the pattern since it gives a sense of how to size the pattern up from the one written for the Kindle.

26 10 2011

Okay, I’m dopey. Do we do steps 9 and 10 from the Magic Cast-On pattern, or do we go ahead and go straight into “Rows 1-3” from the cable pattern? I did the latter, and it just seems like i’m knitting a flat (not in the round) piece.

26 10 2011

Steps 9 and 10 are instructions on how to knit the first row of the sock, so in this case, you would start the pattern (K2, P1, K4, etc.) with those steps, but at the end of it, you should have 40 stitches divided on two needles and have set up for circular knitting.

29 10 2011
Ann Diesen

Received the kindle pattern from my cousin in Scotland and just had to start knitting straight away. Was up to three in the morning finishing the cover, looks great.
Did not do magic cast-on but will try this on the next kindle cover.
Thank you for sharing your design, best wishes from Southern Norway.

31 10 2011

Started the Kindle pattern this morning, its finished and now in the Post to my Daughter-in-law in Sydney Australia.Looks great , really enjoyed knitting this item

12 12 2011

Just made this for my Kindle Touch and I love it! I left off the flap and just have it open at the top. Wanted something to protect the screen. Thanks so much!

28 12 2011

LOVE this pattern! Just got done making one for my new Kindle Fire – simple and great looking. I used double pointed needles and just sewed the bottom shut when complete…..nice looking cover! Thank you 🙂

2 01 2012
judy Spears

Just made this for my new Kindle Fire. It’s perfect. Was my first time working cables without cable needle. Loved the way you explained that. It made cabling a breeze. Thank you so much for posting the pattern.

13 01 2012

I too improvised and came up w a cable pattern for both the I Pad and the Kindle Fire. Love yours. Thanks for sharing. I’ve posted my patterns on ravelry. New at knitting projects other than baby aphgans and loving it!

21 01 2012
Rachel Cockerline

Made this for my sister, it was the first time I used magic cast on. She requested not so snug so I used 48 stitches and added them to the pearls. I like the way it came out. I have an iPad, do you have a pattern for that? Now I’m jealous of the one I gave away!!

21 01 2012
Rachel Cockerline

Sorry I found your iPad version, should have looked first!!

9 02 2012

did you say you have a iPad version available?

9 02 2012
Rachel Cockerline

Look in the pattern at the end under the P.S. there is a link to the iPad version. I haven’t done it yet due to other projects but the kindle version was great.

4 04 2012

lovely and straightforward, and I enjoyed the new techniques. Thank you for sharing!

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6 06 2012

Hi – I live in South Africa – I’m keen to knit this as a cover for my Kindle. I’m a bit of an inexperienced knitter, especially when it comes to wool types! I couldnt find the wool you mentioned anywhere – any alternatives? what should I ask for when I buy the wool?

6 06 2012

The wool I used is a very bouncy, soft single-ply worsted merino. You can use any worsted or aran (see chart here, it’s Medium/4) weight wool and get similar results. You can see some alternatives people have already used on the pattern page on on Ravelry. Out of the yarns there, I would have to say I wouldn’t use Manos. It’s a very thick and thin yarn, and not very suited to the pattern. What I would look for is something that’s spun fairly even, soft, and resilient. I think you’ll soon discover why knitters are obsessed with squeezing and petting yarn before we buy it. 🙂

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18 08 2012

Thanks for posting this pattern! I made one for myself:

31 08 2012

Gorgeous Kindle Cover. Great gift for a lovely friend. Thanks for sharing.

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18 11 2012

going to try to make this. I do not however have a Kindle. I will have to adjust to make it fit my NOOK HD+. Will be knitting on this in the next week or two.

24 11 2012
Moon Willow

My mum has a Kindle Fire HD does this pattern fit that or will it have to be modified?

24 11 2012

Kindle Keyboard 7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.34″
Kindle Fire HD 7.6″ x 5.4″ x 0.4″
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 9.5″ x 6.5″ x 0.35″
iPad 2 9.5″ X 7.3″ X 0.34″

For a standard Fire HD, I’d add an add 2 extra stitches to the side panels, so knit 3 (for a total of 6 in each panel) instead of knit 2.

If it’s the 8.9, I’d add the same extra stitches, and add three inches to the height. It’s intended to stretch to fit, so 1 inch of the additional height would actually stretch out to width, or you could make the ipad version, and make it slightly less tall, again to compensate for the smaller width.

24 02 2013

I was just wondering if I wanted to modify this pattern to have 4 cables instead of 3 (for a 4mm needle), how would such a pattern read?
I’ve tried adding the extra K2 on each side as suggested for the Nook, but the stretch is a little too taut, so thought of the extra cable.

30 03 2013

Found this adorable cozy on Ravelry and cannot WAIT to cast on. Thank you so much for offering this as a free pattern! ~rashieknits

9 05 2013

Great pattern! I just knitted the smaller version for my Paperwhite (the touch version of the pattern fits the paperwhite too) and it looks great.

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13 11 2014

Thanks for this lovely pattern! It’s a project with many firsts for me so a great, albeit, curse-inducing challenge. Judy mentions that after using MCO, the second half of the stitches on your first row will be twisted. Therefore, do you knit into the front of the purl stitches to untwist them just as you knit into the back of the knits? Bah! Help! :)@

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