We spend a lot of money on our gadgets – and a lot of time using them – so it makes sense to keep them protected. This lovely DIY tablet cover will keep your (or their!) pride and joy safe from scratches and greasy fingers, and look stylish at the same time. Using chunky and cushiony cables in your DIY tablet cover adds and extra cushioning effect to help protect your tablet, but we wouldn't recommend throwing it about, even when it is tucked into its DIY tablet cover. But we know accidents happen, especially when you are out and about, and knitting a DIY tablet cover will help keep your tech and your day safe and serene! We love the wooden toggle too – the perfect finishing touch for your DIY tablet cover.


The yarn we've used for our DIY tablet cover blends wool, silk and mohair for a chunky yarn that’s great for big cable knits, and gives good stitch definition. However, its delicate nature means it’s hand wash only, which may not be the best choice for your DIY tablet cover if you know you are going to need to wash it a lot. Substitute and easy to wash Aran weight yarn if you prefer not to have to hand wash your DIY tablet cover every time.

Our DIY tablet cover knitting pattern is sized to fit a 24x17cm tablet. The DIY tablet cover is designed by Monika Russel and was originally published in Simply Knitting magazine issue 122. See more designs from Monika on her Ravelry store.

To knit this DIY tablet cover you will need

DIY tablet cover sq

DIY tablet cover

Techniques used in this pattern include how to cast on knitting, how to cast off knitting, how to increase a stitch in knitting, rib stitch and cable knitting.


C3F Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold at front of work, K2, K1 from cable needle
C3B Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold at back of work, K1, K2 from cable needle

For a full list see our complete guide to knitting abbreviations.


Yarn used knits as aran to this tension: 13 sts and 20 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 5mm needles. Read our guide to find out all about knitting tension squares.

DIY tablet cover knitting pattern

Cast on 44 sts using 5mm needles. Next row Ktbl to end of row.
Rows 1–4 *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row.

Change to 51⁄2mm needles.

Start 4 row cable pattern:
Row 1 K1, P1, K1, P1, P2, *c2F, P2, K7, P2, c2b, P2; rep from * once more, then P1, K1, P1, K1.
Rows 2&4 K1, P1, K1, P1, work each

Stitch as it appears on this side of the work (knit the K sts and purl the P sts) to last 4 sts, then P1, K1, P1, K1.
Row 3 K1, P1, K1, P1, P2, *c2F, P2, c3b, K1, c3F, P2, c2b, P2; rep from * once more, P1, K1, P1, K1.

Repeat rows 1–4 of cable pattern until work measures 39cm.

Change to 5mm needles.

Work 4 rows of rib as you did at the start of your work.
Cast off.

To make up your DIY tablet cover

Sew up side seams using mattress st with rs facing. Sew toggle onto middle of rib section. Make a chain for the buttonhole on opposite side.

Download your DIY tablet cover pattern

Click the link to download the PDF of the DIY tablet cover knitting pattern.


More like the DIY tablet cover

We have more great free knitting patterns like the DIY tablet cover right here on Gathered! Try our Fair Isle cushion cover or our easy-knit garter stitch cowl or our free knitted dog toy pattern.

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