I’ve been using the e-reader cover I designed and knitted for about a month and a half now and I have two observations I’d like to share:
(1) The edge of my flap has started to curl up a little in the center between the buttons. I believe the biggest cause for this is the yarn I chose–it is very squishy and has lots of loft, and hence lots of give. However, to help lessen the potential for curling, I recommend you bind off that flap edge somewhat tightly. While it may not completely prevent your edge from curling due to repeated use, binding off tightly should help lessen it.
(2) My e-reader cover is getting a little “fuzzy.” Again, it’s due to the yarn I chose and I realized this would happen somewhat when I chose the yarn, but I loved the color and feel of the yarn, so I went ahead and used it anyway. If you would prefer your cover not to look fuzzy over time, try using a yarn that’s spun tighter and doesn’t have much loft.
I’m going to design another e-reader cover using some beautiful, hand-dyed Madelinetosh yarn.1 This yarn is 100% superwash merino wool and its strands are more tightly twisted than those of the yarn I used in my first design. Not that there’s anything wrong with that first cover–I’m still very happy with it–but I have another design idea I’d like to try and I have some single hanks of Madelinetosh on hand that have been calling to me.
It will be interesting to see how another yarn knits up and works for an e-reader cover, so check back in the coming weeks to see my results.
- Madelinetosh is another of my favorite yarn producers, but I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to use their Tosh DK, which as the name implies is a DK weight yarn, or their Vintage, which is a worsted weight. [↩]