Welcome to another simple crochet project. For beginners with a chain and a single crochet stitch feasible.
Do you still remember when crocheting covered "everything" of the past years? There were toilet paper roll covers, paper tissues, and you can still find kitchen towels with crocheted tops to button on the handle of your kitchen stove.
Fast forward to today for these updated crochet projects that I made for myself instead of buying them. I think that's what I'm working on, about the joy of creating beautiful as well as useful things.
So choose your yarn or thread first! Choosing the color and texture of the yarn can be my favorite part of any crochet project. In that case, I did what I did most and immediately went to my hiding place. It does not need a lot of yarn, so it's a great project to consume scrap! Choose a crochet hook that fits your yarn size. You need a button, scissors and a darning needle. Have your reader near you for size and fit information. Nearby is also a delicious snack. Chocolate is one of my favorite crocheting mates.
At the beginning: Make a crochet chain in the width or height of your reader plus a chain. Regardless of the direction in which you are crocheting, add an additional 2 inch crochet rows for the flap. Now turn and just crochet the 2nd Chain from your hook. Continue to the end of the chain and crochet a single crochet in each chain. Chain one, turn it over and just crochet across. Continue until your work covers the front and back of your reader.
For a secure flap and secure closure, I have given examples of buttonhole and loop closure options.
For a buttonhole closure (see the green photo on the Kindle cover below). The buttonhole is worked towards the end of the project in the middle of the flap.
- Start your crochet row as usual. In the middle of the row begins your buttonhole "gap". Skip the middle three individual crochet stitches in this row. 4 mesh chains. Attach your chain in the 4th Single crochet work from your last single crochet work you did. You have just replaced the 3 individual crochets with a chain and left a gap for your button.
- Continue single crochet until the end of the row. Turn around and crouch down to the "gap". Knit 3 individual crochets into the chain space. And then a crochet in each crochet work until the end of the series.
- Continue as usual until your flap is long enough to fold. Attach your button to fit in your "buttonhole".
- Twist your work with the right sides and sew both sides together with your crochet hook to remove the stitch or individual crochet stitches on both sides or a darning needle. Release the extra 2-inch flap. Slide your reader in and connect securely. Done!
To create a "loop" closure, work your last single crochet row in the middle. Now crochet about 4 chains (the number depends on your button size).
- Push the loop back into the next crochet loop and crochet it to the end of the row. The loop is your buttonhole. Slide your reader in and fold it over the flap.
- Attach your button where the loop slides easily but securely over the button. Remove your reader.
- Turn your work over and use your right side to sew the two sides together with the crochet hook or sew the two sides together with a large darning needle. Be sure to leave the 2 inches of the flap free. Insert your reader and click on it securely. Done!
Extra credit; (This may require an extra bite of chocolate). Make a "pointed flap" (like the lime green holder above); Create a cover as described above, but if you still have 4 rows of the flap left, start making a point by reducing the stitches. Single crochet work within a stitch to the end. Turn and crochet to the other edge. Hold a sting before the end. Turn and continue this pattern. Take one stitch in each row. To finish the lace flap, slide the stitch to the other side in each stitch. Quit and plug in your thread.
And if you feel brave, you can add your initials with crochet thread and a fillet stitch (double crochet and chain stitches). (It might take a few more chocolates to finish, but it's well worth the effort!) I was twice brave. One thing I did in white and one in this beautiful blue. The white remained unfinished because I found this beautiful blue thread! 😊 (I admit, I have some projects that need to be completed 😉)
In addition to my reader cover I have also developed a hand strap for my reader (below) and a few covers for my Swiffer mop (instead of disposable cover to buy). The crocheted mop covers are a great way to consume scrap yarn. They are durable and wash well without waste.
Have fun and post your comments, ideas and project photos. c
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