Protect your tech! With this free pattern, you’ll be able to crochet an envelope to store your favorite tablet when you’re out and about.
If you are anything like me, your tablet is an invaluable tool in your personal and/or business life. Tech ain’t cheap and we need to protect our investment. Why not make it fashionable as well as functional?!
The tablet envelope is a free crochet pattern and beginner friendly. The seed stitch is a simple stitch pattern that creates a beautiful texture and works up quickly.
Inspiration and Design for the Tablet Envelope
I use my tablet every day for professional personal purposes. I decided I wanted to make a protective pocket for my iPad. When I saw the seed stitch in an Instagram post, I knew it would be perfect for my envelope.
The tablet envelope is worked in one piece, folded in half, then side seams are stitched to form the pouch. A flap is worked with an optional buttonhole added as you finish up the flap. The seed stitch is a super simple stitch comprised of a repeating double crochet, single crochet pattern across the row. All of the double crochets are worked in single crochets and vice versa, creating a lovely texture that’s not too thick. The seed stitch is perfect for binge watching because you don’t have to pay too close attention to get it right.
This summer I’ve been having a lot of fun trying out yarns. I had seen and heard a lot lately about Paintbox Yarns so I had to give it a try.
I chose the Simply DK for this tablet envelope because I wanted a lightweight yarn that would showcase the seed stitch texture but now create a lot of bulk and weight for the tablet. It’s inexpensive, available in the US through the LoveCrafts website. Plus, the colors were simply gorgeous!
Of course, any dk weight will do. KnitPicks, Lion Brand and Stylecraft all have fabulous alternatives.
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Tablet Envelope Pattern Instructions
YARN: Paintbox “Simply DK” 100% acrylic (3.5oz/302yd; 100g/276m): 1 skein Color #103 – Misty Grey
HOOK OR NEEDLES: US size G-6 (4mm)
TOOLS + MATERIALS
Optional: ¾” button for envelope flap (a toggle or post button works best). I got my button from “SmartParts” on Etsy.
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
FINISHED SIZE: Approx. 11” x 8” (body of envelope). Sample made for 11” iPad Pro with smart cover.
Size can be easily adjusted for other tablets and covers (instructions on how to measure are included)
GAUGE: In pattern st: Approx. 8 (dc, sc) x 15 rows = 4”
Seed stitch – Dc, sc across a row. When working in the next row, all dc are worked in the sc of the previous row, and all sc are worked in the dc. This creates the seed stitch texture. For a photo tutorial, visit my blog post HERE.
- At the end of each row, pull up the first loop of the final sc a little taller than you normally would so the edge of the piece doesn’t pull. This side edge will serve as the seam and should be as flat as possible.
- Each row of the flap decreases by 1 st each side. Instead of crocheting 2 sts together at the end of the row, the 3rd st from each edge will be skipped. This creates a clean edge along the flap plus a pretty, slanting design feature.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
You will need to measure your tablet (with cover attached if it will be going in the envelope).
- Measure your tablet (with the cover on if you will be storing it with your tablet) around the width. This will be the lengthof the body of the envelope. (Add picture)
- Measure from top to bottom. Add ½” – 1” to account for the thickness of the tablet (+ cover if applicable). This measurement will be the width of envelope body. (Add picture)
- For the sample, my tablet and cover measurements are as follows: Width circumference = 15”; Length from top to bottom = 10” + .5”.
HOW TO ALTER THE SIZE
- To change the width of the envelope pocket: Multiply the number you got in #2 by 4 (the number of stitches per inch according to the gauge). The number must be an even number for the stitch pattern to work. Add 2 more to the count (for the foundation ch). The total will be the number of foundation chains you work at the beginning. For example: (10.5 x 4) + 2 = 44 foundation ch.
- To change the length of the envelope pocket: This measurement will be adjusted as you work the body of envelope. You will simply crochet until your piece covers your tablet/cover when folded in half.
Body of envelope
Row 1: Sc in 4th ch from hook (counts as dc, sc), * dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn. (42)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), sc in next st (in top of dc below), * dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn.
Rep row 2 until piece measures 15” or width of tablet (with case if applicable). The sample had 54 rows total. Do not fasten off; proceed to sewing side seams.
Fold piece in half widthwise (there is no right or wrong side). Continuing from the end of the body, slip st the first side seam closed. Fasten off. For the second side seam, attach yarn at the folded edge of the side seam and slip stitch the seam closed. Do not fasten off; continue to “Top edge”.
Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around the top edge of envelope, join with slip st to first st. Do not fasten off. (83)
Note: If you have altered the width of the envelope, you will have a different stitch count.
Note: The flap will be centered between the side seams along the top of the back edge with 2 sts left unworked on either side of row 1.
To find the starting point for the flap: With right side of back facing, count 2 sts in from each seam and pm. Count the sts between the markers – this number should be odd. If it isn’t move one of the markers closer to the seam by 1 st.
Row 1: With RS facing, slip st to the first marker, ch 1, hdc in the same st and in each st across to 2nd marker (ending by working into the st with the marker), turn. (39)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, hdc in the same st and in next st, sk, hdc across to last 3 sts, sk, hdc in last 2 sts, turn. (37)
Row 3 – 16: Rep row 2 until 9 sts remain. (Your total number of rows may be more or less depending on the size of your tablet.)
Row 17: Ch 1, hdc in same st and in next st, sk, hdc in next 3 sts, sk, hdc in last 2 sts, turn. (7)
Row 18: Ch 1, hdc in same st and in next st, sk, hdc, sk, hdc in last 2 sts, turn. (5)
Row 19: Ch 1, hdc in same st and in next st, sk, ch 1, hdc in last 2 sts. Fasten off. (4)
Note: In row 19, the ‘ch 1’ in the middle of the row makes a space appropriate for a buttonhole. If you won’t be attaching a button, eliminate the ‘ch 1’.
With tablet inserted, fold the flap over the front and position the button under the buttonhole. Sew the button in place.
Weave in the ends, insert your tablet, and head out the door!