Cabled iPad Sleeve (Pattern)

3 11 2010

As promised, I tinkered with the Kindle sleeve pattern, and now have an iPad version available. I should have anticipated that there would be a demand for the pattern in the first place, as right after I finished my Kindle sleeve, my friend Abbie, also known as The Green Wife, asked if I could make her one for her iPad.

If I’d listened to her at the time, I would have had both patterns ready at the same time! Instead, I spent the last couple of days knitting one up for her, this time out of some lovely The Plucky Knitter Superwash Merino Worsted in Love Letters, and I dropped it off at her house yesterday. She sent me some lovely photos of it today, so I can now share the pattern with her photography.

I plan to knit a second iPad sleeve out of Malabrigo Worsted for a future giveaway, so please check back!

cabled ipad sleeve 1

Cabled iPad Sleeve

  • Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, 150-170 yards (140-155 m).
  • Needles: US 8 – 5.0 mm, 36″ or longer  for magic loop, or use your preferred circular knitting method.
  • Size: 10″ x 8″ (25 cm x 20 cm), 10.75″ x 5.5″ unstretched (27 cm x 14 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).

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

Rows 1-3: *K3, P1, (K4, P1) 5 times, K3* twice.

Row 4: *K3, P1, Cross 2 L , P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K3* twice.

Row 5-7: *K3, P1, (K4, P1) 5 times, K3* twice. .

Row 8: *K3, P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K4, P1, K3* twice.

Repeat Rows 1-8 until piece measures 10.75″ (27 cm) from cast-on edge, ending on an odd row.

Bind off 32 stitches and then continue in pattern across the back, now working flat with WS (odd rows) knit as: P3, K1, (P4, K1) 5 times, P3.

Continue for approximately 2.75″ (7 cm), and then work RS button-hole row as K3, P1, (K4, P1) 2 times, K2, YO, K2tog, P1, (K4, P1) 2 times, K3.

Knit in pattern for another .75″ (2 cm), and then bind off. I chose to single-crochet around the flap to reinforce it, but that is optional. If 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 flap really does look better if it’s been blocked, so what I do is slip the iPad (or iPad-sized insert) 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 rectangle. I then carefully slip the iPad out of the sleeve and use a spray bottle of water to saturate the flap and let it dry.

cabled ipad sleeve 2




74 responses

16 01 2011

Wow, this looks great! I hope to get started on one soon for my ipad.

17 01 2011

Thank you! I hope you enjoy it.

18 01 2011

This is SO going to be the next thing I knit… 🙂

20 01 2011

Pls pent

21 01 2011

Would you clarify something in the pattern for me, please? In row 4 (and all subsequent ‘cable’ rows), if you want it to look like the photo, would you do the Left Cross every time you came to a K4? Thanks!

22 01 2011

No, you don’t. The pattern is actually offset cables, so you’re actually only cabling each column once every eight rows. The exterior coloumns (1, 3, 5) are cabled on row 4 and the interior (2, 4) on row 8.

3 03 2011

Very beautiful! Are you willing to make one for sale? I have a newborn and do not have the time to knit 😦 I have searched far and wide and can’t seem to find any cute knit sleeves!!!

3 03 2011

Thank you! There’s one available in my shop,, or you can contact me for a custom order.

4 03 2011
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16 03 2011
Julie Gleason

Hi. I do not know how to cast on do the “Magic Cast On” It looks like the Magic Loop. Can I just join in the round?

5 04 2011

I am a self taught knitter. I’m just about done with the cover and I’m a bit unsure of what you mean from the point of binding off half the stitches. When you say, “continue in pattern across the back, now working flat with ws (odd rows) knit as…..” – does that mean use the purl pattern for the odd rows and the knit pattern for the even?
Still learning how to read patterns:(
Thank you for this wonderful pattern!

6 04 2011

That’s exactly right. You were previously working in the round over all of the stitches, after binding off half the stitches you begin to work flat or back and forth across the remaining stitches. To maintain the pattern, the wrong-side/odd rows need to be purled, and the right side/even rows will be knit as before.

6 04 2011

Thank you for such a quick response. Can’t wait to finish tonight. What a great and easy pattern. Again, thank you!

