This pattern incorporates a shadow knitted apple - almost as fascinating as the iPad itself. Hold the cover vertically and it's just a plain old striped cover.
Hold it at an angle - the flatter the better and wow! There is an apple.
-About 100 yards of a light colored medium weight (3) yarn (A).
-About 100 yards of a dark colored medium weight (3) yarn (B).
-About 1 yard of waste yarn for provisional cast on.
-2 circular needles size 6 (US)
- crochet hook
- sewing up needle.
- 7.5 inches wide x 9 inches long.
20 st /4in in stocking/stockinette stitch.
Make a swatch in your chosen yarn to check gauge and adjust needle size to get the right gauge.
Row gauge isn't quite so important as you can just continue until it is the right length.
With waste yarn, and one of the circular needles cast on 39 stitches. This will be removed later.
With the light colored yarn (A),
Row 1: knit.
Row 2: With the 2nd circular needle pick up and knit the 38 color A bumps from the back of the provisional cast on row. This picture shows the bumps in red (color A) against the green waste yarn.
You should now have 39 stitches on one needle - this will be the front, and 38 stitches on the 2nd needle - this will be the back. These two rows form the base of the cover.
The body is knitted circularly on the two circular needles. If you need help with this technique see this Cat Bordhi video from about 3 minutes in. We have cast on a bit differently to get a closed end so we don't need to join the ends but the way the needles are used is the same. The back 38 stitches stay on one needle and the front 39 stitches stay on the other.
The ridged stripe pattern is as follows:
Round 1: (B) knit
Round 2 (B) purl
Rounds 3,4 (A) knit
Knit rounds 1-4 a total of 5 times.
Keep the established 4 row pattern for the rest of the cover, but follow the chart for the apple motif centering it on the center front stitch (stitch 20). The first round of each stripe is always all knit. The chart represents only the second round of each stripe. The motif covers 23 stripes = 46 rows and starts and ends with a color B stripe.
White rows are color A, colored rows are color B. The dots are purls, the plain squares are knit.
The back opening utilizes the buttonhole method in my last post.
There are some border rows on each side of the opening which have two functions (apart from looking pretty!) a) they help stop gaping, b) they stop the edge from curling.
Round 1: (color A) k the round, then wrap the yarn around the first stitch of the next round, turn the work and knit across the back 38 stitches. Wrap the yarn around the first stitch on the other needle, turn the work and knit back again across the back 38 stitches.
Round 2: (color A) unwrap the first stitch and knit the wrapping together with the first stitch. Knit to last stitch on the front, unwrap the last stitch and knit the wrapping together with the last stitch. Purl across the back 38 stitches.
Round 3: (color B) knit the whole round.
Round 4: (color B) purl the front 39 stitches. Purl 2 back stitches, follow buttonhole instructions from the last post covering 34 stitches for the opening.
Rounds 5 and 6 - repeat Rounds 1 and 2 to make the edging rows for the other side of the opening.
Continue in stripes until the cover is 9 inches long after a slight stretch and ending with the second row of a (B) stripe. Typically it will be 4 or 5 repeats of the 4 row pattern plus an extra B stripe. If you have an iPad to hand now is a good time to try it on for fit .
With color A knit across the front stitches and then break yarn leaving about a 30 in tail. Use the tail to graft the front to the back stitches to form the top of the cover. Here is a video for kitchener stitch . As we have 39 stitches on the front and 38 on the back the way you start and end the graft is slightly different. Thread the tail onto the sewing up needle. 'Needle' unless otherwise specified refers to the sewing up needle from now on.
1) insert the needle into the first front stitch (colorA) as if to knit and pull the yarn through.
2) insert the needle into the first back stitch (color B) as if the purl, pull yarn through.
3) insert the needle into the first front stitch as if to purl, drop that stitch off its knitting needle, and insert the needle into the next stitch as if to knit, pull the yarn through.
4) insert the needle into the first back stitch as if to purl, drop the stitch off its knitting needle and then insert the needle through the next back stitch as if to purl, pull the yarn through.
5) repeat steps 3 and 4 until there is one stitch left on the back and two on the front.
6) repeat step 3.
7) insert the needle into the first back stitch as if to purl, drop the stitch off its knitting needle.
8) insert the needle into the first front stitch as if to purl, drop that stitch off its knitting needle.
The graft should resemble a row of knitted stitches so it is important to ensure that the yarn is not pulled too tightly to maintain the gauge.
Sew in ends. Amuse yourself by holding the cover at different angles and watching the apple appear and disappear.
For more patterns and an explanation of this shadow technique see Vivian Høxbro's Shadow Knitting book
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This pattern is for personal use only and may not be used for profit. The apple depicted is actually a Fuji apple and any resemblance to the logo of Apple inc is entirely coincidental.