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Crocheted Tablet Case

Create your own tablet case with a button-flap closure and extra zippered compartment!

This is so simple to do that it's important not to feel intimidated by the first bit of instructions. Once you get those down, the rest is easy!

The whole pattern is worked flat in single crochet, to make a high quality, dense "fabric" case. You will chain one and turn at the beginning of each row.

You'll need a G size crochet hook and two shades of soft worsted weight yarn, a button, and a zipper.

Begin by chaining stitches loosely in the lighter color, until you have the approximate size needed to cover the widest measurement of your tablet, and then down the sides, covering them, too. This will only be an estimate since your first row will help you figure out the gauge.

Now, single crochet in the second loop from the hook and in each additional one. Go in the back bump only.

When done, see how much more you will need to add to cover the front and sides without stretching your work. See how many stitches your gauge is to add that. Count your stitches before undoing them!

As an example, I needed to add 1" to my work, so I added on 4 stitches, since it took 4 stitches to make 1" in my own gauge. Your gauge may vary, so be sure to do the measurements and math customized to your own stitch length.

Take the number of stitches you started with + the number you need to add, and then make your initial chain an even number of stitches. You will have an odd number of stitches as you proceed. As an example, I chained 36 stitches because I needed a total of 35. Remember your chaining number should be even; the number of stitches you end up with should be odd.

Check your work again after doing a second row. Keep undoing and redoing this crochet work until you create a row that covers the top width and down the sides of your tablet.

Crochet one more row with your starting color, for a total of 1 beginning chain and 2 crocheted rows.

On your last yarn over on that second row, switch to your second color. Do this throughout, every 2 rows, to keep your stripe pattern. Never cut off the yarn--make it easy on yourself!

Do two rows of the darker shade.

Switch to the lighter shade. Buttonhole time! Take your number of stitches and divided it by 2. Subtract 1.5 from that number. Now, crochet that number of stitches, chain 3, skip 3 stitches, and crochet that number again.

As you come back on the next row, treat the top 3 loops each as one crochet stitch, going in the top two loops, and getting yourself back up to the number of stitches you had prior.

From here on out, it's easy, and you won't need these instructions for a while. Continue in the established striping pattern.

Keep your tablet handy once your rectangle is starting to look extremely long and skinny, so you can check your work against it every once in a while. You will want the crocheting to cover the front twice (folded over on itself), cover the edge/side, and cover the back once, and have a flap. The flap can be as long as you'd like. I wanted mine a bit longer, but ran out of the lighter shade of yarn! The crochet work will eventually be folded like a Z or S. The top buttoned side of the case will be a double layer with a zipper on the bottom edge. (Note: Want less bulk? No accessories to store away? Feel free to omit the excess length for the pocket, and make a pocket-free case.)

End, when this folds and looks exactly as you want it, with one row of your darker color. This edge will have a zipper sewn to it. Finish off both yarn colors and hide the ends.

Fold the tablet case into an S- or Z-shape. The front is two layers, the back is one, and the back folds over the front with the buttonhole flap. Pin it in place to maintain the shape as you continue.

Ignore the flap section for now. Take a length of yarn (I used the darker shade), and sew up one of the three-layer sides, similar to lacing a shoe, trying to hide the seam as much as possible. Pull tight and keep the stripes matched up to one another. Treat the front two layers as one side, and the back as the other, as you "lace" your crochet work. Repeat with the other side.

(Note: Did you not make a pocket? If not, a pretty way to finish off your tablet case is with no sewing/lacing, but just crocheting around the entire tablet (other than the pocket top), while folded into shape, with the darker yarn shade, catching both front and back together as you crochet around. See the photo at right for the second version of the tablet, without a pocket. A tablet is inside the case pictured.)

To finish the flap: Rettach the yarn on one raw edge of crochet, where it meets the main body of the case. Chain one, single crochet in the same spot, and single crochet around to finish off the flap nicely. On the raw edges, you'll likely need to single crochet in the edge of two rows, skip one, repeat to not stretch your work. Along the top, single crochet in each stitch. Don't put extra stitches in the corners, for a nice rounded corner look.

Finish off and hide any yarn lengths still on your work.

Add a button, being careful to only go through the top layer of crochet. Sew a zipper in the slit left at the bottom of the tablet case. I sewed this on by hand, so that the stitches didn't show on the yarn. It's hard to see, but the zipper is on the bottom of the case in the photo. That's a big pocket there, for adding game cartridges, manuals, earphones, or whatever you (or a favorite child in your life) may need for your tablet.

Says:

This tablet case can be customized in so many different ways! Instead of crocheting it with two shades of the same color, you can try making it with only one color, or many stripes of various colors. Because it's made with single crochet it isn't a speedy craft project, but the finished case is really nice and fun to use. Don't let the instructions intimidate you. It's basically just one very long rectangle, creatively folded!

Have fun!

Providing crafts since October 2011. Tablet case copyright 2013. Copyright 2011- and all contents by Millie. Resulting products can only be kept or given away as gifts. Always keep safety in mind.