27 04 2011

Hi, I was wanting to use the cable pattern for a sweater. Is there a version of the repeat already translated for rows rather than in the round? Thanks!

27 04 2011

You knit the RS (even) rows as established in the pattern, and knit the WS (odd rows) as: P3, K1, (P4, K1) 5 times, P3.

14 06 2011

Wow what a beautiful bag! I’m going to make this for a business trip to Austin, TX but do you have any suggestions for a strap to make this a cross body? The ipad is a bit heavy so I’m concerned to knit on rings. Maybe sew a piece of leather to hold the rings? Any suggestions welcomed and thank you for such a beautiful pattern!


15 06 2011

This is a really soft, stretchy case, so I don’t now how well it would hold up to hanging. I would think you would have to reinforce the interior with a lining to give it enough structure to use as a bag.

31 07 2011

Could you suggest where to sew the button? How far down or up should I sew it? I don’t have an iPad and this is a gift for a friend so I don’t know how it closes without having an iPad in it.


31 07 2011

You can use a book or piece of cardboard with similar dimensions. The measurements for an iPad are height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm), width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm), and depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm) (found here). I’ve made a lot of these at this point, and over time, I’ve started shortening the flap, and adding two buttons instead of one, so my button placement is a little different, but in general, if it works with it on, I like to place them in the center of the the little circle created by the pattern–second down in the middle for one button (example here) and in the outer repeats (1 and 5) for two buttons, which you can see in the etsy shop.

10 11 2011

Hallo – Help 🙂
Self taught knitter struggling with reading the pattern – sorry in advance if these are totally stupid questions:
1) If I cast on 64 stitches, how does that work out with Row 1 being only 46 stitches?

2) And I don’t understand the Cross 2 L: Trawling through internet, but confused:
a) do I slip 1 stitch onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 1 st from left-hand needle, then knit st from cable needle – if so – do I knit K or P?
b) do I slip 2 stitches onto a cable needle, let cable needle hang in front of work as I knit the next 2 stiches; then knit 2 stitches off of cable needle (what way K or P)?
And following from that:
does cross 4 L mean: slip 4 stitches onto cable needle, knit next 4 stitches and then knit the 4 off the cable needle?
Thanks a lot for your help.

13 11 2011

Stupid me. I was reading a sweater pattern and thought the stitches in bracket mean a different size – please ignore above question – I was just very stupid 😀
Thanks 🙂

9 01 2016

Never feel silly asking questions about knitting (or anything!) It’s how we learn best sometimes. Everyone feels stupid about not knowing something at one time or another – and most every knitter I’ve encountered *loves* to help and answer questions, because we’ve all been there!

23 11 2011

I love this pattern and just started to knit it. I’m not doing the magic cast on as I can’t seem to get the hang of it. I was wondering, if I just cast on normally with my round needles, is it double the number of initial stitches? I.e.- 128 and not 64. It’s just that I’ve cast on 64 and it looks a little small…
Any help you could provide would be amazing thank you.

23 11 2011

You keep the CO of 64. It will look small, but it’s meant to stretch to fit the final dimensions.

19 10 2015

I cashed on 64 and its huge I’m not worried about it being to small I’m worried it will be to big

2 01 2012

Your pattern is lovely! Here is my version on Ravelry:

I didn’t take the time to learn JML; I think I can manage it now, but wonder if it only works with magic loop, or can I use JML with dpns? Seems as though it would be tight. Thanks for any advice!

19 03 2012

Sorry, I don’t know how I missed replying to this. Judy’s Magic Cast On will work with DPNs. It’s particularly friendly for use with Magic Loop, but at the end of the day, it’s just another way to CO in the round and will translate to DPNs. Thank you for your kind comment.

4 02 2012

Love this! I did one exactly as written; I was using different yarn and only did a rough gauge swatch so it was a little too small for my iPad but was perfect for my sister’s Kindle. I used I-cord bind off for the edges, picking up stitches on the flap sides. It turned out great.

For mine I really wanted a strap. I used bulky yarn from my stash, and modified the pattern to P2, cable, p2, cable, p2, cable, p2 on each side to compensate for the yarn. I did a couple of rows of straight knitting to begin so I had about 3/4 inch with no cabling on the bottom as well as on both sides. Then I made a continuous loop strap and sewed it into the inside of the bag, down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side, to give the bag the support it needed, attaching both edges of the strap snugly to the bag. For the strap I used two strands of yarn with smaller (6) needles and did a double (aka flat) I-cord. I did 5 stitches for the part that would be inside the bag- about 5/8 inch wide- then increased to 7 stitches for the rest of the strap. The strap took way longer to do than the bag!
It turned out great. The strap is substantial with only the slightest stretch and I feel the iPad is very protected inside the bag with super good edge protection. It was my first double I-cord and will not be my last for sure.
Thanks for a great pattern!

28 02 2012

This is gorgeous! I’d love to make it a bit bigger and use it as a macbook cover, but I’m not quite sure how to go about that. Any suggestions?

28 02 2012

It depends on how you want it to look, but the easiest way is to add more cables. I’ve done one version of this as a cover for a 13″ laptop. I kept the sides as written, but added 2 more cable panels per side (to 7/7 instead of 5/5) and of course made it longer to fit properly. It used one full skein of Malabrigo Worsted, or 210 yards.

17 03 2012
Liz Demers

would love a crocheted pattern instead. Can you help me out?

17 03 2012

I’m sorry. I crochet a bit, but not enough to write a pattern for it.

27 03 2014
Stace Clement

A crochet pattern for this has just been created! It is a free download.

Stace Clement a.k.a. Zonal on Ravelry

19 03 2012

Hi I’m a bit confused with the flap. I just finished casting off the 32 stitches and I’m wondering when does the row of cables happen? You say odd rows knit P3, K1, (P4 K1) 5 times K3. Right rows Purl? So when do I use the cable needle? I see cables on the flap of your done bag in the pic. Thanks.

19 03 2012

What the text says is, “Bind off 32 stitches and then continue in pattern across the back, now working flat with WS (odd rows) knit as: P3, K1, (P4, K1) 5 times, P3.” The phrase “in pattern” implies that the even rows are worked as established when you were still knitting in the round, or

Rows 2: *K3, P1, (K4, P1) 5 times, K3* twice.
Row 4: *K3, P1, Cross 2 L , P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K3* twice.
Row 6: *K3, P1, (K4, P1) 5 times, K3* twice.
Row 8: *K3, P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K4, P1, K3* twice.

I hope that helps.

19 03 2012

Thank you soooooo much. I totally get it!

25 03 2012

Hi, I’m trying to do this on dpns. I’ve cast on 64, but row 1 has only 46 stitches?!!? Am I doing something wrong?

1 04 2012
Liza Deck

oops. do you mean 64 stitches on each needle? or 64 total?

1 04 2012

64 total. 32 stitches per side.

15 04 2012
Helen Bennett

Hi, what is the exact wool you’ve used in the picture as I am struggling to find it! I am going to ask my mother very nicely if she will do this and was hoping to provide the wool as well 🙂

Super thanks

15 04 2012

It’s an indie dyer, from The Plucky Knitter, so it’s relatively rare. If you’re on Ravelry, there’s a skein there.

I hope that helps.

24 04 2012

Do you allow for this pattern to be used for selling the finished products?

24 04 2012

Yes, I do, but I would like to be credited by name if you’re selling it in person or a link back to this blog if you’re selling it online. Thanks.

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19 08 2012

hello, so i would like to make this for a 13inch macbook pro. You mentioned earlier that to do this you have to add 2 more rows of cables, but how would this affect the number of stitches casted on? How many would I have to cast on to accomplish this?


3 09 2012

You can cast on 84 stitches, and then you can have 7 instead of 5 cables

22 09 2012

Hi Haramis,
I’m finding it very difficult to follow your pattern. Is it possible for you to write it all up traditionally?
Row 1: …..
Row 2: …..
Your pattern looks great and it would be really helpful if you could write it up traditionally so that it’s simpler.

Thanks so much!

23 09 2012

Misty, this pattern is written exactly like every other pattern with cables! I can’t imagine how else he would do it. Less experienced knitters need to keep track of what row they are on; after you have been knitting a long time you can tell where you are by looking at the prior stitches.

30 09 2012

Thanks Mary! I figured out the pattern in the end. Right now I’m stuck at the binding off of the 32 stitches, between the flap and the body. I’m not really sure if i should bind off on a odd row in the same pattern. Do I select any odd row? Do I bind off in the same pattern? I’ve been stuck at this part for a while now. If anyone could help me I would be most grateful. 😀

25 01 2013

I’d love to adapt this to make a sleeve for my Macbook Pro. Dimensions are Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width: 14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
Depth: 9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
Would you be able to help me adapt the pattern? Thanks.

23 02 2013

What size is the MBP? 13″ was 84. If I did the math right, 15″ would be 104 (84-64, then divide by 2 is 10 stitches per cable.) Instead of 7 cables, you would have 9. So, 17″ would be 124 stitches with 11 cables. Someone want to verify?

26 01 2013

Hi, I started making this pattern last night following your instructions exactly with the right type of wool and needles etc. and I have a few questions. Firstly, it all just seems too small! I only had 3 cables on each side and I can’t figure out why. Also how are these dimensions supposed to fit and iPad? It seems tiny! How do I get it so there are 5 cables on each side like in the picture? If i wanted to make the dimensions slightly bigger to get five cables on each side, how many stitches should I cast on?

26 02 2013
21 04 2013
Nancy Crofoot

Can’t wait to try this pattern.

18 11 2013
Gail mangiafico

I have just completed this for my iPad. The people who saw this want one, too. I love it. It came out great.

6 01 2014

I love this pattern! I did a lot of research and this is by far the most attractive one I found. My boyfriend wants me to make it for his iPad Air. What would the adjustment be? Here are the dimensions:
9.4 inches (240 mm)
6.6 inches (169.5 mm)
0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Thanks so much! I started figuring it out myself, but I’ve never knit in the round and I don’t trust myself to math.

2 02 2014
3 02 2014
Barbara Brengel

Hi there, this is just Beautiful! Have you a pattern for a smartphone (iphone 5) The cables would be narrower and fewer I guess but that’s your area of expertise, and me a mere beginner ,but I have dabbled in cables before and find them to be a fun challenge. All I know is I would love to have your beautiful piece adorn my iphone. Thanks much for sharing, Barbara

7 02 2014
Dana Ashley

Hi, LOVE this! I’m probably going to make it. I started out with this one (I’ll put in link) I really like it, but any ideas on making it big enough for an I Pad? My daughter wants one. Thanks,

27 03 2014
Stace Clement

With your kind permission given to create a Cabled iPad Sleeve in Crochet inspired by this design, it has now been posted as a free download.

Thank you again!

Stace Clement a.k.a. Zonal on Ravelry

29 07 2014
Aurora Cowles

Thank you for the free pattern! I just finished this for my Zeki Tablet (they are almost the same size as an iPad, and it is a perfect fit!) Love it!

8 12 2014

Howdy! This post couldn’t be written much better!
Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate!

He constantly kept talking about this. I am going to forward this article to him.
Fairly certain he will have a good read. I appreciate you for sharing!

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14 02 2016

Hi! Can you please please make a video demo on this instead? I’m a beginner and I’m having a hard time understanding this pattern. 😦

5 03 2016

Please let me know how many stitches to cast on if I am knitting a macbook pro instead of iPad. Thank you

5 03 2016

The dimensions are 22.7×32.5×2.4 cm

6 04 2016 sim

Thanks for finally writing about >Cabled iPad Sleeve (Pattern) | haramis knits <Loved it!

22 09 2016

it’s beautiful

23 04 2017

Hi can you help, I bought circular knitting needles to knit this sleeve, it says at the beginning of the pattern to use over 36″ long, which I bought, but they are huge and I am having trouble making the stitches go around the loop, please can anyone help I am a new knitter, never having knit in the round before. Am I doing something wrong.

28 05 2017

Hi Hannah if you look up magic loop on you tube and watch a video it will explain better than I can… but basically you have to pull the cable out around halfway through the stitches so that the knitting is in two ‘halves’… Worth taking the time to learn as much easier than grappling with 4 or 5 double ponted needles! Good luck! A

7 09 2017

Is there a way to knit this flat and then seam it at the end? I have no access to circular needles or have the knowledge on how to use them!

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